Glenelg saves its best for last vs. S. Carroll

Simpson's goal boosts Gladiators in OT, 8-7, caps rally from 3-0 hole

High Schools

Girls lacrosse

April 15, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The formula has been the same for the Glenelg girls lacrosse team: fall behind early, mount a comeback and emerge with a victory.

The No. 14 Gladiators reverted to form yesterday as senior attack Becky Simpson's goal with 4:15 left in overtime gave Glenelg an 8-7 win over host South Carroll.

Simpson's fifth goal of the season helped Glenelg remain unbeaten at 7-0. The Cavaliers dropped to 4-2.

That the Gladiators stayed unbeaten seemed improbable at the start as South Carroll jumped out to a 3-0 lead just 6:53 into the first half.

Senior midfielder Katie Krumpotich said it was the fifth time that Glenelg had dug itself an early hole.

"I don't know what it is," said Krumpotich, who paced the Gladiators with a game-high five points (four goals, one assist). "I don't know if our pre-game [warm-up] is slow, but everybody realized that it was time to play. We got warmed up."

Krumpotich scored twice and senior midfielder Amy Knell once to help Glenelg tie the score at 3 with 5:53 left in the first half. But Cavaliers junior attack Kerrie Wuenschel scored two of her team-high three goals, and the Gladiators trailed at halftime 5-4.

Tied 7-7 at the end of regulation, the Gladiators controlled the opening draw of overtime. A minute later, Simpson collected a rebound of her first shot and buried her second attempt behind South Carroll junior goalkeeper Carrie Condon (11 saves).

"I don't really score that much," said Simpson, who sat on the bench for most of the second half before Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid reinserted her to settle the team's attack in overtime. "I looked at my stick and said, `Oh, I have it. I guess I should shoot again.' "

Kincaid said while she was pleasantly surprised by Simpson's play, she had no doubt about using her in overtime.

"She's a bit of a gamer," Kincaid said. "Down the stretch when things get tough, I get Becky in there. It was really great to see her come through."

The Cavaliers had two possessions in overtime, but they turned over the ball on their first series and Gladiators junior goalkeeper Ashley Blum turned aside junior defender Carrielyn O'Connell's last-second try to finish with three saves.

Still, South Carroll coach Mac Kantruss expressed optimism in his team's play.

"It could've went either way," Kantruss said. "We forced some passes in key situations, and we made some bad turnovers in stretches, but Glenelg is a very good team."

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