There was a full slate of tournament action around Howard County on Saturday, with Glenelg, Mt. Hebron, Marriotts Ridge and Howard hosting tournaments and Centennial playing at Cedar Lane Park. Here’s a roundup of the action around the league:
Glenelg tournament at Western Regional Park
Glenelg opened up its tournament with a commanding 11-3 victory over Manchester Valley before falling to Westminster, 13-8, in the finals.
Ryan Hopkins, Justin Silk, Tyler Nalls and Eric Gruber all scored two or more goals for the Gladiators, who scored 10 unanswered goals between the first and fourth quarters to pull away after an early deficit against the Mavericks. Overall, Glenelg doubled up Manchester Valley in shots, 38-19.
“I thought the first quarter we kind of shook off the rust a little bit offensively. We were getting looks. ... I thought we started dialing in more as the game went on,” said Gladiators coach Josh Hatmaker. “We gave up three goals and they were all in transition, so we have to have better communication.”
The Mavericks held an early 2-1 lead after goals by Dan Johnston and Riley Larrimore but didn’t find the net again for nearly 30 minutes of game action. Coach John Piper simply said his team is not playing good lacrosse right now.
“We’re playing more as individuals rather than a team and we’ve got to get back to that. Guys are a little frustrated,” he said. “I don’t think we have an easy game on our schedule, so it’s nice to be able to come out here and play against three teams that kind of have a history of being in the state finals. We knew we were going to get pushed and get worked. We’re going to get better playing this kind of competition.”
Piper said Glenelg (3-4) pulled away because of their ability to move off the ball. The Gladiators scored the last two goals of the first quarter to take a 3-2 lead and in the second they started to pile on. They rifled 11 shots of Manchester Valley’s one, and Gruber scored twice between a goal from Nalls to take a 6-2 advantage into the break.
“The biggest thing was that we just started capitalizing on our opportunities,” Hatmaker said. “We were getting shots, but we were missing the cage a little bit. When we connect passes we can generate a lot of offense.”
The Gladiators continued their run through most of the second half. Nalls assisted back-to-back tallies by Hopkins and Ethan Forrest in the third quarter, and goals from Silk, Nalls and Hopkins to close out the third and fourth were also assisted. Cody Upman scored with less than three minutes remaining for the Mavericks to end Glenelg’s run at 10.
Hatmaker said the movement off the ball is a result of good chemistry and good lacrosse IQ.
“This group of kids work really well together. They’ve been playing together for a long time and it’s one of those things that the more stagnant you are — you just can’t have four guys looking at two guys dodge,” he said. “Off-ball movement is something that we concentrate on but it’s also the guys running the two-man offense trusting the other guys to catch and shoot.”
Glenelg (3-4) — 11, Manchester Valley — 3 (game 1)
Goals: G — Ryan Hopkins 3, Justin Silk 2, Tyler Nalls 2, Eric Gruber 2, Tyler Reiff, Ethan Forrest; MV — Dan Johnston, Riley Larrimore, Cody Upman
Assists: G — Reiff 2, Nalls 2, Michael Doughty 2, Garrett Hesen, Silk; MV — Larrimore, Allen Thomas
Saves: G — Brian Doughty 10; MV — Dan Mangold 10, Andrew Eppley 2
Halftime: 6-2, Glenelg
Westminster — 13, Glenelg — 8 (championship)
Halftime: 8-7, Westminster
Fight for 5 Tournament at Blandair Park
Kent Island and Mt. Hebron both put together their respective runs in the opening round of the Fight for 5 Tournament at Blandair Park, but the Bucs had two. They opened the game on a 5-0 run before the Vikings pulled to within one with a four-goal rally, only to see Kent Island finish the contest on a 6-0 run to pull away with a 11-4 victory.
“We were really excited to come out and play Mt. Hebron because they were in the state finals last year in our class,” said Bucs coach David Jones. “Our philosophy is we want to play the best teams we can play to get better.”
The Bucs had eight different goal scorers with Brandon Galloway, Stone Stitcher amd Parker Dixon netting two apiece. Jones said the system is friendly to having a number of guys find the net and it worked well against Mt. Hebron (4-4). They controlled the pace of play and time of possession and outshot the Vikings 35-19.
“We really try to run a system where it’s not about a particular player, it’s about getting guys in the best spots we can get them in,” Jones said. “Fortunately we have a lot of guys who can step up and create for us and it was good to see that, especially have a slow second quarter.”
Kent Island took a 2-0 advantage after 1 minute, 40 seconds and led 4-0 after the first quarter. Mt. Hebron coach Mike McCarthy said his young team wasn’t ready for how aggressive the Bucs would be to start the game.
“Kent Island was really aggressive early and I think it took us a while to get used to their pressure. Second quarter, we adjusted to it well,” he said. “We had a few good looks in the first quarter and hit a few pipes and couldn’t finish, a couple one-on-ones that were saved that could have slowed them down a little bit, and we turned the ball over like 10 times in the first quarter. You make mistakes and a good team like that is going to capitalize.”
Stitcher’s goal early in the second extended the lead to five but the Vikings found their groove a few minutes later. Freshman Garrett Snyder got them on the board with an outside shot on a misdirection play, and Mateo Brown and Danny Herlihy followed with goals 43 and 59 seconds later to cut the deficit to 5-3 before the break.
