Winning the faceoff is crucial to success in boys’ lacrosse. Saturday, Gilman School dominated at the X and completed week one of MIAA A Conference play on a high note.
The No. 8 Greyhounds defeated 10th-ranked Archbishop Spalding, 14-9, at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis. Johnny Shapiro had three goals and an assist for the Greyhounds (5-4 overall), and University of Maryland recruit Wade Oursler added two goals and a helper.
The Roland Park school ran off four unanswered goals in the third quarter to break a 6-6 tie, en route to its first league victory in 2017. It’s the first time since 2014 the Greyhounds (1-1 MIAA A) gained at least one win in the opening week of play in the nation’s toughest boys’ lacrosse league.
Gilman, behind Liam Muhly and Jake Brummett, won 23 of 27 faceoffs and tripled the Cavaliers in the groundball battle (36-12). Dylan Bird and Austin Hudson each tallied twice for the Greyhounds, who lost at home to No. 3 Calvert Hall College Tuesday.
Eric Husselbaugh finished with a hat trick for Spalding, and James Sherwood added two goals and two assists. The Anne Arundel County school led 3-2 in the second quarter before Gilman regained the lead, 6-5, at halftime.
The Cavaliers, off to a 0-2 start for the sixth straight season, hosts No. 3 Calvert Hall Tuesday and travels to No. 5 Loyola Blakefield Friday. Gilman takes on Blakefield at the US Lacrosse Complex in Sparks Tuesday and hosts Mount St. Joseph Friday.
No. 8 Gilman School 14, No. 10 Archbishop Spalding 9
at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium
Goals: Gilman – Sharpiro 3, Oursler 2, Hudson 2, Bird 2, Godine, Housley, Cranston, Kelly, Morgan; Spalding – Husselbaugh 3, J. Sherwood 2, Mangan, W. Sherwood, Prado, Baucia
Assists: Gilman – Godine, Yaffe, Sharpiro, Oursler; Spalding – J. Sherwood 2, Baucia 2, Legnard 2
Saves: Gilman – Tirone 6; Spalding – Brackett 8
Gilman 1 5 4 4 – 14
Spalding 2 3 1 3 – 9