Glenelg scores big in field hockey, 4-2 Potent attack produces 5-0 mark

October 06, 1992|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Field hockey often is a tedious exercise, marked by plenty of action but precious little scoring. And then there is the hockey book according to this year's Glenelg team.

You want offense? Check out the Gladiators who have registered 20 goals in their first five games.

Their latest victim, Archbishop Spalding of Anne Arundel County, got a taste of the Gladiators' potent attack yesterday, when Glenelg turned back two game-tying rallies en route to a 4-2 victory.

Glenelg, seeking its eighth county championship and first state title under 16-year coach Ginger Kincaid, begins league play Friday against Oakland Mills with a 5-0 record. The Gladiators are averaging four goals and have surrendered only four all season, recording three shutouts.

"The biggest thing is they are all on the same level," said Kincaid, whose team is defending its county title. "They're all seniors, they're all four-year players, and they're all thinking in the same vein. These kids are serious."

They certainly play that way. Most of Glenelg's starters rode the bench as juniors last year, patiently waiting for their chance to shine. They are not wasting their opportunities.

"We missed out on playing time, but we didn't miss out on learning," said senior forward Amy Dutra, who led the way yesterday with two goals. "We work closely together. We're a very offensive-minded team. I don't see how we can do it any better."

Indeed, seven players already have scored for Glenelg, led by forward Heather Inkman. She put the game out of reach yesterday with her team-high eighth goal of the season with 4:28 left. She also assisted Dutra on the game's first score early in the first half.

Dutra has four goals and a team-high four assists this season. Forward Becky Ford also chipped in a goal, her third of the year.

The Gladiators earned high marks all over the field against much-improved Spalding (3-2-1), which won only three games last season. Sweeper Trish Slater and halfback Dana Hoffman repeatedly frustrated Spalding and gave goalie Kristen Turner (two saves) an easy day. Links Lisa Roscoe and Charlotte Cockrell kept the ball moving to the forward line. From there, the Gladiators did what they do best -- score.

After Dutra scored in the opening minutes off a nice feed by Inkman, Spalding's Karen Mayernick converted a penalty-corner feed from Marie Swartwood with 13:44 left in the half to tie the score 1-1.

Glenelg needed only 35 seconds to answer, as Melanie Richardson emerged from a pile of players fighting for the ball in front of the Spalding cage and passed to Ford, who put the Gladiators back on top 2-1.

Spalding tied the score again 1:02 into the second half on an unassisted goal by Megan O'Brien. A minute later, the Gladiators responded, as Dutra scored off an assist from Ford to give Glenelg a lead it would not relinquish.

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