In a contest that will go a long way towards determining the final participants in the upcoming MIAA A Conference lacrosse playoffs, Gilman kept alive its post-season hopes while dealing a potentially critical blow to No. 7 Mount St. Joseph with an 11-10 victory, Tuesday in Roland Park.
Christopher Williams scored 4 goals to lead Gilman, which went up 11-8 in the fourth quarter and then held on for the 1 goal victory. Wade Oursler scored twice and Dylan Bird had 3 assists. The Greyhounds also got single goals from Austin Hudson, Liam Comen, Piper Bond and Jack Houley. Andy Andrews, Woody Kelly and Charlie Wittich each pitched in with 1 assist.
In goal Sam Tirone recorded 10 saves for Gilman, including several key ones during the Gaels closing surge.
Drew Harrison scored 3 goals and added an assist to lead the Gaels, while Jake Brothers had a goal and 2 assists. In addition, Chris Kosiba had 1 goal and 1 assist and Ryan McHugh and Will Targonski had 1 goal each.
Since opening the year with nine consecutive losses, Gilman (3-11, 3-4) has now won three of its last five games and currently sits one game in front of St. Joe (11-8, 2-5) and Severn (2-5). That’s the good news. The bad news is that the Greyhounds will close the regular season with games against No. 2 Boys’ Latin and No. 1 McDonogh.
Gilman now owns a tie-break over the Gaels, but lost to Severn. The Admirals, despite a loss on Tuesday to St. Paul’s, also own a win over St. Joe and may remain in the best position to advance if they can win their final two games, against St. Mary’s and Archbishop Spalding. To reach the playoffs, St. Joe must win both of its remaining games, Friday at Loyola and next Tuesday at St. Mary’s, see Gilman lose both of its games and have Severn lose at least once.