Lacrosse class was in session yesterday at No. 1-ranked Boys' Latin, where the Lakers gave No. 3 Gilman an 18-2 lesson, as Greyhounds coach John Tucker put it, "in every facet of the game."
Gilman (6-2) played evenly with the Lakers (10-0) early in the first period, but the game may have turned when the Greyhounds threw the ball out of bounds on an extra-man opportunity with 7: 03 to go in that period.
Nearly a minute later, the Lakers' All-Metro Greg Patchak (four goals, two assists) scooped a ground ball -- dropped by falling midfielder David Skeen near midfield -- and fed Tom Glatzel (three goals, four assists) cutting toward keeper Brian Nottingham (six saves) for a 1-0 lead with 6: 30 left in the period.
That was just for starters. By the time the first quarter ended, Boys' Latin was ahead, 5-0.
The Lakers scored four of their first eight goals the same way -- after ground-ball pickups within a few yards of the goal. Patchak netted two of them, and Kip Edwards buried the other one from 10 yards for a 7-0 lead with 7: 41 left in the first half.
"We have a knack for digging ground balls, and that can really make it tough on the other team," said Patchak. "A lot of their defensive mistakes were made because they were playing us so aggressively on defense."
The combined efforts of the Lakers' midfield and defense allowed the Lakers to out-shoot the Greyhounds, 13-0, over the first 10 minutes of the second quarter (27-4 for the first half) en route to a 10-0 halftime lead.
Gilman got goals from Brandon Cornes and Alex Lieske in the third period's final three minutes. But the Greyhounds could not convert an extra-man opportunity in the final two minutes of the first half because Lakers' keeper Brian Berger (eight saves) deflected a 12-yard bounced shot by All-Metro Keith Baker and blocked another by Tyler Brawner.
Pub Date: 4/16/97