Doyle shoots Gilman past Boys' Latin in overtime

Greyhounds senior scores game-winning goal in 8-7 victory

  • Gilman midfielder Ryan Tucker attempts a shot over Boys' Latin's Michael Lynch in the second quarter.
Gilman midfielder Ryan Tucker attempts a shot over Boys'… (Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth…)
April 08, 2011|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

The Gilman lacrosse team didn't mind the cold rain, getting dirty or even having to play a little extra Friday against rival Boys' Latin.

Senior attackman Conor Doyle helped make it all worthwhile.

Doyle's second goal of the game, coming 56 seconds into overtime, provided the No. 6 Greyhounds with a thrilling 8-7 home win over No. 4 Boys' Latin in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference play.

After the Lakers scored three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to even the game at 7, Doyle made sure the Greyhounds' solid performance didn't go for naught. Collecting the ball behind the goal, he tightly turned around the corner and faked a pass out front before stuffing a shot past Boys' Latin goalie Adam Davey.

"Sometimes guys just have to make plays, and Conor Doyle made a play. He took a sliver of an opportunity and made it count. That's what big-time players do," Gilman coach Brooks Matthews said.

Gilman, coming off a disappointing 9-5 loss to Loyola on Tuesday, improved to 4-3 overall and evened its record to 2-2 in the MIAA A Conference's Red Division. Boys' Latin, which got a three-goal effort from senior Wells Stanwick, dropped to 5-3 and 2-2 in league play.

After playing their first three home games on their artificial turf field, the Greyhounds opted to play on their original grass field in Friday's nasty weather conditions.

In the first three quarters, they won the majority of the ground balls, played strong team defense and had good ball movement on attack — getting consecutive goals from Garrett Paglia, Peter Senft and Jake Matthai in the final 2:08 of the quarter for a 7-4 advantage.

But the Lakers had a fourth-quarter response, getting two straight goals from Stanwick before Ben Pridemore faked a pass and ripped a shot from the right side to tie the game at 7 with 6:40 left. In overtime, Doyle had the final say.

"We dropped our last game to Loyola on Tuesday and I know a lot of guys were upset about that. So we kind of upped the pace in practice and I think that helped a lot in the close game," said Doyle, who also had two assists.

Matthews was most pleased with the consistency he saw from his team in all facets.

"I have a lot of faith in our guys," he said. "I know what kind of character they have and on game days, we hadn't yet showed the kind of character that we have. So it was great to see it today because this is the team I know we have. Hopefully, we just build on what we've done today."

Goals: BL – W. Stanwick 3, Pridemore, Pyke, Cooke, Kiddy;

G – George 2, Doyle 2, Greene, Paglia, Senft, Matthai.

Assists: BL – Stothoff, Kiddy, S. Stanwick 2; Pridemore

G – Doyle 2.

Saves: BL – Davey 9;

G – Murray 5.

Half: G, 3-2

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