Coover draws Glenelg to win in 2 OTs

Specialist's plays, 2 goals send River Hill to 10-9 loss

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

April 21, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

As Glenelg's draw-taking specialist, freshman midfielder Terri Coover plays an unsung role on the Gladiators girls lacrosse team.

But yesterday afternoon, that unheralded role was critical to Glenelg's 10-9 double-overtime victory over River Hill in a Howard County league game at Glenwood Middle School.

Coover, who scored two goals, won 19 of the game's 23 draws, including all three in overtime to win possession for the Gladiators (6-2, 4-0 league). In the two three-minute extra periods, Glenelg held possession for all six minutes as a result of Coover's plays.

Glenelg, which outshot River Hill 5-0 in the overtime periods, was held scoreless during the first overtime before junior midfielder Katie Krumpotich scored the game-winning goal on a free position advantage 38 seconds into the second overtime. Coover then won the ensuing draw, and Glenelg successfully played keep-away until the clock expired.

"I just hold it as hard as I can and put as much strength as I can into it," Coover said. "We had our team lined up on one side so everybody pretty much knew where I was going to put it."

Early on, Glenelg dominated, scoring the game's first five goals. But after the Gladiators moved ahead 6-1 on senior midfielder Lindsay Lewis' third goal, River Hill scored seven straight times to take an 8-6 lead after Laura Hostetler's third unanswered goal with 10:06 remaining.

"I think that we kind of thought that we had them," said Lewis, who scored four goals and added two assists. "We thought that we didn't have to pressure as much, and we didn't have to play as hard as we had. Being a young team, it took a lot to come back, but all of us know that we could and we were capable of doing it."

Lewis and Coover scored in the next 65 seconds to tie the score at 8-8, and Coover tied it at 9-9 with 3:38 left to force overtime.

"I think we went away from what we had been doing in the first half," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid. "What was really helping us in the beginning was that River Hill didn't know how to handle our press. And then they got their composure, and when that happened, they got a little confidence in their play and still we were just kind of going through the motions. Eventually, we got back to doing what we had done in the beginning."

Glenelg, which also benefited from three goals by junior midfielder Bryn Buckler, outshot River Hill 32-17 for the game. But the Hawks stayed within striking distance throughout thanks to junior goalie Brittany Friedrich, who finished with 15 saves. Junior attack Shana Myers added two goals and an assist, and sophomore midfielder Robyn Bishop had two assists for the Hawks (6-3, 4-1).

"We fell a little short today, but I'm pleased," said River Hill coach Mike Senisi. "You can easily fall. At 6-1 you can see what teams are made of. We didn't fall, and one by one we stepped it up. It was a great game."

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