In 1 vs. 2, Lakers prevail

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Boys' Latin 10 Loyola 8


Visiting Boys' Latin was averaging 15 goals led by a high-scoring attack. It had made a habit of scoring in bunches early and coasting to wins.

But after blowing an early four-goal second-quarter lead yesterday and allowing No. 1 Loyola to tie the game early in the third quarter, the No. 2 Lakers needed timely offense and pesky defense before claiming yesterday's 10-8 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference victory.

All-Metro Chris Boland (one goal, three assists), Brett Weiss (two, one) and Ryan Tillman (two goals) led the Lakers' offense (10-0 overall, 3-0 league), but defenders Brian Farrell, Alex Lyons, Matt Bengel, Josh Steele, Tyler Grason and Jimmy Feketie kept the Dons from taking a lead.

Their defensive pressure spared Jacob Hagelin (six saves) somewhat, producing numerous turnovers and forcing Loyola (7-2, 2-1) wide on 15 of 29 shots. The Lakers withstood three extra-man opportunities from Loyola, which had entered with a seven-game winning streak.

"Everyone knows about our attack, but our defense gets overlooked," Farrell said. "You're going to have comebacks in big games, but it's how we react to it that counts. Our defense came through when it mattered."

The Dons were led by Steele Stanwick (two goals, one assist), Joe Lennon (two goals), Tim Donovan (two goals) and Mike Kimmel (two assists). Loyola trailed 5-1 early in the second quarter but stormed back to make it 6-6 with 5:56 left in the third.

A 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior, Donovan scored Loyola's fifth and sixth goals, with the latter completing a three-pass relay that began with Pat Enoch.

"We played well early," Boland said. "But all it takes is a couple of goals from any team in this league to be back in it."

But three of Loyola's four penalties in the third quarter were turned into extra-man goals by the Lakers. Tillman scored the seventh and ninth goals for the Lakers, who led 9-6 entering the fourth quarter.

"Once we got a goal, we were on a roll and started clicking," said defender Joe Kelly, who held the Lakers' Travis Reed scoreless. "But you can't play two or three quarters and have four penalties in one quarter and expect to win."

Consecutive goals by Stanwick and Lennon had the Dons within 9-8 with 8:21 to play, but the Lakers' Nick Levy scored once again with three minutes left.

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