Century hits ground running, captures quarterfinal, 13-6

Unhappy about play in previous game, Knights rev it up against Liberty

Class 2A-1A West girls lacrosse

High Schools

May 16, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Century wasn't too happy with its play against Liberty on Wednesday, even though the Knights emerged with the victory and the Carroll County girls lacrosse championship.

When the No. 11 Knights met Liberty again in yesterday's Class 2A-1A West region quarterfinal, they took control early, running up as much as a 10-goal lead and cruising to a 13-6 victory. The Knights will meet the Rockville-Poolesville winner in a Monday semifinal.

"This game, we played a lot better as a team," said Knights midfielder Kelly Kasper, who scored three goals. "Today, we just came out fired up. Last game, we weren't fired up at all."

That certainly showed as the host Knights (13-2) rolled to a 4-0 lead in less than four minutes yesterday . Megan McGuire had two of her game-high five goals and an assist in the opening blitz.

The Lions (8-6) appeared ready to bounce back when Sue Ackermann fed Kelly Davis with a high pass from behind the goal and Davis quickly fired it into the high right corner. For the rest of the half, however, Knights goalie Ashley Benitez got in the way of every shot Liberty put on goal.

Benitez saved the last five Lions shots of the half, including free-position shots from Julie Roguski and Kristen Hannon in the final minute. By the end of the game, the senior goalie had nine saves - five against free-position shots.

In the first half, the Knights scored on 10 of 16 shots, while the Lions took just seven shots. The Knights also did a better job of maintaining possession. Once they got a 5-1 lead on Lauren Schwarzmann's free-position goal with 19:42 left, they slowed their offense and kept the ball for long stretches.

"We weren't getting draw controls like last game," said Ackermann. "In the last game, we got a lot of draw controls and we had a lot more possession time."

Even though they fell behind 11-1 when Kasper nailed a free-position goal 44 seconds into the second half, the Lions weren't about to roll over. When the Knights seemed to lose some of their aggressiveness and got a little sloppy with the ball, the Lions quickly capitalized.

Davis, Hannon, Ackermann and Kari Fasick scored consecutive goals to pull the Lions within 11-5 with 14 minutes left. But Liberty could not maintain the momentum, missing a couple of shots and turning the ball over three times before Schwarzmann hit McGuire for a 12-5 lead with 10:16 left.

Lions second-half goalie Kristy Hankinson had six saves, including three close-range stops against Kasper, to keep the Knights from running the score higher.

The Knights got two goals and two assists each from Schwarzmann and Jenny Steadman. Davis and Ackerman scored two each for the Lions.

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