Selfridge's clutch goaltending clinches Glenelg's state title

Junior makes 10 saves in fourth quarter to shut down Fallston

Glenelg 6 No. 11 Fallston 3

Boys lacrosse Class 3A-2A

May 24, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Jon Selfridge had visions of glory while sleeping Tuesday night.

"I dreamed I'd come up big right at the end," the Glenelg junior goalie said. "Then I'd throw both arms in the air, look into the cheering crowd, and they'd be screaming that we're the new state champs."

Selfridge made his dream a reality yesterday at UMBC Stadium, making 10 of his 15 saves in the fourth quarter of a 6-3 victory over 11th-ranked Fallston (18-2) in the Class 3A-2A final.

Coach Josh Hatmaker also credited defenders Andy Curley, Nick Lawson, Mike McCabe and Ryan Dougherty for "taking away the skip-shot Fallston does so well."

"We scouted them real hard, and our kids trusted our game plan," said Hatmaker, 28, in his third year. "This is for Glenelg's 1983 team, the '97 team, the 2000 team and the 2004 team" -- all of which were runners-up.

Josh Braun (two goals, one assist), Tyler Burford (two goals) and Curtis Adams (two goals) led Glenelg (15-3) offensively. But as he entered the fourth quarter with a 3-2 lead, Selfridge was the difference.

Selfridge made four straight saves during a two-minute stretch of that quarter, one being a point-blank stop of Ben Hoganson's 10-yarder, and another a sliding kick save against Chad Palmer from within 6 yards.

"Sometimes, you run into a hot goalie," said coach Matt Parks, whose Cougars matched their season scoring low, a 9-3 loss to Hereford. "Selfridge made incredible saves, and their offense won the battle with our defense."

Meanwhile, Glenelg's patient offense took a 1-0 lead, and was up 3-1 at 11:24 of the second quarter. The scoring was composed of Adams' two unassisted goals and another by Braun off a pass from John Derwent. Fallston tied the game at 1, was within 2-1 entering the second quarter, and trailed 3-2 heading into the third.

"We controlled the game enough that the ball was in our sticks more than in theirs," said Braun, who scored Glenelg's third and fifth goals and assisted on its fourth. "Our strategy was to draw double teams, get a guy open and take the shot or feed someone else."

Fallston's Brad Motley made four of his 10 saves in the third quarter, but Glenelg's defense thwarted an offense that averaged nearly 11 goals behind Pat Mull (16 goals, 51 assists), Luke Raab (34, 17), Palmer (38, 10), Tim Gill (21, 14) and Hoganson (25, three).

With Selfridge, McCabe, Chris Gotschall (45, 30), Braun (33, nine), Burford (19, 15) and Dougherty (28, nine) returning for their senior seasons, Glenelg could be the favorite next season.

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