No. 2 Boys' Latin shows who's tops

Lakers beat No. 1 Loyola for MIAA A crown, 12-7

May 25, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

From the opening faceoff at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field last night, you just knew No. 2 Boys' Latin was on its game.

The Lakers' junior faceoff warrior, Alex Smith, won the opening faceoff against top-ranked Loyola's equally aggressive David Tamberrino, then fed the ball to scoring leader Bobby Griebe, who started a run from behind and to the right of keeper Ben Yingling.

Griebe gained an advantage as his defender fell, and unselfishly passed to Drew Peace for a one-goal lead just 26 seconds into a 12-7 victory that would dethrone the Dons and bring Boys' Latin the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship.

"It was the start of the best half we've played all season," said Griebe, whose three goals and one assist in the victory raised his total to 39 goals and 53 assists. "I don't know how we did it. It was just, offensively, defensively, we were unbelievable."

Peace (four goals), Brian Read (three goals) and Matt Field (two assists) all contributed to a fired-up Lakers' offense, which stormed out to an 8-2 halftime lead en route to winning the school's fifth conference crown.

It was Boys' Latin's second crown since a 13-8 win over Loyola capped a 17-0 season in 1997.

Loyola pulled to within 10-7 entering the final period, but was shut out after that. The Lakers' junior keeper, Trey Sheain, made four of his 11 stops in the fourth quarter behind defenders Duncan Swanston, John Gallagher and J.R. Stahl. The Boys' Latin defense has given up, on average, fewer than six goals per game.

"The offense, the transition really picked up," said Sheain. "Our offense clicked today. Last time we played them [a 9-4 loss], our slides weren't there. But this time, they were there."

Loyola's Ben Rubeor scored four times, but the Dons' top scorers - Austin Rodgers and Evan Gallant - combined for only one goal and one assist.

"Obviously, our defense played wonderfully the whole game," said Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver, whose team improved to 20-2 with his 297th career victory and fifth title in 23 years. "We were very aggressive, took all of their stuff right away from them. We just played really great team defense the whole game."

The loss ended a run of 15 straight victories by Loyola (17-3), which was going for the fifth title - counting three at Gilman - for outgoing coach John Tucker. But Tucker was pleased with a team that lost four starters to injury.

"It's been an incredible season. It's been a tremendous year for us," said Tucker, who is stepping down to focus on his athletic director duties. "I'm just so proud of the kids. And with everything we've had to overcome, we take great pride in being 17-3."

The Dons lost the first regular-season meeting between the teams, but then ended the Lakers' 15-game winning streak. But the Lakers got revenge.

Loyola's Casey Mulford made it 1-1 at 10:19 of the first period, rebounding a Rodgers shot that bounced off the pipe. Goals by Read and Griebe, the latter assisted by Conor Larkin, put the Lakers up 3-1.

Read's unassisted goal started a 5-0 run for the halftime advantage. In the second quarter, the Dons took six straight shots before Griebe and Smith scored twice within six seconds.

Goals: B-Peace 4, Griebe 3, Read 3, Zennaro, Smith. L-Rubeor 4, Rodgers, Mohler, Mulford, Patacki. Assists: B-Field 2, Larkin, Griebe. L-Rodgers, Rubeor, Mohler. Saves: B- Sheain 11. L-Yingling 3, Vaughan 12. Half: 8-2, B.

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