Alex Bogucki conceded his opportunity came because of a broken play.
The senior midfielder for No. 2 Calvert Hall was positioned slightly to the left, in front of the goal, with the score tied and 16 seconds left against No. 5 Boys' Latin yesterday. The Cardinals were trying to run a play, but Patrick Fanshaw lost the ball, and it rolled toward Bogucki.
"The play was botched. We weren't even running a play," Bogucki said. "I heard my best friend [Sean Maguire] scream my name and I really thought in my head this could be it. And then ... I don't know; it just went in."
Bogucki scooped up the loose ball, shot and converted for a wire-tight, 11-10 road victory over the Lakers.
The win was even more special for Calvert Hall (8-0) because this was the first time its seniors had beaten Boys' Latin (8-2) in their lacrosse careers.
"It's great," said Fanshaw, a senior midfielder-attacker. "Me, personally, I've never beaten BL in anything before, and to beat them the first game of the [Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference] season is a good feeling."
Fanshaw led Calvert Hall with three goals and Tony Rossi had two goals and an assist. Christian Walsh led the Lakers with three goals, each of them assisted by D.J. Rickels.
The first quarter featured a barrage of goals from both teams. Calvert Hall ended the period with four straight, capped by a goal from Michael Brashears with 22 seconds left to go into the second quarter up 5-3.
Boys' Latin scored four of the next five goals after Jack Rice found Tom Thibeault in front of the net to give the Lakers a 7-6 advantage. Fanshaw scored his third goal two minutes before halftime to tie it at 7.
Each team scored in the third period and, after matching goals in the fourth quarter, Walsh scored his third with 8:18 left to give Boys' Latin a 10-9 lead. Then Calvert Hall's Tyler Adelsberger took a shot while falling down that tied the game again with four minutes left.
The game featured six ties and five lead changes. Boys' Latin outshot Calvert Hall, 49-29, and had the advantage in faceoffs, 14-11, but failed to convert critical chances.
Cardinals goalie Greg Dutton did his part, saving 13 shots.
Calvert Hall was happy to finally get a win over the Lakers, but it won't be celebrating long.
"It feels great, but it's short-lived," Cardinals coach Bryan Kelly said.
"It's over. You have to go home and regroup for the next opponent."