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Liberty collects 10th win by 15-6 over Westminster


This was not vintage Liberty girls lacrosse.

The fifth-ranked and unbeaten Lions (10-0) were a little flat for the second straight game after last weekend's impressive show against National Cathedral (D.C.) and St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (Va.) in the Liberty Invitational.

But Liberty still had more than enough steam to turn back Westminster, 15-6, in a Carroll County league game at Westminster.

The loss dropped the Owls to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the county.

Liberty continues to march relentlessly to a sixth straight county championship with a 3-0 record.

It was basically the same offensive story for Liberty last night, with Amie Rose hitting the net for five goals to run her season total to 46. Rose also had one assist.

Nicole Bengermino followed up a three-goal effort Tuesday night against South Carroll with four goals and two assists last night.

Senior attacker Debbi Bourke returned to the lineup last night after missing three games due to a spring vacation trip and contributed two goals and two assists.

Amy North had one goal and two assists.

Westminster was led by Holly Seaman's three goals and goalkeeper Melissa Warner (12 saves).

Warner made three straight outstanding stops in the first half when Westminster made its one big move.

After the Lions had bolted to a 6-0 lead in the first 10 minutes, Seaman scored twice in a little more than three minutes to reduce the margin to 6-2 with 10:24 left in the first half.

Then it was Warner turning back three straight shots to keep her team within striking distance over the next five minutes.

However, Kari Evans, Rose, Bengermino and Bourke scored four of the final five goals in the first half to push the Liberty lead to 10-3.

With only four games left in the regular season, Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn hopes to get her team back at the top of its game real soon.

"We're still not patient enough," said Vaughn. "We were sharp at times but had some lapses. I thought Trisha Shaw [one goal] played especially well on a night like this. She never gives up no matter what is happening around her."

While Vaughn is preaching patience in general to her team, she wants Rose and Bourke to both become more aggressive when they have the ball.

"They both have the mind set to take the ball to the goal when they want to but they're both too unselfish right now," said Vaughn.

For Westminster coach Suzanne Peters, it is becoming a frustrating and disappointing season.

The Owls were upset by North Carroll, 17-12, Tuesday night when their defense was missing some key players due to injuries.

Peters called up two defensive players from the junior varsity last night.

Freshman Sarah Palaia and sophomore Stevie Brumfit got into their first varsity games and helped take the Lions out of their game a little.

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