When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Coaches: Josh Hatmaker, Glenelg; Dan Sageman, Marriotts Ridge
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Glenelg: Nick Wynne, Sr., A; Mikey Wynne, So., A; Mark Darden, Jr., MF
Marriotts Ridge: Sean Harrison, Sr., MF; Alec Wendler, Sr., D; Mack Schwarz, Sr., G
Outlook: Early bragging rights are on the line in a Howard County showdown that could set the tone for the rest of the season. Defending Class 2A-1A state champion Glenelg brings an explosive attack led by the Wynne brothers. The Mustangs’ strength and experience is in back, with Schwarz a three-year starter in goal and Wendler another sturdy anchor. Sageman believes quality possessions on attack and consistent help defense in containing the Gladiators’ attack will play a big role. Controlling the tempo is another key, and the Gladiators usually have the edge on faceoffs with Anthony Pagnotta handling the draws. Hatmaker said avoiding careless turnovers will be a must.
OTHER GAMES TO WATCH
Conestoga (Pa.) at Boys’ Latin, Tuesday, 4 p.m.
Linganore at Winters Mill, Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Archbishop Spalding at Severna Park, Thursday, 7 p.m.
No. 5 John Carroll at No. 4 Notre Dame Prep, Friday, 4 p.m.
No. 9 Roland Park at No. 2 Bryn Mawr, Wednesday, 4 p.m.
No. 8 Severna Park vs. No. 12 Severn at Anne Arundel Community College, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.