South Carroll solves North Carroll, 8-7

Lippy scores 4 vs. defense that allowed 2.6 a game

Boys lacrosse

April 16, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Throughout this season, the North Carroll boys lacrosse team's smothering defense has left opposing offenses questioning their game plans.

Last night, county rival South Carroll finally found a suitable answer.

The visiting Cavaliers scored more goals (four) in the first 14 minutes then any team had scored on the Panthers in a complete game this season, building an early lead and holding on for an 8-7 Carroll County and Central Maryland Conference victory.

"We knew the pressure that North Carroll likes to bring on defense, and they brought it," said South Carroll coach John O'Meally. "We told them that when that pressure came, just move the ball. Don't try and work through it. Look for the open man and play good team offense, and that's what we were able to do."

Senior Mike Lippy led South Carroll (5-1 overall, 1-1 county, 1-1 CMC), with four goals. The win came a day after the Cavaliers suffered their first loss of the season, 11-9 to Glenelg.

To get back on the winning track, the Winfield team needed a huge performance from sophomore goalie Wes Peterson, who made 16 saves, including several from close range.

After North Carroll, led by Robbie Pearre's four goals, scored four out of five goals in the fourth quarter to pull within a goal, Peterson came through: He deflected the game-tying effort from Josh Galley with just 33 seconds left.

The Cavaliers also received a standout defensive effort from junior T.J. Swanson. Despite getting out-shot 36-18, Swanson and South Carroll's defense kept the Panthers at bay by winning ground balls.

"We've been conditioning a lot, and I think that helped us," Lippy said. "We got a lot of the ground balls."

The Panthers (5-1, 1-1, 2-1) entered the night having allowed 13 goals - an average of 2.6 a game.

South Carroll, however, jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second quarter, breaking a 1-1 tie with goals by Eric Volmerhausen, Tom Geary and Lippy.

Leading 5-3 at halftime, the Cavaliers got another quick boost when, after winning the faceoff, Lippy scored his second goal of the game just 22 seconds into the third quarter. Just a minute later, Lippy notched his third goal on a one-on-one situation to extend the lead to 7-3.

North Carroll, however, rallied by winning faceoffs and stealing the momentum with three straight goals - all by Pearre - to pull within a goal with just over seven minutes left.

But that was as close as the Panthers would get.

"The kids played with a lot of heart," O'Meally said. "We had some mental errors, but we also had speed. We wanted to push the ball and try and go for the goal. I think all of our goals were scored unsettled."

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