Mcbride, Greyhounds Pull Away, Top Eagles

Boys Lacrosse No. 1 Gilman 7, No. 9 Mcdonogh 4

April 18, 2009|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,glenn.graham@baltsun.com

Against a determined McDonogh boys lacrosse team Friday, top-ranked Gilman didn't get the surplus of goals its potent attack is accustomed to scoring.

But the Greyhounds showed other facets - solid defense and poised play in the closing minutes at the forefront - to come away with a 7-4 win over the No. 9 Eagles in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference play.

Senior midfielder Greg McBride scored three first-quarter goals and senior attackman Davey Emala scored his second goal of the game with 6:05 left to give the Greyhounds a two-goal cushion over the Eagles, who got a stellar 12-save performance from Trevor Siebert.

Gilman improves to 8-0 this season and 4-0 in the MIAA, while the Eagles (5-4) fall to 1-4 in the league.

"Shots weren't falling for us, and we didn't seem very fluid the whole game. But we showed how our whole team has enough poise to keep its composure throughout the game - not force anything, not get mad at your teammates - to finish it out," McBride said. "It says that we trust each other. I think that's the most important thing."

McBride made it look easy early, scoring on the Greyhounds' first possession and adding two more to give the home team a 3-0 advantage after the first quarter.

With five saves from Siebert in the second quarter and a goal from Patrick Toohey, the Eagles were able to stay close, trailing 3-1 at the half.

They got closer when Nick Phillips took a feed from Curtis Holmes to cut the lead to 5-4 with 5:40 left, but the Greyhounds clamped down on defense and got goals from Emala and Marcus Holman to close out the tough effort.

"It was a good experience for us. To be in a close game in the fourth quarter, you can't duplicate that at practice. So once we realized what we needed to do there, the kids did a good job executing," Gilman coach Brooks Matthews said.

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