Running out of steam, Glenelg conserves, wins

Gladiators finish stretch of 5 games in 8 days by beating Hammond, 10-4


High School

April 27, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

The Glenelg girls lacrosse team played its fifth game in eight days yesterday, and it showed.

"We've had five straight tough games. I think we were just playing tired," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid after the 12th-ranked Gladiators defeated visiting Hammond, 10-4. "I think we tried to save energy by swinging instead of getting into position and things like that. There was a lot of that kind of thing going on. So I don't particularly think that we played good lacrosse; we played good enough to win."

Glenelg (9-1-1 overall, 6-0 league) lost, 11-6, on Friday to third-ranked Bryn Mawr in the Liberty High School tournament, then won the consolation game, 14-13, on Saturday on Erin Edell's sudden-death overtime goal. The Gladiators beat River Hill, 11-4, and Centennial, 16-7, earlier this week.

"I gave them tomorrow [today] off," said Kincaid, realizing, too, that the girls might have their minds elsewhere, considering their prom is this weekend.

The Gladiators got goals from four different players - Lindsay Lewis, Stephanie Simpson, Lindsay Ricks and Edell - for a 4-0 lead 11 minutes into the game. Hammond (6-2, 3-2) got back into the contest briefly on back-to-back goals by Lindsay Greer and Kelly Berger, but the Gladiators closed out the half with three more goals for a 7-2 advantage.

"I think our defense played pretty well," Lewis said.

Hammond coach Emily Petrlik said Glenelg "outhustled us," and added that her team "didn't handle the pressure in the middle. We didn't pass the ball soon enough. We didn't execute."

Both teams are in the Class 2A-1A North region, and both coaches expect to play each other one more time this season.


Glenelg's undefeated girls tennis team had a scare yesterday before defeating host River Hill, 4-1.

The Gladiators' top singles players, Marianne Baker and Julia Faccina, won, 8-0 and 8-1, respectively. They are undefeated this season.

Glenelg top doubles team of Staci Wingate and Rachel Hoyle trailed 7-3 before winning, 9-7. The duo has lost only once this season. And the Gladiators' undefeated No. 2 team of Becca Gaylor and Marrie Monica rallied from a 5-4 deficit to win, 8-6.

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