McGuire gives Century much-needed lift, 12-8

Sophomore's four goals help defeat South Carroll

Girls lacrosse

April 02, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Playing alongside two of the Carroll County's most potent offensive players, Century sophomore Megan McGuire usually is relegated to a supporting role for the first-year Knights.

On a night when standouts Kelly Kasper and Lauren Schwarzmann drew constant double teams, however, it was the understudy who delivered a command performance, scoring four critical goals to lead her team to a 12-8 girls lacrosse victory over visiting South Carroll.

"She's the player that doesn't get a lot of accolades, but she's the one who steps up and does what's needed," Century coach Rose Pentz said. "She may not score all the goals like Kelly or Lauren, but she's there to pick up the ground balls and take the ball downfield. Megan is a silent but deadly player, and today she picked us up."

The win was the biggest of the young season for Century (4-0 overall, 2-0 county), which now seems to have the early inside track to the county title. After outscoring opponents 67-3, the Knights passed a critical test.

"This was competition, and these girls needed it," Pentz said. "To win this game boasts their confidence to know that, even though they're a young team, they can play with girls that have been around a bit longer."

Century took control of the game from the outset, taking a 2-0 lead on goals by Kasper and McGuire in the first 1:59. The goals turned out to be critical.

Though South Carroll (3-1, 1-1) - led by Angela Restivo and Connie Wuenschel (two goals each) - fought back to tie the score twice, the Cavaliers never took the lead.

"We couldn't get out of that hole," South Carroll coach Mac Kantruss said. "We got down 2-0 quick, and I don't think we ever got the lead. The big thing was controlling the ball. If we get the ball, then we don't have to play as much defense."

A critical junction occurred midway through the second half. Trailing 9-5, the Cavaliers increased their intensity, dominated time of possession and scored three straight goals to pull within one with 10:14 left.

Pentz called a timeout to get her team refocused, and the Knights scored the final three goals to win going away.

Though Schwarzmann scored four goals and Kasper two, it was the extra offense by McGuire that ultimately made the biggest difference.

"I figured that they'd be double-teamed," McGuire said. "It made more opportunities for me and some of the other girls on the team."

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