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Four county lacrosse teams have qualified for postseason play, which begins Friday.

The Liberty and North Carroll girls advanced, while South Carroll and Liberty qualified in boys lacrosse.

The girls picture is much clearer, so let's start there.

It's all but official that Liberty and North Carroll will be playing each other for a third time this season in the first round.

The Lions (9-2) will have the home-field edge as the second seed in Class 1A/2A Region I, with the Panthers (7-5) as the third seed.

Liberty won both of the regular- season games last month -- 13-7 April 15 on the road, and 9-7 at home on the 23rd.

North Carroll coach Stacey Abeles is hoping the third time will be the charm.

"I feel pretty good about playing Liberty," she said.

"Our team will be very up for this one, and it's tough beating a team three times in a season. Hopefully, we'll have their number this time."

And, on the subject of numbers, North Carroll's Danielle Miller has some good ones.

The senior attacker leads the county in scoring with 40 goals and 16 assists.

The Lions counter with three girls in the county's top five. Senior Val Swomley ranks second with 33 goals and 15 assists; sophomore Megan Horneman (21 goals, 6 assists) and junior Chrissy Primavera (19 and 7) are fourth and fifth, respectively.

The boys picture will be cleared up this afternoon.

South Carroll (10-2) is set to play Centennial (9-2) in the Class 3A/4A Region 1. The question is where.

It all came down to Centennial's scheduled game against Glenelg yesterday.

Centennial win would give the Eagles second seed and home-field advantage with South Carroll coming in as the third seed. A Centennial loss against Glenelg would give South Carroll the second seed and home-field advantage Friday in Winfield.

South Carroll dropped a 7-3 decision to Centennial in its season opener March 20.

"That was a good while back," said South Carroll coach Gene Brown.

"Both teams have probably changed some since then. They [Centennial] are awfully good -- we'll have to put a few more in the back of the net this time."

The keys for South Carroll will be getting by a stingy Centennial defense led by Andy Armiger, and shutting down the speedy one-two punch of Werner Krueger (25 goals, 11 assists) and Cullen Meade (17 goals, 23 assists).

The Cavaliers have offensive punch of their own, led by seniors Jeremy Russin (20 goals, 10 assists) and Scott Mills (27 goals, 3 assists), along with junior Donny Pyles (19 goals and 18 assists).

Where the Liberty Lions (9-3) will be on Friday and who they will play is still up in the air.

It looks like the Lions have a reasonable shot at being host of a game as a second seed in the Class 1A/2A Region I. There's also a chance Liberty can drop in the seedings and play on the road.

Hammond or Glenelg are two teams that may face Liberty -- all depending on season-ending games that were set for yesterday (after press time).

In other sports this week:

* If Thursday's convincing sweep in the Central Maryland Conference meet is any indication, the Westminster track teams should have little trouble defending their county crowns Friday at Western Maryland College.

The Owl boys defeated runner-up Linganore by a 210-111 margin last week, and the girls came away with a 162-116 over second-place Frederick.

The Francis Scott Key boys could have a small say in Westminster's point total. Key should finish second with South Carroll and Liberty close behind, along with North Carroll.

Some of the better matchups should be in the field events. Westminster's Matt Knights, who came away with wins in the long and triple jump in the CMC meet, should get a serious challenge from Key's John Cox.

Westminster should have a relatively easy time in the girls meet.

Stephanie Morningstar and Kenya Warfield each came home with three individual titles last week in the CMC meet.

Morningstar won the 400-, 800-, and 1,600-meter races.

Warfield won the high jump, along with the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

In team competition in the CMC meet, the nearest county team behind Westminster was Liberty -- finishing fourth with 41 points.


(All times p.m. unless noted)


Baseball: South Carroll at Frederick, 4

Tennis: Westminster at Liberty, 4


Baseball: Francis Scott Key at Catoctin, 4:30; Westminster at Liberty, 4; Thomas Johnson at South Carroll, doubleheader starting at 2:30

Softball: Francis Scott Key at Catoctin, 4:30; Westminster at Liberty, 4; Thomas Johnson at South Carroll, 4


Baseball: South Carroll at Westminster, 4

Tennis: County meet at North Carroll, TBA

Track: County meet at Western Maryland College, 12:30


Tennis: County meet at North Carroll, TBA


Baseball: Brunswick at Francis Scott Key, 4

Softball: Brunswick at Francis Scott Key, 4


Baseball: Francis Scott Key at Middletown, 4; Calvary at Carroll Christian, 3:30

Softball: Francis Scott Key at Middletown, 4

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