Nelson's numbers give Gilman boost

No. 2 McDonogh falls, 13-11, behind his 3 goals, 2 assists

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 28, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Gilman boys lacrosse coach Dave Allan calls J. D. Nelson "a warrior," and in yesterday's 13-11 victory over No. 2-ranked McDonogh, the Cornell-bound midfielder demonstrated why.

Nelson scored three goals, assisted on two, won 15 of 20 faceoffs and led the team with eight ground balls. He was surprised after the game, however, when he learned his statistics.

"[The stats] are not what I go out there to do; things just came together that way," said Nelson, who got support from Morgan Weinstein (four goals), Justin Redd (two goals, two assists), Luke Wilson (two goals) and Clark Finney (one, one).

Chris Deutschman scored once for No. 3 Gilman (8-3), which is 8-1 against the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and 4-0 against Division I. The defending champion won for the eighth time in nine games. Ranked No. 6 in the preseason, Gilman has beaten every team but St. Paul's (an 11-4 loss).

After a sluggish early season, Gilman's offense has reached double figures in four of its past five games. It has come from behind in a 10-9 overtime victory over Friends after trailing 9-4, and on Tuesday defeated No. 1 Loyola, 13-11.

One of yesterday's standouts was Weinstein, who two weeks ago played in the midfield, but was on attack yesterday. His third goal, with 6:48 left in the second period, completed a four-pass relay for a commanding 9-3 lead.

This, against perhaps the league's best offense, with second-team All-Metro selection Jed Prossner (four goals, three assists), Pat Shek and Tyler Kelly -- with two goals and one assist each -- and Joe Benson (two goals).

But McDonogh (15-2) scored only twice in nine extra-man situations. Goalie Rich Thomas (13 saves) made two point-blank stops in the fourth period.

Gilman led 6-2 early and held McDonogh scoreless in the third period on the way to building a 12-7 lead going into the fourth.

"It's just team chemistry and hustle," said Mike Rodgers, the only returning starter from a 16-1 squad. "We always felt our team could play this well."

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