North Carroll starts slow, finishes quite fast; Down 3-2, Panthers blow game open in 21-6 rout; Girls lacrosse; High Schools


North Carroll coach Amy Eggers isn't unhappy with her offense; she just wishes it would start a little quicker.

The Panthers added to Eggers' frustation last night. North Carroll fell behind visiting Westminster 3-2 in their Carroll County league game, then responded to score the next eight goals en route to a 21-6 victory.

Senior Jill Pyzik paced the Panthers (5-2, 2-1 county) with six goals, followed by junior Lacey Hentz with five. Kristen Gombeski's three goals led the Owls (2-4, 0-2).

The win put the Panthers back on track after a 13-4 loss to No. 11 Liberty in their last game.

"We definitely needed this one," Hentz. "Our confidence was a little down after the loss, and this shows that we wanted it more."

After Gombeski's goal with 16: 40 left in the first half gave Westminster a 3-2 lead, Pyzik scored three of the Panthers' next four goals in the next 1: 20 to give North Carroll a 6-3 lead. North Carroll then added four more goals to take a 10-3 lead. The result was never in doubt after that point.

"We're a young team, and we continue to get better," Eggers said. "I've tried different lineups to get us going, but I think [the slow start] will work itself out in time. We only have five seniors on the team, so a lot of the girls are learning on the field."

"We worked hard in practice this week because we only scored four goals against Liberty," Pyzik said. "We concentrated on the fundamentals and worked on shooting low on the goal, and it paid off in this game."

The Panthers outshot 61-20 for the game.

"We did not play to our ability tonight," said Westminster coach Suzanne Peters. "We weren't controlling the draws, and they built up momentum, and that's a big part of this game. Once we got ourselves in the hole, we were never able to dig ourselves out."

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