With 28 combined goals, Friday's Gilman-St. Paul's boys lacrosse game had more than its share of momentum-swinging turns.
Gilman made sure to have the most important one.
In the final two-plus minutes, the No. 4 Greyhounds made good use of a man-advantage situation, got a pivotal ground ball and played well on defense. And with senior attackman Max Greene providing the finishes — scoring two of his five goals in the the final minutes — Gilman defeated the No. 2 Crusaders 15-13 in Brooklandville.
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Gilman improves to 12-2 overall and 7-1 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. The Greyhounds close out the regular season at McDonogh on Tuesday with a chance to grab the second seed and a bye in the first round of the playoffs. McDonogh also went into Friday with one league loss. St. Paul's, which dropped an 11-10 overtime game to McDonogh on Tuesday, is now 15-3 and 5-3 in the league.
After St. Paul's junior Henry Riehl scored his second goal of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 13 with 2:51 to play, the Greyhounds did all the right things the rest of the way to close out the win. On the man-advantage with just under two minutes left, Greene took a feed from William McBride and buried a chance high from the left side for a 14-13 lead.
With St. Paul's trying to tie, Gilman senior attackman Peter Brown scooped up a ground ball with 1:20 left and carried it into the Greyhounds' end where Greene would go on to make it 15-13 with 35 seconds to play.
"Our guys showed a lot of character today and I love that about our team," Gilman coach Brooks Matthews said. "We weren't doing some things as well as we can … but we never stopped playing hard and we never got down on ourselves. We made some mistakes, but we never let it bother us and we kept playing hard and earning more opportunities on both ends of the field, so I was real proud of the guys for that."
The Greyhounds dominated the faceoffs in the second half behind midfielder Davy Prevas and it played big in the third quarter. Trailing 9-7, the visitors scored five of the next six goals to take a 12-10 lead into the fourth quarter. After goals from Mikey Wynne and Riehl scored goals for St. Paul's to tie the game at 12 with 6:43 left, the teams exchanged goals before Greene and the Greyhounds had the final say.
"We tried to settle down when they tied it up. But we know that we have so many offensive weapons that if we get the ball, we have a chance to put it in the back of the net," Greene said.
Chris Walsch finished with three goals and an assist for Gilman, which also got a nine-save performance from goalie Thomas McBride. For St. Paul's, Carter Flaig had three goals and two assists with goalie AJ Barretto stopping 14 shots.
4 Gilman 15, 2 St. Paul's 13
Goals: G – Greene 5, Walsch 3, Brown 2, Ruhl, Matthews, W. McBride 2, Simms; SP – Flaig 3, Louzan 4, Wynne 2, Riehl 2, McGovern, Gordon.
Assists: G – Brown, Ruhl 2, Knudsen, Morrill, W. McBride 2, Greene, Walsch; SP – Linkous, Anderson 2, Flaig 2.
Saves: G – T. McBride 9; SP – Barretto 14.