Roundup: Nick Wynne lifts Glenelg past Winters Mill in 2A-1A West final, 7-6

Goal with 2:42 left breaks tie, giving No. 7 Gladiators a 5th straight regional crown

No. 3 Reservoir's Pipik, Lawler combine for no-no vs. River Hill in 3A East quarterfinal

May 19, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Nick Wynne made several big plays on offense for No. 7 Glenelg in Wednesday's Class 2A-1A West region final against Winters Mill at Western Regional Park — the biggest a goal with 2:42 left to give the Gladiators a 7-6 victory and a fifth consecutive regional championship.

Glenelg (17-1) meets Queen Anne's in a state semifinal Friday at 8 at Bel Air. It's a rematch of last year's state title game, in which Queen Anne's edged the Gladiators, 7-6.

The regional final began Wednesday night, but lightning halted it with 9:38 left in the first quarter. Play resumed Thursday afternoon with Glenelg holding a 1-0 lead.

Wynne finished with four goals and one assist, and his brother Mikey Wynne added four assists. Nick Wynne helped Glenelg rally from a 3-1 deficit and scored the game-winner from the doorstep off a pass from John Milani.

"I had to finish that; I was wide open," Nick Wynne said. "[John] set that up perfectly. It was a layup."

Glenelg didn't have many of them in this game; Winters Mill (13-4) slowed the pace and played tough defense. The Falcons got goals from Spenser Love, Dalton Haschert and Tyler Hutson (three goals, two assists) during a 66-second stretch late in the first period for a 3-1 lead.

But Glenelg coach Josh Hatmaker then switched his team to a more basic offense later in the first half. The shift worked — Wynne and Mark Darden scored goals 33 seconds apart late in the quarter for a 3-3 halftime tie.

Winters Mill goalie Joey McCulloh (14 saves) made a number of good stops, as did Glenelg's Eric Sweetman (nine saves). The teams traded goals in the second half, and the Gladiators scored three times within a minute of Falcons goals — including Wynne's winner, which came just 16 seconds after Winters Mill's Chase Cullison tied the score.

"The biggest thing was taking advantage of the opportunities we did get," Hatmaker said. "Starting late in the first half, we did."

Winters Mill coach Sal Picataggi said he was proud of how hard his team played.

"We made them work on offense and earn goals," he said. "We played great defense."


No. 3 Reservoir 4, River Hill 0: Right-hander T.J. Pipik (10-0) struck out eight and Lee Lawler worked one inning of relief in a combined no-hitter as for the host Gators (20-0) beat the Hawks in a Class 3A East quarterfinal. Reservoir hosts No. 8 Atholton in Friday's regional semifinal at 3:30 p.m.

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