Glenelg bounces back with Beal

After halftime, junior leads rally past Centennial, 8-6

Boys lacrosse

High School

April 25, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

The truth of it was, Pat Beal refused to let it happen again. Too many times, over too many lacrosse seasons, Glenelg had taken Centennial's best punch and never recovered.

In the Gladiators' history, they'd only managed to beat the Eagles five times, and No. 6 certainly didn't look promising when Centennial grabbed an early 4-1 lead yesterday.

But Beal, an emotionally charged junior attackman, helped lead a furious second-half rally with two goals and two assists as Glenelg knocked off Centennial, 8-6.

"This win was so huge for us today," Beal said. "We haven't had a lot of success against them overall, but we're in a groove right now and playing really well."

Beal didn't do it on his own. Ben Dougherty, the Gladiators' best player, put the finishing touches on the comeback with two goals in the fourth quarter. But it was Beal who took charge during a wild third period, during which the two teams combined for six goals in rapid succession. But the momentum clearly shifted in Glenelg's direction near the end of the period, and it showed in the fourth period as the team scored four unanswered.

"Glenelg really didn't quit," said Centennial coach Mike Seigert. "They outhustled us and came up with some big ground ball, and we didn't. We had a few opportunities that we need to convert, but it just slipped away for us."

Centennial's youth may have had something to do with that. Eagles sharpshooter Mike Down, only a sophomore, was impressive once again, scoring three goals and just missing on two others. But a few missed passes and costly penalties hurt the Eagles, as did a fairly solid Gladiators defense, led by defenseman Eric Wise.

"I think Centennial, as they get a bit more experience, is going to be an excellent team," said Glenelg coach Rich Kincaid. "My hat goes off to them. They scored early and really put the pressure on us to come up with a big comeback."

Which is exactly what happened. Trailing 6-4 to start the fourth quarter, Glenelg's Josh Burford scored on an assist from Beal. Seconds later Cory Shea founded Beal open for his third goal of the game, tying the score at 6-6. Methodically, and fully displaying the skills that have made him one of the league's best players, Dougherty scored twice to complete the rally and give Glenelg the win.

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