This one was never in doubt.
The South Carroll boys lacrosse team virtually dominated play from start to finish last night against Westminster and walked off the field with a 7-1 victory at Westminster.
It was the fourth straight win for the Cavaliers (4-2) who made something of a statement in the opening Carroll County league game for both teams.
South Carroll is shooting for its ninth straight county championship and it looks once again as if the Cavaliers are heavily favored to walk off with that honor.
In addition to having more talent than Westminster last night, South Carroll seemed to play with more fire.
The South Carroll players were seething from some remarks they heard from some Westminster players at a couple of South Carroll games on the road against Howard County schools earlier this season, said South Carroll coach Jeff Alisauckas.
"Our guys heard a few of their players yelling from the stands that we were over-rated," said Alisauckas. "It gave us some motivation. It was the best game we've played this season."
And to let the Westminster players know they didn't forget the remarks, some of the South Carroll players looked in the direction of the Owls moments after the game was over last night and said loudly: "Over-rated, huh?"
South Carroll took over the game just five minutes into the first quarter after Westminster had used a control offense to keep the visitors off the scoreboard.
John Eaton began the scoring for the Cavaliers, firing in a shot from 15 yards out for a 1-0 lead at 5:16 of the first quarter.
Then it was Dan Hughes hitting the net from 10 yards early in the second quarter to run the advantage to 2-0, and 46 seconds later Martin Oswiecimka scoring an extra-man goal to shove the Cavaliers ahead, 3-0.
After that, it was just a matter of how large a margin of victory South Carroll would run off with.
The Cavaliers outshot Westminster, 45-25, with Owls' goalie Jon Gibson making 18 saves.
South Carroll got two goals from Hughes and one goal and two assists from Eaton.
Westminster (1-6) did not score until there were four minutes, 26 seconds left in the game, with Mark Ruby throwing in a shot off a fast-break situation. Dave Hare had the assist on the Ruby goal that reduced the South Carroll lead to 6-1.
But Hughes scored his second goal two minutes later to account for the final six-goal margin.
"Penalties hurt us in the first quarter," said Westminster coach Jim Peters. "When you get down 5-0 at half-time, it's tough to catch up against a team like South Carroll."