After clearing final obstacle, S. Carroll ready for Liberty

Cavs beat Linganore, 23-0

2 titles ride on next game

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

May 01, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The vow of silence is over for the South Carroll girls lacrosse team.

After last night's 23-0 thrashing of overmatched Linganore, coach Mac Kantruss finally has given his Cavaliers the OK to utter the one word that's been on their minds since the first practice this season.

Liberty.

"We weren't allowed to bring it up," said Kantruss, who has made his players run sprints each time they've used the "L" word, and even owes the team two such drills for his own slipups. "We just wanted to keep our focus one step at a time."

Now, the next step for the Cavaliers (9-1, 6-0 Central Maryland Conference, 3-0 Carroll County) is a date with the No. 4 Lions (10-1) on Friday night in Eldersburg. On the line will be county and CMC titles - both of which Liberty has monopolized in recent years.

"It's just about time, I think, we beat them," said South Carroll junior Sarah Rains. "Every game this season we've done better."

That was apparent yesterday, as the Winfield team dominated visiting Linganore (6-7, 2-2 CMC) from beginning to end, outshooting the Lancers 43-3 and building a 15-0 lead by halftime.

The Cavaliers used the opportunity to work on improving their passing and catching, skills that could mean the difference on Friday, when possession will be at a premium.

Kelly Kasper scored six goals, Jen Kasper five and Rains four. The score would've been even more one-sided if not for 19 saves by Lancers goalie Gillian Harrison.

Afterward, Kantruss, the lawyer who represented South Carroll basketball standout Marshall Strickland in his eligibility case last year, made his case for the significance of Friday's game.

"I would say it will be arguably the biggest game in Carroll County history," Kantruss said.

The opportunity to face what many are calling the best team in county history only heightens the anticipation.

"They are a very, very good team, but if we just show up and play [our game] we'll be fine," Kelly Kasper said. "It's a privilege to play against them. We're lucky to be in a position where we can play that kind of team."

Kantruss, who said that draw control will be a key, said his team has been good about staying focused on each game, not looking ahead. Now, though, he said the time has come to start looking.

"It can't be bigger than this," he said.

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