Mt. Hebron boys lacrosse coach Mike McCarthy talks about his team's 5-4, five-overtime victory at Glenelg on Friday, April 15, 2016. (Tim Schwartz/Howard County Times video)
For the third straight meeting, regulation wasn't enough for the Glenelg versus Mt. Hebron boys lacrosse game.
Only on Friday night, neither was one overtime period. Or two. Or three. Or four.
"Five overtimes and like 10 timeouts. You have nothing else to say except for hang in there, dude," said Vikings coach Mike McCarthy. "It's all heart at that point."
Both defenses and goalies dominating the game – especially in the overtimes – but the result was ultimately decided after a loose ground ball in front of Gladiators goalie Anthony Valenza. Mt. Hebron senior Dylan Scheeler scooped it up and fired it by Valenza with 2 minutes, 41 seconds left in the fifth overtime to give the Vikings the 5-4 road win.
"It was just like a blur. I saw the ball and I saw my attackman Scott (Mackrell), and he dropped the ball and I scooped it up and turned around and shot," said Scheeler, who also scored to put Mt. Hebron up 4-3 with 90 seconds left in regulation. "When I scored I just went crazy. It was just an experience after that."
"It wasn't a pretty goal. It was just scraping and fighting and who is able to make the play," McCarthy said. "We were fortunate to get a win tonight. Glenelg played excellent. That's not the team that played three days ago against Severna Park."
The Gladiators had chances in the fourth quarter to come way with a much-needed victory. Chase Collier scored with 3:32 left in the game to give Glenelg a 3-2 lead, but Mt. Hebron's Jake Edmonson won the ensuing face-off and Kyle Sutton buried his third goal of the game to tie it, 3-3, just eight seconds later.
Scheeler's first goal gave the Vikings their only lead of the game at 4-3, but the Gladiators weren't done just yet. Carson Marshall stood behind Mt. Hebron goalie Casey DuBois, went right and fired a diving shot across the goal and just inside the right post to tie the game at 4-4 with 29.3 seconds remaining.
"That was a great play. An incredible play," McCarthy said. "Matt Leone played him for five minutes containing him and he just made a tremendous play. No goalie is going to make that save."
Both goalies took over in the overtimes. Valenza, who McCarthy called "elite," stopped 12 shots, including five after regulation, while DuBois registered seven saves in the extra periods and 16 total in the game.
"The kids played tough. I thought we had our opportunities but (DuBois) is one hell of a keeper," said Gladiators coach Josh Hatmaker. "You have to be real selective in your shooting and I thought the times we were selective he made some great saves. ... I thought he kept them in the game. You can't shoot anywhere on him."
Glenelg, which lost to Severna Park by 15 goals on Tuesday, came out of the gates firing. Alex Frith, who won 10 of 15 face-offs in the game and all four in the first quarter, won the opening draw cleanly and found Kevin Wynne, who scored seven seconds into the game to ignite the Gladiators bench.
Sutton and the Vikings answered with the next goal midway through the quarter, but Brett Wasson gave Glenelg the lead again with a rifle of a shot with 2:03 left in the first.
The next two quarters were controlled by the defenses. Neither team scored in the second quarter and Sutton was the only goal-scorer in the third with a goal 1:06 into the half.
The Gladiators' stretch of 34:31 without a goal ended with Collier's tally late in the fourth.
Hatmaker said it's tough to lose a third-straight overtime meeting to a team that hadn't beaten Glenelg before last season since 2006, but there will be some positives that come out of the defeat.
"I think the biggest thing we have to learn when we watch film is where our mistakes were. What put us in the situation where we had a lead at 3-2 and immediately it goes back to 3-3 and then they take a lead," he said. "Carson made a hell of a play to make it 4-4 and it stayed that way for what felt like nine hours. It's tough to take away positives from a five-overtime loss, but it's one of those things that we'll work on and we'll learn from it. Ultimately I think this is going to make us a better team."
McCarthy admitted that while his defense and goalie have been "incredible," the offense has been in a rut. He hopes this win ignites the offense going forward.
"I think we're a work in progress," McCarthy said. "If we have aspirations to win the county, region and state we have to get better. We make a lot of mistakes and have too many unforced turnovers. ... We've got a good shot to make a run in the playoffs but we've got to get better."
Mt. Hebron (3-0 county, 7-1 overall) 5, Glenelg (3-1, 3-5) 4, 5 OT