No. 7 Liberty starts fast, races past Mount de Sales

Lions open challenging early schedule with impressive 13-8 romp

Girls lacrosse

High School

March 22, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

By leading her team through a schedule front-loaded with talented opponents, Liberty girls lacrosse coach Courtney Vaughn hopes to give her No. 7 Lions as much preparation as possible for a challenge she knows is likely to occur on the back end.

With top-ranked Mount Hebron again looming in this year's regionals, the Eldersburg squad yesterday took its first step toward another showdown, jumping on visiting No. 15 Mount de Sales early and holding on for a 13-8 season-opening win.

"Our whole season is using each practice and each game to get to the states, and the states goes through Hebron," said Vaughn of the nine-time state champion Vikings.

To that end, Vaughn has assembled an early season schedule that also includes No. 6 Roland Park, No. 11 Hereford and possibly No. 3 Bryn Mawr, who the Lions could face in the finals of their tournament in early April. The team already has gone through an unbeaten preseason that included victories over No. 2 Maryvale, No. 10 Annapolis and defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference

champion Seton Keough.

"I think playing the hardest games at the beginning of the season is the best, because you're so pumped up for your first game," attacker Becky Trumbo said. "You're sick of practicing and you're just ready to play."

Yesterday, the Lions made that statement ring true.

Trumbo and midfielder Kelly Fiorani each had four goals and an assist, and midfielder Meagan Voight added three goals and an assist as Liberty jumped out to leads of 7-1 and 13-5 before surrendering the final three goals.

Players said they had something to prove after getting edged by the Sailors (0-1) a year ago.

"It was all that was on everybody's mind all day," said Trumbo, who is now five points shy of Liberty's all-time scoring record of 256, held by 2001 graduate Jessica Roguski (Vanderbilt). "We wanted to prove to them that we played bad last time, and we wanted to prove how good we actually are."

Though far from perfect, Liberty (1-0) - which has eight Div. I signees on its roster - looked strong from the outset. After an apparent goal by Mount de Sales' Emily Doyle was waved off for a crease violation in the opening minutes, the Lions took the lead for good on two goals in 12 seconds by Voight and Trumbo.

Though the Sailors' Laurie Libertini then scored the first of her four goals to cut the lead to 2-1, Liberty then reeled off five straight over the next 10 minutes.

"I thought we hustled the whole time and left everything out on the field," Vaughn said. "We were very fortunate we were able to get emotionally tough the first half."

For Mount de Sales, attempting to reload with six starting sophomores after last year's 14-7 campaign, the results were mixed.

"I'm just disappointed we didn't play as well as I think we are capable of playing," coach Mary Gagnon said. "We're inexperienced, and I think some of that showed today. It was a good wake-up call, I think."

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