Falling behind, Gilman picks it up on Severn

Flurry of ground balls helps 'Hounds rally, 6-4

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 21, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Chris Deutschman scored three times, Clark Finney scored twice and Luke Wilson had two assists for No. 3 Gilman in yesterday's come-from-behind 6-4 victory at Severn in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference action.

J. D. Nelson had a team-high seven ground balls, followed by Michael Rodgers (six) and Justin Redd (five). Finney and Deutschman each had four as the defending champion Greyhounds (6-3) picked up their second two-goal victory of the season. The turnaround came after Matt Nicholson, Todd MacMullan and Brandon Wright each scored to give No. 5 Severn (6-5) a 3-0 lead with 2:09 left in the first period.

But comebacks have become the norm for this season's Greyhounds, who have won six of their past seven games - including four straight - despite returning one starter from a 16-1 squad.

Gilman overcame deficits against No. 4 Boys' Latin and Friends, the latter for a 10-9 overtime win after trailing 9-4 late in the third period. It has three one-goal wins and is 2-1 in overtime.

Only one team has scored in double figures against a defense comprised of Rodgers, Josh Hoffman, Tap Kolkin, Andrew Ryan, Gentry Fitzpatrick, Chappy Gould and Napoleon Sykes. Sykes is in his second year of organized lacrosse, and goalie Richard Thomas (12 saves) spent three years as a reserve.

"We've been down and risen to the challenge. That's character," said Gilman coach Dave Allan. "We're not the most graceful or talented team, just getting solid play from different kids and having fun."

Deutschman scored two unassisted goals in the final two minutes of the first period, the latter 12 seconds before the second quarter to make it 3-2. His third goal tied the score with 6:01 left in the first half, and Finney gave Gilman a 4-3 lead 3:29 before halftime.

Down 5-3 after Nelson assisted Redd 3:25 before the fourth period, Severn's Mike Houser made it 5-4 with 8:50 to play. But Wilson assisted Finney with 4:13 left and Gilman's defense withstood a late surge.

"Our defense carried us this year until two starters went down. But our offense has really stepped up," Deutschman said. "We're no-names in Baltimore who really want to step out of the shadows of last year's team. We're overcoming adversity, and I'm having a blast."

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