Boys' Latin tops Loyola, 8-7

No. 2 Lakers' 3-goal rally wins it, ends No. 1 Dons' seven-game win streak

Boys lacrosse

May 03, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Brian Farrell epitomized the heart required by No. 2 Boys' Latin in yesterday's come-from-behind, 8-7 victory at No. 1 Loyola after enduring a scary, painful third-quarter moment that silenced the crowd of about 2,500.

The sophomore squirmed on the ground in agony after a Dons player's hard shot slammed into the left side of his throat. But after being examined by trainers and a brief break on the sideline, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound defender returned to help the Lakers emerge with their ninth straight victory in a game that was tied seven times.

"Up until being hurt, I didn't feel like I played well. It kind of woke me up," said Farrell, who teamed with goalie Charles Floeckher (nine saves) and defenders Evans Burns and Scott Matthews to shut down one of the most prolific offenses in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

FOR THE RECORD - Because of incorrect roster information supplied to The Sun, a Boys' Latin lacrosse player was misidentified in a photo caption in yesterday's editions. The player was Brett Weiss.

"I was worried about my windpipe at first, but as long as I could breathe, I was OK," said Farrell, 16, who was told to apply ice to his bruised and swollen neck after the game. "The rush I got coming back in made me forget all about it."

The loss ended a seven-game winning streak by Loyola (10-2, 6-2) and helped Boys' Latin (14-1, 8-1) maintain sole possession of first place in the league.

"Down, 3-2, 4-3, 5-4 and 7-5, we came back every time," said Lakers coach Bob Shriver, who said he was "really nervous" when Farrell went down. "It was a great display of heart."

Davey Melera sparked the Lakers' decisive three-goal, fourth-quarter run, scooping a Loyola shot that bounced off the pipe and racing 75 yards to cut the Dons' lead to 7-6 with 10:16 to play.

Chris Boland tied the game at 7 off an assist from Marc DiPasquale; Boland had knotted the score at 4 in the third quarter with a brilliant behind-the-back goal off a feed from Chris Read.

With 3:18 left, Melera assisted on the game-winner by Tad Stanwick, who had been held scoreless by second-team All-Metro Tim Kaiser.

"Losing to McDonogh earlier this year opened our eyes. It was the turning point in our season," said Melera, who took 51 seconds to score the game's first goal after scooping a loose ball near midfield and racing about 60 yards. "We know we've got to come out hard every game."

Loyola goalie Matt Antol made nine saves in a game in which the defenses generally were effective checking the ball from sticks and clearing it up the field.

But the Lakers did perhaps the best job of any team this year tying up the Dons' faceoff tandem of Brady Smith and Ted Melanson, a pair of 6-4, 240-pound football players.

Melanson took all but one of yesterday's draws, losing the overall battle, 10-9, and Smith aggressively contributed on the wings.

Smith scooped balls and raced into the Lakers' defense to assist on goals by Ben Rubeor - for a 4-3 lead at 10:45 of the third quarter - and Andrew Baird (three goals, two assists) - whose final goal put the Dons up 7-5 with 11:25 to play. Loyola's Brendan Smith had two goals and an assist.

But the Lakers' midfield was bulldog tough. Shane Walterhoefer and DiPasquale combined on faceoffs, getting assistance from interchangeable wing players composed of sophomores Farrell and David Bronfein and juniors Melera, Rocko Romero and Jeremy Miller.

The midfield also contributed offensively. Conor Larkin's behind-back goal, assisted by Boland, gave the Lakers a 2-1 lead in the second quarter. Walterhoefer tied the game at 3 with the first goal of the second half, and Romero bounced one in from 15 yards make it 5-5 at 4:43 of the third quarter.

"This was two evenly matched teams," said Baird. "We both played with a lot of heart."

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