There's always room for improvement -- even if you're Boys' Latin, the area's No. 1 boys lacrosse team.
Faceoffs were one focus in yesterday's 12-6 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference victory over No. 6 Calvert Hall (4-2, 2-2).
Though the visiting Lakers (8-0, 3-0) won their last game easily over No. 9 Mount St. Joseph, they had struggled off the draw, losing 11 of 21 there. Calvert Hall, in a 10-3 win, had dominated that phase of the game, 15-2, against St. Joe.
"Coach [Bob Shriver] wasn't really happy with that aspect," said midfielder J. D. Radebaugh, who teamed with Jeff Jeffers and Aaron Vercollone to win 13 of 21 faceoffs yesterday. "The difference was digging deeper and working harder."
The Lakers led, 6-0, at the half, and 9-0 with 6:58 left in the third period of yesterday's Division III outing. They've outscored three league rivals, 20-4, in the first half.
And as usual, the scoring was by committee, behind Radebaugh (three goals, one assist), Chris Turner (two, three), Brad Gilroy (two, one), Scott Hockstadt (one, two), Ian Shure (two goals), Fuller (one goal), Patrick Radebaugh (one goal) and Vercollone (one assist).
Shure (11, six), a reserve and the fourth best scorer, scored the most spectacular goal of yesterday's game for a 10-3 lead with one second left in the third period.
Starting from behind and to the left of keeper Mickey Jarboe (13 saves) with six seconds left, Shure danced around Calvert Hall's Casey Connor.
Two more steps, and he was airborne -- parallel to the ground over the crease -- faking high, then firing low past Jarboe to end the Cardinals' 3-0 run.
Greg Patchak (two goals, one assist) led Calvert Hall, followed by Bugsy Combs (two goals) and Jerry Schiavino and Dave Federline each with a goal.
"We tried to slow them down with a slow-tempo offense, but we ran with them too much, and they blew us off the field," said Patchak.
Erik Fitez, John Glatzel, Ward Smith and Jason Quenzer quieted Cardinals attackman Alex Borcz (one assist) and midfielder Ryan Lachowicz.