City gets redemption for fallen teammate, rallies past Poly for Baltimore City boys lacrosse championship; Chaney scores 3 goals (VIDEO HERE!)
by Derek Toney
A year after tragedy, City College boys lacrosse found joy Monday. The Knights defeated Poly, 7-6, for the Baltimore City championship at Douglass High.
Sophomore D’Andre Chaney scored three goals for City, and Alton Freeman added two scores including the game-winner in the fourth quarter. Isaiah Hammond finished with a hat trick for Poly.
The Knights (12-1 overall) overcame two 3-goal deficits, scoring the game’s final three tallies to claim their 7th title in 12 seasons.
The latest crown for The Alameda school is most special because of Ray Glasgow III.
Glasgow, the captain on last season’s Knight squad was killed by gunfire two days before the city title game. The Knights, deciding to play the match as scheduled, lost to Mervo.
Under sparkling skies Monday afternoon, City got the title for Ray. The team gave Glasgow’s father, Ray II, the celebratory water bucket dousing after the game.
The elder Glasgow was on City’s sidelines Monday wearing his son’s No. 10 jersey.
City coach Anthony Ryan, who organized “a day of remembrance” for the younger Glasgow and former National Academy Foundation player Devin Cook (also killed by gunfire a few years ago) a few weeks at the US Lacrosse complex, said the win was a gratifying respite from a grim reality for inner-city youth.
“It’s a realization that a lot of these kids shouldn’t have to experience at such a young age, but that’s what’s happening,” Ryan said. “So, right now, I’m proud and the kids are proud — they did an outstanding job. We had Mr. Glasgow here — he’s been with us the entire season — and we’re just fortunate that we were able to bring this championship home, so it’s stuff he can actually hold on to.”
Poly (10-4) led 3-0 in the first quarter before the Knights closed to 3-2 at halftime. The Engineers got tallies from Hammond and Greg Hope to push their advantage back to three goals.
Trailing 6-4 late in the third, City started a stirring comeback. Jeremiah Jones scored with four seconds remaining in the quarter, bringing the Knights within a score.
Chaney completed his hat trick early in the fourth, tying the game at 6. Foreman, match-up with a Poly defender behind the goal, worked his way around and scored with 4 minutes, 52 seconds left in regulation.
Chaney, who scored two goals, said City never panicked down three goals.
The Knights had a 12th man on their side.
“It feels exciting, especially since we’re doing it for Ray,” Chaney said. “He really wanted to win this city championship.”
Baltimore City boys lacrosse championship
City College 7, Poly 6
Goals: Poly – I. Hammond 3, Calderon, Hope, M. Hammond; City – Chaney 3, Foreman 2, James, Welch
Assists: Poly – Hope; City – Foreman 2, Chaney, Smith
Saves: Poly – Sharifi 8; City – Caplan 6