Glenelg solves North Carroll goalie for 7-5 win

Gladiators edge Panthers Despite Lettau's 18 saves

Boys lacrosse

March 29, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Rainy conditions made for a sloppy game, but Glenelg's players were pleased with a 7-5 boys lacrosse victory over visiting North Carroll yesterday.

"North Carroll is a much-improved team with a good goalkeeper," Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid said.

Kincaid said Glenelg's slightly superior stickwork and solid defense provided the winning edge. The Gladiators improved their record to 2-0 while North Carroll dropped to 1-1.

"At the beginning of the season, we were worried about our defense because we lost so much, but it is playing well," Kincaid said.

He cited defenders Bob Kennedy, Eric Wise, Nick Willett, Matt Mullinix, Stu McPhail and Dan Gilbert for their contributions as well as goalkeeper Brian Fish (12 saves).

Sophomore midfielder Pat Beall led the Gladiators offensively with three goals, and junior attackman Shane Baxter scored twice.

Senior midfielder and captain Taylor Faris, one of Glenelg's cornerstones, had an assist and a goal.

"They were aggressive and came at us," Faris said. "And their goalkeeper was a very nice player."

The Panthers' goalkeeper was junior Kyle Lettau, who made 18 saves.

North Carroll was a young team that started just three seniors and fell behind 2-0 early in the second quarter. They tied it 2-2 on two goals within 20 seconds by sophomore attackman Nick Thurston, who later added two assists. Ryan Wilkerson also scored two goals for North Carroll, both in the second half.

The Panthers made the mistake of allowing Glenelg to score a man-down goal by Ben Dougherty and fell behind 3-2. Then Beall made it 4-2 before halftime on an assist by Dougherty.

The teams played a scoreless third quarter in a steady rain.

A strong fourth quarter by Glenelg proved decisive.

Baxter's goal on a set play off a feed by Faris made it 7-4 with 4: 20 to play.

"We had more experience on offense and are well-conditioned," said Faris.

A major accomplishment for North Carroll was its ability to shut down Glenelg's Zack McQuigg, who played a rare scoreless game. McQuigg scored four goals and had two assists in Glenelg's 14-9 win over South Carroll on Friday.

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