Glenelg contains Centennial

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

March 31, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg senior defenseman Scott Dunsmore wore an animated grin on his face discussing the first goal of his high school career yesterday.

It broke a scoreless tie three minutes into the second quarter of visiting Glenelg's 5-3 victory over two-time defending county champion Centennial.

The goal was an unusual man-down score, as Glenelg was trying to kill a three-minute illegal-stick penalty. Dunsmore, a broad-shouldered standout football player, raced down the middle of the field with the ball and no one picked him up.

"I was looking to pass at first, but no one came up to me, so I just shot it," said Dunsmore.

Midfielder Joe Derwent followed that goal a couple of minutes later with a beautiful left-handed wrap-around score for a 2-0 Glenelg lead. It was the first of two similar goals for the senior. He scored Glenelg's fifth goal with 5:36 left.

"Centennial put their best defender on him and Derwent still played an awesome game," said Glenelg coach Mike Williams.

The Gladiators have surrendered only nine goals in three games, while scoring 18 goals.

Glenelg (2-1 overall, 2-0 league) knocked Centennial out of the region playoffs last season and knew the Eagles wanted some revenge.

"They came out fired up," said Derwent. "We wanted to show we're the team to beat."

Despite its fire, Centennial had trouble holding passes in the first quarter, and made mistakes typical of a youthful team playing its first game.

"We played 5 1/2 minutes of man-up without scoring," said Eagles coach Mike Siegert. "Part of that is a tribute to their defense. This might be the fewest goals we've ever scored."

Centennial was without its go-to attackman Brennan Dougherty - out indefinitely with a torn medial meniscus that's due to be operated on tomorrow. It was another hard-luck injury for the junior, who missed half of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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