Glenelg CS too much for Chapelgate

Spirited effort produces 14-4 rout in `C' meeting

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 21, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

This was a game of heightened emotion.

Chapelgate Christian Academy is a two-time defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference lacrosse champion and graduated only two seniors. And the Yellow Jackets defeated county rival Glenelg Country School in the championship game a year ago.

So host Glenelg definitely had a score to settle yesterday, which it did impressively, 14-4, in a physically intense game.

"They just came out wanting it more," said Chapelgate goalkeeper Dustin Jefferies. "And their goalkeeper [Danny Walker] was absolutely incredible."

Glenelg (6-1-1 overall, 4-0 league) had all parts of its game working.

The attack, featuring senior Paul Johnsen (four goals, three assists) and sophomore Trip Latta (five goals, two assists), took it to the Yellow Jackets (8-2, 2-1) early, building a 7-1 lead early in the second quarter before Chapelgate rallied briefly to trail 8-4 at halftime.

"It all started with our midfield transition and I was open at the end," said Latta, a sophomore starting his second game for injured Taylor Reese. "We possessed well and were more patient than usual. "

The defense also stepped it up, led by starters Chris Tucker, Steve Carr and Andrew Walls.

"That was the best our defense has ever played against a team of Chapelgate's caliber," said Carr, who was icing his knee after the game. "Chapelgate has the best attack in the league, but we've been working on our slides and played a new defense that pressured them and stripped them."

"They wanted to send a message, and they sent it," said Chapelgate coach Darrel Drown. "But the object is to win the last game of the season."

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