Taking hit, Beall rallies Glenelg

With cut to chin, Gladiator scores 3 times in fourth to defeat Oakland Mills, 11-6

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 10, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

A nasty-looking gash in the chin would have sidelined some lacrosse players, especially on a day dominated by wind and rain.

Not Glenelg's Pat Beall.

Beall scored three goals in the fourth quarter to rally the Gladiators to an 11-6 victory over Oakland Mills yesterday at Glenwood Middle School.

The Scorpions (1-4, 0-1 Howard County) led 6-5 going into the final period, but were held scoreless the rest of the way, largely because Glenelg's offense took control.

Beall, who suffered a 1 1/2 -inch cut to his chin when it hit another player's helmet in the first period, played an uncustomary midfield position until midway through the third quarter. Once he moved to attack, things began to click for Glenelg (4-1, 3-0).

"We started getting every ground ball and faceoff after that," Beall said. "Our team is on a big upswing right now."

Said Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid: "We were out of sync in the first half, doing the wrong things over and over. Once we figured out Oakland Mills' zone defense, we found openings. I started Beall at midfield today because I felt we needed some strength there."

Beall finished with three goals and two assists. Matt Nicola and Zach Burford each had two goals and one assist.

Glenelg outshot Oakland Mills 29-20, and in the fourth quarter won every faceoff.

Oakland Mills goalie Matt Greene made 17 saves, many of them sensational, to keep the Scorpions close.

"He had a great game," said Kincaid of Greene. "We finally got him moving side to side, and things opened up for us."

The halftime score was 3-3 after a scoreless second period.

Sean McElroy, who pumped in four goals, put the Scorpions ahead 5-3 on a pair of goals early in the third quarter.

Oakland Mills then gave up an "own" goal off a defensive deflection, and Nicola found the upper right corner to tie it at 5-5.

McElroy put Oakland Mills ahead 6-5.

Oakland Mills started the fourth quarter with a one-minute illegal equipment penalty, and then watched Glenelg reel off six unanswered goals.

"What I didn't like more than losing was that we kind of collapsed in the fourth quarter," said Scorpions coach Ken Hovet. "Glenelg showed patience on offense and soundly beat us on ground balls. They destroyed us on faceoffs."

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