Krumpotich, Glenelg turn aside upset-minded Hammond, 15-6

Bears go up 2-0, but Glads take over with control, `D'

Girls lacrosse

April 02, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Glenelg girls lacrosse team doesn't like surprises.

So when Hammond visited yesterday, seeking another upset in the young season, the Gladiators snuffed out that possibility with a decisive 15-6 victory.

The Bears have been a formidable opponent, making the Gladiators sweat out narrow wins. Add Hammond's 11-9 stunner against River Hill last week, and it's easy to see why Glenelg (2-0 overall, 1-0 Howard County) wasn't about to overlook the Bears.

"We all knew they beat River Hill," said senior midfielder Katie Krumpotich. "Last year, we only beat them by two or three goals. ... We came out ready to play."

"For sure, we had their win against River Hill in the back of our minds," said Gladiators coach Ginger Kincaid. "But we don't need a lot of motivation to play Hammond."

Just in case, the Bears (1-3, 1-2) got off to a 2-0 lead on goals by senior midfielder Kathleen Boland and senior attack Lindsay Buckingham just 12 seconds apart with 4 minutes, 15 seconds gone in the game.

But Glenelg scored eight of the next nine goals before Buckingham's third goal made it 8-4.

After Bears senior midfielder Kelly Berger sent a shot inside the right post just 17 seconds into second half, Glenelg registered seven of the last eight goals to settle matters.

Krumpotich led the Gladiators' way with four goals and five assists, while sophomore midfielder Terri Coover scored a game-high five goals. Senior midfielders Bryn Buckler and Amy Knell each finished with two goals and an assist.

The starting defense of seniors Jess Burt and Kirsten Krauss, sophomore Aly Blum and junior goalie Ashley Blum (four saves) - filling in for senior Jessica Young (three saves) in the second half - also matched a personal objective of limiting Hammond to six goals.

"We wanted to keep them to no more than six goals, and we did that," Coover said. "That's a credit to our defense."

Berger had a hand in five of the Bears' goals (one score, four assists). But coach Emily Petrlik was distressed by her team's disadvantage in the possession category, which she estimated to belong to Glenelg 80 percent of the time.

"We did not clear the ball downfield," said Petrlik, whose squad was outshot 26-15 and lost 13 of 23 draws. "They did an excellent job of doubling and thinking fast with the ball. We didn't do that."

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