No. 1 Gilman turns tables on Boys' Latin Greyhounds end Lakers' 18-game win streak, 14-11

March 25, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

After Gilman's 14-11 victory ended an 18-game winning streak by defending MIAA A Conference champion Boys' Latin yesterday, coach John Tucker praised his underclassmen-laden Greyhounds for their poise.

"Some of our kids really know how to compete," Tucker said. "They know how to step up in critical situations."

Top-ranked Gilman (5-0, 2-0) led 4-1 after one period, 7-5 at halftime, scored four times in its first six shots and had assists on each of its first six goals.

The fifth-ranked Lakers (1-1, 0-1) tied the game at 1 after Dan Lamonica (one goal, four assists) fed Dan Berger (four goals) with 8: 47 left in the first quarter, but Gilman closed with a 3-0 run and brilliant play from sophomore keeper Jay Pfeifer (10 saves), who stopped five of the Lakers' eight first-period shots.

Sophomore Ryan Boyle (four goals, three assists) and senior Alex Lieske (three, three) led Gilman. An 18-2 loser at Boys' Latin last year, the Greyhounds must perform all season knowing it is their last under Tucker, who will take an administrative post at Boys' Latin next fall.

"We had to overcome some of the emotion and issues surrounding the game," said Boyle, who scored the game's final pair of goals -- the last from 35 yards with 11 seconds left. "Unlike last year, when Boys' Latin was No. 1, and we were ranked lower, we can't sneak up on anyone."

Paced by Boyle, Lieske, Andrew Lucas (two, one), Kevin Boland (two goals) and both Andrew Faraone and Blake Atkins (each with a goal and an assist), Gilman led by as much as 6-2 midway through the second period and had a 26-16 advantage in first-half ground balls.

But the Lakers were within 6-5 late in the half after converting on three of five second-period shots.

Gilman led, 9-5, after consecutive scoring runs went uncontested -- the second, by Lance Zimmerman with 5: 54 left.

Still, the Lakers were within 9-8 of the Greyhounds after a 3-0 run. And, with defender Matt O'Malley being a distraction to the Gilman offense, the Lakers got scoring from Chris Edwards (three, one) down the stretch and trailed only 11-10 entering the fourth.

Pub Date: 3/25/98

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