The legs were tired from six games in nine days, the passing was a little off and starting goalkeeper Chris Nave was out with a broken foot.
But the South Carroll boys lacrosse team still was able to fend off neighborhood rival Liberty, 7-3, last night and clinch a tie for the Carroll County championship.
The Cavaliers (10-1) can wrap up the county title Tuesday night when they meet second-place Westminster at 7:30 at South Carroll.
South Carroll found itself locked in a 2-2 tie last night with host Liberty late in the second quarter after Scott Hall scored off a pass from Roman Geiser for the Lions with less than two minutes left in the quarter.
But the Cavaliers responded with goals by junior attackman Adam Whittington and sophomore attackman Tom Luster in the final minute of the first half to surge ahead 4-2.
Luster came back with two more goals in the third quarter to help the visitors take a 6-3 lead at the end of the period.
Travis Mansfield added another insurance goal for South Carroll early in the fourth quarter to account for the final margin.
Luster, who has 25 goals in 11 games, finished with three goals, and Whittington had two goals and two assists. Don Pyles also contributed two assists for the winners.
South Carroll back-up goalkeeper Clay Arthur had 11 saves in an outstanding effort in place of Nave, who went down in the team's victory over Mount Hebron Wednesday.
Liberty (4-4) was led by senior midfielder Greg Schad, who had two goals, and Hall, who had one goal and one assist.
The Lions were hurt by the absence of their leading scorer, senior attackman Ross Yastrzemsky.
Liberty coach Jim Langrall would not elaborate on why he was missing.
"Ross was out because of a coaching decision by me," said Langrall. "I made a personnel change and that's all that needs to be said."