Caldwell, Glenelg hold back Centennial

Bettien's 15 saves help earn second place, 12-11

May 12, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

The incentive was clear.

"We knew coming into the game that we would finish second [in the county] if we won and fourth if we lost," said Glenelg senior Lynsey Caldwell about yesterday's game at Centennial. "We didn't want fourth."

Caldwell did her part, scoring a season-high five goals, and goalie Beth Bettien had 15 saves as the Gladiators held off a late Centennial charge for a 12-11 victory.

"We've been talking about this game the whole season," said Caldwell, whose three first-half goals helped the Gladiators to an 8-6 lead. "People don't understand how much this game meant to us. Centennial is a good team, and this should give us some recognition that we're a team to be reckoned with."

Glenelg (10-4 overall, 7-2 league) and Centennial (8-5, 7-2) tied for second place behind top-ranked Mount Hebron (14-0, 9-0). River Hill (8-4, 6-3) moved into a two-way tie for fourth with Hammond (7-5, 6-3) thanks to a 14-12 win yesterday over the Golden Bears.

The Gladiators had beaten Centennial only once before. That came in 1989, when Julie Stone, now Radnoff, scored seven goals. Radnoff is a second-year assistant coach with Glenelg, and her defensive unit saved the day.

Centennial, which trailed 5-1 eight minutes into the game, tied the game at 9 on Melissa Dugan's goal with 15: 47 left to play.

Caldwell, who will play lacrosse next season at Muhlenberg College, then scored on two excellent individual efforts. First, she picked up a ground ball near the crease and scored for a 10-9 advantage with 13: 23 left.

Roughly 90 seconds later, Caldwell had her eight-meter shot blocked by Centennial goalie Kelby Vanous, but beat everyone to the rebound and scored. Sophomore Erin Edell's free-position goal with 7: 03 left made 12-9.

Centennial, which dominated the draws and possession in the second half, made it a one-goal game with scores from Nicole Simon (5: 36 left) and Caitlin Marshall (3: 41). But Glenelg's defense, led by Bettien, Edell, Bibi Warfield and Layne Buckler, made it stand up.

"Beth had a great game," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid. "It was good to see her step up big when we needed her to."

Centennial had three eight-meter shots in the last 2: 30, and Bettien saved one of them. The Eagles took numerous shots late in the game, but couldn't find the net.

"They fought hard to get the ball back, but they didn't finish the play," said Centennial coach Michele DeJuliis. "Maybe it wasn't our day. We had 10 shots late in the game and couldn't put one in to tie the game."

Said Bettien: "We had great intensity and teamwork, and we didn't back down. It means a lot to be second in the county."

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