Boys' Latin hands Yorktown 8-6 loss

Smith, Sheain figure big for Lakers in invitational

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Boys lacrosse

April 15, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The Boys' Latin lacrosse team received superb efforts from midfielder Alex Smith and goalie Trey Sheain, and yet another excellent effort from its defense in yesterday's 8-6 victory over visiting Yorktown (N.Y.) in the Boys' Latin Invitational.

The fifth-ranked Lakers (9-1), winners of five straight games, had a 14-3 advantage in faceoffs, with Smith winning 13 of those himself. After winning his 12th faceoff, Smith assisted Bobby Griebe (two goals, one assist) for an 8-5 lead with 2:52 to play.

"They were pressuring me, and I saw two men go on me and went right to the hole," said Smith, one of several players promoted from an unbeaten JV team. "Coach [Steve] Dubin was telling me before the game to look for Griebe, and I did, and he put it right in."

Sheain, who had 21 saves overall, had 12 during the first period, after which the Lakers led 1-0 despite being outshot 15-2. He stopped three of four in the second period, after which his team led 3-1. With 9:52 to play in the half, Sheain's 75-yard clear bounced to Griebe, who scooped up the ball and buried it for a 7-3 lead.

"Our defensive communication was great," Sheain said. "With us beating Severn on Thursday, and then today, it's been a decent week."

The Huskers were 0-for-9 on extra-man situations against Sheain and his defense of Navy-bound Mitch Hendler, North Carolina-bound J.J. LaSeta, Matt Feild, John Gallagher, Evan Cameron and J.R. Stahl. They often stripped the ball or forced the Huskers (4-1), winners of five state titles, to hesitate on shots or hit the pipe.

Boys' Latin's defensive game plan called for LaSeta to mark Brian Crockett (three goals) and Hendler and Stahl to alternate on Mike McCall (one assist) and Ryan Culligan (one goal). Yoni Cohen had two goals for Yorktown, which outscored the Lakers 3-2 in the fourth period.

The Huskers came within 4-3 with 5:50 left in the third period, but trailed 6-3 entering the fourth as Will Shearer and Chris Conkling (one goal, one assist) scored off assists from, respectively, Ian Loizeaux (one, one) and Mike Cheek (two, one).

Chris Watson, who will play at Johns Hopkins, and Mark Girolamo, headed for Brown, are 6-foot-3, 200-pound defenders for Yorktown. Watson is considered the nation's No. 1 defensive recruit. He carries a 4.5 grade-point average, scored 1,590 on the SAT and chose the Blue Jays over Princeton, currently the No. 1 team in Division I.

"Watson's probably gonna start at Hopkins, so it's a boost to play like we did on the same field," Hendler said.

"It's an honor to play here since we recognize their [the Lakers] league's the class in the country, but we thought playing as hard as we could would be an edge," said Watson, who had four running clears, several strips, a shot on goal and nearly assisted on a goal. "Their attack, their off-ball cuts were a little different than we're used to."

In the other game in the invitational, Jake Byrne (five goals, two assists), Brendan Healey (four goals) and Matt Ward (three goals, two assists) led Landon of Bethesda (9-1) to its ninth straight win, 13-10, over Midwest and Ohio champion Upper Arlington (4-1).

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