Richard Tuohey and Lance Zimmerman scored four goals each to spark Gilman's come-from-behind, 12-7 victory yesterday at Loyola's muddy Hargadon Field.
The duo scored twice each during a stretch in which the top-ranked Greyhounds (10-0) produced the first four goals of the second half on six shots in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game. Fifth-ranked Loyola (8-3), whose coach, John Tucker, led Gilman to its third championship of the 1990s two years ago, was outscored 7-1 in the second half.
Zimmerman normally splits time doing faceoffs, but didn't have to pull double duty after the first half, with midfielder J. D. Nelson winning seven of nine second-half faceoffs, including a 4-0 advantage in the fourth period.
"J. D. did an excellent job on faceoffs, and everything else we did in the second half kind of fed off that," Zimmerman said. "I guess he's our No. 1 faceoff guy now."
With Loyola's 6-foot-3, 215-pound All-Metro defenseman Ricky Schultz playing a dominant game against Gilman's two-time All-Metro attackman Ryan Boyle (one goal, two assists), the Greyhounds went to other scorers such as Tuohey, Zimmerman and Tom Coughlin (two assists).
At least two of Schultz's six takeaways were against Boyle.
Tim Sullivan, Mike McKenna and keeper Trae Rodgers (12 saves) also played well for the Dons in the first half, allowing Brian Miller (one goal, three assists), Andy White (three goals) and Owen Mulford (two goals) to pace Loyola to a 6-5 halftime lead.
"Our offense couldn't get the ball in the second half because their faceoff guy obliterated us," Schultz said.
So did the Greyhounds' one-two punch of Tuohey and Zimmerman.
A 6-4, 240-pound player with deceptive speed that helped earn him All-Metro honors as a football tight end, Tuohey made his scores look easy.
Tuohey scored similarly on three occasions for leads of 4-3, 7-6 and 9-6 - the latter completing the game-clinching 4-0 run 7: 29 before the fourth period.
Tuohey scored his last three goals much like a basketball center posting up on a smaller defender.
Starting his run from behind the goal and to the left of keeper Rodgers, the big guy would make a run to the other side about 10 yards from the goal, dig his feet into the miring sod with the defender literally leaning on his back, and fire the ball back over his left shoulder past Rodgers.
"Rich is a big kid who is very hard to stop," said Gilman coach Dave Allen. "If you don't double up on him, he's going to score."
Where Tuohey's goals were more the result of positioning and brute strength, those of Zimmerman, two of which were assisted by Boyle, resulted more from his speed, hustle and quickness.
"They showed they're a versatile team, with a number of guys on their team who can win it for them," Schultz said.