Century teammates pick up where they left off in soccer

Schwarzmann, Kasper lead 15-2 rout of N. Carroll

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

March 25, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Century girls lacrosse team features eight players from the squad that won the Class 2A state soccer championship last fall, including six who started in the title game.

Against visiting North Carroll last night, two of them were in championship form.

Junior Lauren Schwarzmann scored a career-high seven goals and junior Kelly Kasper added four as the Knights, playing in their first-ever varsity game, dominated from start to finish in a 15-2 win.

Kasper, The Sun's Carroll County Player of the Year in soccer, and Schwarzmann, a first-team All-County pick, were two of the primary reasons why Century - a team with no seniors - was able to perform well beyond its experience last fall.

Now, the pair is attempting to pull a repeat performance, only with sticks.

"They're phenomenal players," Century coach Rose Pentz said. "They complement each other so well. They're the go-to girls. They're the ones you can count on to set things up and do what needs to happen."

Together, they took the bulk of the shots as the Knights (1-0 overall, 1-0 county) outshot the Panthers (0-1, 0-1), 41-5. They also had two assists each.

While Schwarzmann did most of the scoring, Kasper also dominated the draws, keeping the ball in her teammates' sticks for most of the night, and doing it against a North Carroll team always considered in the county's upper echelon.

Teaming up is certainly nothing new for Kasper and Schwarzmann, who've been doing it most of their young lives.

"I've been with her since I was a little kid," Schwarzmann said. "She's been like my right hand. I know where she's going to be and she knows where I'm going to be. I can always rely on her to catch the ball and do good things for our team."

Schwarzmann played for South Carroll's varsity in 2000 as a freshman before returning to the JV level last year for Century, which as a first-year school had no varsity. She scored 39 goals last season and was able to work on improving certain aspects of her game.

Kasper played for South Carroll through last year, able to stay at the school until older sister Jen Kasper - now a freshman lacrosse player at UMBC - graduated. As a member of the Cavaliers, Kelly Kasper finished with 52 goals and 23 assists to earn All-County honors.

Now, both could vie for county Player of the Year honors for the Knights, who should dominate many less-athletic teams.

Pentz, however, stressed that the makeup of this team is somewhat different than was the case with soccer, and that the two squads shouldn't be compared.

"I think, all in all, it's a different group," Pentz said. "We have a lot of athletic girls. I was just very pleased today."

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