Ben Yingling's anger became an asset yesterday at Boys' Latin.
The senior goalie's 20 saves helped the No. 2 Loyola boys lacrosse team win its 13th straight game, 9-3, and gain an inside track toward a top seed, along with a first-round bye, in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament.
The Dons (15-2, 6-1 Division II), who ended a 13-game winning streak by the top-ranked Lakers (15-2, 5-2), can clinch both with a win over Severn on Friday.
Yingling's performance came three days after being benched for his subpar effort in a win over Georgetown Prep.
"I was yanked to change the momentum, but I was real angry," Yingling said. "I wanted to show it shouldn't have happened."
Yingling stopped six of the Lakers' first seven shots as Loyola took a 4-0 lead into the second quarter. He turned away six of nine shots in all in that quarter, and six of 10 in the fourth.
But Yingling's best effort came in the third quarter with Loyola facing a two-man disadvantage penalty. Boys' Latin's Joey Rallo raced onto the crease, one-on-one with the goalie, only to watch his 6-yard shot bounce up and off Yingling's chest.
But Yingling deflected praise as easily as shots, saying: "A goalie's only as good as his defense."
Loyola defender Matt Pinto guarded Boys' Latin's top scorer, Bobby Griebe, who had six points in an earlier win over Loyola. Griebe had the Lakers' first goal, five seconds into the second quarter, but didn't get another.
"Everything they do goes through Griebe," Pinto said. "I made it real difficult for him to get the ball."
Loyola's Brian Mohler, Hank Vohrer, Tim Kaiser and Tim Patacki were dominant.
Mohler's running clears sparked fast breaks, one of which led to the game's second goal by Austin Rodgers (two goals). Vohrer continually disrupted the Lakers' half-field offense, twice knocking down passes and once blocking a shot. Kaiser and Patacki successfully checked the ball from players' sticks.
Lakers coach Bob Shriver would not elaborate on why No. 2 scorer Ian Loizeaux was not permitted to play despite being in uniform.
Landon 16, Gilman 7: Trailing 2-1 near the midway point of the first quarter, the Bears, ranked No. 1 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse magazine, closed the half with five straight goals and were never threatened again, defeating the host Greyhounds (7-7), The Sun's fourth-ranked team.
Attackman Matt Ward scored three times and midfielder Peter Lamade added two goals and two assists for Landon (15-0). Sophomore attackman Alex Wharton scored twice for Gilman, which cut the Bears' lead to 9-5 at 6:24 of the third quarter, but would get no closer.
Sun staff writer Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.