Yesterday was a mixture of jubilation and disappointment for the No. 3-ranked Gilman lacrosse team.
The Greyhounds routed visiting No. 12 Severn School, 22-5, but found out shortly after the game that No. 2 Loyola had beaten No. 1 St. Paul's, 13-12, to keep Gilman from making the Maryland Scholastic Association playoffs.
Gilman attackman Mike Allan had three goals and three assists, but that didn't remove the sting of not making the playoffs.
"I'm very proud of what our team has accomplished this year, but I'm still disappointed we couldn't take it to the next level," Allan said. "We played a great game today, but it wasn't enough. We bounced back well from the Loyola loss, and I thought things were coming together."
Things certainly came together for the Greyhounds yesterday. For the Admirals, the loss was quick but it was in no way painless.
Gilman dominated the action early, scoring the first five goals and taking a 7-1 lead after one quarter. The Greyhounds didn't slow down in the second either, outscoring Severn 4-2 for a 11-3 lead.
"That's a great team they've got there," said Admirals coach Mike Barnett.
"We wanted to finish the year on a positive note, and that's a good motivator. But Gilman was playing for a lot more, and I think that was the difference."
Allan had all three of his goals in the first half, and midfielder Mark Cornes had a goal and two assists. Severn attackman Dudley Dixon did his best to keep the Admirals in the game with two goals.
The Greyhounds scored eight times in the third quarter to take a 19-3 lead.
Most of the goals came on crisp passes to open cutters.
Gilman coach John Tucker emptied his bench for the final quarter, and the Greyhounds still outscored Severn 3-2.
Tucker said he was disappointed after hearing his team would not make the playoffs because he thought his players had turned in their best performance.
"It's tough to see these kids play a game like that and not be able to play some more," he said.
"It's a shame to be one of the top teams in the area and not make the playoffs, but those are the rules."