No. 1 Loyola gives Gilman the slip in double OT, 8-7

Rodgers' goal with 2:09 to go earns spot against No. 2 St. Paul's for title

MIAA A boys lacrosse

High schools

May 22, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Austin Rodgers' goal with 2:09 left in the second four-minute overtime lifted No. 1 Loyola to an 8-7 victory over fourth-ranked Gilman in last night's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinal at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.

The victory moves the defending champion Dons (17-2) into Friday's 7 p.m. title game against No. 2 Boys' Latin, a 12-6 winner over No. 3 St. Mary's in the earlier semifinal.

Rodgers started his right-side run from behind the goal, gained an inside step on his defender by spinning to his left and slipped his 2-yard shot past keeper Grant Zimmerman (22 saves).

"I was supposed to go left, but I rolled back and had nowhere else to go," said Rodgers, who recently signed with Rutgers. "Tap Kolken was on me, and he played well the whole game. That's the best I've seen their defense play."

Loyola's Casey Mulford scored three goals, his last making it 5-5 with 6:49 left in the third period.

Gilman fans thought they had the game won in regulation, but Clark Finney's goal was disallowed as officials ruled it had not crossed the plane of the goal before the final second had ticked off the clock.

"It would have been nice to have one second on the clock to win it in regulation. I thought it was the correct call," said Gilman coach Dave Allan. "Our kids gave everything they could. If they're the No. 1 team, we're not far behind."

Gilman (8-9) got strong efforts from Zimmerman and Alex Wharton, who tied the game at 1 and gave his team leads of 3-2 and 5-4. Zimmerman smothered anything that came near his stick as many of his 13 first-half saves were from point-blank range.

Zimmerman knocked down in the third quarter a loose ball, retrieved it from a crowd in front of him and whipped it up the field. Finney's goal gave the Greyhounds a 6-5 lead heading into the fourth, which began with Zimmerman thwarting consecutive shots similar to the stop he made with 3:28 left in the second overtime.

Gilman led 7-5 after Danny Ro converted a pass from John Corbin with 7:45 left in regulation, but Rodgers assisted goals by Andrew Baird and Chase Gahan with 4:43 to play, and keeper Ben Yingling (12 saves) stopped a hard shot by Gilman.

The Dons defeated the Greyhounds, 10-5, earlier this season.

No. 2 Boys' Latin 12, No. 3 St. Mary's 6: Ian Loizeaux (four goals) and Bobby Griebe (three assists) led the way for the Lakers (18-2) in the other semifinal.

Ryan Walterhoefer, Brian Read and Adam Hagelin chipped in two goals apiece. Matt Field had two assists for Boys' Latin, which goes after its fourth crown in 23 years under coach Bob Shriver on Friday.

Scott Falatach led St. Mary's (12-8) with three goals and one assist.

Boys' Latin's Duncan Swanston played well against Falatach, and midfielder Scott Slosson played Falatach on man-down situations.

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