By Brent Kennedy
And then there was one.
After a Glenelg win over Mt. Hebron and a River Hill loss to Centennial on Friday, the Gladiators stand as the last county team left this spring without a league loss.
In rainy conditions, Glenelg (5-0, 5-1) dominated a Mt. Hebron squad that also came into the day unbeaten in league play. The Gladiators had a 6-1 lead by halftime and had pushed their advantage to 9-1 less than a minute into the fourth quarter on the way to an 11-2 victory.
Over at River Hill, Centennial (4-1, 5-1) was busy bouncing back from its first county loss of the season against Marriotts Ridge on Wednesday. With its 12-8 victory over the Hawks (4-1, 4-2), the Eagles created a five-way tie for second between themselves, River Hill, Marriotts Ridge, Mt. Hebron and Howard.
Mt. Hebron actually led 1-0 early in the second quarter in its game against Glenelg. Cody Gould (two goals) registered an unassisted tally in a man-up situation to put the Vikings ahead after neither team had scored in the first quarter.
However once the Gladiators finally found the scoreboard, two minutes into the second quarter on a goal by Nick Wynne, the flood gates opened.
Over the final 10 minutes of the half, Glenelg scored five more unanswered goals.
“I think both teams had to adjust to the conditions, you saw a lot of sloppy passes and dropped balls,” Glenelg coach Josh Hatmaker said. “But I think once we got going, everybody got comfortable, we started moving the ball and got out in transition. Midway through that second quarter we were really rolling.”
Mt. Hebron coach Mike McCarthy said all the things that his squad had done well at the start, like controlling possession and taking care of the ball, began going wrong.
“All of a sudden we couldn’t get a ground ball. They kept getting possession after possession … we couldn’t get out of our end,” McCarthy said. “They’re really good. They really are. And you can’t make the mistakes we were making against a bad team, let alone a team as good as that. Glenelg deserves a lot of credit.”
Glenelg kept its foot on the accelerator in the second half, increasing the lead to 8-1 after three quarters and 9-1 early in the fourth. It wasn’t until 7:50 remained in the game that the Vikings got their second goal, another man-up score by Gould.
All game the Gladiators did a good job of limiting shots and frustrating the potent scoring duo of Gould and sophomore Jake Stevens. The shots that did get through were handled by goalies Eric Sweetman (10 saves) and Landry Marshall (2 saves).
“On film (Mt. Hebron) is scary with Cody and Jake, but I thought defensively we played excellent,” Hatmaker said. “Riding, especially, we were awesome.”
Glenelg was led offensively by Nick Wynne (2 goals and 3 assists), Mikey Wynne (2g, 1a), Mark Darden (2 g, 1a) and John Milani (2 g). Despite giving up 11 goals, though, Mt. Hebron did get a good game in goal from Garrison Goth (15 saves).
Glenelg 11, Mt. Hebron 2
Goals: G – N. Wynne 2, M. Wynne 2, Darden 2, Milani 2, Pagnotta, Wasson, Lucas; MH – Gould 2.
Assists: G – N. Wynne 3, M. Wynne, Darden; MH – Hunt.
Saves: G – Sweetman 10, Marshall 2; MH – Goth 15.
Howard 4, Atholton 3
With the score tied at three with two minutes left in regulation, Howard’s Greg Limon took a feed from Dan Kaplan and scored a man-up goal to lift the Lions to a one-goal victory. The game-winner came after a game where wet conditions and great defense dominated play.
“You could see both teams had more problems than usual with turnovers because of the weather, but at the same time both team’s goalies and defenses came up with some big plays,” Howard coach Jimmy Creighton said.
Howard went ahead 2-0 in the first quarter and led 2-1 at the half. Atholton rebounded to pull back into a tie, 3-3, with five minutes left in the fourth quarter before Limon’s late-game heroics.
Goals: Ho – Limon 2, Mills, Kaplan; A – Katz, Martin, Waddell.
Assists: Ho – Kaplan; A – Courtney, Tarash.
Saves: Ho – Nicodemus 10; A – Rappaport 10.
Half: 2-1 Ho.
Marriotts Ridge 16, Reservoir 11
Goals: MR – Serio 9, Bradley 3, G. Harrison 2, S. Harrison , Tompkins; Re – Castleman 5, C. Evans 2, Mitchell 2, Cidre, Bale.
Assists: MR – Williams 5, Bradley 3, Tompkins 2, S. Harrison, Carlyle; Re – Castleman 3, Cidre 2, Mitchell 2.
Saves: MR – Binder 10, Schwarz 2; Re – Beach 6.
Wilde Lake 14, Oakland Mills 4
Goals: WL – Klotz 5, Tiffey 3, Duff 3, Salveson 2, Christian; OM – N/A.
Assists: WL – Salveson 4, Duff 4, Tiffey, Rzegocki, P. Duff; OM – N/A.
Saves: WL - Roshan 14; OM - N/A.