Undeterred Boys' Latin wins 14th straight, 9-7

Falatach fails to boost St. Mary's

No. 1's `D' holds

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

May 04, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Around 300 alumni came to Boys' Latin for yesterday's homecoming as the No. 1 Lakers lacrosse team faced No. 3 St. Mary's and Scott Falatach, one of the nation's best high school attackmen.

And they were not disappointed. During what has been a season of upsets, the Lakers won their 14th straight game, 9-7, in nondivisional Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference action.

Bobby Griebe (one goal, two assists) and Adam Hagelin and Ryan Walterhoefer (two goals apiece) led the way for Boys' Latin (16-1), whose 3-0 first-period lead turned into a 4-3 halftime deficit during an eventual 5-0 run by St. Mary's (10-7).

It was a day of subpar offense for Boys' Latin. Griebe was shadowed by the Saints' 6-foot-4 Eric Zerrlaut, and Griebe's attack mate, Ian Loizeaux, missed the game for personal reasons. But it was also a day when Lakers junior defenseman Duncan Swanston held Falatach, bound for the University of North Carolina, to one goal; Alex Smith won 13 of 17 faceoffs; and goalie Trey Sheain made 11 saves.

"I thought [Griebe] didn't have one of his great games, but we won," said Lakers coach Bob Shriver, who said Loizeaux could miss Tuesday's game with No. 2 Loyola.

"Duncan's our best on-ball defenseman, and we feel that the other guys were better off-ball. The total defensive game plan was pretty good."

Held scoreless in the first half, Griebe came through in the clutch. He scored on a pass from Greg Baggan with 2:21 left in the third quarter, and assisted Baggan's goal for a 7-6 lead seven seconds before the fourth. The Lakers never trailed again.

Walterhoefer, whose illegal-stick penalty benched him for three minutes early in the second half, made it 8-6 with 10:20 to play. A goal by Nick Bonnacci (two goals, two assists) brought St. Mary's within 8-7 with 5:38 remaining, but Griebe fed Brian Read from behind goalie Colin Finnegan (13 saves) for the decisive score, a quick-flick goal from 6 yards with 2:45 left.

"I didn't have the ball much, but I did what I could to help the team," Griebe said. "The midfielders did a lot of the scoring. We won with heart, solid defense and showed we can find a way to win."

Brian Ponne scored twice for St. Mary's; Conor Blemy had a goal and an assist.

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