By Tom Peace
BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/4/12
Senior attackman Gordie Koerber scored with 1:42 to play in overtime tonight to give Gilman School a thrilling 11-10 MIAA victory over host Boys’ Latin.
The overtime period was so intense and everyone in the stands was on the edge of their seats. First, BL netminder Christian Knight came up with a big save.
Then Greyhounds goalie Bryan Moore (18 saves) made a big stop and cleared the ball down field where the ball eventually found Koerber behind the goal and the Denver commit came around the crease and shot low on Knight for the game winner.
“We were in the 1-4 (offense) and we were trying to get Jake (Matthai) an ally dodge and we moved the ball back to Tyler (Ruhl),” said Koerber. “I just got lost in there and he was lucky enough to find me.”
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Both teams entered the game tied in the MIAA with 5-2 records as they try to nail down the third seed and a home field first round game in the playoffs, which begin next week. Gilman is 10-3 overall, while Boys’ Latin falls to 12-6.
When Boys Latin and Gilman play one another it’s always a close contest and often a wild finish; Friday’s game continued the trend. BL was able to mount a two-goal lead late in the third quarter with two scores.
Gilman though, responded with their sophomore standout, Ruhl who scored with under 10 minutes into the fourth quarter. Then minutes later senior Matthai and Ruhl scored back-to-back goals and BL found themselves down by one with 7:24 left in the game.
Then senior attackman Greg Pyke, who is committed to the University of Georgia to play football, scored to tie the game for the seventh time in the game.
“I’m so happy for them because they kept after it,” said Gilman head coach Brooks Matthews. “Coming back against Boys’ Latin in the second half is such a tough thing to do on this field.”
Lakers defenseman Mac Pons did a solid job for three quarters of locking down Koerber, “He is a great defender he shut me down for three quarters,” said Koerber.”I was lucky to get that one (first goal) at the crease there and I guess I just lost him there on the last one.”
Shack Stanwick though came up big to tie the game again at 10 heading into overtime.
Gilman junior attackman Max Greene, who had a four-goal day praised his goalie. “That’s expectable from him, you can always count on him for the big saves.”
Gilman has a strong hold on the #3 seed for the postseason with only one more regular season game remaining.
Matthews pointed to the momentum from this win will help heading into the playoffs.
“In this league, if you want to achieve the ultimate success you have to able to win two games in one week,” he said. “We had a great effort Tuesday (in a 19-10 win over St. Mary’s Annapolis) but we said we had to back that up with a great effort today and we did and that makes me so happy.”
Gilman 11, Boys’ Latin 10, OT
Gilman goals: Greene 4, Koerber 2, Ruhl 2, Matthai, McCarthy, Simms
BL goals: Stanwick 3, Pyke 3, Heacock 2, Rees, Moyer
Gilman assists: Ruhl, Greene, P. Brown, W. McBride
BL assists: Moyer, Bruno
Gilman saves: Moore 18
BL saves: Knight 8