For the Liberty girls lacrosse team, it was supposed to be the toughest game on the county schedule. Once again, however, it quickly turned into a rout.
Michelle Allen, Jessica Roguski and Meagan Voight scored four goals each as the host No. 12-ranked Lions scored the game's first three goals and never looked back in a 20-7 win over rival North Carroll.
Liberty outshot the Panthers, 38-18, never letting them get closer than 10 goals in the second half.
"We just wanted to take it to them," said Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn, whose team's only losses this season have come against area powers Bryn Mawr and Dulaney.
The win gave Liberty (8-2 overall, 6-0 county) a season sweep of North Carroll (6-3, 3-2), following a 13-4 triumph in Hampstead.
"I think that both games have really been the toughest in the county for us," said Allen, headed for Cornell in the fall. "North Carroll always plays a very physical and aggressive game. I think that last time, our passing wasn't as crisp as it was tonight, and our transition game was a lot better."
It was also a big night for Roguski, a Vanderbilt-bound senior whose fourth goal, late in the first half, put her atop the school's all-time scoring list. She now has a team-high 34 goals for the season.
"Jessica has really turned it on in the last few games," said Vaughn. "Before a loss to Bryn Mawr April 15, I didn't she was playing the way she's capable, but she's really taken charge."
Despite the large margin, Roguski was somewhat critical of her team's play during the first half.
"We were kind of sloppy," said Roguski. "It doesn't matter what the score is. If we're not playing up to our ability, then it's not good for us."
South Carroll 14, Francis Scott Key 8: Seniors Jesse Buppert, Pete Shaffer, and Dan Stansbury registered four points apiece as the Cavaliers reasserted their claim on a county title share in Winfield.
Buppert scored all four of his goals in the first half, when South Carroll (5-4, 3-2) rallied from a 3-1 deficit to a 9-5 lead at the break. Shaffer scored a hat trick and added an assist, and Stansbury recorded two goals, dished off two assists, and won 16 of 25 faceoffs.