Following a loss to Centennial two days earlier that ended its 60-game county win streak, Glenelg boys lacrosse got back on the right track Wednesday at Western Regional Park.
Senior Nick Forrest notched four scores and two assists for the Gladiators, who took advantage of a four-goal third quarter to down visiting Reservoir, 13-7.
“It was just business,” said Forrest after the game. “Last (game) we came out slow, and we paid for it. In this one, we just wanted to show that we’re back.”
When the Gladiators dropped the season-opener to the Eagles, coach Josh Hatmaker said his team needed to approach games with a different mindset. With Tuesday’s snowy conditions forcing practice to be canceled, the Gladiators instead focused on watching film on the Gators.
Hatmaker said that time off, along with the opportunity to reflect on the loss, was good for his team in the long run.
“We had a little discussion on the way we want to conduct ourselves,” he said. “I think the kids took that to heart, and that was what I was looking for — what type of response we’d get.”
Glenelg (1-1) bombarded Reservoir goalie Trent Teodori (6 saves) with five shots in the opening quarter, controlling the time of possession for the majority of the opening 12 minutes. Forrest (2), Tyler Wasson and Tommy Chaisson all connected for scores in the opening minutes.
The Gators (1-1) got help from Austin Mitchell and Cole Evans, who each fired shots past Glenelg keeper Landry Marshall (5 saves) to keep up.
Reservoir stayed with its momentum in the second quarter, as Evans and Max Schuster each collected scores to draw even with the Gladiators, 4-4.
With just under five minutes remaining in the half, Wasson found a cutting Carson Marshall, who connected on a shot straight on to pull Glenelg ahead once again heading into the break.
The third quarter was all Glenelg, which controlled time of possession, ground balls and, most importantly, the scoreboard.
Kevin Wynne, Luke Cheswick, Wasson and Chaisson all struck for the Gladiators, who stayed on offense for the majority of the quarter.
Had it not been for Hans Wicklein’s goal with 42.1 seconds remaining in the quarter, the Gators would have been shut out for the entire 12 minutes.
“I think they outworked us a little bit in clears and the faceoff, especially in the third quarter,” Reservoir coach Bryan Cole said. “They’re a good team. You give them the ball a lot, and they are going to score. I can ask my guys to do a lot, but I can’t ask them to play defense all quarter long.”
The Gladiators continued their hot streak through the final frame, getting another goal out of Cheswick in the opening minute, followed by scores from Forrest, Wasson, and Devin Murray to go up 13-5.
Reservoir’s Matthew Marsh scored with just three minutes remaining in the contest, followed by Wicklein’s second tally of the afternoon a little over one minute later.
“The energy level was definitely different,” said Hatmaker, who commended the Gators for keeping the game competitive until the end. “I thought the little stuff we did in between the lines, in terms of 50-50 ground balls, was better. We moved, and we created offense and scoring opportunities.”
Forrest said the difference between the Gladiators’ two games of the season was hustle and the overall team mentality. After getting that elusive first win under the squad’s belt, the senior said he’s looking forward to getting back to the familiar winning ways.
“It’s definitely a confidence-booster,” he said.
Glenelg 13, Reservoir 7