After enduring six overtime periods in his past two Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association games, Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver was looking for a game in which he could relax a little in the fourth quarter.
Yesterday, he found it, as his No. 5 Lakers beat No. 7 Calvert Hall, 7-2, in an MIAA A Conference Division II game.
The win -- Boys' Latin's second this week over a Division II foe -- put the Lakers (8-1, 2-1) in a tie for first place in the division with Mount St. Joseph, a 4-3 winner over McDonogh yesterday.
Calvert Hall (3-2) dropped to 1-2 in Division II.
The top two teams from each of the MIAA's three divisions make the playoffs, and the fight for the two postseason spots from Division II is shaping up as the toughest.
"It's a brutal league, and it was nice not having to go into overtime again," said Shriver, whose Lakers lost to Loyola in four overtimes last week and beat Mount St. Joseph in two overtimes on Tuesday. "Plus, we got two divisional wins this week, and that's important with the way the playoffs work this year."
The Lakers got off to a fast start, as goals by junior attackmen Chris Turner and John Fuller gave them a 2-0 lead after 2:56.
Junior attackman Scott Hochstadt made it 3-0 on an unassisted goal with 3:12 left in the first quarter.
Steve Preis put the Cardinals on the board with an unassisted goal with 1:50 left, but Turner scooped up a loose ball in front of the Calvert Hall goal and put it past goalie Strider Dickson to push the lead back to three as the period ended.
Just when a rout seemed imminent, the Calvert Hall defense tightened and prevented Boys' Latin from getting a shot off in the second period.
The Cardinals pulled to 4-2 on a goal by Carey Taylorson with 3:38 left in the first half.
"I wasn't real happy with the way we were playing in the first half, but a lot of that had to do with Calvert Hall," said Shriver. "Sometimes, it seems to take us too long to wake up."
But the Lakers were wide awake in the second half and outscored the Cardinals 3-0.
Calvert Hall opened the second half with two penalties, and Boys' Latin capitalized. Hochstadt and Ned Webster scored extra-man goals in the first five minutes of the third quarter to give the Lakers a 6-2 lead.
Junior defenseman Jason Quenzer put the exclamation point on the victory with the only goal of the fourth quarter on an assist from Turner with 3:05 left.
"We came out a little slow, but in the second half, we really got into a groove," said Hochstadt.