Glenelg earns its wish, a new shot at Hammond

Gladiators, Bears both win, play again tomorrow

May 16, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Glenelg has the rematch it wanted.

The Gladiators have had a very successful spring, but a one-goal loss at home to Hammond in the second county game of the season tarnished it a little. They had hoped for a rematch in the playoffs, and at 3: 45 p.m. tomorrow, they'll get the chance in a Class 1A-2A South regional semifinal at Hammond.

Glenelg defeated visiting Howard, 17-2, and Hammond upended host Long Reach, 16-4, in quarterfinal games yesterday.

Mount Hebron also advanced with a 25-0 victory over host Oakland Mills, and the top-ranked Vikings will play tomorrow at River Hill, which defeated host Atholton, 11-9.

Hammond beat Glenelg, 11-10, on April 13, and the Gladiators haven't forgotten.

"We've had a really good season, but we stumbled over them early, and we want another chance to redeem ourselves," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid.

"They want us bad. We know that," said Hammond coach Gay Petrlik, whose team beat Glenelg two years ago in the region final. "I'm sure they've improved, but so has Hammond. It's always very competitive, and we always play well against each other. And it's always close."

Neither team had close games yesterday.

The Gladiators (11-4) got a season-high five goals from freshman Lindsey Lewis in defeating the Lions (3-12). Stephanie Simpson, Krystin Brown and Lynsey Caldwell each added three goals for Glenelg, which led 12-1 at halftime.

Lauren Traber, Monica Serianni and Mandy Schroeder each scored three goals to help Hammond (8-5) over Long Reach (3-12). The Golden Bears, who led 9-3 at halftime, also received two goals each from Katie Fink, Dara Liberati and Sarah Walker.

Liberati and Walker are two of eight sophomores Petrlik moved up from the JV for the playoffs.

"That gives us a lot of fresh legs," Petrlik said, adding that her team's "shot percentage is better," now that "we're moving the ball better."

Kincaid said in the first game against Hammond that "we forced a lot of errant passes, but we weren't picking up the ground balls. We had a really bad ground-ball day."

That facet of the game has improved, Kincaid said, and the Gladiators showed how far they have come with a regular-season ending 12-11 victory over Centennial that pushed them into a tie with the Eagles for second place in the county.

"We're really balanced," said Kincaid, "and we're assisting quite a few goals every game. It's going to me more difficult for [Hammond] to defend against a balanced attack."

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