Game in hand, Hebron doesn't give it away, beats Glenelg, 10-7

Boys lacrosse

May 01, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The Mount Hebron boys lacrosse team has conceded that it won't win its fourth straight Howard County championship this season. An earlier loss to Centennial all but decided that.

But yesterday's game against Glenelg was a chance to secure second place, and restore some pride to a program that has taken some unaccustomed lumps this season.

The Vikings played their best ball of the season, dispensing with Glenelg, 10-7, despite a valiant fourth-quarter rally by the Gladiators.

Mount Hebron (7-5, 7-1 league) won the game by playing better possession lacrosse, by winning 11 of 16 faceoffs and by focusing on Glenelg's most dominant player, Pat Beall.

Beall, guarded ably by John Brill, did score three goals and make two assists, and his goals with 6:18 and 5:14 to play narrowed Mount Hebron's lead to 9-7.

"Our game plan was to stop Beall because everything goes through him," said Vikings coach Tom Minard. "And Brill did a nice job."

But shortly after that seventh Glenelg goal, Beall turned the ball over and the momentum swung back to Mount Hebron.

"Beall played extremely well overall," said Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid. "But it wasn't his best game because he made some turnovers."

Beall's assist to Mike Deegan got the Gladiators on the scoreboard first, but Mount Hebron countered with goals by Jimmy Elliott and Mike Glancey to lead after one period, 2-1.

The Vikings pulled away in the second period, outscoring Glenelg 5-2 to lead 7-3 at halftime.

Five Vikings scored during that period, as they continued to display a well-balanced offense. Elliott scored Mount Hebron's seventh goal with 53 seconds left in the half.

"Early in the season, defenses were concentrating on our attack because that's been a traditional Mount Hebron strength," said Glancey, a senior midfielder who has 21 goals and 19 assists. "But our midfield has stepped up a notch and they have to pressure us now."

Because of construction to its stadium field at Glenelg, the Gladiators are playing their home games at Glenwood Middle School, where the extremely pitted field makes it tough to pick up ground balls, unless you're familiar with it.

Glenelg (8-4, 4-2) worked that home-field advantage to a 41-36 edge on ground balls, including a 14-7 edge in the fourth quarter.

"The field was horrible," said Glancey, who led the Vikings with seven ground balls.

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