Glenelg wins boys county title

Lacrosse team defeats Wilde Lake, 14-4, to go 10-0


High Schools

May 12, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg boys lacrosse coach Mike Williams said he's never worked a team as hard as he has this season.

He makes the Gladiators do 19 "mad dogs" - a combination of sprints and pushups - after every game.

"That's the number of games it normally takes to get to the state finals," said Williams.

The hard work paid off yesterday at Glenelg, where the Gladiators defeated Wilde Lake, 14-4, to win their first outright county boys lacrosse championship since 1985, and third title overall.

Glenelg (11-1 overall, 10-0 league) expected a closer game, because Wilde Lake had beaten River Hill, and the Hawks pushed Glenelg to its limit last week before losing, 6-5.

But the Gladiators ran up a 7-0 lead after two quarters and a 10-0 lead before Wilde Lake finally scored with 4:23 left in the third period.

Glenelg's top two offensive players, Joe Derwent and Matt Nicola, ripped through Wilde Lake's defense. Derwent scored three goals and had two assists. Nicola, who scored his 100th career goal Monday against Reservoir, scored four goals and had two assists.

"I love it," said Derwent about his team's county title. He and a teammate gave coach Williams a victory bath with the team's water container toward the end of the game.

Glenelg midfielder John Regan scored three goals.

Gladiators goalkeeper Ward Odenwald had another strong game with eight saves. Defenseman Matt Richter scored a goal and almost shut down Wilde Lake scoring threat Justin Rice (one goal).

"Congratulations to Glenelg," said Wilde Lake coach Todd Thelan. "They did a nice job going undefeated through a tough league."

Wilde Lake (6-8, 5-5) posted its first non-losing league season since 1987.


Oakland Mills 5, Aberdeen 0: The Scorpions won their first game of the season after 17 losses by defeating nonleague opponent Aberdeen.

Dan Rooner pitched a six-hit complete game to record the win. He struck out five and walked two. He threw only 84 pitches.

The Scorpions (1-17, 0-17) played errorless ball and turned two double plays.

Rooner was 2-for-3. Kevin Heinrich, John Sims and Tyler O'Neill each doubled.

"It was senior day and I started all six seniors," said coach Rod Clifford. "We also got to use our new dugouts for the first time. And we had the best fielding game of the season. We really should have won six games this season, but shot ourselves in the foot. We were close in three other games. We should have been .500, but it just didn't happen."

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