S. Carroll starts hot in lacrosse



It may be early in the boys lacrosse season, but South Carroll has established itself as one of the county's teams to beat by opening with three straight wins over defending regional champions.

After starting the season with a 12-11 win in double-overtime against Glenelg, the Cavaliers defeated Urbana, 11-7. Their biggest win, however, came Friday night, when they defeated Westminster, 10-8, to hand the Owls their first county loss since 2001.

"We knew we'd be able to score goals, but I think we've really played well defensively," said South Carroll coach Bill McDermott, whose team shut out Westminster in the first half. "We knew we had our hands full going into the season, so I'm glad to be 3-0. But we've got to keep it in perspective. I'd much rather win the last three than the first three."

The Cavaliers (10-4 last year) were scheduled to host county foe Century last night.

Among the main reasons for the team's early success has been midfielder Dan Geary, who McDermott said has provided the "spark that really makes things happen." Fellow midfielder Mike Lewis has served as a nice compliment, and attackmen Ryan Fowler and Kyle Schmitz, a big target around the crease at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, have consistently found the net.

McDermott, however, is quick to guard against overconfidence in a county where any one of about five teams could vie for the title.

"Westminster was a big win, but the county is so strong that you can't let your guard down," he said. "I think as soon as you start thinking you're pretty good, that's when you get your pins knocked out."

Looking for respect

Century girls lacrosse coach Rose Pentz is hopeful that Friday's 13-12 overtime win against Winters Mill will help gain her team some of the recognition she feels it deserves.

"We really wanted to show people, once again ... that we still have it," said Pentz, whose team was 2-0 prior to last night's game against South Carroll, despite graduating five All-County players from a year ago.

Pentz, whose team has advanced to the state finals in each of its first three varsity seasons, winning in 2004, feels that her squads have been consistently overlooked.

"Regardless of the girls that we graduated, there is talent on this team each and every year, and they just never get credit for it," she said. "Year after year, they feel disrespected. We never get ranked, we never are looked at as a quality team - ever - no matter what we do."

Greene's big bat

Few baseball players in the area have gotten off to a hotter start than South Carroll third baseman Matt Greene.

The Cavaliers' No. 3 hitter began the season 7-for-7 at plate, and through the weekend was 10-for-14 with two home runs.

"He worked on [his hitting] a lot over the winter," Cavaliers coach George Richardson said. "He's just come out very hot and very aggressive."

South Carroll will host North Carroll today.

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