Greyhounds Outrun Dons

No. 1 Gilman 9, No. 5 Loyola 6

Boys Lacrosse

April 22, 2009|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,glenn.graham@baltsun.com

For the No. 1 Gilman boys lacrosse team, it was no secret that Tuesday's test against two-time defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion Loyola wasn't just another regular-season game.

It was the teams' first meeting since the Dons walked off with a one-goal win in last year's title game, and the Greyhounds were ready. Precise on attack early and showing resilience later, the host Greyhounds earned a 9-6 win over the No. 5 Dons.

Senior midfielder Jack Doyle scored three goals, and senior attackman Marcus Holman added two goals and two assists to lead the Greyhounds, who improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the MIAA. Loyola, which received a three-goal, one-assist game from senior Rob Fitzpatrick, fell to 7-4 and 3-2.

"We were definitely excited about this one," Doyle said. "We had it marked on our calendars."

After surrendering Fitzpatrick's first goal for a 1-0 Loyola lead three minutes into the game, the Greyhounds fired back with five goals on five shots from five players for a 5-1 lead after the first quarter.

The Dons, who received 10 saves from goalie Pat Kurowski, took advantage of two man-advantage situations, and Fitzpatrick scored his third goal to cut Gilman's lead to 6-4 with 2:37 to play in the third quarter.

But Doyle scored two goals in the next minute, and Holman gave the Greyhounds their biggest lead at 9-4 with 41 seconds left in the quarter.

"At halftime, we just said we wanted to keep pounding and keep pounding," Holman said. "We thought we were outrunning them in the midfield, so we did that and we converted our chances. It was a good team effort."

Conor McGee had nine saves for Gilman.

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