No. 2 Gilman's quick start finishes St. Paul's, 13-2

April 29, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Gilman went on a mission yesterday.

Closing out the home portion of their regular-season schedule against St. Paul's, the Greyhounds took the field filled with emotion -- and no intention of losing.

"Our seniors wanted to go out like the winners they are," said Gilman coach John Tucker.

And so they did. No. 2 Gilman roared out of the gate with a six-goal first quarter en route to a 13-2 victory over No. 7 St. Paul's in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

Scott Banerjee (five goals) and Chase Martin (four) scored three goals apiece in a first quarter that was totally Gilman (11-2, 6-2).

"I think it was the best quarter of lacrosse that we've played in my years here," said Tucker.

Martin scored the first goal just 1:59 into the game, and Banerjee then scored three in a row over a stretch of 1:43 for a 4-0 lead with 3:23 left. Martin made it 5-0 only 62 seconds later when he picked up a loose ball, came around the side of the net, leaped and dunked the ball over goalie Rich Yost (13 saves).

The final goal also came from Martin with 21 seconds left. He let go of a half-pass, half-shot, and the ball somehow snaked its way along the ground and into the net.

The Gilman dominated the rest of the way. The Greyhounds outshot St. Paul's, 33-14, and kept possession for long stretches.

"We said we weren't going to be denied," said Martin, who also had an assist. "[There's] no two ways about it."

Said Banerjee: "We came into the game with a lot of emotion. When we come in with a lot of emotion, we start fast."

In addition to the quick start on offense, Gilman did most everything else well. The Greyhounds, led by long-stick midfielder Herb Beatson, gobbled up ground ball after ground ball throughout the game.

Even though St. Paul's (7-5, 4-4) manufactured some good offensive chances, the aggressive Gilman defense stopped most them.

Packer Rodgers did a good job on Tucker Radebaugh, helping to keep him scoreless. Chris Tully and David Biddison also played strong defense. Goalie Corey Popham had to make only six saves.

St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato, whose team got both goals from Chris Kakel, had little trouble summing up the game.

"We were outplayed, out-coached, out-everythinged," said Brocato. "We fell apart."

Tucker, who also got two goals from Bill Whitridge, said the Greyhounds wanted to prove something. With No. 1 Boys' Latin looming on Tuesday, and the playoffs shortly thereafter, the Greyhounds hoped to turn a few heads.

"We wanted to make a statement," said Tucker. "We wanted to play . . . with as much emotion as we could and let the result take care of itself."

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