Gilman defender Ben Shriver spends the end of each practice taking free kicks around and above a wall of defenders.
That work paid off yesterday as Shriver scored off a set piece from about 20 yards and set the tone for the No. 4 Greyhounds' 2-1 home victory over No. 5 Calvert Hall. With the win, Gilman took sole possession of second place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and set itself up for a first-round bye in the playoffs and home-field advantage in the semifinals.
The Greyhounds opened the scoring when Shriver curled a free kick around a wall of defenders in the 12th minute. The Greyhounds (8-2-2 overall, 6-2-2 MIAA) struck again in the 59th minute when Diego McQuestion took a short pass and hit a low shot across his body into the corner of the goal. The Cardinals (5-3-2, 4-3-3) responded to McQuestion's goal two minutes later when Yianni Sarioglou scored off Alex Bullington's corner kick.
The Mount Hebron boys and Century girls pulled out narrow victories in the Run From The Lions' Den at Liberty. No. 2 Mount Hebron (64) edged No. 1 Calvert Hall (68) to win the boys team title. Archbishop Spalding's Zach Sullivan continued his strong season with a victory in 16 minutes, 37 seconds. Mount Hebron placed three in the top 10, led by Zach Weinstein (fourth). Calvert Hall had two in the top 10, but it unsuccessfully protested the results based upon what the Cardinals said was misplacing of their fourth and fifth runners. That would have turned the race into a tie they would have won on a tiebreaker, but meet director Dan Jones turned down the appeal. On the girls side, No. 4 Century (78) nipped No. 8 Mount Hebron (82). Century won despite losing top runner Maura Linde, who dropped out with leg cramps. Mount Hebron's Becky Yep won the race in 20:05. JEFF SEIDEL
archbishop SPALDING 25, MCDONOGH 32; SPALDING 27, JOHN CARROLL 28:: Samantha Dennis was one of four runners for Spalding (5-0, IAAM A Conference) who finished in the top eight.
NO. 5 ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 3, NO. 8 ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI 1:: Teresa Doyle scored an insurance goal in the 72nd minute to help lead the Cavaliers (10-1-3) over the host Panthers (6-3-0).
NO. 3 RIVER HILL 2, MARRIOTTS RIDGE 0:: Anna Kim had a goal and an assist to lead the Hawks (7-0-1) over the visiting Mustangs.