4-goal spurt carries No. 3 Boys' Latin by Calvert Hall, 7-6

No. 5 Cardinals fall to 3-3, face tough climb to defend their A Conference crown

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 24, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Sophomore Chris Boland had two goals and two assists, and senior defender Evans Burns limited All-Metro Player of the Year Kevin Huntley to a goal and two assists yesterday as No. 3 Boys' Latin won its fourth straight game, 7-6, over defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champ Calvert Hall.

The host Lakers moved to 10-1 (4-1 in the league) while damaging the playoff hopes of the No. 5 Cardinals (8-3, 3-3), who have yet to face No. 1 Loyola, No. 2 St. Paul's and No. 4 Gilman.

"We've put ourselves in a tough situation," said Cardinals coach Bryan Kelly. "Boys' Latin played a great game, but we let them keep it close and get back in it."

Down 3-1 with 3:55 left in the half, Calvert Hall scored four unanswered goals for a 5-3 lead with 2:59 left in the third quarter. The run was supported by a seven-save third period from second-team All-Metro goalie Jeremy Blevins, who finished with 17 stops.

Walker Jungers (three goals) converted Calvert Hall's second goal by himself before Huntley tied the game by eluding Burns. Jungers then scored the Cardinals' next two goals off passes from Mike Anderson and Matt Buschman.

But the Lakers solved Blevins and his defense for the next four goals and a 7-5 lead with 1:23 to play - their last being Chris Read's extra-man goal.

Burns credited keeper Charles Floeckher (11 saves) and fellow defenders Jeremy Miller, Brian Ferrell and Scott Matthews for their efforts - particularly against Huntley.

"Our game plan was to overplay his left side and slide into a double team," said the 6-foot-6 Burns. "If you don't double him, he'll take you one-on-one. So we wanted to force the ball from his stick."

Boland, meanwhile, continued an offensive tear comprised of eight goals and nine assists in the past three games. He began the Lakers' decisive run with a quick-stick goal on the doorstep off a pass from Tad Stanwick.

Davey Melera followed with a game-tying 10-yard shot. Blevins had positioned himself to thwart Melera before temporarily losing sight of a shot that glanced off a defender.

Stanwick then flicked in a short pass from freshman Bret Weiss before Read's score.

Buschman brought the Cardinals within a goal off Huntley's assist with 50 seconds left, but received a one-minute penalty for excessive celebrating, causing Calvert Hall to be down two men for the rest of the game.

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