After being held to three goals in an earlier two-goal loss at Gilman, Boys' Latin lacrosse coach Bob Shriver said, "When you hold a team to five goals, you should win."
But after last night's 3-2 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference quarterfinal loss to the No. 2 Lakers (15-3), it was the fifth-ranked Greyhounds (10-6) lamenting a low-goal total and a setback at Towson University.
"We held them to three goals again, and when you hold a team to three goals, you should win," said Gilman's All-Metro defender Gentry Fitzpatrick, whose teammate Kyle Waters won five of eight faceoffs against the Lakers' Alex Smith. "But obviously, they held us to two goals. We came out and gave it our best shot. We're happy with the effort. Everything we wanted to happen happened, except for the win. It just didn't fall for us."
The defending champion Lakers continue their quest for their sixth league title Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Towson in a semifinal game against No. 4 St. Mary's (11-5), which they defeated earlier this year.
Down 1-0 after Gilman's Luke Wilson assisted Alex Wharton with 51 seconds left in the first period, the Lakers tied the game at 1-1 for the half after David Melera followed up a shot by Drew Peace that keeper Grant Zimmerman had blocked with 2:06 left in the first half.
Zenno Zennaro converted a goal by Greg Baggin for a 2-1 lead with 5:55 left in the third period, but the Greyhounds made it 2-2 when Anthony Triplin stripped a Boys' Latin player, raced 75 yards and assisted Wilson on the doorstep with 7:32 to play. Baggin converted the game-winner with 4:39 to play.
Triplin and Fitzpatrick teamed defensively with Tap Kolkin and Charlie Kolkin, David Caperna, David Baker and John Corbin in front of Zimmerman, whose nine saves were matched by Lakers' All-Metro player Trey Sheain. Sheain has had his best games against teams with talented keepers.
"It's like a boxing match, and tonight it was another back and forth battle of goalies. Zimmerman was quick, good out of the goal. This was ridiculous," said Sheain, who played behind All-Metro performer J.R. Stahl, Evan Burns, Joey Rallo, Burke Limbach and Duncan Swanston. "The only difference is that we got the last goal."
Boys' Latin midfielder Adam Hagelin suffered a concussion and a thigh injury after a second-period hit by Triplin. He was taken by ambulance to nearby St. Joseph Medical Center, according to his father, Ralph Haglin.
"To lose a kid of Adam's caliber and stay in this game was mind-boggling," said Shriver, who lost midfielder Ryan Walterhoefer for the season to an injured spleen earlier this season.