Tuesday was a mixture of jubilation and disappointment for the No. 3-ranked Gilman lacrosse team.
The Greyhounds (11-3) routed visiting No. 12 Severn School, 22-5, but found out shortly after the game that No. 2 Loyola had upset No. 1 St. Paul's 13-12 to keep Gilman from making the Maryland Scholastic Association 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," said Gilman attackman Mike Allan, who had three goals against Severn. "We played a great game, but it wasn't enough. We bounced back well from the Loyola loss, and I thought things were coming together."
Gilman coach John 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.
Although Gilman and Loyola were both 10-3 in the A Conference, Loyola made the playoffs by virtue of a better record in Division I after its win over St. Paul's Tuesday. Loyola finished 6-2 in the division, and Gilman was 5-3. Loyola and Gilman split their two meetings.
Loyola (14-3) will play at Boys' Latin (11-3) Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in a semifinal game, and St. Paul's (13-1) will be the host for St. Mary's (10-5) at 3:45 p.m. in the other semifinal. The championship game will be at UMBC May 21 at 7 p.m.