For Boys' Latin, like it or not, it might be time to bring out the "U" word after the Lakers topped Calvert Hall, 13-7, in front of a big crowd Friday night at Paul Angelo Russo Stadium in Towson.
Coach Bob Shriver, who guided the last Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference unbeaten team in 2006, has his team on the verge of another epic campaign after the Lakers (15-0, 6-0 league) throttled the defending champion Cardinals (7-5, 3-3).
Boys' Latin has three regular season games left and, considering it will most likely be the top seed in the upcoming playoffs, could have only two more contests in the postseason.
Calvert Hall only led once against the Lakers after back-to-back goals by senior attackman Jordan Germershausen and freshman midfielder Ethan Mintzer offset an opening goal by Boys' Latin senior midfielder Casey Rees.
The Lakers then went on a 5-0 run three goals by Colin Heacock and two by his fellow senior attackman Shack Stanwick for a 6-2 lead that was shaved to 6-3 on junior attackman Andrew Fanshaw's goal with 28 second left in the first half for the Cardinals.
Calvert Hall took had a rough night against Boys' Latin senior goalie Christian Knight, who made several key saves until Fanshaw broke the Cardinals' 13-minute scoreless string.
"We were leading, 3-2, when one of their kids came though on an extra-man and shot the ball high to Christian's off-side high," Shriver said. "It was a great shot and a fantastic save. I don't know if it was the play of the game, because there was still a lot of time left, but it was a great play."
Knight said that his confidence grew with each save.
"They hit me with a couple of shots early, so I was lucky" he said. "And then I started to feel it. Then you hear the sideline react to a save, and it's a big confidence booster for me and the whole team."
Heacock also was a force, scoring his fourth goal to open the second half and handing out three assists in the victory.
In his last game against Calvert Hall, he was a major part of the Lakers' effort to upset the Cardinals in a 2012 conference semifinal.
"Colin made several great plays against Calvert Hall at the end of the game last year," Shriver said. "I asked him if he could start this game the way he ended the last one. He and Shack were just tremendous tonight."
As usual, some of the Lakers' more unheralded players came through as well. Junior midfielder Tally Bruno, junior attackman Colin Chell and sophomore attackman Devin Shewell made the Cardinals pay for sliding off them to cover the big threats.
All in all, it was a night to remember for a team on a mission.
"Every win in this conference is a highlight," Shriver said. "But to do it at night in front of a big crowd is very special. Don't forget, they (Calvert Hall) are the defending champs, and they wear the crown until someone knocks them off."
Goals: BL- Heacock 4, Stanwick 3, Bruno 2, Shewell 2, Rees 1, Chell 1, CH-Germershausen 1, Mintzer 1 Fanshaw 1, S. Kelly 2, T. Kelly 2
Assists: BL-Stanwick 2, Bruno 1, Heacock 3, CH- T. Kelly 1, Fritz 1, Germershausen 2
Saves: BL-Knight 8 CH-McSorley 5
Half: 6-3, BL