Georgetown Prep Coach Kevin Gilblin has led the Little Hoyas to at least a share of eight Interstate Athletic Conference titles in his 26 years at the school. (Doug Kapustin/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

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.

The Post Top 10

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)

Bubble: Churchill (11-0), St. Mary’s Ryken (12-5), Spalding (11-8)

(Records through Tuesday)

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