Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver said that, at times yesterday, his Lakers and host Calvert Hall spent much time waiting for something to happen. Eventually, the Lakers made enough happen to score a victory.
Gene Lower scored two key goals and had an assist and goalie Steve Bassford made 11 saves to lead fourth-ranked Boys' Latin to a 6-4 victory over seventh-ranked Calvert Hall in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference game.
Boys' Latin (5-0, 2-0) used clutch goals and strong defense to hold off Calvert Hall (1-1, 1-1).
The Lakers blanked the Cardinals for 14:53, from early in the second quarter until late in the third. During that time, the Lakers scored three times for a 5-2 lead.
"We made saves, and we made good defensive plays when we had to," said Shriver. "Offensively . . . we were a little bit tentative. [Lower] did a great job."
Lower sparked the three-goal run. His extra-man goal -- off a pass from Kevin Bryan (one goal, two assists) -- with 3:44 left in the first half gave the Lakers the lead for good at 3-2. Then, with 1:04 left, he was isolated on, and then beat, a Cardinals defender to score from in close.
Lower started the second half the same way. He beat a Calvert Hall defender one-on-one and passed to David Pollock, who scored for a 5-2 lead with 7:34 left in the third quarter.
Peter Hilgartner led Calvert Hall with three goals and one assist. Tim Kearney added two assists.
Hilgartner's final goal, with 8:02 left in the game, cut the margin to 5-4, but Bassford made some big saves to keep the Lakers in front.
Matt Proutt scored off an assist by Bryan with 5:21 left to put the game out of reach. Mark LaVerghetta scored the other Lakers goal.
Calvert Hall's offense struggled often in its search for good shots against the stingy Lakers defense, led by Bart Roskovich. Calvert Hall got plenty of shots -- 25 -- but could not find many good ones.
Calvert Hall coach Mike Thomas said Boys' Latin is "good. They're where they are because of what they do. Our inexperience [eight new starters] really showed."