In a matchup that could be a prelude to the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference title game, No. 3 Boys' Latin defeated top-ranked Loyola yesterday, 7-6.
Meanwhile, No. 2 St. Mary's defeated No. 5 Severn, 8-4, to move into a tie with the Dons.
Boys' Latin attackman Gene Lower scored three goals, the last with 5 minutes, 21 seconds left, to give the Lakers a 7-5 lead over Loyola (3-1, 3-1) and control of the game.
"I think we wore them out," Lower said. "In the past we had a lot of opportunities to win games, but we got tired late. Today, the difference was a lot of hustle on our part."
ZTC Late in the game, the Dons' fatigue showed, as they began losing ground balls and had trouble connecting on passes.
"We didn't play very well," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden. Boys' Latin (8-1, 3-1) "kept up the zone and kept the long sticks up, and we couldn't complete any passes. You've got to give [the Lakers] all the credit for hustling to get ground balls."
Another difference came in goal, where Boys' Latin's Steve Bassford stopped 15 shots, including 12 in the second half. Bassford helped hold off a charging Loyola squad that outshot the Lakers, 11-4, in the third quarter.
At Severn, the Admirals' plan to shut off Rob Chomo and David Jones of St. Mary's backfired on the field. Attackman Chomo and midfielder Jones were quiet, but lesser-known players stepped forward to boost St. Mary's (7-1, 3-1) over the Admirals.
Severn (12-3) fell to 1-3 in the league. Last year's MSA runner-up is in danger of not making the playoffs, and a big reason for that is the performance of the lesser lights for St. Mary's.
Sophomore midfielder Kevin Reichardt scored his first two goals this year, and junior midfielders Rob Tobin and Kip Gendell combined for three more.
Defenseman Andrew Woerner started for Todd Harrison, who is out for the season with a torn ligament, and led a defense that blanked Severn over the last 25 minutes. And Chris Overend won six straight faceoffs as St. Mary's rallied from a 4-2 deficit with six straight goals.
"We had the chance to put them away, but didn't. Then they totally dominated play and ball possession in the second half," said Severn coach Peter Trau. "They beat us to every ground ball, and there's no excuse for that."
Saints coach Jim Moorhead said, "Any team that shuts off Chomo and Jones, thinking the others can't score, is making a mistake."
Elsewhere in the MSA A Conference, Chris Macon scored five goals to lead No. 8 Gilman (5-2, 2-2) to a 6-5 upset of No. 4 St. Paul's (6-2, 2-2). Mike Watson led St. Paul's with two goals.