Glenelg makes it seven in row, 13-4

Gladiators stay on track for county championship by dominating Mt. Hebron

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 30, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Ward Odenwald's not shy about Glenelg's goals for the season.

"We expect to win counties," the junior goalie said. "Then, its straight through to winning the first state title in our school's history."

The Gladiators looked every bit like a bona fide 2A-1A contender yesterday, dominating every facet of their seventh straight victory, 13-4, over visiting Howard County league rival Mount Hebron.

Joe Derwent and Shea Conway each contributed three goals and two assists, Matt Nicola had three goals and one assist, and both John Regan (two goals) and Greg Foley (two assists) contributed to a win that gave Glenelg (7-1 overall, 7-0 league) the inside track toward the county title with three league games remaining.

"We had great overall ball movement, scored on extra man, scored out of our set offense - it's the best we've played all year," said coach Mike Williams, whose defensive unit of Odenwald (18 saves), Matt Richter, Matt Geiser, Kyle Cottrell and Scott Dunsmore has allowed an average of less than three goals a game.

A four-game winning streak ended for Mount Hebron (5-6, 4-2), whose top scorer was Colin Kendal (two goals, one assist). Greg Savage (10 saves) limited Glenelg to four second-half goals, but nothing could stop it.

En route to building its 9-2 halftime advantage, Glenelg scored seven goals on 10 shots. That ratio included a 5-1 lead built on six shots with 6:50 left in the first quarter.

"Our focus is on scoring at least 10 goals and holding our opponents below six," Williams said. "Today, we did that."

That and a whole lot more.

Glenelg won nine of 12 first-half draws, with Tim Mullinix (one goal, one assist) taking eight of 10 by himself in that time, and keying a 14-6 advantage for the game. His game-high nine ground balls tied Dunsmore. Derwent had seven ground balls and Richter six.

"I got a lot of wing help from Joe and Mike [Adams]," said Mullinix. "I was getting the advantage on the clamp."

With possession a mere formality, the Gladiators' offense picked apart the Vikings' defense. Not long after winning the intial faceoff, Mullinix scored off a give-and-go from Derwent for a 1-0 lead with 10:32 on the clock.

Glenelg's pinpoint passes constantly found goal-bound cutters in mid-stride within striking distance of the goal. Glenelg's first three goals were assisted, as were six of its initial nine scores and nine of its 13.

"They got up on us by five goals when we played them last year, so we wanted to jump on them early," said Derwent, who is headed for Mount St. Mary's. "We came out on fire, but we were patient at the same time."

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