Once again, the time has come to see if there's any county boys lacrosse team out there capable of knocking South Carroll off its 10-year perch as county champion.
First crack goes to the Westminster Owls, who will play host to the Cavaliers (3-2) tomorrow night in the county opener for both teams.
The Owls, despite a 10-9 loss to visiting C.M. Wright on Monday, are also 3-2 and playing solid lacrosse at both ends of the field in the early going.
Behind solid midfield play from James Unglesbee, Greg Fisher and Ryan Fisher, the Owls appear to be the team best suited to end South Carroll's long run.
The Cavaliers have lost only two county games in their impressive 10-year dominance, the last coming in the 1994 season opener against the Owls. This season, it's senior attacker Jason Weisenborn who has stepped up for the Cavaliers along with another strong midfield group led by Charlie Gibson, Rob Onda and Mike Rabinovitz.
And while everyone is chasing South Carroll on the boys' side, a young Liberty girls team (4-0) is going after its eighth straight county crown with South Carroll, Westminster and North Carroll all off to good starts to pose a challenge.
The picture will start to take shape this week with Westminster at South Carroll tonight and North Carroll playing host to Liberty on Friday.
The Lions came from behind on Saturday to knock off Centennial, 16-15, in the championship of the Liberty Invitational. Sophomore Trish Young scored five times and senior Kari Evans added four in the win.
Runs in abundance
There's nothing like a 16-run fourth inning to help get that first win of the season.
That's what the Carroll Christian baseball team put up in its 30-5 win at New Freedom, Pa., on Monday. Todd Comstock (5-for-6, six RBIs), Josh Belcher (4-for-5, six RBIs) and Jeremy Voelkel (5-for-5, five RBIs) led the barrage for the Patriots.
Backof on a roll
Junior second baseman Julie Backof (Westminster) continues to put up staggering numbers offensively for the Western Maryland College softball team.
In earning Centennial Player of the Week honors a second straight time, Backof went 12-for-15 in four games with three doubles, two triples, a homer and 10 RBIs. This all came after she went 11-for-17 in five games the week before with 14 RBIs and nine runs scored.
Western Maryland is 11-4 overall and 6-1 in the Centennial Conference.
Backof leads the conference in hitting (.708), homers (three), hits (17) and is tied for the lead in runs scored (15) and doubles (four). She's second in the conference with 15 RBIs.
She's not the only Westminster High grad producing for Green Terror coach George Dix. Gina Hughes and Jacie Mathias both went .500 for the week. Hughes was 8-for-16 with eight RBIs, and Mathias went 7-for-14 with a triple, a homer and five RBIs.
A 10-0 run for Gettysburg
It was 1986 when a Western Maryland College men's lacrosse team last defeated Gettysburg.
The Green Terror (6-0) will get another chance this afternoon when the Bullets, 5-2 and ranked eighth in the NCAA Division III poll, come to Westminster.
Last season, the Green Terror was off to an 8-0 start before it lostat Gettysburg, 18-9. The last time the two teams met at Western Maryland was the 1995 season, when Gettysburg rolled to a 30-12 win.
Prior to the 10-0 Gettysburg run that started in 1987, the Green Terror had a 12-8 edge in the annual series that started in 1968. After tight one-goal wins in 1989 and 1990, the Bullets' average margin of victory since has been 9.3 goals.
Pub Date: 4/09/97