The McDonogh boys lacrosse team was on display as the area's No. 1 ranked team for the first time Tuesday, visiting No. 6 Boys' Latin. The Eagles played the part impressively.
The crisper team at the start, McDonogh scored three goals in the opening two minutes and stayed in control throughout for a 10-7 win over the Lakers.
Senior attackman Connor Morgan scored three goals and senior goalie Ben Falcone turned back 11 shots as the Eagles (12-2) improved to 8-1 in the Black Division of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. The Lakers, who were never able to get any closer than three goals in the entire second half, fell to 7-6 overall and 4-5 in the Red Division.
Morgan took a feed from Keegan Michel and scored 16 seconds into the game, and the Eagles never looked back, getting goals from Brenny Daly and Pratt Rexford on their next possessions to build a cushion.
"I thought we controlled the ball, and what was important was anytime they cut it within two or three, we answered quickly," McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner said. "I think there were two different occasions where they may have cut it to three and we got it right back out to four. So that gave us some breathing room, which allowed us to make some mistakes and not have to pay for them too badly."
The outcome showed the direction each team has been heading, with the playoffs just a couple of weeks away. While the Eagles have won nine of their past 10 and three in a row, the Lakers haven't won consecutive games since March25, when they defeated Spalding for their third straight win.
Trailing 7-4 at the half, the home team was unable to convert two man-advantage opportunities that could have built momentum in the third quarter. Instead, they had costly turnovers and two offside calls, and were unable to score in the third quarter.
"In many respects, our kids are on eggshells right now, and McDonogh plays a really brilliant game. They take advantage of your mistakes — they put the ball in the back of the net and play good defense," Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver said.
No. 2 Calvert Hall 9, No. 3 Gilman 5: Tied 5-5, Patrick Kelly had three goals and an assist during a 4-0 run in the fourth quarter to lift the visiting Cardinals (12-1) over the Greyhounds (7-5). Kelly finished with a game-high four goals.
No. 1 Calvert Hall 24, Loyola 5: The visiting Cardinals (18-7) hit six home runs and broke the school record of 31 homers in 32 games set in 2005 with 37 homers in 26 games.
No. 1 Chesapeake-AA 3, Glen Burnie 2: Megan Hyson had the game-winning RBI on a double to center in the seventh inning to lift the host Cougars (12-0) over the Gophers. Hyson (12-0) also struck out 12 for the win.
Baltimore Sun reports contributed to this article.