After falling to St. Mary’s on Tuesday, No. 8 Gilman School came into Friday’s MIAA A Conference lacrosse battle with No. 2 Boys’ Latin Schoolknowing it likely needed to beat the Lakers and defending champion McDonogh School, on Tuesday, to gain entry in the league playoffs.

So far, so good.

Playing on natural grass, the Gilman defense slowed BL’s prolific attack, rallying from behind in the second half to defeat Boys’ Latin, 6-5. It was the second consecutive one-goal loss for the Lakers, who also lost on Tuesday, 11-10, in overtime at No. 1 Calvert Hall College.

Boys’ Latin slugged its way to a 3-2 lead at the half, but senior Austin Hudson scored his second goal of the game, on a fast-break, 30 seconds into the third quarter to tie the contest. Less than a minute later, the Greyhounds jumped in front, 4-3, as Piper Bond netted an unassisted goal.

Senior Koby Russell, with an assist from Luke Shilling got BL even moments later and the team’s ended the third quarter deadlocked, 4-4.

Gilman struck again early in the fourth quarter, when Jonathan Hazelhurst scored, unassisted, but the Lakers battled back to tie once again. With 4:55 to play, Matt Brandau scored, unassisted.

As the clock wound below three minutes, Hudson set an up-pick, allowing Wade Oursler to get his hands free for an unassisted blast from the wing for what proved to be the winning goal.

Heading into Tuesday’s finale at McDonogh, the Greyhounds (9-6 overall) are 4-4 in the A Conference and they hold a one game lead over St. Mary’s (12-6, 3-5) for the final playoff spot. St. Mary’s plays at Archbishop Spalding on Tuesday and should it win, Gilman will have to knock off its arch-rival to get into the playoffs. If not, it will finished tied with the Saints and the Saints have the head-to-head tie-breaker.

Boys’ Latin (12-5 overall) is now 6-2 in the league and tied with McDonogh for second place. The Lakers will be at St. Paul’s on Tuesday for the 100th anniversary of their historic rivalry and they need to win to clinch the second seed and a first round bye in the playoffs. BL has the head-to-head tie-breaker over McDonogh.

Top-ranked Calvert Hall, which defeated St. Paul’s (5-3), 8-3, on Friday, has clinched the top seed. The Cardinals will close against Loyola (5-3), which is currently tied for fourth with St. Paul’s. The Dons defeated Mount St. Joseph, 13-8, on Tuesday.

Regardless of what happens on Tuesday, the MIAA A Conference playoffs will get underway next Friday with a pair of quarterfinal games.

No. 8 Gilman School 6, No. 2 Boys’ Latin School 5

Goals: Boys’ Latin – Russell 2, Shilling, Ey, Rile; Gilman – Hudson 2, Bond, Shapiro, Hazelhurst, Oursler

Assists: Boys’ Latin – Shilling, M. Brandau; Gilman – Cranston, Bond

Saves: Boys’ Latin – C. Brandau 6; Gilman – Tirone 7