Hammond boys beat Glenelg in lacrosse for only 2nd time

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April 13, 2005|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Sometimes it's better when you don't get much respect from your opponents. Or so Hammond boys lacrosse coach David Griffin believes.

"People underestimate us, and it works to our advantage," Griffin said, after his team pulled off one of the season's biggest upsets, an 8-7 triumph over Glenelg on April 5.

First-year Glenelg coach Josh Hatmaker agreed. "We played badly without Matt Richter (mononucleosis), one of the best defensemen I've ever seen," he said. "But kudos to Hammond. They wanted the ball and the win. I hope it makes their year."

Richter is out for at least another week, Hatmaker said.

It was Glenelg's first loss and only the second time the Gladiators (3-1 overall, 1-1 league) lost to Hammond. The last time, in 1998, Hammond trailed 11-1 and came back to win, 12-11.

This time, Hammond (4-2, 1-1) trailed 5-2 at halftime and 5-4 after three quarters. Then, led by Kevin Burnett, who scored three straight goals, Hammond went ahead 7-5.

Glenelg scored twice quickly off of faceoffs to tie it, and won it when Pat Coppinger scored with two minutes left.

Pair fares well

The Long Reach girls track and field team had two individual winners at Saturday's Woodlawn Warrior Invitational.

Senior JaNay Woolridge grabbed the 100 high hurdles title when she crossed the finish line in 14.58 seconds, eclipsing the meet record of 14.69 seconds set by Western's Ashley West-Nesbitt in 2003.

Junior Tiffani Long bested Woolridge in the long jump, leaping 17 feet, 1 1/4 inches to Woolridge's 16-10.

Long, Woolridge and juniors Jamese Cobb and Devan Miles also took the 800 relay in 1 minute, 47.01 seconds.

On the boys side, Wilde Lake sophomore Zach Brown won the 100-meter dash in 11.35 seconds.

At Saturday's Morgan State Invitational, Mount Hebron's Jason Allen won the long jump with a leap of 20-11 3/4 .

Impressive credentials

Reservoir's boys lacrosse team, in its second season, is still looking for its first victory.

But in Bryan Cole, the Gators (0-4, 0-3) have a coach with an impressive lacrosse background.

Cole, 26, was an All-County midfielder his junior and senior years at Oakland Mills and was one of the league's top scorers.

He played at Mount St. Mary's for four years before moving to England and playing and coaching for a year. Then he spent two years as an assistant coach at Mount St. Mary's. He also has played indoor lacrosse (with the Colorado Mammoth and Philadelphia Wings) and outdoor (with the Bayhawks).

His father, Dennis, is a volunteer assistant coach at Reservoir.

Et cetera

The Oakland Mills boys lacrosse team is 1-3, but its goal differential is much improved over last season. A year ago, the Scorpions were 0-4 and had been outscored 86-0. This year they've only been outscored 30-18. "I'm jumping for joy and loving what they're doing, but the kids don't always feel it. They want to win," Scorpions coach Paul Marshall said. ... Wilde Lake was the only home team not to host a night boys lacrosse game last Friday, because the Wildecats' field is unplayable. Coach Todd Thelen said Wilde Lake is supposed to have a new field in time for fall sports. ... Glenelg boys lacrosse coach Josh Hatmaker said Joe Ellis, a former Oakland Mills star and a three-time All-American at McDaniel College, will join his coaching staff.

Standings

(Through Sunday)

Boys lacrosse

Team League Overall

Centennial 2-0 4-1

River Hill 2-0 3-1

Glenelg 2-1 3-1

Wilde Lake 1-1 3-1

Hammond 1-1 4-2

Howard 1-1 2-3

Oakland Mills 1-1 1-3

Long Reach 1-1 1-3

Mount Hebron 0-1 1-4

Atholton 0-1 0-2

Reservoir 0-3 0-4

Baseball

Team League Overall

Reservoir 5-0 7-0

Centennial 4-1 5-1

River Hill 3-2 4-2

Hammond 3-2 4-3

Atholton 3-2 3-2

Mount Hebron 3-2 3-2

Glenelg 2-3 2-3

Howard 2-4 4-4

Oakland Mills 1-4 2-5

Wilde Lake 1-4 1-6

Long Reach 1-4 1-4

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