Oakland Mills and Glenelg saved their best lacrosse for last in the semifinals of the Atholton Tournament yesterday.
The Scorpions boys kept their unbeaten streak alive by spotting Hammond a 6-0 second-quarter lead, then staging a stunning second-half comeback to beat the Bears, 14-11.
Glenelg made things even more interesting. The Gladiators, who endured two scoring droughts that added up to 30 minutes, scored all four of their second-half goals in the final four minutes of regulation, then edged Atholton, 9-8, in overtime on a goal by Jason Caulder with 24 seconds left in the extra period.
Oakland Mills (5-0) and Glenelg (2-2) will play at 2 p.m. today for the tournament championship. Hammond (0-3) and Atholton (1-4) will play in the consolation at noon.
Before coming alive with an explosive 10-0 run in the second half
yesterday, the Scorpions received quite a wake-up call from Hammond.
The Bears, who looked flat throughout last week's 11-6 defeat at Oakland Mills, caught the Scorpions napping in the first quarter.
"We were thinking that since we beat them [Hammond] easily last week, we didn't have to play hard, and they were destroying us on ground balls in the first half," said Oakland Mills attackman Shannon Hiteshew, who was held scoreless in the first half but finished with three goals and two assists.
"This is the kind of game we expected from Hammond the first time around. They really made us work this time," Oakland Mills coach Phil Stephenson said. "We needed a game like this. We needed to be behind to show ourselves that we can come back."