Glenelg deals Atholton 16-8 setback, knocks Raiders out of tie for 1st Tough practice pays dividends for Gladiators

April 26, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Sometimes one good practice can make the difference between winning or losing.

Glenelg's lacrosse team certainly thought so following yesterday's 16-8 victory over Atholton, a win that knocked the host Raiders (5-5 overall, 3-1 league) out of a first-place tie with Mount Hebron.

Glenelg attackman Beau Pich, who scored a career-high eight goals and had two assists against Atholton, will remember Wednesday's three-hour practice following a tough loss Tuesday Oakland Mills.

"It was the most intense practice all season," Pich said. "It was the biggest turning point I've ever seen."

Glenelg corrected some defensive flaws at that practice.

"This was the best our defense has played all season. It was such a difference in just two days," said attackman Greg Edell, who scored three goals and tied his career high with seven assists against Atholton. "Our midfield worked a lot on slides in practice, and was able to stop Atholton from fast-breaking. It wasn't able to stop Oakland Mills."

One key to the defense against Atholton was goalkeeper Eric Myers, who had played only half of the 18-12 Oakland Mills loss because he had missed practice the day before.

"I didn't think the score would be this lopsided, but our defense was unstoppable," Myers said. He made 13 saves, several of which were outstanding.

Another key defensive player was Ken Hutton, who guarded Atholton's Mitch Treese and held him to one goal until the final three minutes when Treese pumped in two more goals.

"We had no miscommunications on defense today," Hutton said. "I've guarded Treese before, and he's all left when he tries to score, and if he goes right then he's thinking about passing."

Atholton played the same 3-3 zone that Oakland Mills used, but Glenelg made key adjustments.

"We just outworked Atholton, and they are talented," Gladiators coach Rick Kincaid said. "We wanted it. We wanted to stay in contention for the county championship."

Glenelg improved its county record to 3-1, good for a second-place tie with Atholton. Glenelg's overall record is 5-4.

Atholton's Tim Buscher dominated faceoffs. The Raiders won 15 of 18. But Atholton drew 12 1/2 minutes of penalty time to Glenelg's two minutes.

Glenelg scored the first three goals and never trailed against Atholton, which was missing its No. 1 goalkeeper, Scott Mauriello, who opted for an opportunity to play in a musical engagement in New York.

Pub Date: 4/26/96

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