Pikesville had a six-goal lead over Glenelg when lightning and an ensuing thunderstorm caused a delay last night in the Class 2A-1A state boys lacrosse final.
For just over two hours, the teams watched from their locker rooms as rain drenched UMBC's turf field. The the stadium's lights also went out.
When play resumed at 10:08 of the third quarter, Glenelg scored twice to come within four entering the fourth quarter. But Pikesville regrouped, scoring four of the next seven goals to earn an 11-6 victory, the Panthers' 10th straight, and the program's second state championship.
Yoni Meyer (three goals, three assists), Mitchell Rosensweig (one, three), Steven Plimack (three, one) and Alex Shapiro (two, one) led Pikesville (16-3), which ended a 15-game winning streak by the Howard County champion Gladiators (15-2).
"It feels a lot better being a part of this now because that was my freshman year and I didn't put a lot into the team," said senior defender Justin Steinfelder, who played on the 2001 championship team. "It's a great feeling, much better to win this year because I feel like I anchored the team."
Considered among the nation's best junior goalies, Glenelg's Ward Odenwald (20 saves) entered the game having allowed only 38 goals. But the Panthers scored more goals on him than any team this year.
Steinfelder, Corey Kropp, Eric Selinger and Jared Akman rotated on Glenelg attackman Matt Nicola, who entered the game as the Gladiators' career scoring leader with 120 goals but had only four shots last night.
"They came out and played hard, and we came out slow, and you can't do that in the state finals," said Odenwald, whose team trailed 2-0 at 5:25 of the first quarter, and fell behind 3-0 as the Panthers exploited him from behind.
Glenelg's Shea Conway scored three times and Greg Foley had one goal and three assists, but Pikesville goalkeeper Justin Weitzman often thwarted them making nine of his 16 saves in the fourth quarter.
Meyer assisted on goals by Shapiro (at 8:19 of the first period) and Rosensweig, and had a hand in the Panthers' first five goals.
Meyer's quick-stick goal - the Panthers' third - was a result of Rosensweig's pass, which came from Odenwald's backside. Meyer tossed a behind-the-back pass to Shapiro for a 4-1 lead, following it up by scoring Pikesville's fifth goal after scooping a rebound of a shot that initially was blocked by Odenwald.
"I like to dodge from behind, and typically, they liked to slide early," Meyer said. "A lot of times they slid too early, and I could find either Shapiro or Rosensweig. I like to dodge up top also, but it was most effective from behind."
Plimack scored the Panthers' sixth and seventh goals - the former off a quick pass from Rosensweig six seconds before halftime.
Pikesville took a 6-1 halftime lead, getting assists on five of its first seven goals. Down 3-0 after one period, the Gladiators were shut out in the first quarter for only the second time this year.
Goals: Pi-Meyer 3, Plimack 3, Shapiro 2, Rosensweig, Pine, Konstas. G-Conway 3, Adams, Cobleigh, Foley. Assists: Pi-Meyer 3, Rosensweig 3, Shapiro, Plimack. G-Foley 3, Adams. Saves: Pi-Weitzman 16. G-Odenwald 20. Half: 6-1, Pi.