Gilman's long sticks stick it to Severn, 9-2

Short-handed Admirals endure long day against No. 1's veteran stingy unit

High Schools

Boys lacrosse

April 02, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Gilman's defense doesn't need any help, and if an opponent is short on offense as Severn was yesterday in Severna Park, it can forget about scoring on the Greyhounds.

Top-ranked Gilman's defense put on a clinic in a 9-2 boys lacrosse victory to lift its Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and overall record to 4-0.

Missing a couple of offensive standouts because of injuries, the No. 3 Admirals (3-2 overall, 2-2 league) were no match for the Gentry Fitzpatrick-led Gilman defense. Fitzpatrick and fellow seniors Tap Kolkin and Anthony Triplin, and juniors David Baker, David Caperna and Grant Zimmerman, consistently smothered the Admirals.

"We try to come out and be really aggressive, and we're lucky to be pretty athletic," Fitzpatrick said.

Severn played without its top attacker in University of Maryland-bound Mike Phipps. He injured a hamstring a week ago in an 8-7 victory over No. 6 Calvert Hall and is expected back within a week.

Phipps' absence yesterday and Will Deane's limited availability because of a hand injury played right into Gilman's hand. Severn attempted just 11 shots on Zimmerman.

"We didn't get enough shots off to see what Zimmerman can do in the cage," said Severn coach Jamie McNealey. "But that's why they're No. 1."

Michael Biles scored Severn's first goal in the first 30 seconds of the fourth period, and the other by Tyler Larkin came with the clock winding down.

"They scored with 17 seconds left or it would have been a one-goal game," said Gilman coach David Allan, whose team has not allowed more than four goals in a game.

The Greyhounds' defense "played tremendously today," Allan added.

Gilman's offense didn't get cranking until the second half after goals by attackmen Luke Wilson and Alex Wharton gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at the half. The Greyhounds burst for five goals in the third period by going behind the net on the Severn midfielders. But the way the defense was playing, it really didn't matter.

"Our defense is incredible," said Wilson, who scored three goals, as did with senior midfielder Bart Weinstein.

"We have the same group back from last year, and they're so used to each other. And they're really dominant, always on the ball, always checking on the hands. It's really uncomfortable for the other teams, especially [a team like Severn] without their best player in Michael Phipps."

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