Boys' Latin gets revenge by pounding Gilman, 18-9 Lakers make amends for '95 losses to Greyhounds

April 13, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Greg Patchak wasn't with Boys' Latin last season when Gilman handed the Lakers their only two losses -- the most painful coming in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference Championship.

But the Calvert Hall transfer was there yesterday to help the Lakers exact revenge from the two-time defending champion Greyhounds. Patchak scored two goals and assisted on five others and fellow juniors Aaron Vercollone and Ian Shure tallied five goals and one assist each as visiting and No. 5 Boys' Latin pounded third-ranked Gilman, 18-9.

"Playing football this year really helped me understand the rivalry between these two schools," said Patchak, the Lakers' leading scorer with 13 goals and a whopping 28 assists. "We knew we were the better team today and we knew we had the better skills. All we had to do is put it together for the whole game and we did it. We're starting something real special right here."

The Lakers didn't wait long to show they meant business. Vercollone won the opening faceoff, dished off to Shure, and finished the give-and-go six seconds into the contest.

Chase Martin tied the game at 3 on the first of his three goals, but Boys' Latin reeled off the next six goals, including one on a dazzling back-handed shot by Shure.

Gilman (6-2) pulled to within five when Lawson DeFries (two goals) muscled his way in for an unassisted goal with 6: 16 left in the first quarter, but the Greyhounds, who trailed 10-4 at the half, never got any closer.

"We wanted to come out, put it together and kill this team," said Vercollone, who connected on his first four shots. "We were really pumped for the game. We know a lot of people on Gilman and we wanted to show them who is boss."

Boys' Latin (6-2, 3-2), which has to play four games next week, had been struggling on faceoffs this season, but the Lakers didn't seem to have a problem with them yesterday as they won 21 of 31.

Brian Berger, who took over in goal when Jake Hunter went down with a back injury, made his fifth start of the season for Boys' Latin and came up with 10 saves, including a couple momentum-busters.

Ryan Mollett was one of seven juniors who provided all of the goals for Boys' Latin. Mollett finished with three goals and one assist and Tom Glatzel, Kip Edwards and James Watson-Gailbraith each had a goal.

As tempting as it may have been, Lakers coach Bob Shriver insists he didn't use last season's defeats as motivation.

"Believe it or not, we never even brought it up, and maybe that was good," said Shriver, who had the task of replacing 18 players this season. "You remember that stuff. You're not human if you don't."

Gilman, which must now prepare to host No. 2 St. Paul's on Tuesday, trailed 14-5 at one point but showed some heart by rallying for three goals late in the third quarter.

"Right from the get-go they wanted it a lot more than us. It was all a matter of heart and hustle," said Martin. "They had a great team last year and we wanted it a lot more than they did, and this year they came to our home field and they stuck it to us real well."

Pub Date: 4/13/96

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