When: Friday, 4 p.m.
Coaches: Brooks Matthews, Gilman; Bob Shriver, Boys' Latin
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Gilman: Gordie Koerber, Sr., A; Jake Matthai, Sr., M; Robby Haus, Sr., D
Boys' Latin: Shack Stanwick, So, A; Ben Pridemore, Jr., M; Mac Pons, Jr., D
Outlook: A first-round bye may be on the line in this longstanding rivalry game, as both teams are 5-2 and tied with Loyola for second place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. First-place Calvert Hall (12-2, 6-1) has a strong hold on one of the two byes with two games left in the regular season.
This game features great matchups all over the field. Can Pons and the Lakers’ defense contain Koerber and Co.? At the other end, Stanwick and a balanced attack also featuring senior Greg Pyke will try to solve the Greyhounds’ sound defense.
Faceoffs and midfield play will also be key, with both teams liking to play fast, full-field lacrosse. Making the most of each possession with quality shot selection also factors in to what is expected to be a tight game.
The defending league champion Greyhounds have more senior experience, which could come into play as the younger Lakers have shown a tendency to lose focus for stretches this season.
On the way to last year’s league title, Gilman came away with a thrilling 7-6 semifinal win over Boys’ Latin in overtime after tying the game with three goals in the final 1:02 of regulation.
The Lakers won the rivalry's first game, 6-1, in 1931, but the Greyhounds have a 54-46 edge in the series.
OTHER GAMES TO WATCH
No. 6 St. Mary’s at No. 8 Severn, Friday, 4 p.m.
No. 6 St. Mary’s at No. 12 Arch. Spalding, Saturday, 8 p.m.
No. 8 Severn at No. 4 Gilman, Tuesday, 4 p.m.
No. 3 Boys’ Latin at No. 5 McDonogh, Tuesday, 4 p.m.
Archbishop Spalding at No. 11 St. Paul’s, Friday, 4:30 p.m.
Severn at No. 13 Mount de Sales, Friday, 4:30 p.m.
No. 12 Annapolis at No. 7 South River, Friday, 5 p.m.