Rain has dominated the early portion of the spring season with countless postponements, but it hasn't stopped some of the boys lacrosse teams in the county from getting off to great starts.
Westminster and Liberty are both 3-0, with South Carroll ranked No. 14 in this week's poll at 2-1.
Going into yesterday's action, Carroll County teams were a combined 8-3 against Howard County competition.
Senior attacker Dave Baker has provided most of the offense for Westminster, including a six-goal, three-assist effort in a win last week against Howard.
After years of opening up its schedule with two losses against the tough Howard County competition, South Carroll got a split this season with a solid 9-2 win against Centennial before a tough 10-6 loss to No. 11 Mount Hebron. Last season, the Cavaliers won 10 straight regular-season games after an 0-2 start.
Making a splash
South Carroll freshman swimmer Matt Easterday, representing the state of Maryland and the Green Terror Aquatic Club, captured three wins at the Eastern Zone Swimming Championships this weekend at Princeton University's DeNuncio Pool in New Jersey.
Competing in the 13-14 age group, Easterday won the 200- and 400-yard individual medley and the 200-yard buttterfly.
The competition brought together nearly 900 of the top swimmers from 12 states in the Northeast. Easterday's times for each of his three wins placed him in the top 16 in the country for those events in his age group.
Also competing from the Green Terror Aquatic Club from Carroll County were Megan Staehle, John Evans, Jason Kay, Heidi Metzger and Kim Freeman. Maryland finished sixth in the final standings.
Western Maryland College teams dodged the rain enough to enjoy a solid week.
The baseball team (7-6) opened its Centennial Conference slate Sunday with a doubleheader sweep of Muhlenberg, beating the Mules 6-5 in the opener and 9-1 in the second game.
Chip Dickey had a seventh-inning, bases-loaded single to drive in the winning run in the first Deusen game and senior shortstop Brian Van Deusen had four RBIs -- including a two-run homer -- in the second-game rout. Van Deusen hit .818 with eight RBIs in the Green Terror's 3-1 week, including a 5-for-5 effort in a 9-7 loss to Messiah on Tuesday. The Green Terror men's lacrosse team stayed at 19 in the USILA NCAA Division III poll this week, improving to 6-0 with a 17-10 win over Randolph-Macon on Saturday.
Sophomore Matt Hoppe scored four of his six goals in the fourth quarter to help the Green Terror pull away. He also added two assists. Dean Coccia had three goals and four assists with Bo Schrott also scoring three times and adding three assists for the Green Terror.
The Green Terror women's team are off to a 2-0 start after tight conference wins against Dickinson and Haverford.
The Green Terror opened with a 10-8 overtime win against Dickinson last Tuesday and then beat Haverford, 13-11, on Saturday. Senior Denise Sarver led the offense with eight goals.
After posting a provisional qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles two weekends ago, senior Julie Cox (Liberty) automatically qualified for the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships with a win at the 10th annual Susquehanna University Track and Field Invitational on Saturday.
Cox had the fastest time (14.77 seconds) in trials and then lowered it by six one-hundredths of a second in the final.
Cox also joined Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key), Jenny Spahr and Kare Fisher in the 400-meter relay to set a new school record with a time of 51.77 seconds.
Pub Date: 4/03/96