Gilman's Allan talks about retirement

John Carroll a tough foe for Park in B title game

MIAA lacrosse notebook

High Schools

May 21, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Entering tonight's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title lacrosse game against No. 1 St. Paul's at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium, Gilman's Dave Allan said he's "getting close" to retirement after 30 years of coaching.

Allan, 58, jokes about having coached the fathers of many of his players as well as that of Gilman assistant Owen Daly Jr.

Allan even coached St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley as a reserve goalie on the Mount Washington club team more than two decades ago.

"But don't tell Mitch that," Allan said, referring to a three-year stint that ended in 1981. "He'll probably be mad that I didn't start him."

The last thing Allan wants is to give bulletin-board material to a former pupil, whose St. Paul's Crusaders (16-3) were handled, 11-7, by third-ranked Gilman (14-3) earlier this season.

"I've always thought Dave Allan was one of the good guys in the coaching business," said Whiteley, 52, who goes after his third crown at St. Paul's. "It's hard to get yourself and your team worked up to play against him."

Whiteley will do his best, nevertheless, as he goes after his third crown at St. Paul's. The Crusaders coach will rely heavily on the top scoring junior attack of Gavin Gill (32 goals, 48 assists) and Bart Wagner (51, 15), junior midfielder Jason Donati (25, seven) and senior defender Thomas Zimmerman.

Allan, meanwhile, goes after his fourth crown at Gilman with perhaps the league's best defense. It features junior Charlie Kolkin and seniors Dave Baker and Dave Caperna.

Junior goalie Patrick Marshall has stepped in admirably since replacing All-Metro keeper Grant Zimmerman, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in last Friday's quarterfinal win over St. Mary's.

Tonight's game begins at 8.

B Conference

Park coach Lucky Mallonee has been at the helm for 29 years, winning one B Conference crown in four title-game appearances.

But having lost twice this season by a combined 18 goals to 11th-ranked John Carroll (15-1), the defending champ and winner of 24 of its past 25 games, Mallonee knows the road won't get any easier tonight.

"They've whipped us pretty good, but we're not conceding anything," said Mallonee, whose Bruins (13-4) last reached the title game in 2002. "We've never faced John Carroll in the finals, but they're certainly the favorites. We'll come out swinging."

C Conference

The two-time defending champion Chapelgate Yellow Jackets (15-2) take a seven-game winning streak into their fourth straight C Conference title game.

They will meet their Howard County neighbor, Glenelg Country School (12-2), in the championship contest for the second consecutive season.

In winning their second straight crown a year ago, 14-5, over the Dragons, the Yellow Jackets got six goals and an assist from All-Howard County attackman Alex Hahn, who in July played for South Korea in the International Lacrosse Federation's Under-19 World Championships at Towson University.

But just like last year, the teams split regular-season wins.

The Yellow Jackets were drubbed, 14-4, in the first meeting, during which Dragons sophomore defender Steve Carr limited Hahn to two goals, while teammates Paul Johnson (four goals, three assists) and Trip Latta (five goals, two assists) went on a scoring spree.

Chapelgate rebounded with an 8-7 victory in the May 7 rematch, ending Glenelg Country's six-game winning streak and setting up today's rubber match.

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