By Tom Peace
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/3/12
BALTIMORE – MIAA power Gilman School (Md.) used a five-goal first half to spark a 9-3 victory over La Salle today in a Philly-Baltimore matchup of nationally-ranked boys’ lacrosse teams.
Gilman (4-0, ranked No. 4 by MaxPreps.com) junior attackman Max Greene punched in two goals, while six different players also scored for the defending MIAA champs.
The Greyhounds used quick face off draws and won the groundball battle to force the possession down in their end. La Salle (3-1, ranked No. 16) goalie Cory Shaffer, who had 13 saves on the day, saw 21 shots come his way in the first half, 38 in total.
“The team moved the ball very well, they slid real fast which allowed for some open shots, said Greene. “I was there to can a few.”
Gilman coach Brooks Matthews was impressed with his team from the opening whistle.
“This is the kind of game we love,” he said. “It’s going to challenge us mentally and physically. Our guys came out strong and we were able to maintain our effort for almost the entire game.”
LaSalle coach Bill Leahy felt his team didn’t come ready to play.
“We didn’t come to play, we didn’t have the passion we usually have,” he said. “We found ourselves in a hole early down 3-0 and then we made it close 6-3 and had chances to make it 6-4, that would have made it a lot more interesting.
“But we just couldn’t hold the dam, and then the seventh goal went in and it broke.”
La Salle tried to make the game interesting in the third quarter as senior attackman Matt Rambo and Adam Stefanowicz scored to put the Explorers down by three goals, 6-3.
But Gilman was able to use an opportunity to shut the door on LaSalle as the Explorers committed two penalties that allowed the Greyhounds to go 6-on 4 for one minute and thirty seconds.
Chris Walsch was fed a pass from Gordie Koerber, and scored with under 4 minutes left to play to put Gilman ahead 7-3. Then Zeke Morrill and John Simms each scored a goal to deliver the final blow.
The Greyhounds did a nice job containing shooters such as Maryland-bound Rambo, who had a goal an assist, throughout the game. Goalie Bryan Moore made some big saves for Gilman down the stretch and the net minder applauded the way his defense played.
“One of the guys (teammate) came up to me after the game and told me our goals against average is 4 right now,” Moore said, “and that’s a testament on how well our defense has been playing.”
Gilman will play another powerhouse from Philadelphia on Thursday when it faces Haverford.
Gilman 9, La Salle 3
La Salle: Goals; Rambo, Schaal, Stefanowicz
Gilman; Max Greene 2, Zeke Morrill 2, Chris Walsch, Jake Matthai, Gordie Koerber, John Simms, , Tyler Ruhl.
Assists; Harrison McCarthy
Saves; G-Bryan Moore- 7, L-Cory Shaffer-13
Halftime- 5-1 Gilman
Tags: La Salle