When a thunderstorm forced the suspension of Boys' Latin's semifinal game against Severn in the third quarter on Thursday evening, the Lakers led by two goals, with junior Travis Reed having scored three.
Play resumed yesterday at St. Paul's, and Reed picked up where he left off en route to an 8-3 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference victory that earned the No. 1 Lakers (20-0) a berth in Friday's title-game rematch with fifth-ranked, defending champ McDonogh (15-4) at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.
After the No. 6 Admirals (14-10) made it 4-3, Reed scored again, sparking an unanswered run that featured goals by David Bronfein, Tim Sutton and Chris Boland. Mike Hurtwitz scored once and won 11 of 15 faceoffs for the Lakers, who are after their fifth title under 27th-year coach Bob Shriver and their first unbeaten season since 1997.
Goalie Jacob Hagelin (10 saves) anchored a Lakers defense that clamped down on the Admirals. Defender Brian Farrell credited long poles Nick Levy and Jack Carolan with quieting Severn's high-scoring Nick Elsmo.
While Reed said the delay "helped us since we weren't playing our best," Severn keeper Brian Phipps (12 saves) lamented it.
"We kind of caught them off their guard," said Phipps, who will join Farrell at the University of Maryland. "But nobody expected us to get this far. I think we exceeded expectations."
With the victory, Reed, a transfer student, must face his former McDonogh teammates, whom he helped to defeat the Lakers, 9-8, in last year's title game. In fact, before their 13-12 victory over the Eagles on April 18, the Lakers had lost three previous meetings, including last year's 6-5 overtime loss during the regular season.
And Reed's is just one subplot of the McDonogh-Boys' Latin matchup. Shriver said Eagles sophomore goalie Tyler Fiorito, who has been a stalwart as of late, transferred to McDonogh after nine years at Boys' Latin.
"I'm excited about playing them again," said Reed, who lists among his closest friends McDonogh defender Tommy Cooper, who covered him during the April matchup. "We joke around about it all the time, but we want to beat them."