The Spectator - Week of Sept. 6

Fall athletics are in full swing, with Gilman teams competing every day. Here is a roundup of last week’s results:

Cross Country: The Hounds open their season at the Bulldog Invitational on September 18.

Football: Gilman traveled to defending A conference champion (2019) Mt. St. Joe on Saturday. St. Joe scored quickly on their opening drive, and the Hounds answered with the first of three passing touchdowns from junior QB Matt Parker, and ended the first period down 14-7. From there, the high-powered Gaels offense proved too much, as MSJ won 56-27. Parker had an outstanding day throwing the ball, and his favorite targets were junior Avery Jones Allen (4 catches for 136 yards and 2 TD) and sophomore Dejuan Lane (4 catches for 51 yards and 1 TD). On defense, junior Ian Evans paced the Hounds with 12 total tackles, 8 of them solo. Gilman looks to bounce back Saturday at Boys Latin.

Soccer: Gilman, entering last week undefeated, faced their biggest challenge yet, traveling to Towson to play the undefeated and #6 team in the country Calvert Hall. The Hall struck early, scoring twice, before Gilman settled in and battled through the remainder of the half. Gilman got on the board on a Josh Melancon goal, assisted by Carter Capodanno, before halftime, but trailed 3-1 at the break. From there, Calvert Hall poured it on for an eventual 8-1 final. Gilman gets a chance to rebound immediately though, as they play Curley here on Chandlee Field Tuesday. 

Volleyball: The Hounds faithful witnessed a rollercoaster of a week for the Volley-Hounds, who played two dramatic five-set matches against the other top teams in the conference, Mt. St. Joe and Loyola. At St. Joe, Gilman was able to jump out to a two-set advantage thanks to seniors, setter Michael Hemker, outside hitter Alex Garrison, and opposite Charlie Guyton. The Gaels rallied to win the third and fourth sets, setting the stage for the climactic final set. Setters Chase Tompkins and Jules Hagerty stepped up, allowing Hemker to play outside. With Hemker and Garrison providing the hitting, the Hounds took the set and the match 15-11.

A similar scene unfolded last Friday in the Arena in front of a raucous crowd adorned in red, white, and blue to celebrate the return of fans to the volleyball scene. Loyola took an early lead, but Seth Lindt’s steady hand at libero helped the Hounds regain the momentum, and Gilman responded by winning the third and fourth sets to even the match at two apiece. This time, the fifth set did not go the Hounds away, as Loyola escaped with a well-fought victory. These three teams appear set to battle all season for the top spot. Gilman is back in action today at Calvert Hall, looking to get back on a winning streak.

Water Polo: Gilman fell behind early in their MIAA opener at Calvert Hall but quickly rallied to retake the lead and won going away 19-10. Drew Garvey had a stellar performance, netting six goals. Ryan Coleman added a goal and Tim Brooks scored multiple times while supplying lockdown defense on the Cardinals’ top scoring threat.

This weekend, Gilman took on other top regional foes down at the Naval Academy. The Hounds scored two impressive wins, besting Episcopal Academy 10-9 and Landon 15-12. Gilman is back at it this week with MIAA play, traveling to rival Loyola tomorrow.