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Howard falls to Westminster Owls get in tune for final 2 games Girls lacrosse


It was a perfect night for the Westminster girls lacrosse team to tune up for its final two games of the season.

Winless Howard High was in town.

The Lions had only three reserves compared to 13 for the Owls.

And Howard didn't have the size, talent or speed to compete with Westminster.

So the Owls rolled to a 14-4 victory over Howard at Westminster last night, leaving coach Amanda Bodden with a broad grin on her face.

"We're ready for South Carroll and Liberty," said Bodden of her team's two important season-ending games.

The Owls (7-3, 3-1) need to beat South Carroll and Liberty to tie Liberty for the Carroll County championship.

Unbeaten and 10th-ranked Liberty trounced Westminster, 15-4, in the first meeting between the two schools at Liberty.

"We didn't play well that night against Liberty," said Bodden. "Our girls will have to speed up their game to beat Liberty. I know they want to beat us again and stay unbeaten, and we want to beat them."

For Howard High (0-10), it was a long evening.

The Lions didn't have anybody who could stop Westminster's leading scorer, Tinah Houck, who was too tall and too strong for the smaller visitors.

Houck scored four goals and had one assist, and she got a lot of help from Cathy Fitzgerald (two goals and two assists), Kara Hedges and Renee Luers, who each scored two goals.

It was also a big night for Christine Bradley, who scored her first goal of the season for the Owls.

Howard coach Terry Flaig said: "Our game plan was to go out and play them man-to-man, but they were bigger and faster than we are. We don't have too many numbers to compete with a team like Westminster.

Howard goalkeeper Hillary Price prevented Westminster from running away as she made 18 saves.

Laura Forester had two goals to lead the losers.

Bodden went to her bench early and often last night.

"I usually play all my players because we have quality people to sub," said the Westminster coach. "We wanted to work on some things for our last two games. Things like back passing and crease rolls."

The Owls will play South Carroll tomorrow night at Westminster and close the season May 11 at home against Liberty.

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