In a tie game going into the fourth quarter, Gilman boys lacrosse coach Brooks Matthews rattled off a number of things he wanted to see from his team the rest of the way to get the positive result at Herford on Wednesday.
His Greyhounds showed him.
They scored big goals, won important faceoffs and ground balls, and played strong defense when called on.
For the most part, the Greyhounds dug in to claim a 10-8 win over the No. 11 Bulls.
Senior attackman Austin Hudson scored four goals — including two in the decisive fourth quarter — as Gilman improved to 4-3 in its final non-conference game before opening Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference play next week. The Greyhounds will host No. 3 Calvert Hall on Tuesday. Hereford, which gave No. 1 McDonogh a good push last week before falling, 13-8, also goes to 4-3.
Matthews liked what he saw from his Greyhounds in the fourth quarter, something he hopes to see carry over in league play.
"I loved our fourth quarter. I thought that was a winning fourth quarter," he said. "We challenged them to be better, to be smarter, to be tougher, to be more disciplined, and I think we are all those things, so I'm really proud of them."
Neither team had more than a two-goal lead through the first three quarters, and each of those quarters ended with the score tied.
It was at 6-6 going into the fourth, when the Greyhounds took hold of the game despite resistance from the stubborn Bulls.
Woody Kelly (one goal, one assist) snapped the tie with a man-advantage goal with 10:12 to play and Hudson pushed the lead to two 36 seconds later.
But the Bulls got a goal from JD Nozemack (two goals, one assist) eight seconds later to once again make it a one-goal game.
From there, the Greyhounds enjoyed a fine defensive stand and got a key ground ball at midfield to gain possession for Hudson to score his fourth goal of the game to make it 9-7 with 6:06 to play. Jeremy Cranston gave the visitors their first three-goal cushion with 2:38 left before Hereford's Scott Middleton (two goals) closed out the scoring.
"They played us really tight and we just had to go to our basics and if we executed to the best of our ability, things would fall our way," Hudson said.
Despite staying close with another of the MIAA A's prominent teams, the Bulls were highly disappointed with the loss. Hereford coach Sal Picataggi said turnovers, going 0-for-5 on man advantage situations and a simple lack of excitement cost the Bulls.
"I know the score was close, but we could have played better," Picataggi said. "I didn't see the effort, the excitement, and I know it seems like we should be excited about hanging with an MIAA A team like that and the big name of Gilman, but the Hereford kids aren't. We want to come out and win against every team we play.
"These games get us ready and we will get positives from this game – that's the thing about competition like this. Even though we don't feel like we played to our potential tonight, it's still going to help us in the end and that's what we'll hang our hat on."
Ronald Fisher scored two goal for the Greyhounds, who also got strong play from junior Liam Muhly on faceoffs.
9 Gilman 10, 11 Hereford 8
Goals: G – Hudson 4, Fisher 2, Kelly, Bond, Shapiro, Cranston;
H – Nozemack 2, Middleton 2, Porter, Reott, Clark, Furman.
Assists: G – Kelly, Bird;
H – Drury, Kelly.
Saves: G – Tirone 7;
H – Talbott 8.
St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) 12, No. 2 Boys’ Latin 9: Matt Brandau had seven points (three goals and four assists), but the host Lakers (6-3) fell to the Friars (5-1).
No. 3 Notre Dame Prep 15, Maryvale 5: The host Blazers (11-0, 6-0 IAAM A Conference) built an 11-2 halftime advantage and cruised past the Lions (4-7, 1-6).
No. 5 Chesapeake-AA 6, No. 12 Eastern Tech 1: Dylan Young (1.00 ERA) pitched seven innings, gave up one run on one hit, walked two and struck out six for the visiting Cougars (7-1). The Mavericks (5-2) lone run came in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Harford Tech 5, Perryville 1: Julio Sanchez pitched 62/3 innings, gave up one run on five hits and struck out three for the win. The host Cobras improved to 6-4 and the Panthers fell to 4-5.
No. 4 Bel Air 8, Perryville 2: Winning pitcher Amanda Criss gave up one run, a home run, on one hit, walked one and struck out eight for the host Bobcats (6-2).
The Panthers fell to 6-3.
Archbishop Spalding 8, McDonogh 4: The host Cavaliers (6-4, 4-1 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference) scored five runs in the fourth inning and beat the Eagles (4-3, 2-2).
Winning pitcher Aubrey Gibson struck out six.
Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article