After what he described as one of the biggest games of his career, Georgetown Preparatory School goalie Will Railey stood off to the side on Landon School’s turf with a few friends and took in the scene.
He just finished a nine-save performance, which helped the Little Hoyas to an 8-7 overtime win against the rival Bears, and his importance in that game, and the whole season, couldn’t be understated.
“If you look at it with a football view, being a goalie in lacrosse is like being your quarterback,” coach Kevin Giblin said. “He’s playing really well for us. He’s an emotional goalie. He’s a quiet leader for us. Emotional, but quiet. But he leads and he played really well today.”
Railey, who has committed to play for the University of Virginia, started playing goalie in fifth grade and took over as the Little Hoyas starter last season.
“He’s a big, rangy kid. He has good hand-eye coordination,” Giblin said. “He’s a little bit lazy on his outlet passes ... but as he matures and gets more and more focused, we have all the confidence in Railey. He’s a good one.”
Prep has won 11 of its last 12 games and the defense has been key to that stretch. The Hoyas allowed more than seven goals just once during that term — a 15-7 loss to Gonzaga College High School — while averaging 5.4 goals against per game.
Against Landon, Railey made an array of saves. He stopped them high and low, back-to-back, and with unconventional methods. His most important save may have been in the third quarter when he made a kick save on a shot which would have given Landon a 6-3 lead.
“This is about as good as it gets right now,” Railey said after the win. “This is probably one of the best games I’ve ever had.”
Last week couldn’t have gone much better for Winston Churchill High School senior Matt Leonard.
He started it with a nine-goal outing on April 15 against Walt Whitman High School, which set a school record. The previous mark was set by Matt Bank in 2010 with an eight-goal performance against Paint Branch High School.
“Matt Leonard put on a shooting clinic,” Churchill coach Jeff Fritz said. “He did it in all aspects of the game. He was picking corners on man-up. He did it on six-on-six. He did it in transition. He created shots by himself. He took shots on feeds and scored. He did it in every way possible and it was fun to watch. He was exceptional.”
Leonard followed that with a six-goal game on April 17 against Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and four goals on Saturday against Richard Montgomery. All told, the performances added up to a 19-goal week, which for some players is a season or even a tenure.
Leonard, who already holds records for career points and goals as a Bulldog, is also on pace to break the record for single-season goals, set by Adam Goldstein in 2002 at 56. As of Monday, Leonard had 46.
It certainly helps that Leonard, who will play at Towson University next year, is playing next to sophomore Louis Dubick. In his freshman season, Dubick set the school record for single-season assists (48), single-game assists (7), and was already fifth on the career assists list. Dubick, a University of Maryland recruit, already has 43 assists this season, which makes him Churchill’s career assists leader, and isn’t far behind Leonard in goals this year with 40. Dubick set a single-game assist record against B-CC with eight.
“My teammates are getting me the ball and I was feeling good [against Whitman],” Leonard said. “I couldn’t do it without my teammates because they’re the ones getting me the ball.”
HOW THEY RANK
1. Georgetown Prep
3. Winston Churchill
4. Thomas S. Wootton
5. Bullis Bulldogs
Thomas S. Wootton at Winston Churchill, 7 p.m. today
The top two teams in the Montgomery 4A South meet in a game which will likely decide the division winner.