Two of the biggest lacrosse games of the season will be played today and tomorrow. The two division leaders in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference put their unbeaten records on the line today when No. 1 St. Paul's (6-0, 5-0 Div. I) travels to No. 3 Boys' Latin (9-0, 5-0, Div. II) at 3:45 p.m.
Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Baltimore County's two best lacrosse programs and two of its biggest rivals, No. 10 Towson (8-0) and No. 8 Dulaney (6-0), meet for the first time in two years in a non-league affair at Towson State.
Today's A Conference contest offers a classic matchup of offense (St. Paul's) against defense (Boys' Latin).
The Crusaders, the defending conference champs, have 70 goals this season. The veteran attack of junior Michael Watson (21 goals, eight assists) and seniors Tim Whiteley (15, 14) and Rob Bouse (11, 6) lead the way.
However, coach Mitch Whiteley says the contributions of his defense should not be ignored.
"It's a very, very good defense," he said. "Usually our offense gets a lot of the play, but our defense has done a heck of a job. I think our goalie [Tom Keratzes] is one of the best around."
The starting defense has two juniors -- Patrick Doyle and Mac McCulloch and one senior -- Randolph Roulette.
Still, Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver knows the key to stopping St. Paul's is stopping its high-powered offense, which is triggered by its transition.
"Obviously we have to shut down their attack or try as best as we can," he said. "I don't think you can ever shut someone down, but you can limit somebody from having a great day. You look at their games and it seems like one of them is always exploding. If we see that no one explodes, that would give us a legitimate shot."
Goalie Steve Bassford and defensemen Matt Ryan, Bart Roskovich, Jim Walls and Todd Quenzer will have that task.
Three former football coaches from the Baltimore area were inducted into the Maryland High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the University of Maryland Friday night.
The inductees were Bud Coakley, who coached at Havre de Grace and Edgewood from 1952 to 1979, compiling a record of 149-49; the late Al Laramore, (Annapolis, 1965 to 1988, 156-67-2) and Joe Papetti (Glen Burnie and South River, 1964 to 1988, 157-85-3).
In addition, the Jerry Mears Special Service Award was presented to Mel Filler, who has been an active member in the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation, and held assistant coaching postions at Calvert Hall, John Carroll and City College.
Notable performances last week: Baseball -- Oakland Mills left-hander Jason Kane won three games with one complete-game victory, coming on in relief to throw three shutout innings and starting another game with four shutout innings. In the three games he totaled 14 innings, 12 hits, 12 strikeouts and allowed just two earned runs. . . . In two wins and a loss, Mount St. Joseph's Rich Bratisch was 6-for-11 with a home run, a double, four runs scored, two RBI and three outfield assists. . . . Patterson's Gary Burrows paced the Clippers to three wins with a five-inning no-hitter against Walbrook and also was 6-for-8 with five runs, one home run, two doubles and eight RBI. . . . Southwestern's Robert Myers won two games, striking out 14 in each.
Softball -- Glenelg's Jodi Kielman paced her team to three wins with nine hits in 12 at-bats that included a home run, a double, two triples, 10 RBI and six steals. . . . Towson's Jessica Owens helped the Generals to a 3-0 record last week with two shutouts, striking out 23 over 18 innings, going 5-for-9 with a home run, seven runs and seven RBI. . . . Archbishop Spalding's Kim Sheridan pitched a no-hitter and a three-hitter, striking out 28 in the two games and also went 11-for-16 with seven runs and seven RBI. . . . Aberdeen's Rachel Cassady struck out 47 in four games and also drove in five runs with two doubles and two triples. . . . C.M. Wright's Jen Lewis won three games, striking out 19 over 21 innings and not allowing an earned run.
Track and field -- North County's Sam Lomax was chosen the outstanding athlete at the Knights Invitational at North County after winning the 400- and 800-meter runs. . . . Westminster's Stephanie Morningstar posted the area's best time this season (2:17.3) in the 800-meter run at the North County Invitational. She also won the 1,600-meter run in 5:26.3 and was a member of Westminster's winning 3,200-meter relay team that finished in 10:22. . . . Poly senior Tramont Evans won two events at the Eddie P. Hurt Invitational. He posted an area-best 14.6 in the 110-meter hurdles and won the 300-meter hurdles in 38.6.
Girls lacrosse -- Joppatowne's Crissy Maly had 15 goals and eight assists in two wins and a loss. .