Conkling lifts Boys' Latin in 2nd OT, 8-7

Shot past cousin hands No. 2 Loyola second loss

Boys lacrosse

April 12, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Boys' Latin's defense was able to hold off Loyola's attack long enough to give midfielder Chris Conkling the chance to be the double-overtime hero.

Conkling, parked at the right side of the cage with 1: 04 left in the second four-minute period, tucked home a rebound to give the No. 5-ranked Lakers an 8-7 win over the No. 2 Dons yesterday afternoon at Loyola's Hargaden Field.

The Lakers improved to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference. Loyola (7-2) had opened the season with a double-overtime loss to St. Mary's before running off seven straight wins going into yesterday's game.

The Dons had overtime chances to make it eight in a row, but Boys' Latin's senior goalkeeper, Ryan Lafferty (12 saves), was at his best then, and Conkling did the rest.

The Lakers won possession with 2: 15 left and took four shots before Conkling beat his cousin, Dons goalie Trae Rodgers (solid throughout with 13 saves), with a shot high to the opposite side.

"That was the first time we had the ball in overtime," said Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver. "We weathered a lot of storms, with [Lafferty] coming up with some big saves and some other good defensive stands. And then Chris made a great play. It was a great high school lacrosse game, and I'm just glad we got the win."

Loyola, which got a three-goal effort from Austin Rodgers, took two-goal leads twice in a first half that ended tied at 4.

One goal separated the teams the rest of the way, with Loyola needing a goal from Owen Mulford (two goals, one assist) with 3: 37 left in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

The Lakers were down a man for 1: 40 of the first four-minute overtime, with Lafferty turning back two shots from Andy White and one from Rodgers.

In the second overtime, Loyola's Phil Grillo sent a shot that almost squirted past Lafferty before Conkling made the most of his chance.

"It was a great game," said Loyola coach John Tucker, "almost a playoff-like atmosphere. We just made too many mistakes to win. But it's still early, and I'm proud of the effort the kids gave me."

No. 12 Hereford 8, Towson 7: Senior Matt Curtis scored with 2: 21 left to give the visiting Bulls (6-0) the come-from-behind victory over the Generals (4-2).

Hereford got three goals from Kris Davis. Fritz Eisenbrandt led Towson with four goals.

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