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Boys Lacrosse: County champion Westminster sends off seniors with commanding win

Earlier this week the Westminster boys lacrosse team clinched the Carroll County Athletic League title, but still played with effort and intensity on senior night at Ruby Field.

Despite a slow start, the Owls used the two middle quarters to pull away from county foe South Carroll and secure a 17-3 victory.

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"We're one game at a time type of philosophy and if you just take care of business one game at a time good things are going to happen," Owls coach Steve DeFeo said.

South Carroll scored nearly two minutes into the game when Jacob Wenczkowski finished a pass from Noah Homayouni to put the Cavaliers (8-6, 3-3 CCAL) in the lead. The Cavs held a 2-1 lead after the first quarter, but the lead wouldn't last long.

Westminster (11-0, 6-0) scored seven goals in the second quarter, including the last six of the first half to build an insurmountable lead.

"Evan Hock, the goalie for South Carroll, was playing out of his mind in the first quarter and then we started burying shots and things just started flowing and we picked up our game," Chase Buckwalter said.

"It feels good and I'm definitely proud of our team how much better we have gotten," Buckwalter continued on his team capturing the county title.

Buckwalter tied for a game-high four goals along with his teammate Bubba Love and the Westminster attack became overwhelming quickly. Westminster used face-offs and created turnovers to give its offense extra opportunities and pulled away in the middle quarters.

For the second and third quarters combined Westminster outscored South Carroll 12-1 and dominated time of possession. Despite four goals from two players, the Owls had a balanced scoring attack. Nine different players netted a goal and Christian Etchison as well as Conner Covey had two goals as the third and fourth Owls with multiple scores.

Despite the slow start on offense Westminster remained just one goal down after the opening quarter thanks in large part to the defense and goalie Logan Covey. Unofficially, Covey finished seven saves in a little more than three quarters, but his presence in the net kept the game close.

Westminster's defense did an effective job of shutting down passing lanes and stripped the ball from the Cavs, preventing scores while creating fast-break opportunities for Westminster.

"Logan in the goal tonight had a fantastic game and then Tre (Price) went in in the fourth quarter and played well so we're very fortunate to have two great goalies," DeFeo said. "We're very fortunate we have 16 seniors on the team and with that you get guys that have experience and have been playing lacrosse together since they were little kids and they've been good teammates to each other throughout that time ... and they're really just having a good time playing lacrosse together."

Goals: SC-Jacob Wenczkowski, Dylan O'Neill, Owen Bitner; W-Chase Buckwalter 4, Bubba Love 4, Christian Etchison 2, Conner Covey 2, Cameron Doolan, Austin Sipes, Nick Wingo, Evan Park, Aidan Piscitelli.

Assists: SC-Brett Finzel, Noma Homayouni; W-Love 3, Etchison, C. Covey.

Saves: SC-11 (Evan Hock); W-9: (Logan Covey 7, Tre Price 2).

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