By Bradley Schlegel
BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 3/21/15
MALVERN, Pa. – Gilman School senior Jake Waxter could feel the defender marking him carefully, perhaps too closely.
“He was really locked on,” said Waxter. “So I spun past him and took a shot. Fortunately, it went in.”
Waxter’s goal with 2:53 seconds remaining lifted the visiting Greyhounds to an 11-10 non-league victory over Malvern Prep on Saturday.
Jimmy Williams scored a team-high five goals for Gilman School (1-0), which rallied down the stretch to snap a 9-9 tie.
Malvern Prep, ranked No. 17 in the Epoch Lacrosse North America Rankings, fell to 0-3. All three losses are to teams in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.
Williams called it harbinger of things to come for the team, from Baltimore.
“This win represents all the hard work we’ve done to get into shape,” he said. “We wanted to start the season firing.”
Last year’s Greyhounds, with 25 seniors, ended their season with a loss in the semifinals of the MIAA playoffs. Williams called it a disappointing finish the Greyhounds expect to avoid this season.
“I think we’re going to do fine,” Waxter said.
Andy Matthews finished with three goals for the Greyhounds. Charlie DeMuth scored twice.
Adam Goldner led the Friars with three goals while A.J. Traynor added two goals and two assists and while Bill Coyle chipped in with two goals.
The Friars forced a 9-9 tie on consecutive goals by Williams, Coyle and Traynor with less than five minutes to left in the fourth quarter.
However, Gilman School took advantage of a man-up situation. The Greyhounds didn’t score on the advantage, but they maintained possession until Waxter’s shot beat Friars goalkeeper James Rogers with 2:53 to go.
Matthews scored with 1:16 left to extend Gilman’s lead to 11-9.
Goldner scored with 38.6 seconds left to pull Mavern Prep within 11-10. The team won the ensuing faceoff, but couldn’t generate a shot on goal in the final seconds.
The Friars are perhaps the best 0-3 team around. But a squad that went 24-0 last year must do a better job valuing their possessions, according to head coach John McEvoy.
“We are beating ourselves right now,” the coach said.
Gilman coach Brooks Matthews was pleased with his team’s ball movement.
“What I learned is that when we move the ball well on offense, we can be very dangerous,” said Matthews. “And that when we play defense together, we can do a really good job.”
Gilman School 11, Malvern Prep 10
Gilman School — Jimmy Williams 5 goals; Andy Matthews 3 goals, 1 assist, Charlie DeMuth 2 goals, Jake Waxter 1 goal, Christopher Williams 1 assist, T.J. Oursler 1 assist.
Malvern Prep — A.J. Traynor 2 goal, 2 assists; Zach White 1 goal, 2 assists; Billy Coyle 2 goal, 3 assists; Scottie White 1 goal, 2 assists; Adam Goldner 3 goal; Addison Mueller 1 goal; Mike Fay 1 assist.
Ben Shmerler, Gilman, 9
James Rodgers, MP, 6
Andrew Clark, MP, 4
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