Glenelg lacrosse pins hopes on defense

Two balanced teams clash for the title

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May 23, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,sun reporter

A sturdy defensive effort was key as the Glenelg boys lacrosse team came away with a 7-6 win over Urbana in Saturday's Class 3A-2A state semifinal game.

In a bid to bring home the program's first state championship, the Gladiators (14-3) will need more of the same when they take on high-powered Fallston (18-1) in today's title game set for 4 p.m. at UMBC.

Junior goalie Jon Selfridge and defenders Nick Lawson, Andy Curley and Mike McCabe will have the primary task of containing a Cougars attack led by sophomore Pat Mull (16 goals, 50 assists), senior Chad Palmer (37 goals, 10 assists) and junior Luke Raab (32 goals, 16 assists).

"They're whole team is very balanced, and they're very patient and pick their spots well. We're going to have to play solid technical defense on them," said Glenelg coach Josh Hatmaker, whose Gladiators are making their first state title game appearance since 2002.

The Gladiators also have a balanced attack, led by Chris Got- schall (45 goals, 29 assists), midfielder Ryan Doherty (28 goals, nine assists) and Josh Braun (31 goals, eight assists).

The Cougars are appearing in their first state title game since winning the crown in 2001.

Mustangs on roll

The Marriotts Ridge boys lacrosse team saved its best for last in the team's first season of varsity play, coming away with the Class 2A-1A North regional title and then giving undefeated Parkside all it could handle in Saturday's state semifinal game.

Starting three juniors, five sophomores and two freshman throughout the postseason, the Mustangs (6-12) rattled off three regional playoff wins - including an opening victory against defending state champion Loch Raven and a 13-8 victory over Pikesville in the title game before staying close with Parkside in a 7-5 loss.

"Everybody expected them to roll, but we gave them a great game. You always hate to lose and it's tough right now, but the kids played with so much heart. It's definitely something we can use to build on for next year," Marriotts Ridge coach Dan Sageman said.

Sophomore goalie Dan Schonfeld had 20 saves in Saturday's loss, with junior Joon Son pacing the attack with three goals.

The Marriotts Ridge baseball team has enjoyed similar success, winning the Class 1A South region with a 12-2 win over Surattsville on Friday. The Mustangs took an 8-13 mark into yesterday's state semifinal game against Northern Garrett.

Baseball coach Paul Eckert said both teams' success have lifted the school's spirit.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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