BETHESDA -- Landon's David Taylor said his team's offensive strategy against third-ranked Gilman yesterday was simple: Keep the ball away from Greyounds defenseman Damien Davis.
"Whoever Damien Davis covered, we took him to the crease [and] let the other guys dodge," said the North Carolina-bound Taylor, whose team held a 5-1 lead early in the second period. "We had him on the crease most of the time.
"And," added Taylor, who scored four times in Landon's 8-6 victory, "when they played zone, it seemed I always had an open shot."
The plan, plus big games by defenseman David Burman and midfielder Willie MacDonald, hoisted the Washington area's No. 1-ranked team to its 15th straight win before about 2,000.
Taylor also assisted twice, and J. R. Bordley had two goals and two assists for the 15-1 Bears, whose teamwork produced assists on 7-of-8 goals in coach Rob Bordley's 323rd career win.
The Bears ran their record against Baltimore-area teams to 4-1 this spring, with a loss to St. Paul's and other wins over Mount St. Joseph, Loyola and St. Mary's.
Junior midfielder Teddy Lamade, called by Gilman coach Dave Allen "probably the best shooter I've seen in high school this year," and Kevin Shooshan each had a goal and an assist for Landon.
For Gilman (9-3), Andrew Faraone scored twice and had two assists, Andrew Lucas and Ryan Boyle had a goal and an assist each. Lance Zimmerman assisted twice.
Burman, George Boiardi, Justin Duffie and Landon keeper Stuart Crosland (11 saves) held Gilman to its lowest score this spring. Virginia-bound Burman had five take-aways and three clears, primarily shadowing Boyle.
"We felt Gilman was the most potent team offensively this year," Burman said. "They're defending champs, so beating them was a great accomplishment."
Davis had five take-aways, three clears and seven ground balls, and Gilman's Jay Pfeifer had 18 saves, but Landon's MacDonald put a big hurt on the Greyhounds early.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder won all six first-quarter faceoffs, and Landon out-shot Gilman 9-3 and built a 4-1 lead, two of them extra-man goals. The Bears led 3-0 before Faraone scored with 3: 14 left in the period.
Gilman won four of five second-period faceoffs and pulled within 5-3 with 4: 04 left in the half. But Taylor gave the Bears a 6-3 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Gilman pulled to within 6-5 only to see Landon answer with two more before allowing the Greyhounds their final goal in the fourth quarter.
"This is the third time we've let a team build a big lead on us, and for the defending [Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association] A Conference champ, that doesn't cut it," Davis said. "We won a couple of faceoffs in a row, got back in it. But it was just too little too late."
Pub Date: 5/01/99