Jamison Hulbert cut the deficit to one early in the second half before Kent Island settled back into its game. Stitcher buried his second to push the lead to two and Brendan Smith scored four minutes later after forcing a turnover by Mt. Hebron goalie Nolan Aberdeen. Four different guys scored the final four goals for the Bucs in the fourth.
Mt. Hebron’s chances of a comeback were hampered by an injury to Brown in the third quarter.
“It kind of took us out of our rhythm offensively a little bit. But they’re good. They beat us in transition some, too,” McCarthy said. “We didn’t play well enough and they capitalized on our mistakes and we didn’t on theirs.”
Kent Island — 11, Mt. Hebron (4-4) — 4 (game 1)
Goals: KI — Brandon Galloway 2, Stone Stitcher 2, Parker Dixon 2, Braden Doyle, Ricky Tubman, Brendan Smith, Sean Mooney, Lee Abendshoen; MH — Garrett Snyder, Mateo Brown, Danny Herlihy, Jamison Hulbert
Assists: KI — Smith 2, Mooney, Galloway, Matthew Bastian; MH — Jake Edmonson
Saves: KI — Josh Chaney 6; MH — Nolan Aberdeen 7
Halftime: 5-3, Kent Island
St. Mary’s Ryken — 14, Mt. Hebron — 8 (consolation)
Churchill — 12, Kent Island — 11 (3 OT) (championship)
Liberty tournament at Cedar Lane Park
Centennial (6-2) knocked off Century, 8-3, and Liberty, 10-8, to win the Lions’ tournament at Cedar Lane Park.
The Eagles led Liberty, 6-2, at the half before holding off a Lions’ second-half rally.
“That’s a good team. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” said Eagles coach Nick Kellinger. “I was a little bit worried that we were going to fall in the trap of playing so well that we get overconfident. We kept the kids grounded and they made a great run. ... That was something I felt like we needed. We needed to be in a game that was close at the end because we haven’t really had that yet. It helps our team grow so the next time we’re in that situation we’re more comfortable having been there before.”
Centennial had won five straight games, including a 10-4 win over C.M. Wright, since falling to Glenelg, 13-2, on March 28. Kellinger said changing the midfield lines and essentially playing with six midfielders instead of four has helped spark the turnaround.
“We knew after Glenelg ... we had a lot of things to figure out. We’re a young team but we never wanted to make that an excuse,” he said. “We’re starting to come together and our change in the midfield lines ... makes us better. It gives us more guys to play and makes us fresher. Those guys give us different looks so I’m really happy with the production we’ve got out of the midfield.”
Centennial (6-2) — 8, Century — 3 (game 1)
Goals: C — Peter Krawczyk 3, Thomas Thurmond 2, Ty Sams 2, Jeremy Wilson
Assists: C — Wilson 3, Sams 2, Francis Kim
Saves: C — Jack Schlossberg 10
Halftime: 4-1, Centennial
Centennial — 10, Liberty — 8 (championship)
Goals: C — Jeremy Wilson 3, Peter Krawczyk 3, Ty Sams, Thomas Thurmond, Charlie Hockersmith, Andrew Kauffman
Assists: C — Wilson 3, Hockersmith, Sams
Saves: C — Jack Schlossberg 7
Halftime: 6-2, Centennial
Marriotts Ridge tournament
Marriotts Ridge dropped its first game to Urbana, 9-8, in overtime in the opening round of its own tournament before bouncing back with a 15-9 win over La Plata.
The Mustangs trailed the Hawks by two with a little more than five minutes remaining in regulation and managed to force overtime and gain first possession. An unforced turnover proved costly, though, and Urbana went on to win the opening game.
“If we had played with the same urgency we finished regulation throughout the entire game, the outcome could have been different,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Tony Incontrera. “With La Plata, we were able to pull away in the third quarter. No one individual stood out offensively throughout the day. Defensively, Ben Ellrich had a good game down low, and Ricky Fedorchak and Andrew Page made big plays on groundballs.”
Urbana — 9, Marriotts Ridge (5-3) — 8, OT (game 1)
Goals: U — Pyke 5, Hammett 3, McGrady; MR — Peter Geier 3, Brett Gladstone 2, Ellis Gloyd, Troy Hettinger, Jake Polinksy
Assists: U — Pyke 3, Pearre 2, McMahon; MR — Logan Frank, Polinsky, Geier, Lewy Anania, Luke Ingersoll, Hettinger
Saves: U — Nedina 10; MR — Colin Kelley 9
Halftime: 5-4, Marriotts Ridge
Marriotts Ridge — 15, La Plata — 9 (consolation)
Goals: MR — James Slack 3, Polinsky 2, Geier 2, Anania 2, Gladstone 2, Ingersoll 2, Hettinger, Frank; LP — Bunon 4, C. Gutyer, T. Gutyer, Sinclair, Marteinette, Meadows
Assists: MR — Geier 2, Slack 2, Anania, Ingersoll, Gladstone, Frank; LP — Sinclair, Meadows, Hollihan
Saves: MR — Kelley, LP — Gragan 11
Halftime: 5-2, Marriotts Ridge
Middletown — 11, Urbana — 9 (championship)