Century makes statement, defeats Winters Mill, 11-6

McGuire, Hawes lead way to show Knights can win without last season's stars

Girls lacrosse

April 22, 2005|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Those under the impression that the Century girls lacrosse team has been decimated by graduation got a startling wake-up call last night.

Four players scored multiple goals, led by three each by Megan McGuire and Rachel Hawes, as the host Knights built their lead to as much as seven before cruising to an 11-6 win over Winters Mill in a game that put them in the driver's seat in Carroll County.

"This was definitely a statement game," said Century coach Rose Pentz, who this season is without All-Metro midfielders Kelly Kasper (Maryland) and Lauren Schwarzmann (Johns Hopkins). "Lauren and Kelly were great players, but they weren't the whole team. Without these players, Kelly and Lauren couldn't have done what they did last year. Now, they're stepping up and doing the job."

The win gave Century (6-0 overall, 4-0 county), the defending Class 2A-1A state champion, sole possession of first place. Winters Mill (6-3, 4-1) had been the only other unbeaten team.

Players said they were out to prove they were underestimated.

"I don't think we've been this fired up for a game, ever," said McGuire, pointing to talk that Winters Mill was the county's team to beat. "That fired us up. To be perfectly honest, that made us want to beat them even more. We know in our hearts that we're just as good as last year."

Century controlled the game from the start, taking a 2-0 lead in the first 5:02 thanks to a goal and an assist by sophomore Jenny Steadman.

After Winters Mill cut the lead on a goal from Kristy Bosley -- who scored three -- the Knights pulled away, scoring four of the next five, including back-to-back goals from Megan McGuire, to build a 6-2 lead at the half.

Midway through the second half, they had extended the lead to 10-3. A running team, the Knights controlled the game with patience, often passing the ball around the perimeter and waiting for the perfect cut to the goal.

"We didn't compete tonight," said Winters Mill coach Courtney Vaughn, whose team seemed flat after Tuesday's 11-7 win over Liberty.

Steadman and Tara Collins each added a pair of goals for Century.

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