The Spectator - Week of September 16

A roundup of last week’s Varsity competitions:

Cross Country - The Hounds Cross Country team made a statement Saturday at the Bulldog Invitational in Big Springs, Pennsylvania that they will be a team to be reckoned with in the A conference. Facing stiff regional competition, Gilman recorded their best finish at the event since 2012. In a loaded twenty-seven team field, the Hounds finished eighth. Individual standouts include junior Beck Wittstadt (ninth overall) and seniors Tom Broadus (twenty-third) and Charlie Edwards (twenty-ninth). 

Football - Varsity football played a hard-fought contest with Blair Academy of New Jersey on Saturday, eventually falling 29-12. Freshman quarterback Matt Parker completed 11-21 passes (not counting the two beautiful long touchdown passes called back for penalties) and also rushed for 58 yards. Sophomore Kenny Green led the team in receiving for the second straight week, turning eight catches on short passes and screens into 70 yards with some scintillating runs after the catch. Rayuan Lane was at it again on Saturday. “Big play” Ray recorded a sack, a forced fumble (included in his 11 tackles), and took his first carry of the day 92-yards to the house to get the Hounds on the board in the first half. Other defensive standouts include senior Billy Spillman (two sacks), senior Gage Crites (10 tackles), and freshman defensive lineman Ahmir Crawley (nine tackles, including four tackles-for-a-loss). Gilman returns to action at home this Saturday, hosting Curley at 1pm.

Soccer - On Wednesday, the Gilman soccer team took on a strong McDonogh side up in Owings Mills. With great student sections from both schools, the atmosphere was electric. Unfortunately, the Eagles netted three goals near the end of the first half during a ten-minute stretch. A second-half goal on a set piece from junior Johnny Melancon to make it 3-1 was not enough to spark a comeback for the Hounds.  

Coming off of the rough loss against the Eagles, the Hounds needed a bounce-back against St. Paul's on a beautiful Friday afternoon on Chandlee. Gilman started off buzzing, with senior Jack Stuzin putting one away early with a calm finish off of a deflected ball from Melancon just fifteen minutes in. With just over ten minutes left in the first half, St. Paul's evened the score at 1-1. Coming out of the half, the Hounds were hungry, dominating the midfield with the help of senior Costi Karakousis and junior Tucker Hebert. The Hounds soon won a penalty off a cross from Hebert. Melancon cooly slotted in the PK to make it 2-1. With Gilman in control of the game, senior Roman Hinds scored to make it 3-1, finishing off the Crusaders. 

Water Polo - On Tuesday, the Hounds had their first conference game against MSJ. They won 21-6, with junior Ian Raley and senior Adam Masom each tallying five goals, junior Antonio Mendez adding three of his own, and senior Brooks Lebow chipping in with two. Goalie Hollis Quasebarth had a strong game between the pipes.

Then, on Thursday, the Hounds faced Loyola at home. Gilman cruised to victory, winning 18-7. Mendez and Masom each scored five goals, Lebow and Raley added three each, and even goalie Quasebarth scored one.

This past weekend, the Hounds headed to the Naval Academy for the Battle of the Beltways. Their first game was against the Hill Academy, a game which the Hounds easily won 16-5. They were led by Lebow (five goals), Mendez (three goals), and Raley (three goals). Next, Gilman faced northeastern power Greenwich, and dropped a 17-4 decision. In a rough, low scoring game, Mendez managed to score twice while Masom and Sal Ricci each added a goal.                                                                                                                                

Volleyball - On Wednesday, the Loyola Dons hosted the VolleyHounds for a hard-fought matchup in which the Hounds fell short, losing 3-1. The team showed flashes of solid offensive volleyball at times, with setter Jake Tompkins (‘21) leading the way with 11 assists, and middle hitter John Cavanaugh recording a team-high seven kills. Unfortunately, the team committed 14 service errors, contributing to the loss.

Next up was Friday the 13th. In front of a massive crowd, many sporting Jason-themed hockey masks, the Volleyhounds battled conference rival Calvert Hall. The Hounds dropped their second match in a row, but not without putting up a fight. After losing two straight sets to start the match, Gilman exhibited resilience, winning an incredibly close third set thanks to the attacking power of Jackson Shelby (‘20), Cavanaugh (‘21), and Halden Ginsberg (‘20), each of whom ended the game with seven kills. The team was able to rally behind senior captain Wallace Halpert’s (‘20), who recorded a team-high 14 kills, to fight tooth and nail until the last point, eventually coming up short in a 3-1 defeat