McDonogh sophomore goalkeeper Rob Scherr made a career-high 29 saves yesterday, but they weren't enough as No. 1-ranked Boys' Latin rallied in the second half and claimed an 11-4 victory.
With the win, the Lakers' 12th straight, Boys' Latin clinched its division title and earned a first-round bye in the nearing Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs.
"I think, ultimately, we just wore them down in the second half," said Lakers coach Bob Shriver. "The 11 goals we scored isn't bad, but what I like even more is the fact that we only gave up four."
The defenses dominated in first half, which ended with the visiting Lakers' leading just 2-0.
Sixth-ranked McDonogh cut the lead to one early in the second half when sophomore Owen Daly ducked under Ryan Mollett and bounced a shot past goalie Brian Berger (13 saves). It was the closest the Eagles would get.
Ian Shure made sure of that, scoring all three of his goals and recording one of his three assists during the pivotal third quarter, during which the Lakers controlled seven of nine faceoffs and ran out to an 8-2 lead.
"Boys' Latin is obviously the No. 1 team in the area," said McDonogh coach Jake Reed, whose team is still battling St. Mary's for a playoff spot. "I felt good about our effort, and our defense played well, but we still lost."
The Eagles (12-4, 3-4) kept the chilled crowd in the game by scoring two goals in a 47-second span early in the fourth quarter. Ryan Floyd initiated the short-lived run when he fed Daly from behind the cage for an empty-net goal and Bob Benson, another sophomore, ended it when he converted a pass from Floyd with 7: 47 remaining.
Boys' Latin (12-0, 8-0), not wishing to be outdone, closed out the game with three unanswered goals, the first two coming on assists from Shure and the final one from Hopkins to Mark Krastel.
In the first half, McDonogh defenders Matt Ward, Marcus Webb, Evan Weinberg and Joe Rosenbaum frustrated the Lakers' attack. Aaron Vercollone finally broke the scoreless deadlock when he put one by Scherr with 1: 51 left in the first quarter.
Boys' Latin, which had outscored its last two opponents, Gilman and Calvert Hall, 49-12, had to wait another 11 minutes for its second goal. Greg Patchak (two goals) took the honor on an assist from Hopkins (one, two) with just over three minutes left in the half.
"We gave them a run for their money in the first half," said Scherr, one of eight sophomores in the Eagles' starting lineup. I think now we know we can play with anyone."
Pub Date: 4/24/97