In the 12 years since he started playing lacrosse, Travis Reed had never faced his father, Jake, as a rival, having been coached by him since he first picked up a stick at age 5. That changed yesterday, when Travis' Boys' Latin squad visited Dulaney, where his father is defensive coordinator for coach Gary Schreiber.
"Both of them are very competitive, so it was a tough situation for them to be in. But the household atmosphere was calm and normal all week - not a nasty word either way," said Wendy Reed, Jake's wife of 20 years. "Jake asked me this morning who am I going to root for and whether I would sit in the middle. I said, `Are you kidding? I've been rooting for your teams for 25 years. This time, I'm rooting for Travis.' "
Travis Reed's three goals, coupled with the efforts of Chris Boland (one goal, six assists), Brett Weiss (four, one) and David Shriver (three goals), contributed to a 14-1 rout by the No. 2 Lakers (7-0) over the 11th-ranked Lions (0-1).
"This was definitely weird," said the younger Reed, 17, a junior. "Probably more weird for my dad than for me."
Father and son were on the same team last spring at McDonogh, which they led to The Sun's No. 1 ranking and a 9-8 victory over Boys' Latin for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title. Jake earned All-Metro Coach of the Year honors; Travis was McDonogh's top point scorer.
Jake Reed, however, was asked before the season to leave McDonogh, whose headmaster, Bo Dixon, cited philosophical differences. Travis chose to attend Boys' Latin, whose attack featured Johns Hopkins-bound Boland, a senior and two-time All-Metro selection, and left-handers Weiss, a junior, and Shriver, a senior whose father, Bob, is Boys' Latin's coach.
"Travis asked me one time who was going to cover him. I told him, `I don't know yet,' which was not true. It's not the situation you want to be in as a father," said the elder Reed, who, nevertheless, instructed Dulaney's top defender, Jeff Breeding, how best to contain Travis. "We're both pretty bad losers, but I'm the guy who is going to have to suck it up."