Georgetown Prep’s Bobby Gribbin might have been the only one at Landon on Saturday afternoon who doubted he’d get the ball on the Little Hoyas’ first possession of overtime in the Interstate Athletic Conference final.
But when teammate Cory Dobyns fed him a pass as he came open cutting across the field, the senior do-everything midfielder didn’t disappoint. Gribbin ripped in a high shot as he fell with a defender in tow to give Georgetown Prep a 7-6 overtime win against the top-seeded Bears.
“It was unbelievable,” Gribbin said. “I actually didn’t see it going in because I fell down. When I saw everyone’s reaction, I was just kind of struck for a second. It just felt great.”
Behind Gribbin (two goals, one assist) and Dobyns (three goals, two assists), the Little Hoyas surged back from a three-goal, third-quarter deficit to take a late lead. They clinched their fourth tournament title in seven seasons two minutes into overtime. Thanks to a new rule placing more importance on the tournament, Georgetown Prep — which finished third in the regular season — claimed the outright conference championship with the victory.
Landon (19-3) came out sharp on its home field, scoring the game’s first three goals and holding the Little Hoyas to just one shot on goal in the first half. But after Peter Laco’s goal with 2:37 left in the third quarter put the Bears up 5-2, Georgetown Prep (18-3) took charge.
Dobyns scored a pair of quick goals and Gribbin — played tough throughout by Maryland-bound defenseman Kellen Miller — added a nifty goal on a leaping shot to tie it midway through the fourth quarter. Joel Blockowicz’s tally with 2:45 left gave the Little Hoyas their first lead at 6-5 before Laco scored his third goal to send it to overtime.
After Landon failed to get a shot on the first possession of the extra period, Georgetown Prep Coach Kevin Giblin — eager to get his best player a touch — opted for a simple play called “Carolina” that Gribbin said was the first one he learned after joining the varsity squad three years ago.
Landon defended it well, but Gribbin, who will play at Penn State, found just enough room to get off his shot and end the game, setting off a wild celebration.
“This is our last game together, I’m not going to not throw a pass just because the window is small.” said Dobyns, a Drexel signee. “I knew that if I put it on his stick, it was going to be a goal.”
Last season the Little Hoyas watched as the Bears celebrated a come-from-behind tournament title on their North Bethesda campus. Saturday’s late-game heroics ensured they could repay the favor, snapping Landon’s 18-game winning streak in the process.
It was the third straight season that the loser of the rivals’ regular-season contest won the tournament meeting.
“Look at this, it’s just great,” Dobyns said, gesturing at his celebrating teammates. “When Bobby scored I just stood there for a second and was like ‘Woah, we just got that. This is how we ended it.’ ”