Horn saves Winters Mill in tight victory over Liberty

Goalie's 2 late stops seal regional win over Carroll rival

May 17, 2010|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

At the end of Monday's regional lacrosse semifinal, the Winters Mill girls raced across the field to embrace goalie Katie Horn.

While most of the game was a shooters' contest, Horn made two critical saves in the final five minutes to preserve a 13-12 victory over Carroll County rival Liberty. The No. 6 Falcons advance to meet the winner of Monday's Glenelg-North Carroll game for the Class 2A-1A regional title Wednesday at McDaniel.

Horn stopped a free-position shot by Shelby Nemecek, who had already scored six goals, and then with 2:24 to go, she snagged a terrific shot from Amy Roguski, coming at her one-on-one in transition.

Earlier in the half, Horn had snuffed Maggie McCormick on a high shot, and she was looking for the same from Roguski.

"I could see that she was probably going to shoot high, so I just stepped out and tried to read her stick and match it up, and [the ball] went in my stick," the senior said.

At 5 feet 4, Horn gave away six or eight inches to those three and several other tall Lions, so she was looking for high shots, but they were still slipping past her.

"I was in a dry spell, and it was tough. I was getting really worried about it," Horn said of making just three saves before those final minutes. "I just tried to keep my head in the game and take each shot as it came and not look back. Finally, it happened."

Played on artificial turf at Garrison Forest in intermittent showers, the game featured five ties. Neither team led by more than three goals. The No. 11 Lions (10-4) rallied from three down with 12:11 left to tie the score at 12 on a goal from Nemecek and two from McCormick.

Amalie Trentzsch put the Falcons (15-1) up for good on a free-position goal with 7:20 to go. The Falcons, who got five goals and two assists from Mackenzie Cyr, maintained possession most of the rest of the game except for the two threats thwarted by Horn.

"It was back and forth the entire time, and it just came down to who had the ball in the last couple of minutes," Lions coach Kristin Crutchfield said. "Everyone put their heart out on this field and left it. Even though the outcome was as it was, this was a good comeback for us considering our previous [19-6] loss to Winters Mill."

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

Goals: L—Nemecek 6, M.McCormick 3, Prince 3; WM—Mc.Cyr 5, A.Trentzsch 3, Leech 2, Sy.Trentzsch 2, E.McMunn. Assists: L—M.McCormick, Nemecek, Roguski; WM—E.Mc.Cyr 2, McMunn, Leech. Saves: L—Healy 4; WM—Horn 5. Half: WM, 8-6.

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