Glenelg boys rally for District V crown with 9-6 win over Severna Park

Wynne, Wassen score 2 goals apiece for No. 7 Gladiators

both Glenelg and No. 13 Falcons get 1st-round byes in regional playoffs, which begin Thursday

May 10, 2011|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

The No. 7 Glenelg boys lacrosse team got a boost of confidence going into the regional playoffs, coming from behind impressively to defeat Severna Park, 9-6, in the District V championship game at Reservoir on Tuesday.

Shrugging off a 5-1 deficit to the No. 13 Falcons, the Gladiators dominated possession throughout the second half and patiently executed their attack to pull away.

Nick Wynne (3 goals, 1 assist), Tyler Wassen (2 goals, 1 assist), and Mark Darden (1 goal, 2 assists) provided much of the offense, while Anthony Pagnotta dominated on draws for the Class 2A-1A state runner-up Gladiators (14-1). Glenelg has won 14 straight after a season-opening loss to Fallston. Included are wins over three-time defending Class 3A-2A state champ Hereford and now the defending Class 4A-3A state champ Falcons.

"We just came out flat," Wynne said. "But the second half, we turned it on, we started getting everything clicking and we got a lot more time on offense. Everybody started getting real pumped up, and we kept putting them in the goal. This game means a lot. We've lost to Severna Park the past couple years, so we wanted to stick it to them for once. And now we have some steam rolling into the playoffs, so hopefully we'll keep it up."

The Falcons (10-5) made the most of early Glenelg turnovers to build a 3-0 lead after one quarter. The advantage increased to 5-1 when Troy Wilke scored his second goal with 7:37 left before the half.

But the Gladiators chipped away — getting two goals before the half to cut the lead to 5-3 — and then took over in the second half. They scored six straight goals with Wassen providing Glenelg its first lead at 6-5 with 3:58 left in the third quarter and then finding Wynne later in the quarter for a two-goal advantage.

With his team an 8-6 lead late in the fourth quarter, Glenelg goalie Eric Sweetman (five saves) turned back consecutive shots from Trip Fulton before Zach Wheeler closed out the scoring for Glenelg in the closing seconds.

Both teams will receive opening-round byes in the regional playoffs, set to begin Thursday. The Gladiators will try to capture the Class 2A-1A West, while the Falcons look to defend their state crown in Class 4A-3A East.

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