Owls still manage to find way to score

Lacrosse team earns trip to semifinals

Notebook

May 20, 2007|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

What seemingly began as a rebuilding year for the Westminster boys lacrosse team continued yesterday with an unlikely trip to the Class 4A-3A state semifinals.

Despite losing seven starters and about 85 percent of their offensive production from last season, the Owls earned their fifth straight regional title last week. Though the results have surprised many, coach Jeff Doolan isn't among them.

"We certainly lost a ton from last year, but we knew we had a core of really solid players [returning]," said Doolan, adding that the graduation of top scorers Pat Smith, Derrick Ensor and Ryan Finch has been a mixed blessing.

"On any given day, you don't know who's going to come up with a big game."

Before yesterday's game, the Owls (12-5) had one player, Ryan Miller, among the county's top 10 in scoring, and he stood toward the bottom of that list.

Still, the lack of a go-to player hasn't really hindered the team.

"We didn't really have a go-to guy this year, which has been a strength and a weakness at times," Doolan said.

Four of the Owls' five losses heading into this weekend's play came against Century, No. 12 Fallston, No. 15 Winters Mill and Wootton, teams that were a combined 64-4. The Owls led county champion Winters Mill late into the fourth quarter before falling, and also were tied with Fallston late in that loss.

Threepeats

The Liberty tennis team pulled off a rare feat at the recent county championship meet when senior Chris Brown and junior Brittany Bolster captured their third straight titles in boys and girls singles, respectively.

Brown defeated Westminster's Mike Wilkins, 6-4, 6-3, while Bolster topped teammate Courtney Evans, 6-2, 6-1.

Both competed in this weekend's regional tournament at Harford Community College.

Johnson leads Key

Francis Scott Key softball pitcher Megan Johnson continued her season-long dominance last week, allowing three hits and striking out 16 in a 4-1 win over South Hagerstown in a regional semifinal.

The Morgan State-bound senior, a first-team All-County pick the past two seasons, entered this weekend's play with 14 wins, a 1.41 ERA and 197 strikeouts in 134 innings.

"She's been that one backbone that we've been able to look at all season long and know that every time we go out there she's going to do her part," Eagles coach Joe Linthicum said.

Johnson also does her part at the plate, adding a two-run single against South Hagerstown. She and sophomore Kelley Farley have been the team's only players to hit over .300 this season.

Harrison honored

South Carroll pitcher Garrett Harrison has been named the Monocacy Valley Athletic League Piedmont Conference Player of the Week in baseball.

In two games, Harrison allowed one run on six hits over 10 2/3 innings, striking out 12 and walking two. He pitched a complete-game four-hitter to help the Cavaliers defeat Boonsboro, 9-1, on May 7.

Other county nominees for the weekly award included South Carroll's Evan Dayhoff in the Piedmont Conference, and Century's Luke Wright and Josh Bordner and North Carroll's Nick Riley in the Chesapeake Conference.

To submit news and story ideas about Carroll County high school athletics, contact Rich Scherr at CarrollSports@comcast.net.

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