Westminster’s boys lacrosse team features a senior-led defense, coach Steve DeFeo said.
The defense is stout, and junior goalie Logan Covey can take some credit for that Thursday — his 14 saves helped the Owls stand tall and defeat Century 11-6 at Ruby Field to remain undefeated this season.
Senior attackman Bubba Love scored three goals and added an assist for the Owls (7-0, 4-0 Carroll County Athletic League). Christian Etchison and Conner Covey each scored two goals apiece and added an assist.
“Logan had some huge saves tonight and they’re emotional plays,” DeFeo said. “It helps get our team excited when he makes a big stop in the goal. You saw he also has the ability to clear the ball which is really fun to watch, his speed going up the field, and he usually makes good decisions when he comes up the field with that.”
The Owls carried a 3-1 lead into the second quarter with goals from Austin Sipes, Love, and Etchison. Century’s Brady Crumbacker notched an unassisted tally with six minutes, 12 seconds left in the first quarter to make it 2-1.
Conner Covey found the back of the net off a feed from Etchison to make it 4-1 before Brett Kropinski trimmed the deficit 4-2. Love snuck around from behind the left side of the goal to fire a shot past Knights goalie Adam Zimmerman to spark a five-goal scoring run that gave the Owls a 10-3 lead at the break.
Five different Owls scored in that spurt — Love, Etchison, Covey, Evan Park and Chase Buckwalter and DeFeo said the team has been fortunate to have depth across the board.
“The guys have worked hard to get to where we are at this point, there’s still a lot of areas for improvement but we have a number of guys who can play the game,” DeFeo said. “Historically, a number of these guys played together when they were young and have come up through the ranks together so they know each other really well and the aspect of that is having the amount of teamwork together with it.”
The third quarter remained scoreless for both teams, but Century senior Jalen Stanton found Kropinski for another goal early in the fourth to bring the Knights within six of Westminster, 10-4. Stanton scored twice in about a five-minute span to round out the scoring.
Century goalie Adam Zimmerman made 13 saves for the Knights (5-1, 2-1).
Logan Covey praised his team’s defense in keeping him composed in goal and said the camaraderie makes this team special.
“It was so exciting we came in … and we just wanted it,” Covey said. “The team bought in all week and focused on getting ground balls, finding the back of the net and we did.”
Goals: C-Brett Kropinski 3, Jalen Stanton 2, Brady Crumbacker; W-Austin Sipes, Bubba Love 3, Conner Covey 2, Cam Doolan, Chase Buckwalter, Christian Etchison 2, Evan Park.
Assists: C-Stanton; W-Sipes, Love, Covey, Buckwalter, Etchison, Park.
Saves: C-13 (Adam Zimmerman); W-14 (Logan Covey).
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Halftime: Westminster, 10-3.