When watching the No. 1 Gilman lacrosse team, one thing has become abundantly clear. Coach Brooks Matthews gives one heck of a halftime speech.
"His halftime speeches are what get everyone going," midfielder Greg McBride said. "It's not that we start slow, it's just at halftime is when everyone gets together.
"He's always really positive, never negative, and everyone steps up."
In yesterday's game against No. 10 Boys' Latin, Gilman once again saved its most prolific scoring for the second half. The host Greyhounds prevailed, 14-8, thanks to a 12-goal barrage after halftime, keeping them undefeated overall and in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.
"Halftime we always come together and really start over," midfielder Jack Doyle said. "We turn it up another notch in the second half."
Gilman (12-0, 5-0 league) used a balanced effort to overcome the Lakers. Doyle had three goals and two assists, McBride had three goals, Davey Emala had two goals and two assists and Marcus Holman had two goals and an assist.
Patrick Foster led the Lakers (10-4, 2-3) with two goals and two assists, and Jack Rice chipped in two goals.
Trailing 4-2 at halftime, the Greyhounds didn't waste any time in the second half. Holman scored off the opening faceoff, and George Lacher added another goal 45 seconds into the third quarter.
Ty Kimball ran across field and fired from 15 yards out to give the Greyhounds a 6-4 lead two minutes into the quarter.
Doyle scored twice, with a goal by Emala sandwiched between, and Gilman went into the fourth quarter up 9-6. From the 7:26 mark to the 4:41 mark in the fourth quarter, Gilman scored four goals to put the game away.