Lightning postpones Key, Liberty regional

Lions leading final 13-11

match could resume today

Class 2A-1A West boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 18, 2004|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Following more than 40 minutes of intense, end-to-end play last night, Francis Scott Key and host Liberty will have to wait until today to finish their Class 2A-1A West boys lacrosse regional final.

With Liberty leading 13-11 and 5:27 left to play, lightning forced referees to delay, and eventually postpone, the game. It will most likely resume today at 4 depending on the availability of referees, according to Liberty coach Kevin Roy.

The winner will face either top-seeded Poolesville or Brunswick in tomorrow's regional final.

Liberty, which last year advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history, will try to hold on to a lead that had been as big as six goals early in the second half. Paced by midfielder Pat McCormick's six goals and one assist, the Lions led 10-4, before the Eagles wrestled away the momentum.

"We'll stick with the same game plan," said Roy. "That's what got us here."

When play was halted, the Eagles, led by sophomore Cameron White's three goals, had scored seven of the next 10 goals to cut the deficit to two.

"We did have momentum, but you've got to roll with the punches," said Francis Scott Key coach Geof Weisenborn. "You can't worry about things you can't control. You've got to go with what got you here."

For much of this one, the game appeared to be a rout.

Leading 4-3, the Lions scored six of the next seven to take control.

Playing with renewed vigor, however, Key fought back, outshooting Liberty, 12-5, in the third quarter to pull back into contention.

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