Glenelg storms past North Carroll, 13-7

Gladiators earn victory, leave Panthers all wet

Girls lacrosse

March 29, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

North Carroll girls lacrosse coach Amy Eggers could have blamed the rain.

Slick fields and a slippery ball caused by yesterday's storms could have played a role in the host Panthers' 13-7 loss to No. 14 Glenelg in Hampstead.

Instead, Eggers candidly tagged her team's uninspiring play to a lack of preparation.

"I don't like to make excuses for the weather, but it was raining before the game started, and they got it into their heads that they wouldn't have to play," the first-year coach said. "We waited until the second half before we started playing our game."

Junior midfielder Erin LaMotte agreed with Eggers, saying, "When we first arrived at the field, we were not ready to play at all. In the first half, we were just dragging."

Fresh off a 30-0 pasting of North Hagerstown on Friday, North Carroll (1-1) had an opportunity to upend the Gladiators of Howard County, who routed South Carroll, 14-5, last week.

But besides the final score, Glenelg (2-0) dominated nearly every statistical category, gaining a 36-17 advantage in shots, a 24-14 lead in ground balls and a 14-8 edge in draws.

"We knew Glenelg would be a good team. They play hard from the first whistle to the last," Eggers said. "We didn't step up to the challenge."

Junior midfielder Lacey Hentz's eighth goal of the season gave North Carroll a 1-0 lead just 2: 33 seconds into the game, but the Gladiators ran off three straight goals -- including two by senior midfielder Stephanie Howell -- to take a 3-1 lead with 14: 59 left in the first half.

A timeout by Eggers seemed to calm North Carroll, which cut the deficit to one courtesy of a free-position goal by senior attack Jill Pyzik with 13: 20 left. But Glenelg scored six unanswered goals -- two off the stick of junior attack Kelly O'Connor -- to take a 9-2 lead at halftime.

After junior attack Lindsay Lewis beat Panthers sophomore goalkeeper Kitt Turnbaugh to build a 10-2 Gladiators advantage at the 4: 59 mark of the second half, Pyzik and Hentz scored goals 65 seconds apart to make it 10-4.

But Glenelg scored two more goals to render moot three North Carroll goals in a 2: 15 span near the end of the game.

Gladiators coach Ginger Kincaid said she thought her team could surprise the Panthers with a full-field press.

"They weren't challenged in their game against North Hagerstown," Kincaid said. "I think we stunned them a little bit."

Turnbaugh, whose 12 saves all came from close range, said the Panthers may have been lulled by their domination of North Hagerstown.

"I'm sure there was a little bit of overconfidence," she said. "Glenelg is a good team, but I don't know what was going through our heads."

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