Glenelg can't close, falls to South Carroll

Cavaliers win going away, 10-9, after trailing early

Buppert scores 3 goals

Boys lacrosse

April 09, 1999|By James Giza | James 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 and the Cavaliers a lesson in determination.

Glenelg couldn't overcome the balance of the persistent and patient Cavaliers, who pulled out a 10-9 win after trailing 5-1 very early in the game.

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.

South Carroll coach Jeff Alisauckas sounded as patient afterward as his team looked during its comeback.

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

And creep they did.

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) began its climb toward victory.

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 Cavaliers 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."

"Our strategy is that you make them [the opponent] work, make the defense move the ball, move the goalie and then attack," added Glenelg coach Kincaid.

"But they're young guys and they got impatient. It's just a learning experience."

Pub Date: 4/09/99

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