Goalie Zimmerman saves Gilman in 7-6 win over Georgetown Prep

He arrives late for game, but comes up with 14 saves

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 09, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

ROCKVILLE - An extra team van carrying Grant Zimmerman and some Gilman teammates arrived nearly 30 minutes after the time the game was supposed to begin.

The late arrival delayed the start of the game, but after a cold start, Zimmerman got hot and closed the show.

The senior All-Metro goalie made 10 of his 14 saves in the second half and watched defensive midfielder Zach Goldberg go offensive with three goals in yesterday's come-from-behind, 7-6 victory over Georgetown Prep.

Gilman's second consecutive road win raised its record to 7-0, and ended an eight-game winning streak by the defending Interstate Athletic Conference- champion Little Hoyas (8-2), who are ranked No. 1 in The Washington Post.

The No. 2 Greyhounds are coming off Tuesday's 7-5 win at No. 1 Loyola.

"If you'd have said we'd be undefeated with our schedule, I'd have been surprised, but this team has a work ethic you wouldn't believe," said junior Charlie Kolkin, who, with Zimmerman, Dave Baker, David Caperna, Andrew Watkins and Peter McCormick, is part of a defense whose past four adversaries have averaged five goals.

Junior Danny Gladding (two goals, two assists) nearly brought the Little Hoyas back. He assisted on their fifth goal by Matt Hickman, who scored for the 29th and 30th times, and scored their sixth to make it 7-6 with 2:20 to play.

"We made our run a little too late after a bad first half," Gladding said. "We didn't finish our chances, but their goalie played great."

After a five-minute, pre-game warm-up, Zimmerman fell behind 2-1 with 8:08 left in the first quarter. But he rebounded to stop four of six third-quarter shots, kill off two penalties with three early fourth-quarter saves and thwart two more shots in the final 27 seconds.

"My start was awful. I must have been on that bus for three hours," Zimmerman said. "Our team defense was incredible, and our offense scored some big goals."

Gilman scored four unanswered goals for a 5-2 halftime lead, including three in the second quarter. Scott Tompkins sandwiched Gilman's second and fourth goals around its third by Will Bradley (two goals), who scored off a pass from Alex Wharton.

Gilman was 0-for-5 on extra-man opportunities against keeper Joe Kemp (nine saves) and Johns Hopkins-bound defender Nick Veith, who shadowed Wharton.

"I tested Veith, didn't have much success, so I started feeding," said Wharton, a senior who had three goals each in wins over Landon and Loyola. "But other guys stepped up. Goldberg was huge."

Goldberg's speed and athleticism led to Gilman's fifth goal just before the half. He took a pass from John Pinney with 6.8 seconds left, raced 20 yards past a defender and skipped a 15-yard shot past Kemp.

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