Glencoe lacrosse gets 9-7 win over Sherwood
The Glencoe lacrosse team didn't have much adversity in the first quarter of their April 10 game against Sherwood, so they created some – much to the chagrin of their head coach.
The Tide defeated the Bowmen 9-7 last Tuesday night at Hare Field, but after taking a 5-0 first quarter lead, Glencoe allowed the visitors five unanswered goals before answering with three straight and hanging on for a sixth consecutive victory.
The loss came on the heels of an impressive April 5 one-goal win at state power Jesuit. But this night wasn't about what was, but rather what wasn't in the face of another formidable opponent.
"Sherwood came back and they were tough," said Tolzman. " But we had a bad second quarter there where we were sliding all over the field, they were finding the backside, and they were getting one-to-one beats."
Tolzman talked with his team at the half about staying more in control, and was somewhat satisfied with their response. But ultimately was less-than-pleased with their execution in the second of back-to-back high profile games.
"We were trying to delay the slide and when there was a one-on-one beat we were immediately going to them," Tolzman said. "The guys were really jacked up about tonight so I had to try and calm them down and slow things down as the game went on."
Glencoe netted their first goal when Thomas Takle scored just 3:24 into the game, then added four more over the next seven minutes, three more from Takle and two from Erik Cortez to give the home Tide a 5-0 first quarter lead. But what appeared to be a rout in the making, turned significantly in the second stanza when four Sherwood goals – the last of which with seven seconds on the clock – sent the Bowmen to the locker room trailing just 5-4.
Sherwood wasted little time in the third quarter, tying the game just 48 seconds in, waking the Tide from their slumber and forcing a response.
The Tide's Juan Diaz scored 21 seconds later, and Cortez added consecutive goals over a four minute span to put Glencoe up 8-5. But the Bowmen too responded, getting two goals of their own, the second of which pulling them within 8-7 with 11:03 left in the game. But Glencoe standout Dylan Brauer netted a shot from roughly 15 yards out on the left side to give the Tide a two-goal lead, and the home favorite salted-away the final 7:45 for the win.
Tolzman cited his team's one-on-one defense as a deficiency in the game and credited the Bowmen to an extent for forcing the Tide into mistakes. He was happy with the win and relatively pleased with their overall defense, but thought offensively they were too stagnant and their propensity for settling for "me ball" hurt them both from a production and stamina standpoint.
"Them scoring three goals in the second half and seven goals total is fine, but I thought our offense needed so more kick," said the coach. "We didn't get into a flow and tried to do too much me, me, me ball. That kills team ball and tires the guys out."
"We need to get back on the practice field and just be disciplined and focused on getting opportunities off of great possession and movement," said Tolzman.
Glencoe is scheduled to travel to Oregon Episcopal April 13 and to Grant April 18 for a game with the Generals.