No. 4 Liberty rolls past a distracted Westminster

Girls lacrosse

April 30, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With their friend and teammate still at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center following a car accident, the Westminster girls lacrosse team took heavy hearts into last night's game against No. 4 Liberty.

Players used athletic tape to form Carrie Serio's No. 18 on the fronts of their kilts and observed a moment of silence before the opening draw. The Owls were dominated by the host Lions, 25-3, but the score seemed to matter little.

"I think it brings the reality of life to a bunch of carefree 17-year-olds," Westminster coach Suzanne Peters said. "It was just an emotionally draining weekend for everybody ... It's tough to put this ahead of that, because in reality it's a game."

Serio, a midfielder as well as a standout on Westminster's soccer and basketball teams, lost control of her Saturn near Taneytown about 11 p.m. Thursday and hit a utility pole, said Maryland State Police.

The popular senior, whom teammates describe as selfless and kind to a fault, arrived at the hospital in critical condition and has had a procedure to relieve brain pressure resulting from head trauma. She also has had operations to insert a rod in her left femur and repair a jaw broken in two places.

She is now listed in fair condition and is expected to be released from the hospital in a couple of days, said Peters.

Liberty players presented the Owls (5-4, 4-3 Central Maryland Conference, 2-3 county) with get-well cards before the game. Once play began, however, the Lions (10-1, 4-0, 3-0) turned to the task at hand.

Lindsay Weiner had six goals and two assists for Liberty, which got off 29 of the first 30 shots.

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