Oakland Mills nails Glenelg in region final

May 18, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Oakland Mills used its past failures against Glenelg as a springboard to its second straight regional lacrosse championship yesterday.

The size of Oakland Mills' victory, 15-6, stunned a chilled, wind-swept crowd.

Glenelg (10-5) appeared to have a psychological advantage when the Class 1A-2A West Region championship game began at Oakland Mills.

The Gladiators had beaten Oakland Mills (13-2) twice this season. And Glenelg had scored more goals against the Scorpions in one game (nine) than any other team.

Over the past two seasons, Glenelg had won three of four games between the teams, and all four games were decided by three or fewer goals.

"They've been a thorn in our side for a good while now," Oakland Mills coach Phil Stephenson said. "And we decided to purge it."

Stephenson made a pre-game prediction that Oakland Mills would win the grudge match, and his team wasted no time making that prediction look good.

After Glenelg's Chris Forespring scored 17 seconds into the game, Oakland Mills got the next five goals.

Sophomore Matt Rollman, normally a midfielder, traded positions with attackman Iggy Levelev. The strategy paid off quickly. Rollman scored Oakland Mills' first two goals.

Dan Hart, who scored two goals and had four assists, assisted Jeff Wong for Oakland Mills' third goal, and Hart then scored the fourth goal on an assist by Matt Cartwright.

Senior attackman Chris Costantino, who scored four goals, made it 5-1 on an assist from Levelev.

Glenelg freshman midfielder Connor Pett scored off an assist from Greg Edell to make it 5-2 after one quarter of play.

"The hardest thing in the world is to beat a team three times in one season," Pett said. "They out-hustled us in every aspect and wanted it more. They had team unity and deserved it. They got ground balls and converted them."

Pett, off another Edell assist, scored again with 5:12 left in the second quarter to rally Glenelg to 5-3. But that was Glenelg's last hurrah.

Oakland Mills scored the next six goals and led 11-3 early in the third quarter. Nine Scorpions scored points.

"Beating Glenelg was a mental thing for us," Hart said. "We knew we had the talent, and the seniors realized it would be our last game if we lost."

Part of Oakland Mills' game plan was to play a five-man zone defense and put the sixth defender on Edell.

"Edell is a great feeder and we wanted to take away his time to think," Stephenson said. "John Campbell or Chris Sheldon were all over him, but Edell still got four assists."

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