Gilman midfielder Rob Carr found a way to stop No. 3 Boys' Latin -- he didn't let the Lakers have the ball.
Yesterday, Carr controlled five of six fourth-quarter faceoffs, allowing second-ranked Gilman to score the last four goals and beat host Boys' Latin, 7-5, in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference interdivision game.
The win kept Gilman (9-3, 9-3) tied with Loyola (12-3, 8-3) for second place in Division I of the conference. Gilman closes out its MSA season Tuesday against Severn. Loyola, which beat Severn yesterday, plays Mount St. Joseph tomorrow and St. Paul's on Tuesday.
If both teams win the rest of their games, Loyola would make the playoffs based on its record within the division. The Dons and Greyhounds split in the regular season, but Gilman's three losses are to Division I schools St. Paul's (twice) and Loyola, and Loyola has only two losses in Division I (Gilman and St. Paul's).
Boys' Latin (10-3, 8-3) is in sole possession of first place in Division II of the A Conference. The Lakers play second-place St. Mary's on Tuesday and third-place Mount St. Joseph on Thursday.
The top two teams from each division make the playoffs.
Yesterday's contest had all the feeling of a playoff game, with both teams delivering crushing checks and fighting for every loose ball.
"Every time we play [Boys' Latin], it's a physical game because ** both teams have a lot of respect for each other," said Gilman coach John Tucker. "All the players know each other, so this game is for bragging rights."
Gilman took a 1-0 lead when freshman Chase Martin scored on a low, line-drive shot 1:06 into the game.
Boys' Latin's Tim Roberts tied the score with 6:53 left.
There was no more scoring in the first quarter until Gilman's Stewart Macon blasted a high, hard shot from the restraining line past goalie Pat Cairns with three seconds left.
The Lakers evened the score 3:33 into the second quarter when senior midfielder Andy Sharretts scored an extra-man goal off an assist by Brad Gilroy, but the Greyhounds regained the lead 20 seconds later when Peter McGill scored an unassisted goal with 6:07 left in the first half.
Boys' Latin made it a 3-3 halftime tie on an unassisted goal by Scott Hochstadt with 1:14 left in the half.
The Lakers scored the only goal of the third quarter to take their first lead of the game 3:22 into the second half on an extra-man goal by Sharretts.
Another Gilman penalty enabled Boys' Latin to take a 5-3 lead 1:29 into the fourth quarter, as Matt Proutt scored an extra-man goal from an assist by Sharretts.
But Carr won the ensuing faceoff, and, 30 seconds later, Stewart Macon found Jack Griswold in front of the goal to pull Gilman within one.
Carr won the next faceoff, and, after a Gilman timeout, Griswold scored the tying goal when he flicked in a rebound with 4:40 left in the game.
Carr won his fourth straight faceoff and Gilman regained the lead on Stewart Kesmodel's unassisted goal with 3:30 left.
"I've been working all year on getting better on faceoffs, and I just had a good day today," said Carr. "Luckily, we were able to convert some key faceoffs into goals."