Boys' Latin, showing the poise and a finishing touch it lacked Tuesday against St. Paul's, weathered a Calvert Hall rally in the second half to defeat the visiting Cardinals, 10-5, yesterday.
Kevin Lutz scored five goals, Mark LaVerghetta assisted on three, and goalie Steve Bassford made 12 saves, as the Lakers moved within a game of the championship in Division II of the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference.
Top-ranked Boys' Latin (11-1, 6-1 league) can claim the title and the home-field advantage in the playoffs by winning at Mount St. Joseph on Tuesday. The Lakers already have beaten Division I-leading and defending MSA A champion Loyola.
Tuesday, Boys' Latin blew a 5-2 lead and just got by St. Paul's, 6-5, on Andy Sharretts' last-second goal. "We showed absolutely, positively no poise on offense," coach Bob Shriver said then.
Yesterday, the Lakers built leads of 7-0 and 8-1, and No. 3 Calvert Hall (8-5, 3-4) rallied to 8-4 with just over 12 minutes left. But, this time, the Lakers quickly regrouped.
Defenseman Stan Ross converted Chris Krastel's fast-break feed for one goal, and Lutz made a superb move to roll inside of Brian Yates for another and a 10-5 lead.
"We played a great first half, but this is the MSA. You never know what will happen," Shriver said. "Calvert Hall played hard the whole game and made that run. But our guys hung in there."
Loyola 7, Gilman 5
In their first meeting of the season, three weeks ago, it was Loyola's offense that led to a 9-2 win against Gilman. Yesterday, in their second encounter, the Dons' defense stole the show.
Despite being outshot (11-7 in the fourth quarter, 25-23 for the game) and beaten badly on ground balls (32-25), visiting Loyola (6-1, 6-1) used swarming defensive pressure in the fourth quarter to hold off the Greyhounds (5-5, 2-5) in an MSA A Conference game.
Loyola coach Joe McFadden said: "With as many fouls as we had called against us, and as many ground balls as they beat us to, it was our defense that kept us in it."