If Boys' Latin plans to handle every pivotal matchup against its Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference opponents the way it handled Calvert Hall yesterday, it will be a long season for the rest of the conference.
The second-ranked Lakers raced to a 6-0 halftime lead and finished with a 12-1 victory at Calvert Hall.
Boys' Latin (5-0) dominated the third-ranked Cardinals (2-1) in the league opener for the two Division II opponents. The Lakers outshot the Cardinals, 30-10, and held a 10-7 advantage in faceoffs.
In the first half, the Lakers outshot the Cardinals, 17-3, although each team won four faceoffs. In the second half, Boys' Latin controlled faceoffs, 6-3.
"We were really pumped from last year's game because we lost to them in the last few seconds and it knocked us out of the playoffs," said Lakers senior attackman Kevin Lutz, who led the balanced offense with three goals and an assist.
"We moved the ball real well on offense, just perfect," Lutz said.
Mark Laverghetta added two goals and an assist, and Chris McGhay and Gene Lower each added two goals for the Lakers.
Midfielders McGhay and Ryan Smith out-dueled Calvert Hall's much heralded faceoff specialist Tony Nugent and Tom Welsch.
"It's always been something [faceoffs] that has really hurt us a lot," said Boys' Latin coach Bobby Shriver. "Tony [Nugent] has done such a good job over the years, it's always been something that has killed us."
Nugent did have one stretch in the second quarter when he came up with three straight faceoffs, but all three followed Boys' Latin goals and Calvert Hall lost possession on each without getting off a shot.
"It's really frustrating you when you work hard on the faceoff and come out with it but you don't create something," Nugent said. "It really gets our emotion down."
Lakers goalie Steve Bassford also did a good job of frustrating the Cardinals. The few times Calvert Hall was able to get anything going on offense Bassford made a save.
He stopped two of Calvert Hall's three shots in the first half and stopped two of seven in the third quarter (the only period the Cardinals outshot the Lakers, 7-5). He finished with six saves.
"They [Calvert Hall] had a little trouble catching and throwing, and once things started going south, we were able to keep the pressure on," Shriver said. "We did a good job on defense the whole game, and when they did take a shot, Steve was standing in the goal to knock it down."