Liberty's offense dominates 25-3 win

Against No. 4 Lions, Westminster's attention more on injured Serio

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 serious car accident Thursday night, players on the Westminster girls lacrosse team took heavy hearts into their game last night against county power Liberty.

Team members 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 No. 4 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. I got on the bus today and I had seen her, so that was good news. It's tough to put this ahead of that, because in reality it's a game. We play the best we can."

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, hitting a utility pole on Mayberry Road near Halter Road, according to Maryland State Police.

She was transported to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she has remained.

The popular senior, whom teammates describe as selfless and kind to a fault, arrived at the hospital in critical condition 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.

The worst, however, appears behind her. She is now listed in fair condition and is expected to be released from the hospital in a couple of days, when she will start rehabilitation, according to Peters.

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

Lindsay Weiner had six goals and two assists, Becky Trumbo had five and five, and Susan Ackermann added three and three as Liberty got off 29 of the first 30 shots and built a 14-1 lead by halftime.

It marked the seventh straight game in which Liberty has forced a running clock, signifying a lead of at least 10 goals.

For Westminster (5-4, 4-3, 2-3), which in early April endured the death of a player's mother, the strain was apparent.

"We have to play our absolute best game and be `on' 100 percent to have a chance against Liberty," Peters said. "We really missed [Serio] tonight. She is a motivating force. She's always the one who pumps us up and gets us going. It's a big loss for us."

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