Boys' Latin builds up big lead, rolls by Dulaney

Defensive problems hurt Lions in 13-5 defeat

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April 29, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Boys' Latin lacrosse team took advantage of host Dulaney's defensive problems yesterday, building a big early lead and romping to a 13-5 triumph.

Boys' Latin is now 12-3 overall, 8-3 and second in the A Conference of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and has qualified for the playoffs for the 15th time in the last 17 years.

"We're quite proud of that mark," said coach Bob Shriver.

The No. 4 Lakers jumped on No. 11 Dulaney's early man-to-man defense for a 3-0 advantage. Before the Lions could get their zone defense functioning properly, the Lakers had four more goals and a 7-0 lead.

"When they went into a zone, it slowed us down a lot," said Shriver. "But I'll take a lot of the blame for that; we haven't practiced much against a zone."

With Dan Lamonica triggering Boys' Latin's attack from behind the Dulaney goal, the Lions were left shell-shocked early. Lamonica assisted with pinpoint passes on three of his team's first five goals, then scored one himself to put the Lakers up, 6-0, at the quarter.

The six goals were registered on just nine shots. From then on, the teams were fairly even.

Dulaney, with Bryant Will and Bret Barrow a match for anyone when it comes to putting shots on goal, staged a 4-4 standoff with the Lakers over the next two periods. The Lions had the better of it on faceoffs and rooting out ground balls most of the day.

"Like I told our kids after we got off to that good start, `This isn't going to be easy.' Dulaney has a very solid offense," said Shriver. "But maybe getting up like that early hurt us. We were pretty sloppy."

Dan Berger scored on Boys' Latin's second shot inside the first two minutes and liked the feeling so much, he doubled back and scored his team's third goal two minutes later.

Brian Nee, restricted to man-advantage duty due to injury, scored the fourth goal, and Mike Laird scored his second goal and the team's fifth after just seven minutes of play.

Berger had a hat trick moments into the second quarter before Will found the mark twice for Dulaney on whistling left-handed shots. The Lakes led at intermission, 8-2, outshooting the Lions by a 2-1 margin.

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