Dominance in the pool, an undefeated week on the pitch, and a statement made on the trail highlight the week that was in Gilman athletics:
Cross Country - On Saturday, the Hounds ran the infamous Bull Run Invitational. Despite a dry and hot afternoon, the Hounds shredded the three-mile course, led by Tom Broadus, Beck Wittstadt, and Charlie Edwards, earning a second-place result for the Small School Division. The Hounds beat the other MIAA schools in the race, St. Pauls and Loyola.
Football - Football played host to Curley Saturday. Gilman’s players sported gold shoelaces, signifying their participation in Go4TheGoal’s Lace Up for Pediatric Cancer fundraiser. Gilman dropped a 33-9 decision on the field. First-time placekicker Tommy Martinson ‘20 made an immediate impact by booting a 37-yard field goal on the Hounds first possession, following a 66-yard catch and run by fellow senior Billy Spillman, to stake them to a three-point lead. Freshman quarterback Matt Parker threw for 185 yards in the loss. Rayuan Lane ‘21 stuffed the stat sheet with his performance. Filling in at running back for the first time this year due to injuries to the Hounds other tailbacks, Rayuan led the team in rushing with 74 yards, and led the team in receiving with 84 yards, including a spectacular 62 yard touchdown reception where he took a seeming interception out of the hands of Curley’s safety, then galloped the remaining distance to the endzone. Freshman defensive lineman Ahmir Crawley had another big day, recording five tackles against Curley’s run-heavy attack, and senior defensive end Gage Crites chipped in with two tackles for a loss.
Soccer - the Hounds traveled to Spalding for a tough away match on Wednesday. Gilman jumped ahead early with Ben Snavely(20') scoring two first-half goals. Midfielders Johnny Melancon, Tucker Hebert, and Costi Karakousis dominated the middle of the pitch throughout the game. Spalding got a goal back in the second half but Stuzin(20') finished the game off with an excellent chip with a minute to go for a 3-1 Gilman win.
On Friday, the Hounds traveled to Landon for an out-of-conference showdown. Gilman started hot, netting four goals in the first half. Stuzin recorded a hattrick with Karakousis also slotting a beautiful shot into the bottom corner. Freshman Devon Nixon would score the final goal in stellar fashion. The defense was dominant once again in the 5-0 win, led by Tommy Martinson and Grant Farley in goal.
Water Polo - On Tuesday, the Hounds took on the Dons and won in resounding fashion, 18-3. Ian Raley scored seven goals, Adam Masom four, Brooks Lebow three, and Antonio Mendez three.
Then, on Thursday, the Hounds handled Spalding 25-5, led by Raley (five goals), Bennett Speicher (four), Mendez (four), Lebow (three), Sal Ricci (three), Charlie Hiller (two), and Masom (two). Additionally, goalie Hollis Quasebarth contributed an excellent performance.
Volleyball - On Wednesday, the Volleyhounds suffered a close loss to Mount St Joe. While MSJ won all three sets, each set was decided by fewer than five points.
On Friday, the Volleyhounds boosted morale, dominating John Carroll in a 3-0 victory. The resounding win helped the young Hounds squad get back on track headed into a touch next week of league play.