With 10 minutes left against No. 6 St. Mary's and the score tied for the fifth time, Gilman's All-Metro goalie, Grant Zimmerman, suffered a twisted left knee during a clear and left yesterday's game.
"He's an emotional guy," said coach Dave Allan. "The key was, we had to pick it up. We couldn't just look back and say, 'Poor us.'"
Pick it up, the Greyhounds did for their fallen leader, scoring two of the next three goals for a 9-8 victory in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament quarterfinal.
The win put the No. 3 Greyhounds (13-3) into Monday's 5 p.m. semifinal against No. 2 Boys' Latin at Towson University.
Scott Tompkins' game-winning third goal with just over three minutes left was assisted by Brian Carroll (two goals, one assists). John Pinney (one goal, two assists), Alex Wharton (one, one) and Will Bradley (one, one) also contributed as the Greyhounds avenged an earlier loss to the Saints (11-6), last year's tournament runners-up to Calvert Hall.
Allan also praised junior Patrick Marshall, who made three difficult saves after replacing Zimmerman. He got defensive support from Charlie Kolkin, Dave Baker, Peter McCormick and Dave Caperna, whose timely stick checks hindered shots by the Saints in the closing moments.
"We asked a lot of Patrick, and he certainly did respond," Allan said. "He came into the game during a tough time."
Gilman began the year at 9-0 before losing three of its next four games, including a 13-9 setback to St. Mary's on April 23.
"We thought about that game. They actually scored more goals on us than anyone all year," said Allan.
Will Dalton, St. Mary's All-Metro midfielder, scored five goals in the earlier win over Gilman but got three yesterday while being shadowed by McCormick. Justin Schneider (two goals) was the only other Saints' player to score more than once.
Jason Carter of St. Mary's made nine of his 13 saves during the first half, which ended in a 4-4 tie.
Zimmerman's father, Ed, said his North Carolina-bound son may have suffered an injury that could end his high school career.