Most of the headlines have been reserved for No. 1 St. Paul's and No. 2 Loyola in the first month of the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference lacrosse season.
But No. 3 Boys' Latin might be playing the best lacrosse in the 10-team league.
The Lakers so thoroughly dominated Loyola in an 8-5 victory yesterday that it is hard to imagine how any team could play any better.
The defensive-minded Lakers were never in serious trouble, building a 5-1 lead at halftime and raising that advantage to 8-3 at the end of the third quarter at Loyola.
Even a perfectionist like Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver said his bTC team was close to perfect on defense and had only a few lapses on offense.
"We rotated our defensemen around and never gave them much of a chance to get into their offense," Shriver said. "Todd Quenzer and Matt Ryan were superb on defense, and Steve Bassford had a strong day in the goal."
Quenzer and Ryan took high-scoring Brad Hoag and Bill Evans out of their rhythm so much in the first half that it was hard to tell if these two players were even on the field.
Loyola took only one shot in the second quarter.
The Dons had trouble staying on their feet at times, as well as coming up with ground balls, catching and passing the ball.
"We looked like we never played before," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden, who gave his team a 10-minute lecture in the locker room after the game. "They pushed us and shoved us all over the field. We can play better than that, even though we are on spring break. There was a lack of intensity until we screamed at them, and that only brought temporary results."
Shriver said: "Loyola was tentative. Sometimes it's hard to get these kids to come off spring break and play well."
In the fourth quarter, when Loyola was trying to regain some lost pride, Bassford made five straight saves to keep the Dons from drawing closer than three goals.
Senior attackman Gene Lower had four goals and one assist to lead the Lakers, and senior attackman Mark LaVerghetta contributed two goals and one assist.
Boys' Latin defenseman Bart Roskovich scored a spectacular goal late in the first quarter when he threw the ball three-quarters of the length of the field and it caromed off a couple of players and went into the net.