After standing tall in the goal during Gilman's 8-5 victory over No. 2 Boys' Latin yesterday, Patrick Marshall had some unfinished business.
The junior walked toward the Greyhounds' bench at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium, shook hands with injured teammate Grant Zimmerman and told him, "That was for you, Zimm."
Marshall made seven of his 15 stops in the third quarter, including two during extra-man situations, to anchor the third-ranked Greyhounds' elimination of the Lakers (15-3) from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinals.
Alex Wharton scored twice during a four-goal Gilman run that overcame an early two-goal deficit. Wharton also intercepted a pass that led to John Pinney's goal in the fourth quarter, when the Greyhounds (14-3) outscored the Lakers 3-1.
The Lakers came within a goal of the Greyhounds on three occasions, but scores from Zach Goldberg, John Pinney and Brian Carroll pushed the lead back to two goals. Davis Lindsey, Will Bradley and Scott Tompkins scored one goal each as part of a balanced Gilman offense.
But the day belonged to Marshall, a reserve until North Carolina-bound Zimmerman suffered a season-ending knee injury in Friday's quarterfinal win over St. Mary's.
Last year's All-Metro goalkeeper watched from the sidelines on crutches as the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder played the game of his life before a crowd of about 2,000.
"Grant took a couple of hours with me before the game to get me pumped. He told me, `You look ready. I know you're ready,' " said Marshall, whose team meets St. Paul's, an 11-10 winner over Loyola, Friday at Towson for the MIAA A title.
"I've learned a lot from [Zimmerman]," Marshall said. "Today, I tried to give my all for him."
Marshall performed behind a defense that returned to form yesterday. Anchored by Dave Caperna, Charlie Kolkin, Dave Baker, Andrew Pyke, Peter McCormick and Mack Williams, it held Boys' Latin to one goal in five extra-man situations.
The Lakers led 2-0 two minutes into the game on goals by Chris Boland (two goals) and Conor Larkin off respective assists from Shane Walterhoefer and Chris Read (one goal, one assist).
The Lakers had beaten the Greyhounds in their past two meetings: 3-2 in last year's quarterfinals, and 11-8 earlier this season, when Gilman had been 9-0 and allowing four goals per game.