varsity notes

April 16, 2008

There's something to be said about coming off a program's first state championship - just ask the Glenelg boys lacrosse team.

With a veteran group returning from last year's Class 3A-2A state championship team, the No. 7 Gladiators are beaming with confidence and having fun. They're also well aware of when it's time to get down to business.

The team went into the week with a 6-0 mark and are preparing for a visit from county rival Centennial at 7 p.m. Friday.

"Getting our first state title last year felt great, and getting that out of the way, it seems like there's less pressure," senior attackman Chris Gotschall said. "We have a lot of confidence in each other, and it's shown so far in our record."

Coach Josh Hatmaker said the key has been balance. Gotschall went into the week with 25 points on 14 goals and 11 assists. Fellow seniors Josh Braun (19 points) and Tyler Burford (15) aren't far behind. On defense, second-team All-Metro senior goalie Jon Selfridge, a four-year starter, provides direction and an uncanny ability to make the big save.

"We've been constantly talking to the kids about consistency and every team giving us their best game, so we're taking every game seriously," Hatmaker said. "The kids are playing real well together and they trust each other. Any coach looks for that, and that's what we're getting."

Gotschall's approach and attitude is a clear reflection of the team's winning ways.

"I've definitely noticed a lot more double and triple teams this season, so I'm doing my best to pass out of those situations and get my teammates the ball. It doesn't matter to me who scores - I just care about winning games," he said.

Chapelgate girls lacrosse -- Scoring six goals in a game is nothing new for Chapelgate senior midfielder Kylie Ramsland. But her six-goal effort in a 10-6 win over St. Timothy's last week put her over the 200-goal plateau in her four-year career. Ramsland, who will play at the University of Cincinnati on a full lacrosse scholarship next year, has 29 goals this season and 211 for her career. "Right from her freshman year, she been a scorer, and she's developed more and more because she's dealt with double and triple teams throughout her career," Chapelgate coach Katie Lettinga said. The Yellow Jackets went into the week with a 5-5 mark.

Glenn Graham

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