For the second consecutive Friday, Gilman played a home lacrosse game as a heavy underdog and, for the second consecutive week, the Greyhounds followed the same thrilling script to pull out an MIAA A Conference lacrosse victory.
Facing arch-rival McDonogh, which entered the contest undefeated in league play, the host Greyhounds (5-4, 3-3) started fast, lost a four goal lead in the fourth quarter and then stung the Eagles with Jake Matthai’s overtime goal to pull out a thrilling, 11-10, win. Last week the Greyhounds defeated Boys’ Latin, 8-7, in nearly identical fashion, with Conor Doyle netting the OT winner in that one. In between, Gilman tasted the other side of the same apple, losing 8-7 to St. Paul’s, in overtime on Tuesday.
McDonogh (9-2, 5-1), which was coming off a surprisingly easy rout of St. Mary’s on Tuesday, fell behind 4-1 early and were down 10-6 in the fourth quarter before charging back to force the overtime. The Eagles won the OT face-off, but failed to create a good scoring opportunity. In its first possession of OT, St. Paul’s missed one shot, but was able to retaing possession and work the ball to Matthai, whole slip hard shot inside the pipe from the right side for the game winner.
“The whole game everyone played really well. McDonogh played extremely well. They were clawing back the whole game and they did. [We] went into OT,” said Matthai of his only goal in the contest. “It was my teammates actually. They got me the ball. It was a short stick and luckily I could finish it for them.”
McDonogh held Doyle without a goal, but the Greyhound leader was still effective, dishing out four assists. Riley DeSmith scored three goals, while Ryan Tuckers and Pete Senft had two each. In addition Gordie Koerber had a goal and two assists, while Justin George and Max Greene had one each for the Hounds.
McDonogh’s Keegan Michel, who missed Tuesday’s game after getting banged in last Sunday’s win at Loyola, came back with a rush, leading the Eagles with three goals and three assists, while red-hot Connor Morgan scored a game-high four goals. Evan Glaser also boosted McDonogh’s cause with a goal and two assists.
“McDonogh/Gilman is great rivalry with a lot of history between the schools, and we’re just excited to get a win,” said Gilman head coach Brooks Matthews. “I felt like our kids earned it. It was a hard fought game. Both teams played very well and I’m just excited for our guys.”
Gilman 11, McDonogh 10, OT
Goals: McD-Morgan 4, Michel 3, Glaser, Rexford, Valis; GIL-DeSmit 3, Tucker 2, Senft 2, Koerber, Brown, Greene, Matthai.
Assists: McD-Michel 3, Glaser 2, Daly, Valis; GIL-Doyle 4, Koerber 2, Senft, DeSmit.
Saves: McD- Falcone 5; Gil-Murray 10.
Half: Gilman, 6-4.