Boys' Latin upsets McDonogh, 8-7, in MIAA lacrosse quarterfinals

No. 6 Lakers stay calm to pull out close win over No. 2 Eagles

May 13, 2011|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

Playoffs come with a clean slate, a chance for teams to further build on successful regular seasons or make amends for disappointing ones.

For the Boys' Latin lacrosse team, which endured countless frustrating one-goal losses in an up-and-down season, Friday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference quarterfinal game at McDonogh was the first step at some redemption.

This time, the No. 6 Lakers did all the positive things necessary in the closing minutes to pull out an 8-7 upset win over the No. 2 Eagles to advance to the league semifinals. Boys' Latin improves to 11-7 and will meet Gilman — which secured first place in the league's Red Division with an 11-5 mark — in Tuesday's semifinal at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Getting there for the Lakers required a game-winning goal from Greg Pyke with 5:18 left, a big save from goalie Adam Davey on Brady Faby's shot with 4:17 left and an impressive game of keep away from that point on.

The Eagles (15-4) helplessly chased the ball only to see their fine season come to an end with the ball staying with the visitors for the last four-plus minutes.

"Coach [Bob Shriver] kept telling us that everyone is 0-0 and it's a new season," said All-Metro senior attackman Wells Stanwick, who led the Lakers with one goal and three assists. "We knew it was going to be anyone's game. We were down one at half and down one going into the fourth, but just kept it going and got the lead at the end. We did what we've been doing all season, kept working as hard as we could."

The Lakers trailed for the majority of the game, but unlike the regular season meeting — when McDonogh scored three fast goals and won comfortably, 10-7 — they never fell behind by more than two goals on Friday. Down 6-4 after yielding a goal six seconds into the second half, they had a number of key stops on defense before Colin Heacock scored off a pass from Stanwick to cut the deficit to 6-5 with 56 seconds left in the third quarter.

Consecutive goals from Michael Lynch and Stanwick gave the Lakers their second lead at 7-6 before McDonogh got even at 7 on a goal from Austin Frederick with 6:51 left. The Lakers came up with the right answers the rest of the way, starting with Pyke's goal from the left side off a feed from Ben Pridemore.

"We've played in a lot of these games and we've lost most of them," said Shriver. "But we've been in every game and we've kept fighting and never gave up. Today is emblematic of really the season we've had in that we haven't given up. We've had to fight and claw for everything."

Stanwick said the Lakers' season-ending 10-9 double overtime win at St. Paul's on Tuesday — their only one-goal win of the season — helped the team have confidence Friday.

"It was a huge momentum builder because we knew we could get into those close games and come out on top," he said.

Connor Morgan scored three goals and Faby added one goal and one assist to lead McDonogh.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

Boys lacrosse

MIAA A quarterfinals

6 Boys' Latin 8, 2 McDonogh 7

Goals: BL – Heacock 2, W. Stanwick, Luck, Stothoff, S. Stanwick, Lynch;

M – Morgan 3, Frederick, Faby, Glaser, Valis.

Assists: BL – W. Stanwick 3, Pridemore;

M – Faby, Michel, Davila, Daly.

Saves: BL – Davey 8; M – Falcone 8.

Half: M, 5-4.

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