No. 5 Boys' Latin breaks slump, levels Severn, 18-9 Patchak assists Lakers out of offensive rut

March 30, 1996|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Throughout the early part of the season, the attack of Boys' Latin had unnerved coach Bob Shriver. Yesterday, the Lakers finally got around to frustrating their opponents.

On the strength of two six-goal runs, the No. 5 Lakers broke out of their offensive rut to blast No. 6 Severn, 18-9, yesterday at Loyola College's Curley Field in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game. Boys' Latin (4-1) had only 13 goals in its past two games.

"We worked the ball around real well out there," Boys' Latin attackman Greg Patchak said. "We stressed offense the past couple days in practice, and it paid off. We're trying to get better."

The Lakers' attack couldn't get much better than it did in the second quarter when it scored four goals and Severn took just one shot. It was a classic demonstration of ball possession with Boys' Latin controlling every faceoff and keeping the ball pinned on its offensive end with an onslaught of shots.

That domination finally cracked the Admirals (2-1) late in the second quarter.

Boys' Latin scored three goals in three minutes and Patchak's transition goal with 12 seconds remaining before halftime opened a 7-2 lead.

It's not unusual that Patchak was involved in four of the Lakers' seven first-half goals. Patchak, a junior transfer from Calvert Hall, has been the steadiest offensive threat, assisting on 10 of the Lakers' past 26 goals.

"I try to quickly move to a spot and watch for a slide," Patchak said. "I try to bait them and look for the open man on the crease. And my teammates have done a good job of catching the ball and scoring."

The accurate passing was a staple of the third quarter, when the Lakers scored eight goals.

Early in the third quarter, Peter Janney scored twice to close the deficit to 8-4.

Then Aaron Vercollone hit Ryan Mollett down the middle for an easy score. A minute later, Patchak fed David Ulrich, who scored on an over-the-shoulder shot.

On the ensuing faceoff, Patchak passed to Ian Shure, who

immediately found Ulrich for an open shot.

The scoring burst ended in another 6-0 run that put Boys' Latin ahead, 14-4, with 3: 13 left in the third quarter.

Severn did show some spark in the fourth quarter, scoring three straight against Boys' Latin's reserves to get within 15-9. Boys' Latin then closed the game by scoring the last three goals for the final margin.

"We knew coming in that we needed to get good shots," Severn coach Charley Toomey said. "It's frustrating offensively. Nobody was moving out there. It just didn't happen."

It looked like the Admirals had some luck working for them early. With 1: 19 left in the first quarter, Josh Sims grabbed a loose ball on a Boys' Latin clearing play and scored on an empty net from midfield.

Just 28 seconds later, Sims again scored to give Severn a 2-1 lead.

That's when the Lakers took over, scoring twice in the last 43 seconds and carrying the momentum into the second quarter.

"I still feel it's going to take a while offensively," Shriver said. "We did some good things out there, and we did look a lot better than the other day. I just think we can play better."

St. Mary's 23, McDonogh 2: Josh White, Jamison Mullen and Dylan Hooker each scored three goals, and Dan Marohl, Kevin Grace and Jim Hardesty added two each as top-ranked St. Mary's blew out host No. 10 McDonogh in a MIAA A Conference game yesterday.

The Saints (4-0 overall, 2-0 in the league) raced out to a 13-0 lead by the end of one period, and had 14 different players score for the game against the undermanned Eagles (5-2, 0-2).

Pub Date: 3/30/96

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