Gilman boys lacrosse coach Brooks Matthews and Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly have a history.
The two were roommates and teammates for the University of North Carolina lacrosse team, won the national championship together in 1991 and are great friends.
Their teams showed no such fondness for each other yesterday afternoon. They played a physical and intense game, but the No. 1 Greyhounds prevailed, 10-7, to remain undefeated overall and in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.
"Gilman-Calvert Hall has always been kind of a chippy rivalry," Greyhounds goalkeeper Matt Holman said. "I guess we like to come out and get physical with each other. Everyone knew what was at stake, with us trying to stay undefeated and go for a championship, so we just came out and did everything we could, and got the win."
Gilman (14-0, 7-0) had 11 penalties to No. 3 Calvert Hall's four, and the Cardinals (11-2, 4-2) won the faceoff battle 13-6, but they could score only one man-up goal.
Up 6-2 late in the second quarter, Gilman midfielder Jack Doyle (four goals, two assists) was whistled for a double unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty and trip for throwing an opponent's stick and arguing.
The penalties forced him sit for three minutes, and Calvert Hall capitalized, with Patrick Fanshaw (two goals) finding the net to pull Calvert Hall within three.
In the third quarter, the aggressiveness increased, and both teams played well, but the Cardinals outscored Gilman 3-2 to make the score 8-6 going into the final quarter.
In the fourth, Gilman regained momentum. Doyle sprinted around Calvert Hall's net and made a quick pass to Davey Emala (three goals) for a score with 7:47 left. Marcus Holman (two goals, one assist) scored with 3:45 left to put the game away.
Gilman's defense stepped up in the quarter, and Matt Holman was sensational in the net, deflecting 17 shots to help Gilman hold on.
"Matt's just been steady all year," Matthews said. "Today he had a great game. Defense starts with your goalkeeper, and he did a great job stopping the ball and commanding the defense. He's becoming a really complete goalie for us."