It only took 46 seconds to get the Gilman boys lacrosse season off to the right start yesterday against Georgetown Prep.
The Greyhounds won the opening faceoff and raced down the field, where senior Chris Merwin ripped home a shot past Hoyas goalie Joey Kemp for the quick score to set the tone for the day.
Gilman dominated ground balls (42-18) and had its way with the Georgetown Prep defense as it cruised to a 12-4 victory at Homewood Field, on the campus of Johns Hopkins University.
"Even though we were confident we were a little bit nervous," said Gilman attackman Luke Wilson of the season opener. "Once Chris stuck that goal, we got the confidence and we just started rolling."
Gilman gained some revenge after losing last season at Georgetown Prep.
"I think last year our problem was our senior leadership wasn't great," Wilson said. "Coming into that game, we didn't have a lot of seniors that were ready to step up. I think this year has been a lot different."
The Greyhounds came out so fast against a highly touted Hoyas squad that before Georgetown Prep (2-1) could complete several line changes the score was already 3-0 in favor of Gilman.
The 6-foot-5 Wilson (two goals, two assists) had his way in front of the cage with the Hoyas' defense and bullied his way to two goals in the first quarter.
Gilman scored two extra-man goals in the first half, with the second coming 27 seconds into the second quarter off the stick of Davis Lindsey assisted by junior Alex Wharton (two goals, two assists).
The Hoyas answered with a goal from Trevor Casey (two, two), but the Greyhounds would tack on two more to head into halftime up 8-2.
"I have been waiting for this game for weeks," said Gilman goalie Grant Zimmerman, who finished with 13 saves.
Zimmerman stopped several point-blank shots in the second half to deter the Hoyas from mounting any type of comeback.
The Greyhounds had a balanced attack as five players scoring two goals apiece: junior John Pinney and seniors Bart Weinstein, Chris Wharton, Merwin and Wilson.
The Greyhounds can't savor the victory for long. They begin the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association season Friday against McDonogh.
"We have to remind the kids that the MIAA season starts on Friday," said Gilman coach Dave Allen. "This win, while a tremendous win for them, they can only enjoy it for the rest of today, but the hard works starts again tomorrow."