Glenelg maintains focus, dismantles S. Carroll, 10-5

3 Gladiators score 2 goals or more in opening victory

Boys lacrosse

High schools

March 24, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid had some divided loyalties in yesterday's boys lacrosse game against South Carroll, since his son, Mike, plays defense and Glenelg athletic director Mike Williams' son, John, plays attack for the Cavaliers.

Kincaid didn't let those loyalties stop him from getting his Gladiators fully prepared to win, however.

After playing less-than-inspired ball in their only preseason scrimmage against Arundel, host Glenelg turned up the intensity level in its opening game, which resulted in a 10-5 victory that justified a preseason No. 15 ranking for the Gladiators.

"Our defense played good pressure," said Glenelg attackman Ben Dougherty, whose three goals and one assist showed he's ready to pick up right where he left off last season, when he had 47 goals and 12 assists. "Everyone was anxious to prove themselves after a poor scrimmage against Arundel."

Shane Baxter scored two goals and made three assists to pace the Gladiators' attack. Pat Beall scored two goals and had one assist.

"Pat shot very well today," said Kincaid, whose team advanced to the Class 2A-1A state final last season. "For an opener, this was a nice effort. ... We learned from Arundel that you can't take any game for granted."

Beall opened the scoring in the first quarter, and South Carroll tied it on the first of two goals by Jake Kantruss, who was one of the bright spots for the Cavaliers.

But Glenelg scored the next three goals to pull away, two of them by Baxter and one by Dougherty.

Williams scored a goal for South Carroll to cut the margin to 4-2. After that, however, Glenelg reeled off three unanswered goals to lead 7-2.

"I'll take the blame for this loss," South Carroll coach John O'Meally said. "I just didn't have them ready. We made a lot of mental mistakes. And we didn't take enough shots."

This was the third straight season that Glenelg has defeated South Carroll.

"Usually, as our Glenelg game goes, so goes our season," O'Meally said. The Cavs were 8-6 last season.

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