St. Paul's falls, 16-10, as Lakers hit 7 in row

Boys' Latin takes 42 balls off ground

Crusaders flat

April 17, 1999|By Chris Yasiejko | Chris Yasiejko,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A few things could have kept No. 3-ranked Boys' Latin from trouncing rival St. Paul's yesterday, 16-10.

Take out the Lakers' mid-game seven-goal splurge, for instance, and the No. 5 Crusaders could have emerged as victors. Disallow Boys' Latin's recovery of 42 ground balls, and maybe St. Paul's would have had a chance to follow up on a shot.

Send the Lakers' All-American attackman Dan LaMonica home, and the Crusaders wouldn't have looked as tired on defense.

But those alterations were made. And the one variable that could have changed yesterday's outcome -- St. Paul's -- didn't.

"Our kids seemed to be a step -- or two, or three -- slower today," Crusaders coach Rick Brocato said. "Their athletes were beating us to the ball, picking it up, and moving it down the field. We couldn't cash some of our shots, and we couldn't catch the ball."

The Lakers (12-1, 5-1 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) not only dominated the ground balls but also did a better job developing possessions into well-placed shots.

LaMonica, for instance, shot just four times but three were goals, and he had two assists.

"[For] a lot of what we do offensively, we really don't rely on any one person," Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver said. "And Dan's one of those special guys [who] can take advantage of a few things on his own, and I think that's what he did today."

The Crusaders (8-3, 2-3), ran nearly every late-game possession as if the ball were diseased. Unforced errors abounded, thanks largely to St. Paul's hot-potato approach to its opportunities.

"That tends to happen when you're down by five or six goals to a team like Boys' Latin," Brocato said.

The Lakers, with their seven-goal run, stole what was a relatively close game. His team ahead 7-5 with a minute-plus left till halftime, Lakers attackman Brian Nee scored unassisted. Before time expired, Jamie Daue and Jon Singer followed suit.

The barrage put Boys' Latin up 10-5 at the break, and the Lakers didn't slow during the third quarter. They scored four straight -- LaMonica twice -- to take a commanding 14-5 lead.

"That's the first time we clicked as a team," LaMonica said. "We haven't done that this year."

St. Paul's finally scored again -- after a 12-minute dry spell -- with Jay Wich completing an off-balance, 10-yard shot from the left.

The Crusaders outscored their archrivals 4-2 the rest of the way, but their goals arrived too late to alter the outcome.

Pub Date: 4/17/99

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