Greyhounds hold off a fourth quarter surge by the Patriots; MIAA A playoff seeds explained
As expected, John Carroll’s first lacrosse season in the MIAA A Conference has been full of challenges, but the Patriots took dead aim at breakthrough win, Friday night on their home turf, but No. 7 Gilman had just enough to hold on for 9-8 victory.
Gilman (8-7 overall, 4-5 MIAA A) built a 6-2 lead at the half and went up 8-2 after three quarters. John Carroll finally got back on the scoreboard, but Jed Brummet tallied to push the lead back to 9-3. From there, the Patriots scored five consecutive goals, getting to within one with 39 seconds to play, but could not get the equalizer.
What was unusual about Gilman’s victory was that all nine goals were scored by different players. Dutch Furlong had one goal and one assist to be the only multi-point performer for the Greyhounds.
Also scoring were Sam King, Doug Godine, Piper Bond, Jeremy Cranston, Andy Andrews, Will Godine, Tyler Washburn and Brummett. Will Demuth had an assists
Jude Brown had three goals and two assists to lead John Carroll (4-13 overall, 0-9) and Nick Deloriers had two goals and one assist. In addition, Jacob Kreiger had a goal and two assists, Jordan Remoto had one goal and one assist and Tyler Smith had an assist.
The victory also kept Gilman’s playoff hopes alive, but only barely. The Greyhounds must knock off first-place McDonogh in their season finale on Tuesday and have St. Paul’s (4-5) upset Boys’ Latin to get in. This would create a three-way tie between Gilman and St. Paul’s and Severn (5-5), which completed its regular season with a 15-9 win over St. Mary’s.
All three teams would be 1-1 head-to-head, but by virtue of a win over first-place McDonogh, Gilman would gain the tie-break. In a two-way tie with Severn, Gilman would lose out because the Admirals won the head-to-head meeting. There is also the possibility of three or four way tie involving St. Mary’s (5-4) should the Saints lose their regular season finale on Tuesday against Mount St. Joseph.
In a four-way tie, St. Mary’s and Severn would be 2-1 in the head-to-head matchups, thus each would move onto the playoffs, with Severn taking the fifth seed and St. Mary’s the sixth. Gilman and St. Paul’s would be 1-2 head-to-head and eliminated. In a three-way tie involving St. Mary’s, Severn and Gilman, St. Mary’s and Gilman would advance because they would both have wins over McDonogh. If St. Paul’s replaced Gilman in that three way tie, Severn would be 2-0 head-to-head and seeded fifth and St. Mary’s would be 1-1 and seeded sixth. St. Paul’s would be 0-2 and eliminated.
At the top of the conference, McDonogh (8-1) has clinched the top seed. Even if the Eagles fell to Gilman in their finale, they can finished no worse than tied for first with the winner of Tuesday’s Calvert Hall (7-2)/Loyola (7-2) game and because the Eagles defeated both head-to-head, they own the tie-break. The winner between the Dons and Cardinals will be the second seed.
If Calvert Hall loses it could drop to the fourth seed if Boys’ Latin defeats St. Paul’s. At that point, the Cardinals and Lakers would be tied and the Lakers won their head-to-head. If Loyola loses, it will be the third seed because it defeated BL. Since BL defeated St. Mary’s, the Lakers can be no worse than the fourth seed.
The third and fourth seeds will host quarterfinals game, while the first and second seeds have a bye and advance directly to the semifinals at Towson University on May 15th. The championship game will also be played at Towson on May 18th.