Glenelg Country wins it all, 12-7

MIAA C lacrosse championship

High School

May 22, 2004|By Brendan Glaccum | Brendan Glaccum,SUN STAFF

With 19 seconds separating Glenelg Country from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference boys lacrosse championship, a few Dragons joined the team's huddle during a Chapelgate timeout with index fingers raised.

On the strength of a dominating third quarter and an effective transition game, the top-seeded Dragons defeated second-seeded Chapelgate, 12-7, at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium yesterday to capture the conference title.

Glenelg Country's performance in unseating the two-time defending champion was far different than that of a year ago, when Chapelgate easily handled the Dragons.

"It was eating away at us that we were just [content] to be here last year, and it didn't seem to matter if we won or lost," attackman Paul Johnsen said. "The reason we won today is because everybody on the team contributed."

Midfielder Robbie Lynch led Glenelg Country with three goals. Johnsen, midfielder Ben Rosen and attackman Chris Burge added two goals apiece for the Dragons (13-2), who split two regular-season meetings with Chapelgate (15-3).

The Dragons took over in the third quarter after a back-and-forth first half that included five lead changes and eight saves by Chapelgate goalkeeper Dustin Jefferies, who finished with 15.

Glenelg Country extended its 6-5 halftime lead to 7-5 with 9:45 to go in the third on an unassisted goal from midfielder Chris Lamb. Burge ran 20 yards virtually untouched to make it 8-5 with 8:12 left, and Lamb found Rosen wide-open across the middle 29 seconds later.

"We knew we'd break them down with transition," said Glenelg Country coach Tom Marechek. "If we moved the ball, we were going to be fine, and we did."

The Yellow Jackets last led with 5:52 left in the first half on Alex Hahn's second of three goals.

"In the third quarter, we couldn't maintain our intensity," Hahn said. "They took advantage of it."

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