Glenelg goes 2-0 in own tour­ney

No. 2 Gla­di­a­tors edge No. 3 Notre Dame Prep in mar­quee matchup

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Kather­ine Dunn

To Glenelg’s Anna Cal­la­han, the No. 2 Gla­di­a­tors needed a win like Saturday’s 9-7 vic­tory over No. 3 Notre Dame Prep.

“To me this year, it’s very im­por­tant be­cause I’m just try­ing to prove ev­ery­one wrong and show that we can hang with those teams, the IAAM teams,” Cal­la­han said. “Peo­ple think we can’t hang with teams like that, but I be­lieve, coach [Nikki] Trunzo be­lieves, coach Alex [Pag­notta] be­lieves, our whole team be­lieves and we’re prov­ing to ev­ery­one that we can.”

Not only could the Gla­di­a­tors (7-0) hang with the pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Blaz­ers, but they never trailed in the game that was part of the Glenelg Spring Break Tour­na­ment at West­ern Re­gional Park in Howard County.

The Blaz­ers (12-1) came in as the third-ranked team in USA To­day’s Su­per 25 be­hind No. 1 McDonogh and No. 2 St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes, from Alexan­dria, Va. The Gla­di­a­tors were No. 14, but they dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion early, con­trol­ling six of eight first-half draws and win­ning most of the ground balls.

The defending Class 3A-2A state champs found some holes in NDP’s shifty backer zone de­fense and ran out to a 4-0 lead.

Cal­la­han fed Jenny Gi­ampalmo and then scored a free-po­si­tion goal be­fore Alayna Pag­notta scored. Then Maddy O’Brien scored one off a pass from Court­ney Rene­han with 18:04 left in the half.

“Try­ing to beat that backer was so dif­fi­cult,” Cal­la­han said. “Dodg­ing around them and try­ing to get around them, you would run into an­other brick wall. We worked very hard to beat that zone. We run a sim­i­lar backer to what they run, so we prac­tice against a backer ev­ery day, so we have a lot of plays to get around those types of back­ers.”

She said set­tling into a pa­tient of­fense was the key to find­ing the open­ings in the zone.

The Blaz­ers turned over their first two pos­ses­sions and never had the ball be­tween Glenelg’s sec­ond and fourth goals, but Grace Haus fi­nally put NDP on the board on a free po­si­tion with 17:23 left in the half.

Me­gan Jack­son and Hannah Mar­diney cut the lead to 4-3 by half­time, but a cou­ple of man-up op­por­tu­ni­ties for Glenelg early in the sec­ond half helped the Gla­di­a­tors build a lit­tle mo­men­tum.

They started the sec­ond half a man up, be­cause an NDP yel­low-card foul car­ried over from the first half. Cal­la­han slipped a low shot past goalie Lucy Lowe (seven saves) to boost the lead to 5-3. Jor­dan Sabourin got one back for the Blaz­ers be­fore O’Brien pushed the lead back to two, 6-4.

The Blaz­ers’ third yel­low card of the game gave Glenelg an­other two min­utes of ex­tra-man play and the Gla­di­a­tors took ad­van­tage. Cal­la­han fed Gi­ampalmo and Lind­say Letel­lier as­sisted Pag­notta 21 sec­onds apart to take an 8-4 lead with 15:01 left.

“We knew they played a backer D,” NDP coach Mac Ford said, “and I think, at times, we weren’t as pa­tient as we needed to be.”

The Blaz­ers ral­lied in the fi­nal 10 min­utes. Mar­diney scored on a feed from Cait­lynn Moss­man to cut the lead to 9-6, but they missed their next three shots — two saved by Glenelg goalie Mad­die McSally, who fin­ished with four. Moss­man hit Syd­ney Rosa to cut the lead to two with 1:50 left, and sec­onds later, Moss­man ap­peared to score, but the of­fi­cial said she was in the crease and waved off the goal. Glenelg stalled away much of the rest of the game.

“We wanted this be­cause we feel like we’re on par with any­body in the coun­try and we needed a sig­na­ture win to prove that,” Glenelg as­sis­tant coach Alex Pag­notta said.

The Blaz­ers bounced back in the sec­ond game with a 15-11 win over No. 4 Mar­riotts Ridge. Moss­man had two goals and five as­sists while Mar­diney had three goals and two as­sists.

Glenelg was the only team in the tour­na­ment to fin­ish the day un­de­feated, tak­ing a 17-9 vic­tory over Du­laney with Letel­lier lead­ing the way with four goals and three as­sists. Alayna Pag­notta, Cal­la­han and Rene­han had three goals each. No. 2 GLENELG 9, No. 3 NDP 7 Goals: G—Cal­la­han 3, Gian­palmo 2, Pag­notta 2, O’Brien 2; NDP—Mar­diney 2, Haus, Jack­son, Sabourin, Moss­man, Rosa. As­sists: G—Cal­la­han 2, Rene­han; NDP—Moss­man 3, Suter, L.Letel­lier. Saves: G—McSally 4; NDP—Lowe 7. Half: G, 4-3. No. 2 GLENELG 17, DU­LANEY 9 Goals: G—L. Letel­lier 4, Pag­notta 3, Rene­han 3, Cal­la­han 3, Schein­berg 2, OBrien, Baehr; D—O’Grady 3, Strauch 2, M.Kelly, Lip­stein, Pae­tow, B.Kelly; As­sists: G—L.Letel­lier 3, Pag­notta 3, Cal­la­han, Gi­ampalmo. D—O’Grady 2, B.Kelly 2, M.Kelly. Saves: G--McSally 11; D—Hine, 8. Half: G, 7-6. NO. 3 NDP 15, NO. 4 MAR­RIOTTS RIDGE 11 Goals: MR—L. Kennedy 4, Hensh 2, C.Blalock 2, G.Kennedy; NDP—Mar­diney 3, Moss­man 2, Jack­son 2, Haus 2, Rai­ley 2, Rosa, Sabourin, Eby, Corbo. As­sists: MR—C.Blalock, Thomp­son; NDP— Moss­man 5, Mar­diney 2, Barger, Rai­ley Haus. Saves: MR—Ranta 4; NDP—Lowe 6. Half: NDP, 9-5. NO. 4 MAR­RIOTTS RIDGE 15, DU­LANEY 12 Goals: D—Dabkowski 5, Lip­stein 2, M. Kelly, Strauch, O’Grady, Grif­fith, Persinger; MR—C.Blalock 4, S.Blalock 3, L. Kennedy 3, Simp­son 2, Hensh 2, Thomp­son. As­sists: D—Lip­stein 4, Dabkowski, O’Grady, M.Kelly; MR—C.Blalock, L. Kennedy, Hensh. Saves: D—Hine 11. MR—Ranta, 14. Half: MR, 8-6.

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