Gilman's comeback silences St. Mary's No. 1 Greyhounds trail by two goals at halftime

Boys lacrosse

March 28, 1998|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Top-ranked Gilman didn't knock No. 7-ranked St. Mary's out of the playoffs, as happened last season. But that didn't make the Greyhounds' 14-10 victory yesterday at Weems-Whelan Field Annapolis any easier for the Saints to swallow.

"We had opportunities, and I'll bet we missed eight one-on-ones," said St. Mary's coach Jim Moorhead, whose team led the Greyhounds 6-4 at the half. "Gilman has great sticks, and they put the ball in the goal better than us. They shot the ball better than us, and that was the difference, plain and simple."

Sophomore Ryan Boyle led the Greyhounds (6-0, 3-0) in their come-from-behind victory with four goals and four assists. Senior midfielder Blake Atkins added three goals.

"Ryan plays like a 23-year-old kid," said Gilman coach John Tucker, who had to scramble to find transportation to yesterday's game because the team bus never showed. "He's got intelligence, talent, everything. He's a pleasure to have on the field, because he's like another coach."

St. Mary's (3-1, 2-1), which was penalized for having a coach on the field, let the game slip away in the third quarter. Gilman outscored the Saints 5-2 in that period, turning a two-point deficit into a one-goal lead with one quarter remaining.

Atkins gave the Greyhounds their first lead since early in the game when he put in a feed from Andrew Faraone (two goals, two assists) to make it 8-7 with 3: 21 left in the third.

Sophomore Rob Lindsey stretched the Gilman lead to two on an assist from Jesse Kohler, but Ken Hutton cut it back to one for the Saints with a long-stick goal.

Kevin Callahan knotted the game at 10 on an assist from Beau Pich with 7: 24 remaining, but Gilman closed out the game with four unanswered goals, handing the Saints their first defeat of the young season.

"We didn't play well in the first half, and St. Mary's took it to us," said Tucker. "We were fortunate to only be down by two."

"St. Mary's is always a good team, year in and year out, and they just had a big win over Calvert Hall, so we knew they would be fired up today," said Boyle. "It's always tough playing on this field."

No. 10 Severn 10, No. 12 Mount St. Joseph 6: Doug Machen had three goals and Marshall Feldman added two goals and two assists as the Admirals defeated the host Gaels (3-2, 0-2) in a non-league game. Severn never trailed and led 7-3 at halftime.

Travis Wells and John Zimmerman paced Mount St. Joseph with two goals each.

Pub Date: 3/28/98

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