McDonogh ends 2 lost decades, tops Lakers, 18-12 Primm's 5 lead Eagles as Boys' Latin loses 3rd

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March 28, 1998|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

In years past, McDonogh aspired to play with the top teams of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. Now, the Eagles find themselves part of the league's elite.

Matt Primm scored five goals, and four other Eagles recorded multiple-goal games as No. 4-ranked McDonogh outgunned visiting No. 5 Boys' Latin, 18-12, yesterday for its first victory over the Lakers in more than two decades.

McDonogh (4-1), which didn't win an MIAA game from 1992-94, also scored its most goals in a league game in coach Jake Reed's six years at the school.

"We've been waiting for this for a long time," Primm said. "Everyone has talked over the years that the next year is going to be it. Well, this year is it. We had to step up."

Boys' Latin (4-3), the defending MIAA A Conference champion, lacked aggressiveness on defense and spotted the Eagles a 4-0 lead in the game's first 5 1/2 minutes. The Lakers cut the lead to two only twice and never reduced the deficit under five goals the entire second half.

"We tried to convince the guys that McDonogh was a good team," said Lakers coach Bob Shriver, who lost 22 players, including 10 starters from last year's team. "McDonogh has been together seven or eight years, and it shows. We've been together four weeks -- and it shows."

The Eagles scored on four of their first six shots to go ahead 4-0 with 6: 39 left in the first quarter.

After the Lakers scored their first goal, McDonogh answered 42 seconds later when Primm converted an uncontested, 5-yard shot in the middle of the defense.

Boys' Latin made its only run in the second quarter, going on a 5-1 spurt to make it 7-5 just three minutes into the period. But McDonogh reeled off three straight goals in the final 3: 47 of the half to pull ahead 12-7.

"Offensively, we were moving, shooting, running and cutting out there," said Reed, whose attackmen combined for 10 goals and seven assists. "A lot of teams have tried to overplay our attack, but you can't do that now."

McDonogh coasted in the second half, content to maintain possession. The Eagles showed patience at the end, keeping the ball in their offensive end the final 3: 20.

"We have the discipline this year to play with these teams," Primm said. "We were passing the ball and being unselfish out there. We were really playing like a team."

Pub Date: 3/28/98

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