No. 1 Gilman slides past jet-lagged St. Paul's by 2

Greyhounds trail into 4th

Zimmerman scores four, Lucas puts in game-winner

Boys lacrosse

March 23, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Gilman had the area's No. 1 ranking and home-field advantage yesterday against St. Paul's, a team somewhat jet-lagged after arriving Tuesday night from a six-scrimmage trip to San Diego.

But the advantages nearly slipped away on a slick, muddy field against the fourth-ranked Crusaders.

The Greyhounds needed late-game heroics from Andrew Lucas, goalie Jay Pfeiffer's defensive leadership and a four-goal performance that senior midfielder Lance Zimmerman called "my best on the varsity" in its 10-8, come-from-behind Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference win.

The Crusaders led 4-0 in the first period, 6-3 at halftime and didn't allow allow the Greyhounds their first lead, at 9-8, until 7: 10 was left.

But the triumvirate, along with the hustle of teammates such as Franco Gould, Lawson Grumbine, Mike Rogers, Dave Tuller and Rob Lindsey, was simply too much to overcome.

In victory, however, Gilman was humbled.

"We came out a little cocky -- wound up falling down, slipping a lot on the muddy field," said Pfeiffer. "Second half, we stopped attacking so much, played more of a dropping zone, forced them to take more outside shots. We stepped it up overall, and that's what won it in the end."

Lucas had two assists to go with a game-winning fourth goal that went in off the stick of St. Paul's keeper Paul Spellman (20 saves) for the permanent lead.

Zimmerman was part of a strong midfield that included J. D. Nelson and Kevin Boland and that overcame the Crusaders' premier faceoff man, Jack deVilliers.

Zimmerman gave the Greyhounds a 10-8 lead with two minutes left, scoring from the doorstep after Boland shook a defender to feed him from behind the goal.

Pfeiffer made 12 of his 16 saves in the second half, two in the game's last four minutes.

Leading St. Paul's (0-1) were Brendan Gill (two goals, four assists), Ethan Haire (two, one) and Sean Link (two goals).

Crusaders' defender Jeff Hunter shadowed Gilman's two-time All-Metro Ryan Boyle, who got one assist.

"If I don't hit a couple of pipes, blow point-blank shots, Ryan Boyle has three more assists," said Lucas. "Our offense didn't play well early, but we learned a lot about ourselves today."

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