Forget Liberty closing the gap further on the South Carroll boys lacrosse program in Carroll County.
None of that happened last night in the first showdown of the season between the Cavaliers and Lions at South Carroll.
This one was all senior attackman Tom Luster and South Carroll from the start, with Luster scoring four goals in less than four minutes of the first quarter to send the Cavaliers on the way to a 14-3 victory over Liberty.
South Carroll (7-2, 2-0 in the county) has won seven straight games as it aims for a ninth straight Carroll County championship.
Liberty (5-2, 1-1) was simply overwhelmed by Luster, Rob Witte, Dave Price and the South Carroll defense.
Luster added a fifth goal with 3:49 left in the first half to run the South Carroll lead to 11-1 at halftime.
It would be the final goal of the game for Luster who was joined in the offensive show by Witte (three goals, three assists) and Price (two goals, two assists).
Price also helped South Carroll control the faceoffs throughout the game along with Jeremy Teppig.
Tom Shaffer had 10 saves in the net for the winners, and the South Carroll defense was led by Jeremy Esworthy, Marc Barnes and Mike Robitaille.
But it was Luster who showed the way and South Carroll coach Jeff Alisauckas was not surprised.
"When Tommy came out of the locker room before the game, I gave him a thumbs up and he just nodded," said Alisauckas. "I knew he was ready to play. All I need from him is a nod and I can tell he is psyched to play."
Alisauckas could see a five-goal game coming but he said he never expected Luster to score four in less than four minutes.
"You just don't expect to see something like that," said Alisauckas.
"But our guys had a little something to prove out here. We'd been hearing over and over how we won last year [12-11 in overtime to clinch county title against Liberty] because we got three timeouts in the second half."
Luster said, "Everybody on the team wanted this game badly and we just took it to them from the start."