Dougherty, Glenelg play it cool, win 9-7

Gladiators come back to beat Queen Anne's

May 21, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The play worked to perfection for the Glenelg boys lacrosse team.

Junior midfielder Ben Dougherty broke a 7-7 tie with 35 seconds left to help the Gladiators edge past Queen Anne's, 9-7, in Class 3A-2A-1A state semifinal at UMBC yesterday.

Glenelg, representing the West Region, improved to 15-4 and will meet Hereford for the state championship on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at UMBC.

The Gladiators would not be returning to the state finals for the first time since 1997 if it weren't for Dougherty's heroics.

Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid called a timeout with 1:01 left in the fourth quarter and designed a play that isolated the attacker drawing the short-stick defender.

Dougherty drew the Lions' short-stick defender and proceeded to work one-on-one to the left of the net. After he raced past the defender, Dougherty jumped in the air and beat junior goalkeeper Seth Ricketts with a high shot that gave the Gladiators an 8-7 lead."Whoever had the shorty, go for it," Dougherty said of the designed play. "I was thinking one-on-one and was just trying to get the ball in the net."

Kincaid said he drew the play to avoid Queen Anne's long-pole trio and to test Ricketts (eight saves)."We could see that the goalie was starting to get rattled," Kincaid said. "We asked [Dougherty], `If you have the shot, take it.' "

It appeared early in the game that the Lions, the East region champs, were going to meet Hereford in the finals. Queen Anne's (11-6) had built a 3-0 lead in the second quarter off tallies from senior midfielder Ryan Shiley (first of three), freshman midfielder Josh Clark (first of two), and senior attack Travis Coleman.

Senior attack Zach McQuigg (a hat trick and three assists) fed sophomore attack Pat Beall for a goal and then scored one of his own to help Glenelg cut the lead to 3-2 with 1:25 left.

But Shiley skipped a shot past junior goalkeeper Steve Marshall (eight saves) to regain a two-goal lead for the Lions at halftime.

Gladiators senior midfielder Brad Hanyok and Dougherty scored two quick goals in the first three minutes of the third period to tie the game at 4, but Shiley scored his third goal to give Queen Anne's a 5-4 lead.

Clark's goal off a feed from junior attack Matt Fuller with 7:14 left seemed to give the momentum to the Lions. But a miscue with 5:20 left proved costly.

On a clearing attempt, senior defender Jeff Clark thought Ricketts was in the cage and threw the ball toward the net. But Ricketts was out of position and the ball slowly rolled into the net.

The own-goal was credited to McQuigg, the closest Glenelg player, and cut Queen Anne's lead to one."That was a letdown," said Lions coach Bob Campbell. "As players and coaches, we try not to have those kinds of mistakes because that deflates a team, and we were deflated."

Junior attack Shane Baxter and McQuigg traded goals with junior defender Tom Callahan, setting the stage for Dougherty's game-winner.

Class 4A-3A

Defending state champion Severna Park, which had consistently overwhelmed opponents with talent and numbers, produced more of the same yesterday as it whipped Seneca Valley, 15-3, to advance to the state final.

The No. 7 Falcons (18-2) will play No. 13 Dulaney in the title game Tuesday, 8 p.m., at UMBC. The loss ended a 16-game unbeaten streak for Seneca Valley, the first Montgomery County team to reach the state playoffs.

Such is the depth of coach Michael Bellotte's squad, that Starke Mueller, a senior midfielder who ranks seventh on his team in goals score, led the attack with four goals and an assist.

As strong as the offense appeared, Bellolotte was more impressed with his defense, particularly junior Gavin Schatz."He's our No. 3 defenseman [the other two starting defensemen are scholarship seniors headed for Maryland and Cornell]. Today, though, he played like No. 1.`

Severna Park's domination was reflected in the difference in shots, 59-18.

Senior midfielder Paul Gillette (two goals, two assists) provided Severna Park's first two goals in the opening two minutes, and the count was 5-0 before the Screaming Eagles made the scoreboard with 1:31 left in the quarter.

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