Gilman's Tyler Ruhl jumps into the arms of Jake Matthai… (Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore…)
The storied lacrosse rivalry between Gilman and Boys' Latin added another chapter on Friday, picking up exactly where it left off last season.
The latest version was once again tightly-contested, produced high drama, another one goal game and another Gilman win.
Senior attackman Gordie Koerber provided the closing touch, neatly tucking home a shot in close with 1 minute, 42 seconds to play in overtime to give the No. 4 Greyhounds an 11-10 win in front of an overflow crowd at Boys' Latin.
For the fourth consecutive time, the Greyhounds, the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion, have been one goal better than the No. 3 Lakers.
Since the first game in 1931, Gilman has a 55-46 edge in the series.
In Friday's win , senior goalie Bryan Moore made 16 saves, and junior attackman Max Greene added four goals and an assist. With one game left in the regular season, Gilman (10-3) improves to 6-2 in league play, while Boys' Latin (12-6) falls to 5-3.
"It was a big game for us and we knew that coming in. It's always tough playing BL … we knew it was going to be a battle and we came in with that mentality and did the best we could to win," Greene said. "This helps so much getting momentum to push us forward the next game and then the playoffs."
The Greyhounds overcame a two-goal deficit twice and never led by more than a goal. Their third one-goal lead came with 4:21 to play in the fourth quarter when Koerber leaped in front of the goal to snare a rebound and score before landing back on his feet for a 10-9 lead. After Boys' Latin sophomore Shack Stanwick tied the score at 10 with 3:22 to play, both Moore and Lakers' goalie Christian Knight (nine saves) kept the game tied for overtime with big saves.
Both made key saves earlier in overtime before Koerber closed out the game. Senior midfielder Jake Matthai found sophomore attackman Tyler Ruhl (two goals, one assist) behind the cage. Ruhl quickly found Koerber for the game-winner.
"I'm always messing around the crease in practice and stuff and I guess I was lucky to get that one. This is a huge boost, they're a great team and played a great. It just means a lot for our team going into the playoffs," Koerber said.
Stanwick and senior Greg Pyke each scored three goals for the Lakers, who also got two goals from Colin Heacock. This most recent setback had Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver crediting Moore in Gilman's goal and also shaking his head a little bit.
"It's really disappointing. That's our fourth one-goal loss to them in the last four games — three of them in overtime. I think we deserved a better one [Friday], but the kids played great and I'm proud of them," he said. "We had plenty of great chances and he was the difference in the game. … I think we had great quality shots and we just didn't put the ball in the goal. We hit him every which way and give him credit because he was standing there to make sure the ball didn't go by him."
No. 4 Gilman 11, No. 3 Boys' Latin 10 (OT)
Goals: G – Greene 4, Simms, McCarthy, Ruhl 2, Matthai, Koerber 2;
BL – Heacock 2, Stanwick 3, Pyke 3, Rees, Moyer.
Assists: G – McBride, Greene, Brown, Ruhl.
Saves: G – Moore 16;
BL – Knight 9.