By: Sam Slater
After Gilman lacrosse finished last year with an 8-8 record and an absence from the playoffs for the third straight year, Varsity Head Coach Mr. Brooks Matthews has high hopes for a successful 2018 season. Led by Senior Captain Piper bond, this year’s team includes veteran talent from upperclassmen matched with a promising group of underclassmen. With such a talented squad, the team desires to improve upon last year’s efforts.
In order to have a winning season, Coach Matthews noted multiple changes the team must make: focusing on maintaining leads as well as maximizing the personnel on the field. For example, the team will hope to take advantage of a potentially strong midfield and defense. Captain Piper Bond expressed his goals and excitement as well for the upcoming season, saying, “We've got a lot of returning talent from last year, and we've been working hard with each other since the end of last season. We're hungry and ready to make a run for the playoffs and a championship for the first time in three years."
One of Matthews’s biggest goals for the 2018 season is to work on both individual player and collective team development. He commented, “Having each player improve throughout the season builds a better team.” If the players are able to work well together, they will have an easier time winning games with the ultimate goal in mind of winning the championship.
Aside from the MIAA schedule, Gilman will be playing games against teams out of state, such as St. Anne’s Belfield (VA), St. Stephen’s (VA), St. Agnes School (VA), and Haverford School (PA).
This year, the team will also be doing much more than just playing lacrosse. The Varsity team will be helping the children in local lacrosse programs like the Commodore Rogers Lacrosse program and Charm City Lacrosse. They plan to practice with the children to help the players improve their lacrosse skills as well as spread love of the game.
As always, the team is excited to play rivals such as Boys’ Latin, McDonogh, Calvert Hall, and St. Pauls this season and hopes to get as much support as possible. This 2018 Gilman lacrosse squad has already shown their capability for success, after finishing first in the Fast Break Indoor Lacrosse League, a league that includes challenging opponents such as Boys Latin and Loyola. Yet even with these accomplishments, they still have much more to prove. Hopefully, the Greyhounds can achieve their lofty goals and finally return to the playoffs.