Young Gladiators reach 3A/2A final
GLENELG 6, LINGANORE 4
Tyler Reiff caught Kyle Dry’s pass on the move, then raised his stick and fired the off-balance, fadeaway shot into the back of the cage. After netting the would-be game-winning goal in Glenelg’s 6-4 victory over Linganore, the sophomore locked eyes with the freshman, and the two connected again for a highrising chest bump.
That impeccable timing and flawless execution was just what the Gladiators (13-6) needed in Saturday’s Maryland 3A/2A semifinal against the defending state champions.
“It’s this thing with our team. We all love each other, we’re just ready to go,” Reiff said. “We came in here with a little more intensity, and I think that’s what wound up letting us win this game.”
Glenelg is riding a 10-game win streak into the state final against Northern on Tuesday or Wednesday at Stevenson.
Reiff, a transfer from Reservoir, scored all three of his goals in the third quarter as Glenelg turned a tie game into a 6-3 lead heading into the final period.
Glenelg senior goalie Brian Doughty recorded 11 saves, backing a defense that stayed disciplined and kept the Lancers (17-1) at arm’s length to hold on for the victory in Ellicott City.
Though the Gladiators are a young team, they played like an experienced group Saturday, avoiding turnovers and taking care of the ball. After Linganore junior Jack Watsic notched his third goal with 7:32 remaining, Glenelg drained the clock and locked down defensively to spoil the Lancers’s undefeated season.
“At anyone time we’ll have five sophomores on the field,” Glenelg Coach Josh Hatmaker said. “We’re real young and we just have to kind of learn that there’s certain things we’re capable of, certain things we have to dial down a little bit.”
The Gladiators went 6-9 last spring and began the season 3-6, but are peaking at the right time. On Monday they defeated Marriotts Ridge, 11-10, on an overtime goal by sophomore Eric Gruber to advance to the South region final, and on Wednesday they beat Northeast, 9-3, to return to the state semifinals.
“We were 3-6, but I knew we were better than 3-6,” Reiff said. “We got the competition, we got the toughness under our belt, and that’s what set us up for this run. We knew how to play these tough games, and that’s what led us to victory.”
Churchill makes 4A/3A final
The Churchill boys’ lacrosse team took down Westminster, 13-5, in a hard-fought Maryland 4A/3A semifinal to earn the chance to play Severna Park in the state final.
This will be the Bulldogs’ second state final in three years.
Senior attack Spencer Knife, who will play at Towson next year, led Churchill (18-1) with five goals and also added two assists. Westminster finished 16-2.
“We’re much more complete than we were two years ago,” Bulldogs Coach Jeff Fritz said. “We’re better on defense and we’re just much deeper this year.”
Northern beats Hereford
Northern advanced to its first Maryland 3A/2A state final with a comeback 10-8 win over Hereford in the earlier semifinal at Mount Hebron. The Patriots (17-2) overcame a two-goal deficit and scored the last four goals to defeat the Bulls (15-4).
Churchill’s Spencer Knife (36) with Ryan Leonard, left, and Brady Altabello after one of his five goals.