Boys' Latin slips past DeMatha in 10-9 win

Bronfein scores winner as Lakers stay unbeaten

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

March 27, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

You might say DeMatha's lacrosse team is athletic.

"Very athletic," said Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver, who considered his No. 5 Lakers "very fortunate to win" yesterday's physical showdown, 10-9, over DeMatha, the Prince George's County team from Hyattsville.

"They're very big, very strong," midfielder Shane Walterhoefer said after watching David Bronfein score the game-winner with 2:22 to play -- 20 seconds after Paul Rabil tied the score to complete DeMatha's 4-1 run.

Rabil (two goals, one assist), Danny Gallagher (four goals, one assist) and midfielder Taylor Clagett led a Stags team considered "potentially our best ever" by coach Dick Long.

Clagett won eight of 10 faceoffs in the first half and 14 of 21 for the game, helping the Stags overcome a 3-1 deficit for DeMatha's only lead, 5-4, early in the second quarter.

"We didn't really win faceoffs, we struggled clearing the ball -- but there again, it was their athletes riding us," said Shriver, whose Lakers are 4-0. "They made us play a lot of defense."

Boys' Latin goalie Charles Floeckher made 20 saves.

In the first period, which ended in a 3-3 tie, the senior stopped six of the Stags' nine shots, all of which were on goal. In the second quarter, which ended with his Lakers ahead 6-5, Floeckher made five stops -- including a point-blank, one-on-one deflection of Colin Benko's blistering shot.

Gallagher was the Stags' early catalyst, assisting on their second goal and scoring both their game-tying third and go-ahead fifth goals in the second quarter.

But the Lakers went on a 4-0 run, spraying 15 third-quarter shots at DeMatha goalie Alex Hammer, who made seven of his 12 saves in that period.

Chris Read (one goal, three assists) found Chris Boland for the latter's third goal and a 7-5 advantage. Read then converted a pass from Tad Stanwick for an 8-5 lead with 4:31 left in the third quarter.

But Read was hit hard while scoring, injuring his ankle, and was relegated to the bench for the rest of the game. His absence, coupled with Dave Melara, who hurt his back during a collision at 8:39 of the third period, slowed the Lakers' transition.

"The [Washington-Baltimore] rivalry's growing. Our teams are a little more physical and athletic -- and we coach that," said Long, whose Stags (0-1) are the defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champions. "It used to be that there was pressure on us when we came up here, but now it's starting to be more pressure on them because they don't want to lose to a D.C. team."

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