Gentry Fitzpatrick bleaches his hair and considers himself a free spirit. "I'm a rock-and-roll guy," he said, listing Pearl Jam and Guns N' Roses among his favorite artists.
Fitzpatrick rocked defensively yesterday, holding top scoring threat Mike Phipps to two assists in No. 6 Gilman's 12-6 lacrosse victory over Severn in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament first-round game at Calvert Hall.
In the other first-round game, Bobby Griebe (three goals, one assist), Drew Peace (two goals) and Trey Sheain (15 saves) sparked No. 2 Boys' Latin's come-from-behind 8-7 win over No. 5 McDonogh (14-9). Scott Slosson made several momentum-changing checks for the Lakers (17-2), who advanced to play No. 3 St. Mary's on Tuesday at Johns Hopkins.
Dan Kallaugher, who led McDonogh with four goals, scored three of his team's first five goals, and later made it 7-6 with 9:31 to play. Travis Holmes tied the score at 7-7 with 4:58 to play, but Griebe fed Ian Loizeaux for the game-winner with 3:48 left.
Gilman (8-7) was led by Peter Formby (one goal, three assists), Alex Wharton (two, one) and Clark Finney (three goals) as it advanced to the semifinals against defending champion Loyola (16-2), ranked No. 1. But the surprise was the 5-foot-8 Fitzpatrick, who, minus helmet and shoulder pads, looks little like the fierce player who handcuffed Phipps, whom Gilman coach Dave Allan referred to as Severn's "heart and soul."
"Phipps came around twice on extra man, but Gentry took the ball and handled him," said Gilman goalie Grant Zimmerman, who had 11 saves behind Fitzpatrick and defenders Chappy Gould, Tap Kolken and David Baker.
"I liked the matchup with Phipps," Fitzpatrick said. "He's mostly left-handed, so I stayed on his hands, forced him underneath instead of topside. It made it tougher for him to get his shots off."
Luke Wilson (two goals), Bart Weinstein (one, one) and Edward Douglas (two assists) also contributed for Gilman, whose 6-0 run turned a 2-1 first-quarter deficit into a 7-2 lead with 8:41 left in the third.
"It's the best game we've played as far as ball movement, ground balls," said Finney, one of the five seniors among Gilman's 10 scorers. "We played hard and made few mistakes."
The Lakers trailed 5-2 with 9:31 left in the first half but scored five straight goals for a 7-5 lead with 3:34 left in the third quarter. Griebe netted the Lakers' third, sixth and seventh goals in a game that was tied at 5-5 after Peace scored 1:11 before the intermission.
"I just go out there and play as hard as I can to do what I can for the team," Griebe said. "We were a little shaky early on, but we picked it up in the second half."