Strong second half sends Boys' Latin to 17-8 victory

Cheek, O'Shaughnessy pace Lakers offense

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 22, 2001|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver was clearly upset with his team's sluggish start in the first half of the Lakers' 17-8 win over visiting and sixth-ranked Dulaney.

"We hadn't played in a while, and it showed in the first half," Shriver said. "We just weren't in any kind of rhythm."

Whatever Shriver said to the No. 4 Lakers at halftime certainly worked, as Boys' Latin scored the first 10 goals of the second half to blow open a closely contested game.

Mike Cheek led the Lakers with four goals. Blake O'Shaughnessy added two goals and two assists. Kyle Batton had three goals to lead Dulaney (4-2).

While the Lakers' offense was coming to life to begin the third quarter, Boys' Latin's defense held the Lions scoreless until the 5:41 mark of the fourth quarter.

"We had a great third quarter," Shriver said. "Dulaney played a good first half, and they caught us a little out of sync. We had to pick up our tempo and we did."

Boys' Latin (9-1) took a 4-1 lead on O'Shaughnessy's goal 10:16 into the game, but the Lions scored three of the next five goals to cut the lead to 6-4. Ryan Walterhofer's goal at the 10:53 mark gave the Lakers a 7-4 lead just before the half.

The Lions needed to come out aggressively in the third quarter, and Dulaney started the second half with several good chances, but could not solve Lakers goalie Trey Sheain.

Meanwhile, Boys' Latin's offense was finally finding a rhythm. O'Shaughnessy's second goal 4:24 into the third quarter ran the lead to 8-4. Less than a minute later, Cheek added his second goal to run the lead to 9-4 and put the game away.

"We didn't force the ball as much offensively," Walterhofer said. "We picked our shots better in the second half, and didn't try to do as much individually."

Dulaney coach Gary Schreiber was complimentary of Boys' Latin, but seemed disappointed in his team's effort.

"We had a total shutdown," Schreiber said. "We had problems with our midfield defense, and they exploited them. We kind of fell apart in the second half."

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