Gilman has 13 seniors. And it showed against youthful Georgetown Prep in Roland Park Tuesday as the Greyhounds used their experience and skills in a 6-2 victory in the season opener for both schools.
Seniors Sam Wancowicz and Brendan Barger each scored two goals for the Greyhounds.
Gilman jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half, including a two-goal cushion in the first four minutes.
"I liked our intensity coming out," said Gilman coach Jon Seal, whose team returned five starters from a squad that lost in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship to Loyola Blakefield. "Everybody wants to talk about games with McDonogh and Loyola. Those games are easy to get up for. But we take pride in we don't care who we are playing."
The Greyhounds went up 1-0 59 seconds into play. Barger's long throw-in was headed by Wancowicz past goalie Michael Libre from about 12 yards out.
Gilman senior striker Peter Brown gave his team a 2-0 lead in the fourth minute when he redirected a crossing pass from Andy Matthews.
The Greyhounds scored again in the 26th minute. Chrisopher Wolfe's shot off of Wancowicz's corner kick hit the post, but Andrew Gemma converted the rebound.
The scrappy Little Hoyas, however, didn't let up and got back-to-back goals from Brendan Peel and Andrew Zingone less than four minutes apart late in the half.
That stretch irritated Seal.
"We kind of let our foot off the pedal and let them back in the game," the coach said. "Everybody was asking me: Is Georgetown Prep going to be any good? Yeah. They pull from a good area in Bethesda. They exposed us in some areas."
Wancowicz, a University of Pennsylvania recruit, stopped Georgetown Prep's momentum in the 43rd minute, drilling a direct kick past diving keeper Rory Dierman from 25 yards out.
Barger made it 5-2 in the 55th minute. Gilman goalie Chase Wittich finished with five saves.
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"I was happy with the way we played in the second half," Seal said. "We established momentum, got numbers forward and defended better."