Centennial girls rout Glenelg in lacrosse

Spring sports

April 07, 2006|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Centennial gave coach Katie Marks an early birthday present with a complete effort in a surprisingly easy 10-3 victory over No. 14 Glenelg in a Howard County game last night.

Centennial (4-2, 3-1) controlled the ball for very long stretches on offense and shut down the defending Class 2A-1A state champions with an aggressive defense that limited host Glenelg to just six shots on goal.

"We tried to really use the strategy of working hard on defense and being patient on offense," Marks, whose birthday is tomorrow, said. "We played, as a whole, really well. It was fun to watch."

Jess Sturgill led the Eagles with three goals while Janna Faulkner and Chelsea Farley both had two goals and two assists. Sarah Parks (two goals) and Renae Hill (one goal, one assist) got the other scores, and it could've been worse if Glenelg goalie Kristen Krammer (10 saves) hadn't played so well.

Centennial used an early three-goal run to take the lead and then scored seven straight after Glenelg (5-2, 3-1) cut the lead to 3-2. The Eagles won most of the draws, held the ball for large amounts of time and made pinpoint passes to set up scoring chances.

"We just played a team game," Sturgill said. "We were definitely excited to play them."

The defense also looked excited. Centennial repeatedly collapsed on the ball, often double- and triple-teaming whichever Glenelg player got possession inside of the arc. The Gladiators never adjusted well to that and rarely got good shots.

In fact, after the first 15 minutes, Glenelg rarely got any shots. The Gladiators used goals from Kristy Black and Sara Marshall to slice the Eagles' early three-goal lead to one, but didn't score again until Kate Selfridge's goal in the final 10 seconds of the game.

"They're a little bigger and stronger than us," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid. "We can't just stand there and hold the ball. We weren't moving on offense."

Jeff Seidel

Boys lacrosse

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Baseball

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Dundalk 15, Woodlawn 1 -- Ross Ratliff went 3-for-3 to power the visiting Owls (4-2) past the Warriors (0-6). Ratliff tripled in the first, homered in the second and doubled in the third.

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