Momentum shifter help Lakers pull away from Gilman
by Nelson Coffin
It took more than hard work and/or happenstance for Boys’ Latin School senior attackman Garrett Glatz to net the game’s most pivotal tally in the Lakers’ 12-6 MIAA A Conference lacrosse victory over Gilman School on Tuesday afternoon in Roland Park.
Undoubtedly, the put-back of a rebound early in the fourth quarter that stopped a Gilman rally dead in its tracks was the product of effort, although there was more to it than that, according to BL coach Brian Farrell.
“It’s what we’ve come to expect from a four-year player and team captain,” Farrell said after his team moved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in league play this spring. “He does that a lot in practice. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time.”
With the Greyhounds (2-4, 1-3 MIAA A) roaring back from an 8-2 deficit on successive goals by senior midfielder Capp Reynolds, junior midfielder Chase Brody and senior attackmen Charlie Pope and Tucker Hebert in a three-minute blitz late in the third quarter, the time was ripe for the comeback to continue.
Gilman needed a stop, and got it when BL senior attackman Ben Smith’s shot was one of 14 saves made by Gilman junior goalie Kyle Morris.
Unfortunately for Morris, Smith’s shot caromed off to his right where a streaking Glatz one-timed it into the back of the net to help the Lakers close out the MIAA A Conference contest on a 4-0 run of their own.
“Ben shot it and the ball came off the goalie,” Smith said. “I caught it and put it in. It was a big momentum goal.”
After Glatz, sophomore attackman/midfielder Jackson Walsh, junior midfielder Ben Mallon and senior attackman Dom Pitramala all solved the talented Morris over the final nine minutes to secure the victory.
Part of the winning formula came from Boys’ Latin senior Mackenzie Moreland and sophomore Thomas Moxley’s ability to win face-offs, especially during the closing run.
“We didn’t get the ball until there were seven minutes left in the fourth quarter,” Gilman coach John Nostrant said. “Our goalie gave us a chance to win and our ball carriers were dodging down hill (during the rally), but we just played too much defense and we made too many mistakes to beat a good team like BL.”
After Laker senior midfielder Riar Schell’s goal opened the battle, Gilman knotted the score for the only time of the game on a lefty strike by sophomore attackman Oscar Woloson.
Sophomore midfielder Hopper Zappitello and Moreland gave BL a 3-1 lead before Pope retaliated with the Hounds’ only goal midway through the second period. They would not score again for another 12 minutes, by which time the Lakers were enjoying a comfortable 8-2 advantage.
That’s when the teams traded four-goal runs and Glatz stepped into the limelight.
Meanwhile, the Laker defense, with the exception of that stretch in the third quarter, showed that it’s slowly recovering from the loss of senior AJ Hernandez to a season-ending knee injury.
“You just can’t replace AJ’s heart and leadership on the field,” Farrell said.
Without the Maryland signee, seniors John Maranto, Eddie Lloyd, Tommy Ozonoff and sophomore Kyle Foster are part of the group that ably protected junior goalie Cardin Stoller (8 saves).
Farrell said that Lloyd is being heard more than ever by his teammates on the backline.
“He used to be a quiet guy,” Farrell said. “And now he’s one of our vocal leaders.”
BL’s offense made plenty of noise, peppering Morris with plenty of shots and he was often up to the task of turning them away.
“He has great fundamentals in the goal,” Farrell said. “Those alley shots, he’ll eat them up all day. He’s really good. But I like our guy (Stoller), too.”
The Lakers will have to wait a week before they host Loyola Blakefield next Tuesday while the Greyhounds will have a quicker turnaround when they meet Archbishop Spalding on Friday afternoon.
Pictured above: Gilman sophomore long-stick middle Hayden Carpenter prepares to gobble up a ground ball despite the presence of Boys’ Latin sophomore Kyle Foster on his heels in the Lakers’ 12-6 triumph, Tuesday afternoon in Roland Park.
BOYS’ LATIN SCHOOL 12, GILMAN SCHOOL 6
Boys’ Latin 2 4 2 4 — 12
Gilman 1 1 4 0 — 6
Goals: Boys’ Latin – Jackson Walsh 3, Riar Schell 2, Dom Pietramala 2, Hopper Zappitello, Mackenzie Moreland, Ben Smith, Garrett Glatz, Ben Mallon; Gilman – Charlie Pope 2, Oscar Woloson, Chase Brody, Tucker Hebert, Capp Reynolds.
Assists: Boys’ Latin – Ben Smith 2, Jackson Walsh, Matt Greaver; Gilman – Charlie Pope, Tucker Hebert.
Saves: Boys’ Latin – Cardin Stoller 8; Gilman – Kyle Morris 14.