Walsh lifts Boys' Latin

varsity lacrosse

His 9 goals help Lakers defeat St. Paul's, 16-15, in OT

April 10, 2009|By Todd Karpovich | Todd Karpovich,Special to The Baltimore Sun

In the long, storied lacrosse rivalry between fourth-ranked Boys' Latin and No. 5 St. Paul's, there have been few performances that equal Christian Walsh's in Thursday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference matchup.

Walsh scored nine goals and Wells Stanwick scored the winner with 26.1 seconds left in overtime to give visiting Boys' Latin a 16-15 victory. It has been 40 years since a player scored nine goals in the rivalry, and that was David Dempsey for St. Paul's in 1969, according to Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver, who was a player for the Lakers at the time.

"When someone told me he scored nine goals, I was actually mad at him for some of the plays he made," said Shriver, who is in his 34th year as Lakers head coach. "He obviously made a lot of great ones. It was a phenomenal lacrosse game. It wasn't fun for the sidelines."

Patrick Powderly and Jay Carlson led St. Paul's (6-2, 1-2 MIAA) with three goals each.

Boys' Latin (8-1, 2-1) took its first lead of the game, 10-9, on a goal by Kevin O'Neil with 5:08 left in the third quarter. After that, there were three ties and two lead changes until the end of regulation.

With Boys' Latin trailing 15-13 with 2:49 remaining in the game, Walsh scored two goals in the closing minutes to tie the game. The victory helped the Lakers gain back some momentum after Tuesday's loss to No. 2 Calvert Hall.

"A ton of our guys stepped up, and we got a win," Walsh said. "It was intense. ... I want to make it to the playoffs and win the championship."

The two teams traded chances in overtime, with both goalies, Patrick Jennings of Boys' Latin and Harry Krieger of St. Paul's, coming up with some big saves. In the closing minute, Boys' Latin ran a quick counterattack, and Stanwick fired a shot into the top corner of the goal.

"It was an awesome team effort," Stanwick said. "We were down for a while today, but we were able to come back and wound up pulling it out."

No. 2 Calvert Hall 19, Friends 6: : Jason McFadden had seven points (three goals and four assists) to power the host Cardinals (6-1) past the Quakers. J.K. Wittelsberger added three goals for Calvert Hall.

No. 13 Mount St. Joseph 10, No. 6 McDonogh 5: : Chris Costabile had four goals and two assists as the host Gaels (4-3) upset the Eagles (7-2).

No. 7 Loyola 10, No. 8 Archbishop Spalding 6: : The host Dons (6-2) went on a 3-0 run to start the third quarter and break a 5-5 tie. Bobby Distler led Loyola with a hat trick. Matt Burke and Kevin Cooper each score two goals for the Cavaliers.

Girls

No. 1 McDonogh 19, No. 6 Archbishop Spalding 4: : Hannah Franklin scored five goals to power the visiting Eagles (6-0) past the Cavaliers (7-3). McDonogh jumped to a 5-0 run before Spalding cut the lead to 5-3 with 10 minutes left in the first half. Daniel Kirk led Spalding with two goals.

Sun staff reports contributed to this article.

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