Doyle's goal gives No. 6 Greyhounds huge win over neighborhood rival (VIDEO HERE)
A phoenix is a mythical bird that rose from the ashes. Out of the rain and mud Friday, Gilman School’s boys’ lacrosse season may have been reborn.
The No. 6 Greyhounds defeated fourth-ranked Boys’ Latin, 8-7, in overtime in a MIAA A Conference battle in north Baltimore in the latest installment of the VSN/Fox 45 Game of the Week. Conor Doyle’s goal, 56 seconds into the extra session won it for Gilman.
Doyle, a senior attack, had two goals and two assists for the Greyhounds (4-3 overall, 2-2 MIAA A), and Justin George scored twice. Wells Stanwick scored a game-high three goals for Boys’ Latin (5-3, 2-2 MIAA A) with Trevor Kiddy providing a goal and an assist.
After falling to Loyola Blakefield Tuesday for its third loss in four games, Gilman got a major lift Friday as it hopes to return to the postseason tourney after failing to qualify last spring. Greyhounds coach Brooks Matthews saw his team respond after the Lakers scored three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
“I have a lot of faith in our guys,” said Matthews, who guided Gilman to the 2009 league crown. “We haven’t yet shown the character we have on game days. It was great to see it today because this is the team I know we have.”
After a timeout after winning the faceoff to start overtime, Gilman worked the ball around. Doyle, coming out the backside, faked as if he was sending a pass out to Peter Senft on the wing. He cut into the circle and got off a shot between a pair of BL defenders and pass Laker goalie Adam Davey.
“He took a sliver of an opportunity and made it count,” said Matthews. “That's what big-time players do.”
“It was awesome,” said Doyle, who’s headed to the University of Notre Dame. “The first game on the grass field was pretty sweet.”
Because of the rain, the Greyhounds switched from turf to a grass field on their campus. The change seemed to play into Gilman’s advantage.
“We had great ball movement,” said Matthews. “The conditions didn’t affect our stick work at all.”
“It’s a lot different surface,” said Doyle. “The ball seemed to bounce our way on this field.”
The Greyhounds had it rolling in the third quarter with three goals within a 66-second stretch. Doyle started it, assisting Garrett Paglia’s goal, breaking a 4-4 tie. Peter Senft and Jack Matthai followed with unassisted tallies.
Stanwick ripped a shot from about 15 yards out as Boys’ Latin rallied in the fourth. After Gilman goalie Palmer Murray (nine saves) stopped Ben Kellar’s shot, Stanwick beat Murray, bringing the Lakers to within 7-6 with 9:52 remaining in regulation. Ben Pridemore tied it with an unassisted goal with 6:40 left to play.
The final minute saw Gilman longstick Robby Haus stop Boys’ Latin with an interception before the Lakers thwarted the Greyhounds to send the game into overtime. It took less than a minute before Doyle ended it, and Gilman had a new lease on its season.
“We were very consistent today, we were tough on groundballs all day, we were tough on defense all game,” said Matthews. “That kind of consistency is what we’ve been searching for. You put your time into practice and hope it pays off.”
No. 6 Gilman 8, No. 4 Boys' Latin 7 (OT)
Boys Latin 2 0 2 3 0-7
Gilman 1 2 4 0 1-8
Goals: Boys' Latin-W. Stanwick 3, Cooke, Pyne, Kiddy, Pridemore; Gilman-Doyle 2, George 2, Senft, Matthai, Paglia, Greene
Assists: Boys' Latin-Stothoff, Kiddy, S. Stanwick; Gilman-Doyle 2
Saves: Boys' Latin-Davey 9; Gilman-Murray 9.
Last Updated (Saturday, 09 April 2011 09:09)