With 30 seconds left in the first overtime of Calvert Hall's game at Gilman yesterday, Cardinals coach Mike Thomas crouched in the corner of the coach's box, bowed his head and muttered to himself, "One more chance . . . just one more chance."
Over the next nine minutes and three sudden-death periods, Calvert Hall got plenty of chances, but it wasn't until senior Joe Silvestri finally made good on one that Thomas' prayer was answered.
With six seconds left in the fourth overtime, Silvestri took a pass on the crease from sophomore Greg Patchak and scored the goal that gave the seventh-ranked Cardinals a 5-4 win over the No. 3 Greyhounds.
"After being destroyed [12-6] by Boys' Latin on Friday, I couldn't be more proud of these kids," said Thomas. "We're always reminding our kids of our tremendous lacrosse tradition, and it paid off today."
The Cardinals (5-2 overall, 3-2 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) took a 2-0 second-quarter lead over the Greyhounds (4-2, 2-2), but Gilman scored the next four goals -- three by junior Chase Martin -- to build a 4-2 advantage with 7:27 left in the fourth quarter.
Senior midfielder Ryan Lachowicz brought the Cardinals to within 4-3 48 seconds later, then Patchak scored unassisted to tie the game with 1:50 left.
Each team had its share of chances in the four overtime periods, with Calvert Hall taking 10 shots and Gilman seven. But both vTC goalies -- Calvert Hall's Strider Dickson (18 saves) and Gilman's Corey Popham (10 stops) -- and two hard-hitting defenses took control.
With 28 seconds left in the fourth overtime, Gilman's Lorne Smith took a shot that was deflected out of bounds by Dickson, allowing the Greyhounds to retain possession.
On the ensuing play, Calvert Hall defenseman Jon Torpey intercepted a pass, sprinted to midfield and passed the ball to Patchak, who took it behind the goal.
Patchak spotted Silvestri and the senior put a bounce shot past Popham.
"As soon as I saw [the pass], I thought 'I've got to catch this ball and I've got to put it in the net' and that's what I did," said Silvestri.