Liberty completes its task

F.S. Key beaten, 13-12, in lightning-halted game

2A-1A West boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 19, 2004|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For the Liberty boys lacrosse team, it was worth the wait.

One day after having its Class 2A-1A West region semifinal halted by lightning with 5:27 to play, the host Lions last night returned to finish the job, keeping upset-minded Francis Scott Key at bay long enough to preserve a 13-12 win.

Key's Jeremy Ziegler scored the only goal last night, spinning around his defender and scoring low with 3:49 left. The Lions, however, then managed to effectively keep the ball away from the Eagles' offense, never giving them another solid look at the goal.

"We were ready for them to come out hard, but it's hard to get pumped up for 5 minutes," said Liberty coach Kevin Roy. "I think our guys did as well as they could have, and luckily we weathered the storm, in more ways then one."

Liberty (11-4), which last year advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history, will have a chance to at least repeat that feat when it faces host and top-seeded Poolesville - which held on to defeat Brunswick, 5-4, last night in the completion of its suspended game - tonight at 6 in the regional final.

Paced by midfielder Pat McCormick's six goals and one assist, the Lions on Monday turned a one-goal lead into what looked to be a rout by scoring six of the next seven during a 15-minute midgame stretch.

Attackman Matt Hammond also scored three goals for the Lions.

Francis Scott Key (9-6) spent much of the game trying to dig itself out of a hole.

Down 10-4 early in the third quarter, the Eagles mounted a comeback. Led by midfielder Cameron White (three goals), Ziegler (three goals) and fellow attackman Zack Devilbiss (two goals), Key scored seven of the next 10 goals, including Devilbiss' shot from a steep angle on the right side with 5:27 left to cut the lead to two.

With lightning in the distance, however, referees put the game into a delay, then about 40 minutes later decided to suspend the game.

"Yesterday they started getting the momentum a little bit, so it actually kind of worked in our favor," said McCormick. "Our goal was just to get the first faceoff and hold onto it."

But when play resumed last night, it took Key just 1:38 to cut the lead to one.

"We were fortunate to get the first possession and set up the look we wanted," said Key coach Geof Weisenborn. Then it was, `How do we get the next possession?'"

Key reached the regional final last year, but was faced with a much stiffer challenge this season with the addition of county rivals Liberty and South Carroll to the bracket.

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