Glenelg storms past Atholton, 13-8 Girls lacrosse

April 29, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Visiting Glenelg took a month's worth of frustration out on Atholton yesterday, and the Gladiators never trailed while rolling to a 13-8 girls lacrosse victory.

"The challenge of a season is to bring a good group of players together and build them into a good team," Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid said. "Fundamentally, we were sound today. That's what we've been working toward all year."

And it has taken more than half a season for Glenelg (2-6) to reach that goal. The Gladiators, normally contenders for a county title, started 0-5, due partly to inclement weather, which deprived their inexperienced players of practice time.

"We didn't even have our defense set for five games," Kincaid said. "Today, from our goalie to the point to the first home, we played good defense."

Glenelg's defense was ready yesterday, especially against Atholton's sharp-shooting center, senior Allison Valentino. Although Valentino scored a game-high six goals, she had trouble getting into the flow of the game.

First, Glenelg center Heather Shumake -- one of four Gladiators who scored three goals -- did a fine job covering Valentino. Second, the Gladiators stopped her with well-timed double- and triple-teams. Third, Glenelg goalie Dana Hoffman came up with 21 saves, including 12 in the first half that contributed heavily to Valentino's 0-for-7 start.

Other than Valentino, the Raiders (3-7) could not generate much offense.

The Gladiators used their speed advantage to break into the open field often, where they ran the fast break effectively. Glenelg also handled the ball well around the cage in

its settled offense. Charlotte Cockrell, Amy Dutra and Heather Inkman scored three goals each.

The key for Glenelg was taking an early lead and frustrating Valentino. After both offenses started slowly, Dutra, Cockrell and Shumake combined for four goals over a 10-minute span to give Glenelg a 5-1 lead with 3:26 left in the first half.

Finally, Valentino broke through, scoring three times. Her final goal, in which she controlled the draw and ran through Glenelg's defense before shooting from close range, pulled Atholton to within 6-5 at halftime.

The Gladiators, who were outshot 20-12 in the first half, put Atholton away quickly in the second half.

Dutra gave them a 7-5 lead two minutes into the half. The Gladiators controlled the next two draws, and Inkman converted her next two shots to make it 9-5 with 20 minutes left in the game. Ninety seconds later, Cockrell made it 10-5.

Valentino accounted for all three of Atholton's second-half goals.

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