After waking up, Lakers cruise

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March 25, 2009|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,glenn.graham@baltsun.com

After his team started slowly and surrendered an early goal at Dulaney on Tuesday, Boys' Latin lacrosse coach Bob Shriver closed out a timeout with a simple order: "The bus ride is over - lets's go!"

His No. 4 Lakers were listening.

Winning draws, getting to ground balls first and effectively running their balanced offense, the Lakers scored eight of the next nine goals in the first half and went on for a comfortable 14-3 victory over the No. 12 and defending Class 4A-3A state champion Lions.

Junior attack Patrick Foster was the catalyst, setting up three goals, then showing grit and creativity in close to score two of his own. Senior attack Christian Walsh, sophomore midfielder Taylor Stothoff and junior Ryan Jarvis also scored twice and sophomore Wells Stanwick provided one goal and two assists as the Lakers improved to 4-0 on the season.

The impressive work on offense and the team's strong start has Shriver and the Lakers optimistic.

"We thought they would play zone, which is what they did, and I think we moved the ball pretty well," Shriver said. "So far, everything has been great. We've done good things all over the field, and we have what we believe is a very good attack. So everything goes through them, and as long as they keep playing well, hopefully, we can hang in there."

With the Lakers trailing 1-0, just after the timeout with 6:49 left in the first quarter, Jack Rice pulled the team even off a nifty pass from Foster. Walsh followed with a goal a little more than a minute later - Foster again providing the pass - and then Brennan Kimball made it 3-1 with 3:38 left.

After Artie Dana gave the Lions some life by cutting the lead to 3-2 with 17 seconds left in the first quarter, the Lakers came out in the second and scored five unanswered goals to take over and lead 8-2 at halftime.

Dulaney coach Jake Reed was disappointed with his team's unforced errors but was pleased with what he saw at times from his defense against Boys' Latin's potent attack. Dulaney, 0-2 on the season, will look to bounce back against Catonsville on Friday.

"We strive to win the state championship - that's our goal every year at Dulaney - and I think playing really good teams lets us know how we have to play the game," Reed said. "We're going to get plenty of wins during the regular season, and they don't always help us. We've got to get better and learn to play the game the right way."

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