Boys' Latin starts fast, dominates St. Mary's

Nee scores six in 17-3 pounding of Saints

Boys lacrosse

May 06, 2000|By Rich Scherr | By Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

What began as a showdown between two Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association lacrosse powers yesterday quickly turned into a showcase for third-ranked Boys' Latin.

The host Lakers scored the game's first six goals and nine of the first 10 en route to a 17-3 pounding of fourth-ranked St. Mary's in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Attackman Brian Nee scored a game-high six goals and attackman Dan LaMonica added a goal and four assists for Boys' Latin (14-3 overall, 10-3 MIAA), which avenged March's 11-5 loss to the Saints in Annapolis.

"We just played a great lacrosse game," said Lakers coach Bob Shriver. "We played great defense, got the ball on the ground and cleared the ball great, then our offense was on fire."

Even with the loss, however, the Saints still backed into a spot in next week's MIAA playoffs when Gilman beat Calvert Hall, 13-5. They will open with Loyola, while the Lakers, who had already secured a playoff berth, will face either Severn or McDonogh, both on Tuesday.

Though it was a crucial game for St. Mary's, Boys' Latin dominated from start to finish.

Led by Nee, LaMonica, and fellow attackmen Dan Berger (three goals) and Chris Sutton (two), the Lakers took a 6-0 lead in the first 17:21, and never let up.

All told, nine different players scored for Boys' Latin, which controlled the ball most of the game despite losing a majority of the face-offs.

Players said it was a far cry from the earlier loss to the Saints, in which the Lakers were missing standout defenders Mitch Hendler and Chris Brown, and never got on track on either side of the field.

"We came out fired up this time," said Nee, who added two assists. "We knew it was the last regular-season game - homecoming, with all the alumni. We just wanted to put on a good show for them."

St. Mary's (10-6, 7-6), which got goals from Justin Mullen, Joe Thompson and Tom Gateau, was never in contention.

"I have no idea what happened, to be honest," said Thompson. "We came out looking to win. We knew we could get into the playoffs if we won, but we didn't step up."

For the Lakers, it was a confidence-builder heading into the playoffs. Shriver said his squad is a different team than it was at the beginning of this season.

For players, it's a sign of good things to come.

"We're peaking at the right time," said Nee.

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