Glenelg can't close, falls to South Carroll

Gladiators trip, 10-9, after taking 5-1 lead

April 09, 1999|By Jim Giza | Jim Giza,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Glenelg looked as if it was on its way to a home-field blowout of South Carroll after less than two minutes of play yesterday.

It was the final 26 minutes that gave the young Gladiators problems.

Glenelg couldn't overcome the balance of the persistent and patient Cavaliers and suffered a frustrating 10-9 defeat. The game was the second in a week in which Glenelg blew a lead, but coach Rick Kincaid walked away satisfied with his team of mostly sophomores and juniors.

"Right now, we're young but we'll get better as the season goes on. We're as green as grass," said Kincaid, whose team lost 8-3 to Oakland Mills last week after going up 3-0.

"Our strategy is that you make them [the opponent] work, make the defense move the ball, move the goalie and then attack," Kincaid added. "But they're young guys and they got impatient. It's just a learning experience."

Glenelg held a 3-0 lead after just 99 seconds and a 5-1 advantage after 10: 50.

During that opening run, Zack McQuigg had a goal and three of his game-high four assists, and Ben Dougherty had two goals.

Then, Glenelg (2-3) got a bit sloppy, and South Carroll (3-3) worked its way back into the game.

"I told my guys, lacrosse is a game of momentum," said Cavaliers coach Jeff Alisauckas. "I told them we just have to be patient and find a way to creep back in."

And creep they did. The Cavs cut the deficit to 5-4 at the half, and after their fifth unanswered goal for the tie took a 6-5 lead with 3: 43 left in the third quarter.

They fell behind again at 7-6 before Pat Wynne scored twice -- once on a strong feed from Jessie Buppert and once unassisted -- to give the Cavs the lead for good with 14 seconds left in the third quarter, 8-7.

"When we came off the field at halftime, Coach told us, `Don't talk about it -- do it,' " said South Carroll's Danny Stansbury.

Buppert led the Cavs with three goals and one assist, and his final two goals closed the scoring for South Carroll and provided a 10-8 lead.

Dougherty, whose three goals led Glenelg, ended the game with a 25-foot score at the horn to ease the Gladiators' pain.

"I think we let up a little bit, but I think they stepped up a lot," said Glenelg co-captain Faris Taylor. "That takes a lot of composure to come from behind by four goals."

"We're a young team, but we saw that we can do it -- that we're capable of winning and scoring," said Glenelg junior McQuigg. "We just have to pick it up a little bit."

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