Gilman takes down Landon in OT, 10-9

Tompkins scores winner as Greyhounds even series

Boys lacrosse

April 03, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Scott Tompkins' goal with 2:05 left in overtime gave Gilman a 10-9 victory over Landon of Bethesda yesterday, tying the series at three wins each and ending a two-game losing streak against the Bears.

Alex Wharton scored three times, with two goals each coming from sophomore twins Kevin and Brian Carroll, and two assists from John Pinney for the Greyhounds (5-0). The game rivaled the teams' 2000 meeting, when Gilman's six-goal third quarter helped it overcome a four-goal halftime deficit for an 11-10 decision.

"I was looking to pass the ball, but no one was open, so I turned the corner and shot it," said Tompkins, a junior who witnessed the 2000 game. "That was an awesome comeback. I never thought I'd be a part of anything like that."

Grant Zimmerman also watched that contest in which his older brother, former All-Metro midfielder Lance Zimmerman, scored three goals in a battle of unbeaten teams that ended Landon's 28-game winning streak and cost it a No. 1 national ranking.

The younger Zimmerman, who will join his brother at North Carolina in the fall, did his part as the goalie yesterday. Zimmerman stopped Jake Samperton's potential game-winner from point-blank range with 2:50 left in overtime. Samperton had scored two earlier overtime game-winners.

"I saw him coming, put my stick in front of him and hoped for the best," said Zimmerman, who overcame a rough start to finish with nine saves. "I know my brother will call me tonight about this one. I have a lot to tell him."

But it looked early on as if the Bears (5-1) would have bragging rights. Led by Samperton (two goals), Mark Kovler (three goals, one assist), George Huguely (two goals), Landon jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

The Gilman defense adjusted, however, with players such as Dave Caperna, Charlie Kolkin, Andrew Watkins, Peter McCormick and Dave Baker - the latter against Landon playmaker Gibbs Fogarty - often stripping the ball from opposing sticks.

The Greyhounds' offense responded, as well, scoring six of the next seven goals for a 6-4 lead with 9:06 left in the third quarter. Kovler's two straight goals tied the game at 9-9, the last with 8:13 left in regulation.

"I was a sophomore against the Landon team that went undefeated and was No. 1 in the country. They got up on us early and beat us," said Wharton, whose last goal with 11:34 to play, completed a three-goal run for a 9-7 lead. "I told my teammates we weren't going to let that happen again. I knew we could play with these guys."

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