No. 2 Gilman No Longer Empty-Handed
by Paul Ohanian | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
A loss in the 2008 MIAA championship game served as motivation for Gilman, which handled Calvert Hall 13-7 to seize its fourth title in the powerhouse conference. The Greyhounds are ranked No. 2 in Lacrosse Magazine's season-end poll.
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2009 Lacrosse Magazine High School Rankings
Led by a talented senior core, Gilman (15-1) has been one of the
most complete teams in the nation over the past two years. The
Greyhounds have lost just one regular season game in the difficult
Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) in two years,
have been ranked among the national elite throughout both seasons,
and have appeared in the last two MIAA championship games.
The difference in the ending between last year and this year however, is as significant as night and day. Last year, the undefeated ‘Hounds were upset by Loyola in the league final, and for all their dominance, sent home virtually empty-handed.
This year, motivated by a strong inner drive, they scripted a much happier ending. Overcoming their only blip on the campaign -- a one-goal midseason setback against Boys’ Latin -- the Greyhounds flexed their muscle as they cruised through the postseason. Gilman defeated a very good Calvert Hall team 13-7 in the championship game to claim its fourth MIAA title.
“Every year is different, so I normally downplay the notion that the prior season is a motivation for the next season,” said Coach Brooks Matthews. “But as it turned out, (2008) did motivate our kids this year. The seniors really drove this team and set the focus.”
Midfielder Jack Doyle (Harvard) led the senior-laden squad for much of the year and was tabbled as The Baltimore Sun’s All-Metro Player of the Year. He finished with 31 goals and 13 assists, including three goals and two assists in the MIAA final.
Doyle was joined on the All-Metro first team by attackman Marcus Holman (North Carolina), midfielder Greg McBride (North Carolina) and defenseman Harry Prevas (Virginia). Midfielder Davey Emala (Georgetown), who scored four goals in the championship game, was named to the second team.
“This senior group’s strongest characteristic was its competitiveness on a daily basis,” said Matthews. “As coaches, we can’t really teach competitiveness. Players have to have something inside them that drives them.”
That drive helped make the 2009 journey a memorable one for Gilman.
“It’s never easy and every season has its own challenges,” Matthews said. “But this was a group that practiced hard every day and played hard in every game. It was a lot of fun to watch them.”
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