Top-ranked Gilman masters basics, beats No. 2 Boys' Latin

Ground balls, faceoffs prove the difference, 14-12

March 26, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Scoring goals is a necessity in boys lacrosse, but ground balls were the difference for Gilman.

In a matchup between the area's two best lacrosse programs, the top-ranked and visiting Greyhounds slipped past No. 2 Boys' Latin, 14-12, yesterday.

Although Lakers senior attack Brian Nee led all scorers with seven goals and senior attack Dan LaMonica contributed a goal and four assists, Gilman improved to 2-0 in the MIAA A Conference and 3-0 overall by dominating ground balls (51-37) and faceoffs (20-10).

"It's not rocket science," said Greyhounds coach Dave Allen, who was somewhat alarmed by his team's tendency to allow Boys' Latin to stage several comebacks. "The team that controls the ball can score."

Lakers coach Bob Shriver agreed: "We played pretty hard, but in all the contested situations, we didn't pick up the ground balls. We didn't have the ball enough to score."

Senior attack Andrew Lucas, who will play for North Carolina next year, led Gilman with five goals -- all in the second half -- and his attackmate, Princeton-bound senior Ryan Boyle, recorded two goals and five assists.

Boyle said he thought the key was the faceoff work of senior defender Franko Gould and senior midfielder Lance Zimmerman.

"Once we started controlling the faceoffs, we didn't throw the ball away," Boyle said. "We really valued the ball, and we were much more patient on offense so that we could get better shots."

Boys' Latin (1-1 in the conference, 3-1 overall) had leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in the first half, but the Greyhounds battled back to tie the score at 5 at halftime.

Gilman started quickly in the third quarter, scoring five of the first six goals to take a 10-6 lead with 3: 09 left in the period. But two goals in 16 seconds by Nee capped a 3-1 run for the Lakers, who narrowed the deficit to 11-9 at the end of the third quarter.

Mirroring their third-period effort, the Greyhounds scored three goals in 1: 32 to build a 14-9 lead with 6: 56 left in the game. But Nee pumped new life into Boys' Latin, scoring three straight goals and making it 14-12 with 1: 29 left.

But Gilman won the ensuing faceoff and ran down the clock to seal the victory.

Lucas said like the previous two games, the Greyhounds' attack had some trouble finding its rhythm.

"Our offense is a second-half offense," he said. "In the first half, we were getting our shots, but we weren't getting them in. We just have to find ourselves and work the kinks out."

Nee said the Lakers failed to match the Greyhounds' second-half scoring outbursts.

"They came out running," he said. "We came out slow. It was a tough game."

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