Boys' Latin controls game and Mount St. Joseph, 6-3 Boys lacrosse

April 28, 1993|By John Coffren | John Coffren,Contributing Writer

Both No. 3 Boys' Latin (8-2, 6-2) and No. 7 Mount St. Joseph (7-3, 3-3) have one thing in common. They both lost to St. Mary's. The similarities end there.

An aggressive, division-leading Lakers squad out-muscled and out-hustled host Mount St. Joseph, 6-3, in an MSA A Conference Division II game at Xaverian Field. Boys' Latin remains two games ahead of Mount St. Joseph and 1 1/2 games ahead of St. Mary's.

"Boys' Latin did a great job of beating us in every facet of the game," said Gaels coach Drew Bowden. "They played smarter defense, scooped up more ground balls and controlled the midfield. It's difficult to win when you lose in that many categories."

Boys' Latin won eight of 11 faceoffs to control the midfield, picked up 14 ground balls and outshot the Gaels 20-14. Senior defenseman Todd Quenzer stripped Gaels attackmen and broke up passes to keep the action on Mount St. Joseph's end of the field.

Junior attackman Mike Harrison led the Lakers' offense. With 4:27 left in the first quarter, sophomore attackman Scott Hochstadt's touch pass to junior attackman Harrison gave Boys' Latin a 1-0 lead.

At 8:55 in the second quarter, fast-breaking senior midfielder Matt Proutt stole a pass and fed Hochstadt downfield. Hochstadt's sidearm shot from the top of the crease gave the Lakers a 2-0 lead.

Junior midfielder Barry Williard scored on an assist from senior midfielder Andy Sharretts 2:12 later for a 3-0 lead.

Mount St. Joseph's offense woke up at 1:52 in the second. Sophomore midfielder Jason Newman stole a pass at midfield, and, one pass later, senior attack Matt Hipszer scored an overhand shot from the crease to cut the Boys' Latin lead to 3-1.

Boys' Latin reasserted its control late in the third quarter behind sophomore attackman John Fuller. Fuller scored unassisted at 4:05 and again with 1:53 on an assist from senior Proutt, his second of the day.

Harrison scored the Lakers' final goal with 9:46 left in the fourth before Mount St. Joseph put together a two-goal attack late in the game.

Senior midfielder Maury LaPointe, who had been triple-teamed for most of the game, broke free and found Hipszer at the 5:00 mark for a 6-2 score.

Sophomore midfielder Jason Newman scored the final goal of the game on an assist from freshman midfielder Mark LaChapelle with 1:17.

"We worked on riding live balls, like off a save," said Boys' Latin head coach Bob Shriver. "It's a big part of our game. We made a couple of good plays, and when we got up on them 3-0, it took something out of them."

He added, "With five games left, we're just looking to get to the playoffs."

Boys' Latin has made eight playoff appearances since 1984.

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