Glenelg's 6-5 victory 9th in row

River Hill makes charge, but Gladiators hold on

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 07, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg dominated faceoffs and possession and held off a strong rally by host River Hill to win a school-record ninth straight game yesterday, 6-5.

Matt Nicola of Glenelg (9-1 overall, 8-0 league) stood out offensively in the defense-dominated game by scoring three goals and contributing an assist.

The senior attackman broke the game open with back-to-back goals at 5:20 and 4:28 of the fourth period.

The first of those goals came on a beautiful left-handed shot as he ran from right to left about 15 yards out; the second came after a turnover deep in River Hill's end and made it a 6-3 game.

"We knew River Hill would give us a tough game," said Nicola. "We knew their defense would be switching from man-to-man to zone and were prepared for it. But that was the toughest goalie we faced all year."

Junior goalkeeper Mike Bogdanor of River Hill (7-6, 6-3) made life miserable for the Gladiators' offense, which outshot the Hawks, 40-19.

Bogdanor made 21 saves, many of them on point-blank attempts.

His counterpart for Glenelg, junior Ward Odenwald, was also tough to beat, making nine saves.

But late in the game, River Hill figured out Odenwald. Cory Thomas put a left-handed shot past him with 1:43 to play, cutting the lead to 6-4.

Glenelg won the faceoff, but turned the ball over and, with 40 seconds left, Tim Morgan slipped one past Odenwald making it 6-5.

River Hill then won its first faceoff of the game and had a breakaway shot that was wide and off Odenwald.

After a Glenelg turnover with 19 seconds left, the Hawks managed one more shot following a timeout with seven seconds left, but Morgan's grass-skimmer was wide.

Morgan and Ben Hostetler each scored two goals for River Hill and Morgan added an assist.

Tim Mullinix and Ben Cobleigh dominated the faceoffs for Glenelg.

"Mullinix is a beast on faceoffs, and we wouldn't be where we are without him," said Joe Derwent, Glenelg's top offensive midfielder.

River Hill defenseman Karl Heinz kept Derwent from scoring a goal.

"We didn't overlook River Hill and came ready to pay," said Glenelg coach Mike Williams. "We rode better and got more ground balls in the second half, and we kept our poise in a close game."

Hawks coach Keith Gonsouland said: "It was two even teams, two good goalkeepers ... but we made too many little mistakes."

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