The nation's premier private school boys lacrosse league has proven to be as puzzling as Rubik's Cube.
Six games into the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference schedule, two No. 1 teams have been upset, and there are no unbeaten teams.
"This is absolutely unbelievable," said Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver, whose Lakers have regained the No. 1 spot in The Sun's rankings after having dropped to No. 2 for a week.
"It's unbelievable but typical of our league."
The conference consists of two five-team divisions, with the Lakers (8-1 overall, 4-1 league) ahead in Division II and No. 2 St. Mary's (5-2, 4-1) out in front in Division I.
At the moment, Division I looks like the more difficult of the two divisions.
St. Mary's 9-7 victory over then-No. 1 Gilman last week was its fourth straight victory since losing, 9-7, to Boys' Latin.
Trailing St. Mary's in Division I with identical 3-2 league records are Gilman (4-2) and Calvert Hall (6-2), ranked Nos. 3 and 4 in The Sun. Calvert Hall has suffered one-goal losses to both St. Mary's and No. 8 Severn, but won its third straight league game Tuesday, beating Gilman, 7-6, in overtime.
Also in Division I are 13th-ranked Mount St. Joseph (4-2) and fifth-ranked McDonogh (9-3). McDonogh fell to 1-3 in the league with Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Mount St. Joseph.
After losing to Gilman, 5-3, the Division II-leading Lakers produced 23 goals in victories over last year's runner-up, Loyola, ranked No. 6, and three-time defending Class 4A-3A public school state champion Dulaney.
Sitting in second, third and fourth place in Division II are No. 6 Loyola (3-2, 2-2), No. 7 St. Paul's (5-2, 2-2) and No. 8 Severn (4-4, 2-4).
Loyola has won three straight games - the latest by 18-10 over Severn - since losing to McDonogh and Boys' Latin. St. Paul's rebounded from blowout losses to Boys' Latin and Loyola with wins over Friends and Severn - the last by 16-7.
Severn won four of its first five games, including a victory over nationally ranked Landon of Bethesda, Calvert Hall and Mount St. Joseph, but has lost its last three, to Gilman, St. Paul's and Loyola.
Friends (1-5) is in fifth place in Division II.
Lions on roll in softball
Dulaney's softball team has gotten off to a 5-0 start and cracked The Sun's Top 15, at No. 14, after sweeping three Baltimore County foes last week.
Senior pitcher Stephanie Monte (3-0) won two games last week, a one-hit, 7-0 victory over Parkville and a four-hit, 5-1 win over Lansdowne. She struck out 26 of 48 batters and allowed no earned runs while walking just one batter.
One of three pitchers in the area with a 0.00 ERA, Monte has struck out 33 of 66 batters in 19 innings.
She's gotten a lot of help from Dani Woods, who went 8-for-10, drove in eight runs and scored six times. The junior second baseman, leading the metro area with a .786 batting average, hit two homers, three doubles and a triple.
Loyola driving hard
The Loyola golf team has gotten off to one of its best starts, going 4-0 behind a strong lineup.
Seniors Pat Higgins and Tommy Dyer have carried much of the early load for coach Marty Stewart's team. The Dons also are getting help from juniors Matt Waskiewicz, John Bert, Brian Herrmann and Bryan Cosgrove.
Stewart said the Dons want to finish as one of the MIAA A Conference's top two teams, which would get them a first-round playoff bye.
Calvert Hall wants the same thing. The Cardinals (0-2) have dealt with a tough early-season schedule after making it to the A Conference semifinals last year. Seniors James Chagetas and Greg Bramble are playing at the top two spots in a lineup loaded with upperclassmen for coaches Bernie McGinn and Rich Zinkand.
The Baseball Factory Invitational tournament has canceled tomorrow's games because of wet fields and adjusted its schedule for Saturday.
In the new schedule, four games will be played at Arundel High and four at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.
At Arundel: No. 15 Arundel (4-1) vs. Musselman (W. Va.), 10 a.m., and No. 6 St. Paul's (6-4) vs. Jefferson (W. Va.), 1 p.m.
At Cannon: No. 2 Old Mill (6-1) vs. Shenendehowa (N.Y.), 10 a.m., and No. 3 Mount St. Joseph (9-1) vs. Steinert (N.J.), 1.
The losers and winners of the two games at each site will play at 4 and 7 p.m., respectively. If local teams win each bracket, arrangements to play a title game on April 19 will be made.
If not, there may be co-champs.
Jeff Seidel and Sun staff writer Pat O'Malley contributed to this article.