Slow-starting Gilman drops opener

Powerful Georgetown Prep tops Greyhounds again, 7-4

Boys lacrosse

High School

March 20, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BETHESDA - It took 24 minutes for the 11th-ranked Gilman lacrosse team to get going in its season opener at Interstate Athletic Conference power Georgetown Prep. And when the Greyhounds finally did, they looked impressive.

But it wasn't enough.

Gilman junior midfielder Bart Weinstein scored twice in the second half yesterday, and sophomore attack Alex Wharton added a goal and an assist, but the Greyhounds fell to the Little Hoyas, 7-4.

Gilman, which lost to Georgetown Prep, 9-8, in overtime to start last season, was outshot 13-6 over the opening two quarters as the Little Hoyas (2-0) registered the game's first six shots and scored the first three goals. Little went right at the beginning for the Greyhounds, who failed to score or take a shot during a one-minute two-man advantage late in the half.

"I think we came out a little nervous," said Weinstein, whose team finished 1-for-7 with the man advantage. "We knew they were a good team coming into the game. We came out a little flat-footed."

Trailing 4-1 at halftime - a deficit that could have been larger had the Little Hoyas not hit the post twice - Gilman came out flying in the third quarter. The Greyhounds pelted 13 shots in the next 12 minutes toward Georgetown Prep senior goalie David Wright (nine saves), and after themselves firing two off the pipe, they scored two goals in an 18-second span to close to 4-3.

Weinstein scored his first goal with 7:41 remaining in the third quarter after a Georgetown Prep turnover. With 7:23 to play, Wharton fed senior attack Clark Finney, who beat Wright with a quick shot from point-blank range. Gilman had its best opportunity to tie the game with 4:55 remaining in the third when junior attack Luke Wilson drilled a shot off the post. Five minutes earlier, Wilson had put a shot off the crossbar.

"Luke hit a couple pipes that really could have turned the tide," Weinstein said. "When we lost to them last year in the opening game, that really woke us up. We started playing well after that. So I think this will really wake us up."

After Georgetown Prep senior attack Rory Hyland scored the first of his two goals to make it 5-3, Weinstein brought the Greyhounds back within one on a high shot with 8:40 remaining in regulation. But 20 seconds later, Little Hoyas junior attack Trevor Casey scored to push the lead back to two goals, and Hyland added insurance with 2:10 to play.

"I'm pleased that we can compete with a team of this caliber this early in the season," Gilman coach Dave Allan said. "I thought in the second half we competed with a very good lacrosse team. I think we came out a little intimidated, because we're pretty young."

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