Boys' Latin gets into gear, hands St. Paul's 10-6 loss

Peace scores 4 for Lakers as they dominate 2nd half

Boys lacrosse

April 03, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

It took an entire half, but Boys' Latin finally shook its stubborn visitors from St. Paul's and resembled the team senior Drew Peace remembered as a freshman JV player.

"Most of us were on that [JV] team. We went 19-0 and won the championship," said Peace, who scored four goals in yesterday's 10-6 victory. "Ever since we beat [then-No. 1] Loyola last Wednesday, our offense has been great. It seems we're clicking again."

On all cylinders.

Bobby Griebe had a goal and four assists, Ryan Walterhoefer scored three times and Brian Read had a goal and two assists as the fourth-ranked Lakers pulled away from the third-ranked Crusaders (5-2, 1-2) in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference Division I game.

FOR THE RECORD - The spelling of St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley's name has been corrected for the database. See microfilm for original story.

Boys' Latin (6-1, 2-1) dominated the second half of a game that featured five ties and four lead changes in the first half. The Lakers outshot the Crusaders 10-1 in the fourth period and outscored them 4-1 in the half. Crusaders goalie Jesse Swartz prevented a blowout, making seven of his 13 saves in that period.

Lakers junior Alex Smith won 14 of 19 faceoffs, including all four in the fourth period. Trey Sheain made nine of his 12 saves in the third period, when Boys' Latin was outshot 18-6. Once, when Sheain was out of position, J.R. Stahl stepped into the unprotected goal, reached up and blocked a shot.

"Trey went out for a ground ball and I got in there with my stick and blocked it -- something from my days as a backup goalie," Stahl said.

The Lakers were burned early by the Crusaders' Sean Link (three goals) and David Cornbrooks (two).

Link ran past two defensemen and beat Sheain for a 1-0 lead, made it 3-3 off an assist from Brent Hargest and ran past the defense a third time for a slam dunk and a 4-3 lead five minutes before halftime. After that, however, Link got off only one shot and had no points.

"One-on-one, John Gallagher, Duncan [Swanston] and J.R. [Stahl] stepped up," said Sheain.

Said St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley: "In the third quarter, we'd make a key mistake or get a call against us every time. The kids were playing hard, but we couldn't get a break."

Walterhoefer's last score put the Lakers up for good at 6-5 going into intermission. Peace often planted himself in front of the goal for quick feeds, as he did for the Lakers' seventh goal, a pass from Griebe that Peace slammed in from 15 yards. The ball bounced off the ground and down and in off the crossbar.

"The feeds were unbelievable," said Peace, whose goals gave the Lakers a 3-2 lead and tied the score at 4 and then at 5. "I got a ton of shots on the weak side."

Griebe, who assisted on the Lakers' eighth goal and scored the 10th, said, "In the second half, our offense inverted middies behind the goal and held the ball, and our defense just locked down on them."

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