After slow start, Westminster rolls

Owls rally past Liberty for 5th win in row

Westminster 11 Liberty 7

Boys Lacrosse

April 28, 2006|By RICH SCHERR | RICH SCHERR,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Much like its season, the Westminster boys lacrosse team started sluggishly last night against Carroll County front-runner Liberty.

Also much like their season, however, once the host Owls got rolling, they proved hard to stop.

Trailing by two early, Westminster dominated play for the final three quarters, with Ryan Finch time and again gaining possession on faceoffs and seniors Pat Smith and Derrick Ensor combining to score seven goals in an 11-7 win.

After a 3-4 start this season under new coach Jeff Doolan, the Owls (8-4, 3-1 county) have won five straight.

"Every kid on our team did everything we needed to do tonight to win, and that's the first time this year that we've had that kind of effort," said Doolan, who led Mount Hebron to a Class 2A-1A state title in 1999 before taking over for longtime Westminster coach Jim Peters this season.

Early, however, it was Liberty (8-2, 3-1) that controlled play.

The Lions built a 3-1 lead in the first seven minutes on goals from Matt Latham, Adam Spain and Patrick Dougherty.

"They came out and tried to throw everything at us and shove us around," said Smith, who scored a game-high four goals. "We just realized that we had to step it up and play."

Westminster did just that, completely changing the tenor of the game from the second quarter on.

The Owls allowed just one shot in the quarter and tied the score 2.6 seconds before halftime on an off-balance shot from close range by Doug Chamberlain.

They then opened the third quarter with three goals in a span of 3:08 by Ensor to build a 7-4 lead.

The clincher came late in the third, when Westminster managed to survive a minute-long span when it was down by two men after a pair of slashing penalties.

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