2 late goals lift Gilman to 6-5 win

May 14, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

In the back of Boys' Latin's lacrosse program is an article entitled "The Lake Avenue Championship Years," chronicling the Lakers' dominance in the Maryland Scholastic Association.

Last night at UMBC Stadium, second-seeded Gilman did everything in its power to ensure that the article would need amending.

After falling behind 5-4 with 3:14 remaining, the second-ranked Greyhounds rallied for two goals in the final three minutes to earn a 6-5 victory and a berth in next week's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference final with St. Mary's, which advanced by defeating top-seeded Loyola in overtime, 7-6.

"Bob Shriver is a great coach and he had Boys' Latin ready to go, as I knew he would. I knew it would be a barn-burner but I had no idea that it would be that close," said Gilman coach John Tucker, whose team was eliminated from playoff contention last season when then-No. 2 Loyola upset then-No. 1 St. Paul's, 13-12, in the final regular-season game.

"This is really a major steppingstone for our program. We've been getting better every year and we needed to take this step, which we did."

The Greyhounds' final step will come at 7 p.m. Friday when they face off with the Saints at UMBC. If Gilman wins, it will be the Greyhounds' first A Conference championship since 1981 when they shared the title with Loyola and St. Paul's.

The Greyhounds (12-2) should be favored, considering the fact that they beat St. Mary's, 13-5, during the regular season. However, Gilman also defeated the Lakers, 15-5, less than two weeks ago and yesterday's contest was anything but a mismatch.

After a scoreless first quarter, Gilman finally ended the drought when Mark Cornes fed junior midfielder James McIntyre with 8:31 left in the half.

Chris Turner (three assists) knotted the score for Boys' Latin when he fed John Fuller (four goals) with 3:35 remaining in the half and the same combination teamed up a minute later to give the fourth-ranked Lakers (15-4) a 2-1 lead.

Sophomore attackman Chase Martin made it a 2-2 game at the intermission when he scored with 2:02 left on a feed from McIntyre.

Boys' Latin's defense got the job done in the third quarter but the Lakers' attack failed to get the ball past Gilman goalkeeper Corey Popham (11 saves). Senior attackman Matt Wise helped the Greyhounds avoid another scoreless quarter when he scored with 11 seconds left in the third on an assist from Mike Allan.

"We clearly had a fabulous third quarter and they took one or two shots and we took 15 and their goalie played great in the third quarter," said Shriver. "The kids played their hearts out and they probably deserved a better fate."

Fuller's third and fourth goals came early in the fourth quarter and gave the Lakers a 4-3 lead before Lorne Smith tied the game again on an assist from Allan.

Jeff Jeffers gave the Lakers a short-lived lead with his unassisted goal before Allan tied it and Wise got the game-winner at the 1:08 mark.

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