Chris Gotschall had three goals and an assist, Greg Schwartz had two goals and an assist, and unranked Glenelg's defense was its stingy self yet again in last night's 10-6 Howard County League upset at 12th-ranked River Hill.
The Gladiators (10-1, 9-0) also got one goal each from Ben Cobleigh, A.J. Simpson, Josh Wynne, Ryan Dougherty and Brett Costantino as their 10th straight win handed the speedy Hawks (12-1, 9-1) their first loss of the year and gave Glenelg the inside track toward the county title.
Although Gotschall scored the Gladiators' fourth, fifth and sixth goals for a 6-2 halftime lead, the story was his defense, which held the Hawks far below their average of 13 goals, and which has allowed only South Carroll to score in double figures during an 11-10 season-opening loss.
Defensive matchups featuring Glenelg's Kyle Cottrell on Josh Hostetler (three goals); Nick Lawson on Dan Hostetler (two assists) and Andy Curley on Justin White (one goal) disrupted the Hawks' run-and-gun approach.
Although 6-foot, 190-pound Peter Ridge (two assists) won 12 of 16 faceoffs, and his Hawks had an overall advantage of 15-5 on draws, they often sprayed shots wide that were not stopped by Jon Selfridge (13 saves).
"We made quick slides everywhere on the field," said the Loyola College-bound Cottrell. "We tried to avoid mismatches of our smaller guys on Ridge, who is a tank."
River Hill was within 3-2 early in the second quarter and 6-4 early in the third, but often either forced passes into traffic or were outhustled by players such as Lawson (six ground balls) or midfielder James Regan (seven).
"They did a good job of keeping their sticks up in the passing lanes like in basketball, knocking our passes down," said coach Keith Gonsouland, whose Hawks committed 10 penalties to three for the Gladiators. "That's been our bread and butter. They frustrated us."