Boys' Latin wasn't supposed to be here -- and at times during last night's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinal, Gilman made it look as if the Lakers, indeed, were not there.
The second-ranked Greyhounds, who began the season ranked No. 1, moved one game away from finishing the season on top as they demolished the fifth-ranked Lakers, 13-8, at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.
The Greyhounds will meet No. 3 St. Paul's in next Friday's 8 p.m. league championship game, also at Homewood.
Sophomore attackman Ryan Boyle scored four of his five goals )) and collected one of his two assists during Gilman's pivotal 8-1 second-half run.
"I feel like we're peaking at the right time," said Boyle. "Our defense played unbelievable against probably the hottest team around in B.L."
The Lakers (11-7), who graduated 22 players and 10 starters from last year's undefeated championship team, scored first on an unassisted goal by James Watson-Galbraith. But Gilman countered with three straight goals in 2 1/2 minutes.
Watson-Galbraith, who saw more action than any of his teammates in last year's championship run, pulled the Lakers back to within one by scoring on a feed from Dan Berger. Then Lakers senior midfielder Craig Hochstadt was leveled by defenseman Jon Manekin on his game-tying goal.
Gilman (15-1), which in late March snapped Boys' Latin's 18-game winning streak (going back to last season), regained the lead on a perfectly-placed, left-handed shot by junior Andrew Faraone and led 5-3 following Boyle's extra-man goal with 1: 37 left in the half.
Berger cut the lead back to one by finishing a pass from Dan Lamonica with 31 seconds left in the half.
From there, it was all Gilman.
The Greyhounds reeled off three straight to start the second half, including two goals -- exactly a minute apart -- by Boyle.
Watson-Galbraith interrupted the Greyhounds' run with an unassisted goal at 7: 02, but Boyle's third goal of the quarter and another from Lieske to Blake Atkins gave Gilman a 10-5 lead with one quarter to go.
The Greyhounds' lead grew to 13-5 in the fourth quarter before the Lakers closed the game out with three unanswered goals.
"We've been playing well all year long, and we only lost one game in overtime [against Loyola]. So I think that people have overlooked us a little bit," said Greyhounds coach John Tucker, who will leave Gilman at the end of this season to take over the position as dean of students at Boys' Latin.
"In my opinion, Bob Shriver is the best coach in the league, and he's done an incredible job with a young team."
"You play your best whatever the situation. You suck it up, do what you can," said Watson-Galbraith. "We didn't complete the job."
L But Boys' Latin coach Shriver said he "couldn't be prouder."
"To graduate every single starter on the team and to start the season 0-4 and come out -- and even be in this game -- is a credit to these kids," he said. "The kids were terrific."
Pub Date: 5/09/98