Dons prevail 10-7 to push the Greyhounds to the brink of post-season elimination
The Gilman varsity lacrosse team expected 2018 to be a season in which it re-established itself as an elite program in the MIAA A Conference and the 7th-ranked Greyhounds have battled for the lead late into the fourth quarter of everyone of its league contests thus far.
Unfortunately for Gilman, it has come up just short in five of those six encounters, including Tuesday at top-ranked Loyola, where the Dons prevailed 10-7, pushing the Greyhounds to the brink of playoff elimination.
Loyola (11-3 overall, 6-1 MIAA A) came out on fire in this one, building a 6-1 lead in the first half, but the Greyhounds (5-7 overall, 1-5 MIAA A) clawed their way back into the contest with three straight scores and went to the half down just two, at 6-4. Gilman then scored the first two goals of the third quarter, as Rick Spilman and Logan Paff found the back of the cage to square the contest at six.
Loyola, however, scored late in the third to take the lead for good and, with the Dons leading 8-7 in the fourth, the home team put the victory on ice with a pair of scores in the final 2:22 of the contest.
Connor Hume scored three times to pace Loyola and Alex Reid had two goals and two assists. Jack Koras, who is in contention for the MIAA Individual Stroke Play Golf Championship (scheduled to be completed on Wednesday afternoon) also scored two goals and Liam Bateman had a goal and two assists. In addition, Ryan Dunn and Alex Breschi had one goal each.
Will DeMuth was the top scorer for Gilman with a hat-trick and Andy Andrews netted two, in addition to the scores by Spilman and Paff.
Gilman’s post-season hopes are all but officially dashed, but if the Greyhounds, who host St. Paul’s on Saturday, run the table in their final four games and get some help, they are still mathematically alive.
The Dons will be playing to lock down a top two seed and a first round playoff bye over the course of their final three league contests. They host Mount St. Joseph on Friday, before closing with two tough battles – McDonogh, on Tuesday, and Calvert Hall, the following Tuesday.
NO. 1 LOYOLA 10, NO. 7 GILMAN 7
GIL 1 3 2 1 — 7
LOY 4 2 1 3 — 10
GOALS: GIL-Demuth 3, Andrews 2, Spilman, Paff; LOY-Hume 3, Reid 2, Koras 2, Bateman, Dunn, Braschi.
ASSISTS: GIL-W. Godine, D. Godine; LOY-Reid 2, Bateman 2, Delanois.
SAVES: GIL-Klein 4; LOY-Lorber 4.