Above: Michigan bound senior Hank Bethel is one of the leaders of a talented and experienced Greyhound defensive, the strength of the Gilman squad
Greyhounds poised to build on late season success as they look to return to the upper tier of the MIAA A Conference
by Nelson Coffin
COACH: Brooks Matthews,14th year, 133-81
TOP RETURNERS: Liam Muhly (Sr., FO, Drexel), Hank Bethel (Jr., D, Michigan), Xander Martin Jr., D/LSM, Yale), Logan Paff (Jr., M, Brown)
KEY LOSSES: Wade Oursler (Maryland), Woody Kelly (Denver).
TOP NEWCOMERS: Sam King (Soph., A), Pierce Washburn (Soph., M), Noah Klein (Jr., G).
OUTLOOK: What was generally regarded as a so-so 2017 campaign for the Greyhounds (8-8, 4-5 A Conference), ended on a decidedly up note with a 6-5 victory over a very good Boys’ Latin squad in the regular season finale.
Whether Gilman can build on this morale booster remains to be seen, given the graduation of Oursler and Kelly, two key parts of the offense last spring.
That said, with a solid defense anchored by Bethel, Martin and seniors Sam Cosimano (Franklin & Marshall) and Teddy MacFarlane (Dickinson), the Greyhounds should be able to keep themselves in most games.
Junior Friends School transfer Klein should help with his work in the goal.
And if Gilman wants to limit enemy possessions, having Muhly at the faceoff X should help that cause immeasurably.
Seniors Douglas Godine (Richmond) and Jonathon Hazlehurst (Rhodes College) will join sophomore Bill Spilman on attack while a very deep midfield will give Matthews plenty of options.
Seniors Piper Bond, Will DeMuth (Franklin & Marshall) and Jeremy Cranston (Dickinson) and juniors William Godine (Richmond), Paff and Andy Andrews, who is returning from a knee injury, will log the most minutes there.
“We have more depth than in the previous couple years, but it is already being tested with some early season injuries and illnesses,” Matthews said. “However, our players are very excited to get back to the top of the MIAA. We have a mix of veterans and young players, and so our coaches expect highly competitive practices to translate into success on game day. Our defense and midfield depth will be our strength.”