When Kevin Giblin became the first head lacrosse coach at Georgetown Prep in 1988, the team had to create tradition from scratch. In building the Little Hoyas into a national power, the coach has rarely allowed pause for reflection.
Now in his 26th season at the North Bethesda private school, Giblin has guided the Little Hoyas to at least a share of eight Interstate Athletic Conference titles and produced seven All-Met Players of the Year since 1995. Last Thursday, the coach picked up his 400th career win with a 12-2 victory over Episcopal.
“It’s a nice milestone,” said Giblin, a two-time All-Met Coach of the Year and member of the local chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. “I’d like to get about 400 more. I’m competitive. But I think I’ve been blessed to have some good assistants and a lot of talent around here through the years, so that makes it a little bit easier.”
Third-ranked Georgetown Prep (17-5, 3-0 IAC) has had an interesting season so far, battling back from a 2-3 start. The Little Hoyas had won 13 of 14 games before falling at home to Salesianum (Del.), 7-5, on Tuesday. Their only two local losses are to the WCAC teams ahead of them in The Post rankings, top-ranked Gonzaga and No. 2 Paul VI.
Giblin credits an offense finally running at full strength for his team’s turnaround.
Early in the year, senior Colin Giblin, the coach’s son, missed time with a hip flexor injury but has returned to lead the team in points with 28 goals and 26 assists. The attackman plans to play at the University of Maryland after a prep year at Salisbury School in Connecticut. (Last season, Kevin Giblin’s oldest son, Liam, earned All-Met honors and now plays at Johns Hopkins.)
Later, junior Brendan Collins played through a broken thumb that made shooting difficult but is now healed. The sturdy 6-foot-1 midfielder committed to Notre Dame has scored a team-best 33 goals, including three in Georgetown Prep’s 8-7 overtime win at No. 4 Landon on April 20.
“We’re finally healthy,” Kevin Giblin said, “and that makes a big difference.”
The Little Hoyas are currently alone atop the IAC standings, and with wins Friday at Bullis and next Tuesday against St. Albans, they will lock up the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, which now decides the title outright with the decision to stop splitting the championship.
Paul VI senior defenseman Ethan Powley, a Duke commit, returned to the lineup in Paul VI’s 18-7 win over O’Connell on Tuesday after missing seven weeks with a broken jaw. . . . Glenelg enters the rankings after extending its Howard County winning streak to 56 games with Tuesday’s 13-2 win over Marriotts Ridge. . . . Gonzaga moved up to No. 2 in the lastest U.S. Lacrosse national poll, released Tuesday. . . . Arundel senior Logan Fate scored four goals in a 13-7 win over Chesapeake on Tuesday, helping the Wildcats bounce back from their first loss of the season last Friday against South River.
1. Gonzaga (16-2) LW: 1
2. Paul VI (15-2) LW: 3
3. Georgetown Prep (15-5) LW: 2
4. Landon (10-6) LW: 4
5. St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (11-5) LW: 5
6. South River (11-2) LW: 7
7. Arundel (12-1) LW: 8
8. DeMatha (10-6) LW: 9
9. Chantilly (13-1) LW: 10
10. Glenelg (11-2) LW: NR
Dropped Out: No. 6 St. Mary’s-Annapolis (5-8)
(Records through Tuesday)