Glenelg gets 1st win over Mt. Hebron in nine years

Gladiators triumph, 10-5, after falling behind 3-0

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 25, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

No practice today for Glenelg's boys lacrosse team.

That was its reward for a rare victory yesterday over perennial Howard County powerhouse Mount Hebron.

The Gladiators, who trailed by three goals after one quarter, rallied to a 10-5 triumph at Mount Hebron. It was their first victory over the Vikings since 1994.

"It's a great feeling to finally beat them," said Glenelg junior attack Matt Nicola, who scored four goals. "I knew before the game we'd win. We wanted to slow it down and be patient on offense."

Defending Class 3A-2A state champion Mount Hebron (3-7 overall, 2-3 league) has won 13 county titles and three state titles, but it is struggling during a rebuilding season. The Vikings have endured only one losing league season (1984) since the school began playing lacrosse in 1979.

Glenelg (7-2, 4-0), on the other hand, is enjoying one of its best seasons.

The turning point of the game occurred when a three-minute illegal-stick penalty was called on Mount Hebron just before the second quarter began. Glenelg scored three times during the third minute of that penalty and built a 6-3 lead at halftime.

"The stick violation was major and helped us out a lot," said sophomore Glenelg goalkeeper Ward Odenwald (10 saves). "I was nervous, and my defensive teammates really were the key to the game."

Glenelg's defense consisted of Matt Richter, Brendan Lewis and Josh Isaacs, with Matt Geisler and Kyle Cottrell on long pole.

"Richter and Geisler played a tremendous game on take-aways and clears," said Glenelg coach Mike Williams.

Brenden Moore scored the second of his two goals for Mount Hebron to start the third period and cut the gap to 6-4. But Nicola answered a minute later, and Joe Derwent scored two straight for a 9-4 Glenelg lead early in the fourth quarter.

"We're not a real athletic team, and we have to play better defensively," Vikings coach Tom Minard said. "And we don't shoot all that well. I thought we got shots but just didn't finish. A lot of credit goes to their goalkeeper."

Glenelg outshot Mount Hebron 34-28.

Minard said that there is some pressure to live up to Mount Hebron's reputation for lacrosse greatness. "But there's not that much pressure. We can't keep getting penalties," he said. "That [illegal] stick call changed the whole course of the game."

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