Centennial, Glenelg go their separate ways

Eagles learn from losses, Gladiators win twice at Liberty Invitational

Girls lacrosse

April 11, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

On the scoreboard, Centennial and Glenelg had very different experiences at yesterday's round-robin Liberty Lacrosse Invitational in Sykesville.

The Eagles had the tougher schedule, and paid the price. Centennial lost to host and No. 9-ranked Liberty, 14-4, in the morning, then came back in the afternoon and was defeated 15-5 by No. 3 Bryn Mawr.

Glenelg blew a three-goal halftime lead and needed overtime to defeat Bel Air, 7-6, in its morning contest. The Gladiators had it easier in the afternoon, upending Bethesda's Walt Whitman, 14-5.

And while Glenelg (3-1) ended the day with a feeling of accomplishment, Centennial (1-4) took away some positives, too. The lessons learned from playing better teams should help the Eagles down the road.

"This gives them a chance to see how much farther they need to come and what they need to work on," said Centennial coach Michele DeJuliis. "Playing teams like this is a great experience.

"I don't mind losing. I really don't," DeJuliis added. "I want them to see what their doing wrong and make the effort to make a difference."

Junior midfielder Caitlin Marshall said the Eagles' intensity and desire improved tremendously in the second game against Bryn Mawr.

"Playing the better teams gets us prepared for the league season and makes us stronger," said Marshall, who had a goal against Liberty. "It's definitely a good experience."

Glenelg got three goals from sophomore Kelly O'Connor against Bel Air, but it was Erin Edell's second goal of the game, with one minute left in the second overtime, that lifted the Gladiators to victory.

Junior Stephanie Howell scored a career-high five goals and senior Lynsey Caldwell had three goals and two assists in the win over Whitman. O'Connor also added two goals and one assist.

"We did great today," said O'Connor. "We had great transition down the field."

Howell said playing in the tournament helped the Gladiators "play as a team. We learned more about each other and our abilities."

Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid, whose team was without senior starters Beth Bettien and Krystin Brown, was pleased with her squad's play. She said she was impressed with Howell and that she is "starting to really become an attack center."

Kincaid said sophomore defender Kristina Schwarz "had a really good" tournament, and that O'Connor "showed a lot of maturity on attack. She's really starting to step up in the leadership role."

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