Westminster finished off a weeklong run past the other top girls lacrosse contenders in Carroll County with perhaps the sweetest win of all, a 17-6 victory Tuesday over defending county champion and No. 2 Winters Mill.
The No. 4 Owls (9-0, 4-0 county) are the only perfect team left in the county after also beating then-No. 13 Liberty and then-No. 7 Century.
On Tuesday, Alyssa Semones led the Owls with six goals and an assist. The senior attacker, who is headed for Penn State, scored three times in a 6-1 run that pushed the Owls' lead to 9-3 by the half after Erin McMunn's goal pulled the Falcons within 3-2 nine minutes into the game. Jordan Wilkins' goal with 19:49 left in the game boosted the margin to 12-3.
The Owls were exceptionally efficient on attack, scoring their first 15 goals on 20 shots and putting all but one shot on goal.
"A big thing we've been working on this year is spreading out," Semones said, "because all seven of us are huge guns on offense. We know we don't have just one person. No matter who has the ball, they can go to goal. We all have faith in each other."
Six Owls scored — Wilkins and Alex Simpson with three goals each, Carolyn Jamison and Jessica Carder with two, and Meghan Macera with one.
The Falcons (5-2, 3-1) struggled to stop a Westminster attack that has 94 goals in its past five games. Semones has scored 26.
"They do a nice job moving the ball," Falcons coach Courtney Vaughn said. "Once you make the slide, they're dishing it off. The ball goes through [Semones]. We know she's tough. We were biting on their first step instead of moving our feet on 'D.' They have a quick little move one way and they take you the other way."
Caroline Russell had nine saves for the Owls, including some critical stops in the first half, and the defense — led by Jane Sussman, Melanie Solomon, Nicole Hodiak and Allison Baker — forced many of Winters Mill's 14 turnovers and held the Falcons to six second-half shots.