Considering that No. 1 Boys' Latin had fallen to No. 5 Gilman by a goal in each of its previous four games dating back to 2011, it's no wonder Lakers coach Bob Shriver had some anxious moments when contemplating this year's showdown between the Roland Park rivals.
As things turned out, Shriver had some of those similar feelings early in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference contest before Boys' Latin rallied from a 3-1 first-quarter deficit to beat the Greyhounds, 9-7, under threatening skies and intermittent showers at Gilman on Friday afternoon.
"What we told them yesterday is 'We can't make up for all those losses, but we can make one of them up tomorrow,'" Shriver said. "Those were demoralizing losses, three of them in overtime, and then we had to come back here and play on grass again. It's pretty cool what we just did."
Even better for the Lakers (13-0, 4-0 league), they remain unbeaten after being held to single-digit goals for the first time this season by a well-prepared Gilman defense and stout goaltending by Thomas McBride (12 saves).
However, McBride was matched save-for-save by fellow senior Christian Knight.
"Both goalies played great," Shriver said, noting that Knight's save on the doorstep with two minutes remaining "was the play of the game."
Attackman Colin Chell put the Lakers on top, 1-0, when he converted a feed from junior classmate Shack Stanwick.
The Greyhounds (8-2, 3-1) then took their only lead by reeling off a 3-0 run on goals by juniors William McBride and Tyler Ruhl and sophomore Andy Matthews.
Boys' Latin tied the score by the end of the first period and doubled its advantage by halftime. Attackman Colin Heacock and his senior classmate Casey Rees started the burst, followed by a go-ahead score by Stanwick early in the second period for a 4-3 Laker lead.
Junior Hunter Moreland and senior Ben Pridemore, both midfielders, made it 6-3 by the intermission before Matthews' lefty bolt over Knight's shoulder halted the run for Gilman for the only goal in the third quarter.
Junior Devin Shewell retaliated for the Lakers with an extra-man goal early in the fourth quarter and Pridemore struck again for an 8-4 margin.
Senior attackmen Zeke Morrll and Max Greene then found the net to spark a late Gilman rally that fell a little short.
Heacock put the game out of reach by finishing a determined drive through several Gilman defenders with under three minutes remaining.
"The last couple of games against them haven't gone our way," said Heacock, who has signed to play for Maryland next season. "But this time we wanted to show Gilman that we mean business."
Goals: BL-Chell 1, Pridemore 2, Stanwick 1, Heacock 2, Moreland 1, Shewell 1, Rees 1 G-Ruhl 1, Morrill 1, Matthews 2, W. McBride 2, Greene 1
Assists: BL-Pridemore 2, Stanwick 2, Shewell 1, O'Connor 1 G-W. McBride 1
Saves: BL-Knight 12 G-T. McBride 12
Half: 6-3, BL