Glenelg Country restates case with 19-5 win over St. Timothy's

High Schools

Girls lacrosse

April 08, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

If there were any questions about the Glenelg Country girls lacrosse team's bid to repeat as the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference champion, the Dragons squashed those doubts.

In a rematch of last season's championship final, Glenelg Country overwhelmed visiting St. Timothy's, 19-5, in Glenelg yesterday.

Junior midfielder Bea Mok, senior attack Erica Tempchin and junior attack Abbe Sandler scored three goals apiece, and the defense didn't surrender a goal until more than 23 minutes had elapsed in the first half to help the Dragons (4-1 overall, 2-0 IAAM C) win their fourth straight game since dropping the season opener to Annapolis Area Christian, an IAAM B Conference team.

"We definitely did not think the score would be like this," said Mok, who also added an assist. "But we played a great game. ... We expect a lot this season."

Junior Ellie Atkins said she hoped the convincing victory sent a message to Glenelg Country's conference rivals.

"I hope they're intimidated, but this [win] doesn't mean we're going to play any less harder," said Atkins, who had a goal and two assists.

The Dragons tied St. Timothy's in last year's regular season and won the championship, 8-5. But St. Timothy's (1-4, 1-2) ) graduated eight starters from that 8-2-1 squad and started four freshmen yesterday.

The Dragons took advantage of their opponent's inexperience by controlling seven of 10 first-half draws en route to scoring the game's first 10 goals.

Only freshman attack Alexa White's free-position goal with 1:20 left in the half prevented Glenelg Country from taking a shutout into halftime.

St. Timothy's opened the second half by converting its first two shots to make it 10-3.

But after Dragons coach Paige Walton called a timeout to settle down the team, Glenelg Country scored seven unanswered goals.

St. Timothy's took just 15 shots compared to the Dragons' 44, which spoke to Glenelg Country's tough defense.

"Our defense has a lot of great communication," said junior defender Alison Murphy, who scored a goal. "We played man-to-man and knew where the players were."

Attack Alexa Rich scored a team-high three goals and goalie Kara Teat made 17 saves for St. Timothy's, but coach Patrick Finn called Glenelg Country "twice as good as last year."

"They moved the ball better, broke to open areas and made passes," he said. "They're tough to beat."

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