Boys' Latin holds off St. Paul's

Top-ranked Lakers complete regular season at 19-0, turn attention to MIAA playoffs

Boys' Latin 12 St. Paul's 9

Boys Lacrosse

High Schools

May 06, 2006|By TODD KARPOVICH | TODD KARPOVICH,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With its undefeated record on the line, top-ranked Boys' Latin closed out its regular season with a 12-9 win over visiting, No. 4 St. Paul's yesterday.

Before an estimated home crowd of 5,500, the Lakers defeated their rival of 73 years and now lead the all-time series, 43-42-1.

Junior Travis Reed led the Lakers with four goals, including two within a 1:31 span in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Reed said the team has already moved past the undefeated season, because with the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs looming next week, its first loss of 2006 would be its last.

"It doesn't matter that we are undefeated now, it only matters if we are undefeated in the playoffs and win the championship," Reed said. "It's pretty much our goal to win the championship. We haven't had any injuries all year, so we are looking good right now."

The game featured Boys' Latin's high-speed attack against St. Paul's more deliberate ball-control style. The Lakers (19-0, 10-0), ranked No. 1 nationally by Inside Lacrosse, scored the game's first five goals and led 6-1 at halftime.

The Crusaders (16-4, 6-4) made some adjustments at halftime to tighten their defense and put more pressure on Lakers goalie Jake Hagelin (14 saves). After giving up an early goal in the third quarter to trail 7-1, St. Paul's reeled off three unanswered goals in three minutes.

That set the tone for a frantic fourth quarter in which the Crusaders got as close as 10-8 with 6:20 left, but they could not overtake the powerful Lakers.

Cryder DiPietro led St. Paul's with three goals and goalie Chris Kunhardt (nine saves) kept the game close with several key stops from close range.

"We just tightened it up in the third quarter and tried to chip away one goal at a time," St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato said. "They are a great team. They move the ball well. Still, I was very proud of the way my boys battled back today."

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