Loyola, Boys' Latin earn final shot at each other

Dons beat Gilman, 11-5

Lakers oust McDonogh, 12-4, in MIAA A semis

Boys lacrosse

May 12, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

All that Loyola midfielder Tim Donovan wanted was an opportunity to play in last night's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinal at Johns Hopkins, the school at which he'll play next year.

As it turned out, the senior played a major role in a come-from-behind, 11-5 rout of No. 6 Gilman (7-9). Donovan's three goals tied teammate Joe Cummings as the game high in the 11th straight victory by the No. 2 Dons (12-2).

Steele Stanwick (five assists) and goalie M.J. Leonard (13 saves) also played well for Loyola, which earned a berth in Monday's title game at UMBC against defending champion Boys' Latin (18-1), the last team to beat Loyola.

No. 1 Boys' Latin, led by senior Brett Weiss (two goals, five assists), Maryland-bound Travis Reed (two goals), Eric Smith (one, two), D.J. Rickles (one, one) and goalie Jacob Hagelin (nine saves), earned a shot at its sixth crown under 28th-year coach Bob Shriver with its 12-4 semifinal rout of No. 4 McDonogh (19-5) in a rematch of the past two championship games.

The Lakers defeated Loyola, 9-8, earlier this season.

"The next time I step on this field after high school will be in a Hopkins uniform," Donovan said. "I wanted us to play well as a team. Amazingly, we did, and I couldn't have asked for anything more."

With Gilman down 1-0, sophomore Marcus Holman (two goals, one assist) and Jack Doyle (two goals) sparked a run that put the Greyhounds up 3-1 at 11:21 of the second quarter. But Loyola scored 10 of the next 11 goals, going up 4-3 at halftime and 11-4 with 5:13 left to play.

"Generally, we played with a sense of urgency," Cummings said. "M.J. had a great game. Steele was feeding great," he said of Stanwick, who has 33 goals and 31 assists. "We've been rolling ever since we lost to [Boys' Latin], and we wanted to play them again."

Colin McKew, Jared Gangler, Spence Daw, Alec Ferro and Tim Bolte also scored for the Dons in an effort reminiscent of their previous game, a 9-6 victory over St. Paul's in which they overcame an early 4-1 deficit by scoring eight of the next nine goals.

Tom Thibeault, Jack Rice, Craig Martin, Brandon Buddemeyer, Josh Perlow and Jack Keenan scored for Boys' Latin, a winner of nine consecutive games, 23 straight against league teams, and 57 of its past 60, with all three losses coming by one goal. Haverford (Pa.) handed the Lakers their last loss, 11-10, ending a 30-game winning streak.

Weiss, who scored or assisted on six of the Lakers' first seven goals, will be in his third straight title game, with Boys' Latin having been a runner-up to McDonogh in 2005. Reed won as a sophomore and junior, respectively, at McDonogh and Boys' Latin, which scored eight straight goals to break last night's 2-2 first-quarter tie.

"We were really hustling after every ground ball and moving well off ball on offense and got a lot of good looks at the goal," said Weiss, who has not selected a college. "We played a good game tonight, but we're all getting ready for Monday."

Boys' Latin will meet Loyola in a title game for the first time since 1997, when the Lakers earned the crown to complete an unbeaten season. Joe McFadden, an assistant this year to Loyola's Jack Crawford, coached the Dons in '97. Another Loyola assistant, Chris Malone, 28, was an All-Metro midfielder on that Dons team. Boys' Latin assistant Ian Shure was an All-Metro attackman for the '97 Lakers.

"Loyola and Boys' Latin have had a lot of good games for a lot of years," Shriver said. "I hope that Monday is no different."


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