Glenelg cruises to 8-4 victory

Gladiators score first 8 in win over Centennial

Girls lacrosse

High Schools

March 31, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

If a gap exists between Mount Hebron and the other girls lacrosse teams in Howard County, Glenelg may have carved out some space of its own.

The Gladiators scored eight unanswered goals en route to a convincing 8-4 win against visiting Centennial yesterday.

Junior attack Ashley Levering scored a game-high four goals and junior midfielder Terri Coover chipped in two goals and an assist as the Gladiators - who improved to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in the county - scored all eight of their goals in the first half to take an 8-0 lead into halftime.

The Eagles (1-1 overall, 0-1 county), whom some observers had regarded as one of the top three teams in the county this spring, did not score until more than 15 minutes into the second half.

"We knew we had to come out strong because we knew they were coming out for us after what happened last year," Levering said, referring to Glenelg's one-goal victory over Centennial in the Class 2A-1A North region final. That was the Gladiators' fourth consecutive regional crown.

"We just played well at both ends of the field," Levering said.

Glenelg's dominance began with its offense, which scored five goals in the first 9 minutes, 19 seconds.

Aside from Levering and Coover, junior midfielder Aly Blum and freshman attack Julianne Nicola each scored a goal during the Gladiators' 8-0 run.

"We got a big lead because we were able to keep our cool and find our teammates," Coover said. "That's how we put it all together."

Senior goalkeeper Ashley Blum (nine saves) and the rest of the Glenelg defense held the Eagles scoreless until junior midfielder Chelsea Parks scored with 9:52 left in the second half.

"We played team defense," Gladiators coach Ginger Kincaid said. "We did a good job of forcing them into directions they did not want to go."

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