Glenelg slips past Liberty in last minute

Conway scores at :57

Centennial routs Urbana

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 22, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Junior Shea Conway's second goal of the night with 57 seconds remaining proved to be the game winner as Glenelg outlasted Liberty, 8-6, in the Class 2A/1A boys lacrosse state semifinal played at Southern in Harwood last night.

Liberty had tied the score at 6 on Peyton Zeher's goal with 3:28 remaining.

"It was basically a one-on-one, and I threw it up there and didn't know where it was going - but it went in," Conway said of his game-winner.

After he scored, the defense of Glenelg (15-1), led by Matt Richter, Kyle Cottrell, Matt Geisler and Scott Dunsmore, along with goalie Ward Odenwald (17 saves), tightened up.

Roanoke-bound Matt Nicola led the victors with four goals and is believed to be Glenelg's all-time leading scorer with 120 career goals. He capped the scoring with his last goal with one second remaining.

Joe Derwent, who had five assists, also scored an extra-man goal with 6:41 remaining to tie Liberty at 5-5, and Nicola scored with 5:25 left to put the Gladiators up by 6-5.

The game was tied at halftime, 3-3, thanks for Brian Denny's second goal with 1:24 left for Glenelg. But in the first four minutes of the second half, Liberty (12-5) went ahead, 5-3 on goals by Zeher and sophomore Matt Latham.

Glenelg missed an opportunity to tie it up in the final seconds of the third period when the Lions' goalkeeper, junior Bryan Trumbo made a superb save to keep his team in front.

Class 3A-2A

Centennial 15, Urbana 3: Junior attackman Alex Ashcroft powered in a game-high five goals as the Eagles made the school's fourth state title final with the easy win in Ijamsville, Frederick County.

Centennial, which improved to 14-3, will try to add a state crown to the titles the program collected in 1998 and 2002. The Eagles will play either Northeast-AA or Towson on Tuesday or Wednesday at UMBC.

Junior attack Sammy Stumpf added three goals as North region champion Centennial scored the game's first 10 goals in 14 minutes, 49 seconds.

"It seemed like they weren't even expecting to win," Stump said of the host Hawks, the West region champion. "We kept pounding them, and I think they gave up after the first quarter."

Junior midfielder Eric Evans contributed a goal and three assists, and freshman midfielder Jonathan Stumpf posted two goals and an assist for an Eagles team that perhaps wasn't expected to get this far.

"It's a big deal for us," Ashcroft said of reaching the state final. "This was supposed to be a rebuilding year, but we stepped it up."

Stumpf overtook Sean Dougherty for the school's single-season record for goals. Stumpf tied Dougherty's mark of 59 goals with his first tally and ended the night with 61 career goals.

- Ed Lee

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