Lucas ignites No. 1 Gilman, 13-8

Junior attackman's 5 goals lead Greyhounds' charge over 6th-ranked Loyola

April 17, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

An avid snowboarder and surfer, Gilman's Andrew Lucas describes himself as an "easy-going guy" and "a free spirit." Put him in a lacrosse uniform, and the 6-foot, 190-pound junior attackman is plain vicious.

"I change when I get out there. I go all-out," said Lucas, who played midfield last season. "I want to leave it all on the field."

Lucas scored four of his five goals unassisted and had an assist in yesterday's 13-8 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference win by top-ranked Gilman (8-1) at sixth-ranked Loyola (7-4).

Consecutive unassisted goals by Lucas -- the second off a blocked shot he scooped off the turf -- broke a 3-3 tie for a 5-3 Gilman lead with 9: 44 left in the half. They also sparked a 5-0 run during a stretch when Gilman out-scored Loyola, 7-1, and Lucas scored three times.

Once, with a defender on him and his back to the goal, Lucas spun in the air, shooting over his head for a 9-4 lead at 4: 50 of the second period. Lucas scooped ground balls to register his fourth and fifth goals for Gilman's 12th and 13th of the game.

Lucas scored three goals and had three assists in last Friday's 12-8 win over St. Paul's.

"Andrew's finding out how good he is, where last season, he was a little more tentative," said first-year coach Dave Allen. "He's big, fast, and hard to stop."

The win, Gilman's fifth straight since a one-goal loss to St. Mary's, kept the Greyhounds from becoming the fourth MIAA team to lose in the same week it debuted as No. 1.

Jesse Kohler had a goal and three assists, and All-Metros Ryan Boyle and Andrew Faraone each scored twice with an assist as part of an offense which had assists on seven of its first nine goals and hit 10 of 17 shots for a 10-5 halftime lead.

Lance Zimmerman scored twice, and Kevin Boland had two assists for Gilman, which found net on three of its first four shots for a 3-0 lead with 7: 05 left in the first period.

"Stop one of us, someone else burns you," Kohler said. "We have a lot of weapons."

Loyola had won four of its past five games, including three straight and Tuesday's 15-6 rout of St. Mary's. The Dons also had won the past two meetings against Gilman.

Loyola's T.J. Morton had a goal and three assists and Brian Miller, three goals. The Dons tied the game 3-3 early in the second period as defender Ricky Shultz beat Gilman goalie Jay Pfeifer.

But the Greyhounds scored seven of the next eight goals for a 10-4 lead with 4: 35 left in the half. At one point, Gilman won four of five faceoffs, with Zimmerman and Faraone winning two apiece.

Loyola was 0-for-4 with an extra man, and was shut out in the fourth period until Devin Weatherly's goal with 39 seconds left.

Pfeifer had 15 saves, stopping five of Loyola's first six shots behind defensemen Damien Davis, Lawson Grumbine, David Taler, Franco Gould and Tim Webb.

"We handled the pressure [of being ranked No. 1,]" said Pfeifer. "We have it and hope to keep it."

Pub Date: 4/17/99

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