With Edell, Glenelg is set for playoff success

May 13, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun

Glenelg sophomore attack Greg Edell did not take up competitive lacrosse six years ago just because his father is Dick Edell, the longtime University of Maryland men's lacrosse coach (91-46 since 1984).

"I actually played baseball first and my dad helped me the most with that sport when I was younger," said Edell, who along with his second-seeded Gladiators teammates will play host to third-seeded Atholton (6-5, 3-3) at 4 p.m. today in the first round of the Class 1A-2A state playoffs.

So why did Edell switch spring sports?

"My mom sort of forced me to play lacrosse six years ago because she thought baseball was boring," Edell said. "She didn't enjoy watching it."

Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid is thankful Dolores Edell persuaded her son to put down a leather glove and pick up a netted stick.

In helping the Gladiators (9-4, 5-1) share a county title for the first time since 1985, Edell leads the county in assists, is second in points and has proven to be a go-to guy in the clutch.

"Greg has a great love of the game and plays with a great deal of enthusiasm," said Kincaid, whose team tied Centennial and Oakland Mills for first place in the county. "He's very self-motivated, not real vocal. He just goes out and does his job."

Edell's job has largely been that of set-up man in the Gladiators' offense, although he scored the game-winning, overtime goal to defeat Mount Hebron, 7-6.

Edell's county-leading 36 assists, to go along with 15 goals, is a large reason he has six teammates with 14 or more goals this season.

"At times Greg epitomizes the fact we work very hard, and sometimes too much so, to be team-oriented," Kincaid said. "Players pass up a shot and give the ball to somebody else when they should shoot. But in the long run, it will help set up a situation where we need to be unselfish to score."

Edell credits his family background with giving him a knowledgeable edge in lacrosse over his competitors.

"I've seen probably 1,000 lacrosse games in my life, so I do know a lot about the game," said Edell, who played junior varsity last year. "But, except for my dad's summer lacrosse camps, it [the Edell name] doesn't help that much skill-wise."

Edell said his best skill, passing the ball to the open cutter, is exploited by Glenelg's offense that thrives against zone defenses.

An example of the Gladiators' unselfish play paying dividends came in a recent victory over Howard, in which Edell scored three goals and had four assists.

"We scored 13 goals in that game and all 13 goals were assisted," Kincaid said. "We generally have a great assist-to-goal ratio."

Kincaid, however, has attackmen and midfielders capable of going one-on-one for a score when needed.

The Cordisco twins, senior midfielders Jeff (20 goals, five assists) and Chris (16 goals, 14 assists), have the speed to blaze past most county defensemen.

Senior attack Dave Willis (19 goals, 11 assists) and junior attack Chris Forespring (14 goals, seven assists), who scored two goals in a 7-4 win over Oakland Mills, are fundamentally sound.

"Chris Forespring gets so little attention that if you leave him alone he'll hurt you bad," Kincaid said.

Freshman midfielder Connor Pett (17 goals, seven assists), could rank among the county's all-time leading scorers before he is finished. Pett's older brother Jason, who plays midfield for Notre Dame, holds the school-assist record (44) that Edell is chasing.

"Plus they're all in that 3.2 to 3.4 grade-point range, with the Cordiscos at 4.0," Kincaid said. "They all learn quickly and, more importantly, grab concepts easily. I believe there is a strong correlation between success on the athletic field and success in the classroom."

Youth may contribute to what Kincaid sees as Glenelg's weakness of not playing four sound quarters.

"Our win over Hammond was a perfect example of not being focused early on and we went into halftime down 4-1," Kincaid said.

After a motivating halftime talk, Glenelg dominated the second half, coming back for a 7-5 victory.

Forespring credits a harder work ethic and togetherness as reasons for Glenelg's success.

Kincaid expects more of that unselfish play today when the Gladiators face Atholton.

A Glenelg win could lead to a regional showdown Tuesday with Oakland Mills (10-1, 5-1).

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