Less-patient Glenelg crushes Atholton, 12-5 Boys lacrosse

April 28, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Don't get Glenelg lacrosse coach Rick Kincaid wrong. When it comes to offense, he still preaches patience first. He'd rather see his team score after a four-pass sequence than any other way.

Yesterday against visiting Atholton, however, Kincaid decided to give his team more freedom offensively. Glenelg responded with its best offensive performance of the spring, a 12-5 victory.

"It's OK to be patient and it's OK to give the ball up. We demand discipline. But we were finding that we were moving away from the goal [in our settled offense]," said Kincaid, whose Gladiators (3-5) kept their playoff hopes alive. "We attacked the goal more today."

The Gladiators passed the ball effectively, with four assists (Chris Forespring, Graham Guerra, Arvak Marshall, Jamie Arnsmeyer). They also exploited Atholton's soft defense in one-on-one situations, on fast-break opportunities and with perimeter shots.

Attackman Brent Grabill led the way with four goals. Midfielder Matt deMontaigne scored three. Midfielder Jason Caulder had two. Dave Willis, Jeff Cordisco and Randy Mullinix added one goal apiece.

Glenelg won its second game in three tries, and the Gladiators picked the right opponent with whom to start their stretch drive.

Atholton (1-8) has struggled since winning its first game. After dropping four consecutive one-goal decisions -- including two in overtime -- the Raiders fell out of contention early.

After a goal by midfielder Matt Treese that tied the score at 2 early in the second period, the Raiders went 15 scoreless minutes before Treese ended the drought. By then, Glenelg had scored seven goals.

The Raiders' offense has consisted of Treese and midfielder Charles Fuller all year. Yesterday was no different. Treese scored three goals, and Fuller added two for all of Atholton's scoring.

After a competitive first quarter, Glenelg controlled the proceedings. The Gladiators defense made things easy for goalkeepers Toby Heusser (seven saves) and Arvak Marshall (two). The offense took 34 shots to Atholton's 19.

The Gladiators won the game in the second and third periods. With 8:38 left in the first half, Caulder shot over defenseman Brandon Bloodsworth from 10 yards out to give Glenelg a 3-2 lead.

That sparked a 7-0 run by Glenelg. Grabill scored his first two goals unassisted within a 50-second span to make it 5-2, and Atholton took a timeout with 4:12 left. That didn't help, as deMontaigne converted a pass in traffic from Chris Forespring with 3:20 left to give the Gladiators a 6-2 lead at intermission.

Grabill, deMontaigne and Cordisco -- who made his first start at midfield -- combined to give Glenelg a 9-2 advantage with 4:44 left in the third quarter.

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