Oakland Mills gets by, 5-4 Atholton Tournament

April 16, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

The Oakland Mills Scorpions didn't win the championship lacrosse game of yesterday's Atholton Tournament as much as they survived it.

The Scorpions spent the afternoon committing penalties and turnovers. They struggled to gain possessions against a deliberate Glenelg team intent on holding the ball and slowing the game. And they almost blew a four-goal lead in the fourth period.

But the Scorpions managed to hold Glenelg scoreless in the final four minutes and hang on for a 5-4 victory to remain undefeated at 6-0.

"Glenelg is always a good competitor," Oakland Mills coach Phil Stephenson said. "They forced us to play their game today. They dictated the tempo. I certainly hope we don't see another game like this one."

A day after they scored 10 straight goals in a come-from-behind 14-11 win over Hammond, the Scorpions experienced a strange sort of victory.

They spent all but about four minutes of the first half camped in their zone defense, while Glenelg worked the ball patiently around the perimeter.

And yet, it was the Gladiators (2-3) who came up scoreless in the first half, while the Scorpions converted two of their rare (P opportunities to take a 2-0 lead at the half. The second goal came on midfielder Jeff Cartwright's desperation shot from 20 yards out that caromed off

Glenelg goalie Andy Marshall's stick as time expired.

Oakland Mills then put together a 3-0 run in the third quarter -- partly because of three assists by midfielder Shawn Madison -- to take a 5-0 lead, and appeared to have Glenelg's punchless attack solved.

But the Gladiators broke a 28-minute scoring drought, when Arvak Marshall cut the margin to 5-1 with 2:01 left in the third period. Glenelg then took advantage of several Oakland Mills penalties in the fourth period to close the gap to 5-4 on Brent Grabill's second goal with 3:55 left.

How strange was this affair? Cartwright scored a game-high three goals, but did Glenelg plenty of favors by committing two crease violations and two offsides infractions. Cartwright wasn't alone. The Scorpions committed seven penalties and had turnovers repeatedly in the second half with loose-ball pushes, moving picks and other mental lapses.

"It's hard to score three goals and not have a good game," said Oakland Mills defensive coach Tom O'Grady, who saluted his defense for hanging tough against the Gladiators.

"We try to apply patient pressure in our zone. They [Glenelg] didn't seem like they wanted to attack the goal, and I didn't want to rush them [the defense]. I was afraid we would get frustrated [by the slow pace] and start to overplay. But we didn't."

Still, the Scorpions nearly penalized themselves out of the game. After Glenelg midfielder Brandon Jaworski scored to trim Oakland Mills' lead to 5-2, the Scorpions committed two offsides infractions, and Glenelg cashed in on Grabill's first goal with 6:17 left to play.

Then, Oakland Mills goalie Matt LeBlanc -- who turned in an outstanding 10-save effort -- committed an unnecessary TTC roughness foul with 4:58 left. That forced the Scorpions to turn to attackman Iggy Levelev, who spends part of his winters as an ice hockey goalie. Levelev made two critical saves, before Grabill burned him with 3:55 left to make it 5-4.

LeBlanc rejoined the action and made another save with 3:30 left. The Gladiators then had two chances to tie in the final two minutes, but turned the ball over both times. Their final miscue came with 35 seconds left. The Scorpions ran out the clock.

In the consolation game, Hammond recorded its first victory in four tries with a 6-5 victory over Atholton.

Mike Sargent scored two goals and had one assist to lead the Golden Bears. Larry Magday had a goal and an assist. Tommy Lea scored one goal. Billy Carr and Matt Treese scored two goals apiece for Atholton (1-5).

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