Glenelg edges River Hill for 9th win in row

River Hill makes charge

Gladiators hold on, 6-5

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.

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