In the three years since River Hill opened its doors, the fledgling Hawks and the well-established Glenelg Gladiators have developed one of the county's best lacrosse rivalries.
One-goal losses to the Gladiators by River Hill (6-1 overall, 2-0 league) the first two seasons understandably frustrated the Hawks, who were determined to do better yesterday.
They did, rallying in the second half to win, 11-8, and burning off that simmering frustration with a well-deserved and vigorous post-game celebration.
But beneath the surface delight lingered a remnant of self-doubt. River Hill expected the victory to be more decisive -- especially because Glenelg returned just three starters and River Hill returned eight.
"We thought we would walk over them," said tri-captain Scott Kenworthy, who scored three goals and had two assists.
His two goals in the first 78 seconds of the fourth quarter solidified River Hill's lead at 10-7.
River Hill trailed Glenelg 4-2 after one quarter before rallying on goals by Justin Clark, Brian Fabel and Brooks Brumsted (two goals, one assist) to tie 5-5 at halftime. Brumsted scored with one second left in the half, scooping up a loose ball about 15 yards out and cranking a high shot into the net.
Clark, who had three goals, as well, was as surprised as Kenworthy by Glenelg's excellent effort.
"They were really ready and surprised us. We played with our hearts in the first half and our heads in the second half. Our goal is to beat Mount Hebron and win the county championship, and if we didn't win this, we couldn't even look to beating Mount Hebron."
The Gladiators cut the lead to 10-8 with seven minutes to play on a goal by Zack McQuigg (two goals, two assists).
But the Hawks controlled the ball from that point, ran the clock, and Kenworthy scored his third goal with 4: 22 left to play.
Glenelg (2-4, 1-1) hounded River Hill with offense from McQuigg and Josh Hough (three goals), outstanding faceoff efforts from junior midfielder Taylor Faris, and slick goalkeeping from 135-pound senior Shawn Mathews, who had 12 saves. Mathews is in his first full season in goal.
"Faris is a dominant player of Division I quality and kept us in the game when we messed up," Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid said. "We're young but talented and did some unusual things -- both positive and negative."
Despite turning an ankle midway through the second quarter, McQuigg played on, scoring both his goals in the second half.
Pub Date: 4/16/99