Westminster finishes off suspended 20-17 upset of Liberty

No. 13 Lions' McCormick leads all scorers with 11 goals, but No. 14 Owls move to 5-0

contest had been suspended April 11 because of weather

April 20, 2011|By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Westminster held a four-goal lead over No. 13 Liberty for nine days.

The margin was decreased to one after 8:30 of play Wednesday when play resumed in a game suspended April 11 because of a thunderstorm. The No. 14 Owls, however, settled down and scored three more goals to pull off a 20-17 victory over the host Lions.

Liberty's Maggie McCormick, who finished with 11 goals, nearly brought the Lions all the way back. Instead, Westminster remains undefeated through five games and is tied with four other teams atop the Monocacy Valley Athletic League standings.

"There was a lot of anxiety with our girls," Westminster coach Jackie Stevens said. "We really just wanted to finish the game. We finally got the opportunity to come out and finish it, and thankfully, we got the win."

Carolyn Jamison led Westminster with five goals, while Jordan Wilkins had three goals and three assists. Meghan Macera and Alyssa Semones each scored three goals for the Owls, while Alex Simpson and Jessica Carder added two apiece. Georgia Karr had a goal and six assists for Liberty (4-2, 1-2).

Westminster led 16-12 with 13:26 remaining when play resumed. McCormick set the tone with a goal just after two minutes. After Liberty's Jenna Crutchfield and Jamison traded goals, the Lions pulled within one on scoring by Amanda Legar and McCormick.

"We knew coming in we had a lot of [ground] to make up," said McCormick, who will attend Penn State. "The only way we could have pulled it off was to come out with as much intensity as possible. I think we did that but it just got away from us. Thirteen minutes goes by very, very fast."

Jamison then scored again to give Westminster another two-goal lead. Goals by Macera and Simpson in the final minute put the game out of reach.

"It's kind of crazy being in school and then just getting on the bus and coming down here," Jamison said. "We like to spread out. We've been working a lot on team work this year, and it's helped us a lot."

Liberty coach Kristen Crutchfield was pleased the way her team responded by cutting into the deficit. The Lions had trailed 13-8 at the half.

"It's definitely tough to start off already knowing we're down by four," Crutchfield said. "I kept stressing to the girls it's all what you put into. You can have all the talent in the world, but if you don't have the heart, you're not going to come out on top. The girls today came motivated and were ready to go, and they stepped up. Even though we lost, the girls gave everything they had."

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