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Glenelg boys lacrosse beats Century, 11-8, to reach section final

Alex Frith dominates face-offs to lead Gladiators

Glenelg may have finished third in the regular season county standings, but it's back where it feels it belongs – primed for another potential playoff run.

After earning a first-round bye, the Gladiators never trailed visiting Century in a 11-8 victory in the 3A/2A Sectional semifinals Friday night.

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But Glenelg coach Josh Hatmaker wasn't ready to compare this team to other teams – for example, last year's team that also went 9-2 in county play and reached the state semifinals. He knows this team has it's own goals in mind.

"I know I have been doing this for a while, but every team is different, and we tell the kids that," Hatmaker said. "We told them yesterday at practice – our accomplishments as a school are not just their accomplishments as a team. They have to go out and make their own story. And I think they believe that."

While Carson Marshall led the offense with four goals, the key to the victory was Alex Frith. He controlled the game by winning 16 of 23 face-offs, including seven of eight in a third quarter that the Gladiators outscored the Knights 5-2 to take a 10-6 lead.

"I thought the biggest story of the day was Alex," Hatmaker said. "We had some really nice goals and ran some really nice offense, but just him putting constant pressure on them to stop us. They started conceding (the face-offs) a little bit."

When asked what part of the game was the key for the Gladiators victory, Century coach Zach Hinton didn't hesitate either: "Win face-offs."

"That was the long and short of it," he said. "They had the ball more than us, and they found ways to score. I feel like when we had the ball we found ways to score, but they dominated time of possession."

Aside from face-offs, the first half was evenly played between the teams as neither team led by more than two goals.

Glenelg got on the scoreboard only 11 seconds into the game when Frith found Kevin Coppinger on the right side. Brett Wasson added one of his own less than three minutes later, but Century answered with back-to-back tallies from Andrew Fleishell and Austin Johnston, who assisted each other's goals.

Marshall, however, scored to end the first quarter and start the second, and the Gladiators would lead the rest of the way. Both goals came after rebounded shots on Knights goalie Alex Gipe, a Hoftstra University commit.

"I like way (Marshall) scored his goals. Not only did he have time and room, he had them on the run and he had two goals that were just stick work," Hatmaker said. "Balls in the air, he picks it out and just buries it."

Entering the third quarter with a 5-4 lead, Glenelg scored three straight to take a commanding 8-4 lead.

After trading the next four goals, Century (12-4) scored the first two fourth-quarter goals to make things interesting, but Wasson's goal with 1:14 remaining put away any hopes of a Knights comeback.

Finishing games, though, was something the Gladiators (11-4) struggled with at times this season. In it's last game against Centennial on April 30, Glenelg led 10-6 before the Eagles scored three late goals. The Gladiators seemed to have learned their lesson.

"We get into a situation where they're going to start pressing and try to get us to make mistakes," Hatmaker said. "I thought our kids were composed for the most part. ... I didn't feel any nervous energy."

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Glenelg will face Mt. Hebron in the sectional finals on Monday. The Vikings beat the Gladiators, 11-10, in overtime on April 18.

Glenelg 11, Century 8

Goals: G – Carson Marshall 4, Brett Wasson 2, Kevin Coppinger 2, Ryan Dry 1, Brian Loveless 1, Chase Collier 1; C – Andrew Fleishell 2, Austin Johnston 2, Jamison Gomsak 2, Brandon Carr 1, Chris Rinehart 1

Assists: G – Alex Frith 1, Breyer Burford 1, Wasson 1; C – Brandon Johnston 2, A. Johnston 2, Fleishell 1, Rinehart 1, George Wieber 1, Gomak 1

Saves: G – Daniel Hopkins 10; C – Alex Gipe 9

Halftime: 5-4, Glenelg

(3A/2A South, Section I semifinal)

Mt. Hebron overcame a late 8-5 deficit to force overtime, and Scott Mackrell scored with about a minute left in the extra period to give the Vikings a 9-8 win over Marriotts Ridge.

"It was a wild one, that's for sure," Mt. Hebron coach Mike McCarthy said. "They dominated face-offs in the first half and they dominated possession and went up 7-5 at the end of the third quarter."

After another Mustangs goal made it 8-5, the Vikings started getting loose balls and turnovers and scored three straight, the last with about a minute left in regulation.

In overtime, Kyle Sutton had a shot hit off both pipes, and Marriotts Ridge had a breakaway that was saved by goalie Casey DuBois.

Shane Brookhart picked up a loose ball on a scrum from the midfield and had a two-on-one with Mackrell, who got the feed and scored the game-winner.

Mt. Hebron (14-1) 9, Marriotts Ridge (11-5) 8, OT

Goals: MH – Shane Brookhart 3, Scott Mackrell 3, Anders Nilsson 1, Bryce Brookhart 1, Tyler Holzman 1; MR – Jack Grote 2, Troy Hensh 2, Mak Kennedy 1, Lewy Anania 1, Grant Hanlon 1, Patrick Clipp 1

Assists: MH – S. Brookhart 3, Brian Demek 1, Kyle Sutton 1; MR – Hensh 1, Kennedy 1, Hanlon 1

Saves: MH – Casey DuBois 8; MR – Guy Scarpaci 8

Halftime: 5-4, Mt. Hebron

(3A/2A South, Section II semifinals)

Atholton (8-7) 11, Wilde Lake (5-11) 6

With the victory, Atholton advances to the Section II finals, where it will travel to face River Hill on Monday.

River Hill (9-4) 10, Northeast (AA) 7

River Hill moves on to host Atholton in the Section II finals on Monday.

(4A/3A North, Section I semifinal)

Howard (15-0) 23, Linganore 6

Goals: Ho – Scott Bruner 7, Cody Ford 6, Eric Schroeder 4, Brad Zulick 2, Cole Jarvis 2, Tristan Kelehan 1, Nolam Dunnigan 1

Assists: Ho – Schroeder 2, Zulick 2, Ryan Land 1, Malik Anderson 1, Jarvis 1

Saves: Collin McClelland 8

Halftime: 13-5, Howard

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