Boys' Latin controls Calvert Hall in 9-7 win

Holding ball, No. 1 Lakers hold off No. 2 Cards' rally

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April 16, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Boys' Latin controlled many parts of yesterday's lacrosse game at Calvert Hall. The Lakers won 14 of 18 faceoffs, stopped the Cardinals' offense by keeping possession for minutes at a time and often dictated the tempo.

But that almost wasn't enough for a victory. Top-ranked Boys' Latin needed late goals from Drew Peace and Ryan Walterhoefer to stop No. 2 Calvert Hall's fourth-quarter rally and prevail, 9-7, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

Simply put, Boys' Latin (10-1, 6-1) had the ball for most of the game. The Lakers relied on faceoff specialist Alex Smith, who won 13 of 17 draws, to get and keep the ball. Adam Hagelin (one goal, three assists), Chris Read (two goals, one assist) and Ryan Walterhoefer (three goals) sparked the Boys' Latin offense.

Smith repeatedly won faceoffs and helped keep the ball away from the Cardinals and top scorer Kevin Huntley (four goals, one assist). Calvert Hall goalie Jeremy Blevins (12 saves) made several tough stops early to keep the Cardinals close.

"We really did a good job of controlling the ball, [especially] in the second and third quarters," said Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver. "Sooner or later, it's going to go in the goal."

Boys' Latin needed that mid-game ball control to overcome a slow start. Huntley scored twice as Calvert Hall (8-3, 4-3) took a 3-1 first-quarter lead. But the Lakers got five straight goals and held the Cardinals scoreless for 25:05 until Huntley's unassisted goal in the final minute of the third quarter made it 6-4.

When Walterhoefer scored 20 seconds in the fourth quarter for a 7-4 lead, the Lakers clearly appeared in command.

"Possession of the ball was very important," Peace said. "We held the ball and worked it around very well."

But Calvert Hall started to win more ground balls, force turnovers and get good shots. Matt Eckerl scored with 11:00 left, then Huntley fed Mike Edwards in close to make it 7-6 with 7:52 remaining.

Huntley capped the three-goal run with a game-tying goal with 4:26 left. But that's when Boys' Latin and its ball-control skills regained control, scoring 14 seconds later.

Smith won the ensuing faceoff, and the Lakers quickly started a fast break. Shane Walterhoefer swung the ball to Peace (two goals, one assist) on the left side. Peace then fired a 10-yard shot past Blevins.

The referees later waved off a Calvert Hall goal and also wiped out an apparent game-tying goal from Huntley, saying he was in the crease.

Boys' Latin goalie Trey Sheain (12 saves) made a tough stop on Huntley with 2:01 left, and the Lakers got an insurance goal from Walterhoefer 26 seconds later.

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