Glenelg charges into final, 15-8

2nd-half surge carries Gladiators past Kent

Class 3A-2A-1A girls lacrosse

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

For the first 25 minutes, the Glenelg girls lacrosse team played as if it were still waking up to the reality of an 11 a.m. game.

But the 14th-ranked Gladiators righted themselves by scoring nine of the first 10 goals of the second half to sail to a 15-8 victory over Kent County in a Class 3A-2A-1A state semifinal yesterday at UMBC.

Junior attack Stephanie Simpson powered Glenelg with two goals and four assists, and sophomore midfielder Lindsay Lewis and junior attack Kate Nicol each had a hat trick and an assist.

With the win, the Gladiators improved to 17-2 and will meet top-ranked Mount Hebron in the state final Wednesday at 8 p.m. at UMBC.

But Glenelg, the West region champ, nearly squandered the opportunity to meet its Howard County rival with a lackadaisical effort in the first half.

The Gladiators scored the first four goals of the game. Senior midfielder Stephanie Howell scored at 2:57, and Lewis scored nine seconds later.

Then junior midfielder Erin Edell rifled a low shot into the net at 3:18, and Simpson bounced the ball into the cage 68 seconds later.

But the Trojans (15-2), who won the East Region crown, answered with a 6-0 run sparked by junior attack Greta Sommers, who had two of her three goals and two assists during the spurt.

Goals from Nicol and junior midfielder Kelly O'Connor 13 seconds apart helped Glenelg walk into the locker room with a 6-6 tie at the half."When we got behind, we spazzed," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid. "Once we settled our defense, we were in control again and we were able to run our offense the way we wanted to."

After Sommers scored her final goal of the day five seconds into the second half, the Gladiators scored nine unanswered goals. Two of those - by Lewis from Nicol and by Nicol from Simpson - involved pretty alley-oop passes in front of Kent County sophomore goalkeeper Katie Silcox (14 saves).

Trojans senior Katie Stevenson, a Johns Hopkins-bound midfielder who had a hat trick and an assist, ended the run with a goal with 6:54 left, but Glenelg was on its way to a rematch with Mount Hebron, which walloped the Gladiators, 18-3, on May2."We settled our offense and began to run," said Lewis, who added that she was looking forward to visiting the Vikings again. "We wanted [the win] to be able to play Mount Hebron and show what we can do."

Class 4A-3A

After knocking out two-time defending state champ Annapolis on Wednesday, No.4 Severna Park came back with a steady stream of goals in a convincing 20-2 victory over Whitman in a Class 4A-3A state semifinal.

The Falcons (17-3) will return to UMBC on Tuesday at 6 p.m. to meet Liberty - 14-6 winners over Dulaney in the other semifinal.

With far more skills, speed and experience, they simply overwhelmed West Region champ Whitman (15-4) from Montgomery County by scoring the game's first seven goals and taking a 13-1 lead at the half.Liberty 14, Dulaney 6: Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn said her team bears little resemblance to the one that opened its season with a loss to Dulaney.

In last night's Class 4A-3A state semifinal at UMBC, the Carroll team showed the power that it has become.

Michelle Allen scored four goals to go along with three each from Meagan Voight and Jessica Roguski, as No.13 Liberty jumped out to a 4-0 lead and cruised past No.12 Dulaney (13-3).

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