Boys' Latin doesn't figure to have a very trying week in terms of winning a pair of games in the top-heavy Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference.
Wednesday afternoon, the Lakers (3-1-1, 3-0-1 conference) hosted Annapolis Area Christian School (1-3), with a predictable result — a 5-0 triumph — against an overmatched opponent.
On Thursday, winless Glenlelg Country School is on the docket and a similar outcome is forecast.
Nevertheless, BL coach Don Rickels knows his team will need to perform well when it meets rivals with a similar talent pool, such as Friends, Park, Severn and defending champion St. Paul's.
Rickels, whose roster boast 30 players, implored his starters to build enough of an advantage for his bottom-eight players to log significant playing time.
They started quickly, bolting to a 3-0 first-half lead on two goals by senior striker Jacob Katinsky and freshman midfielder Drew Shaifer.
When senior Maxx Lowenstein converted a pass from classmate and tri-captain Jake Sachse for a 4-0 bulge, Rickels emptied his bench for the remaining 18 minutes.
"The challenge was for our everyday players to have enough pride so they could get their (reserve) teammates out on the field," the coach said.
Junior midfielder Hunter Cotsoradis finished the scoring for BL when he skimmed a header from a corner kick by sophomore midfielder Drew Gray past AACS junior keeper Grant Smith.
"To be honest, I thought we could play with these teams," AACS coach Rick Ulmer said. "We played well in spots, but we left too many guys unmarked in the back."
Smith recorded 11 saves, several of the spectacular variety, while under duress for most of the match.
Starter Parker Yablon and reserve David Pisanic, both juniors, combined to make three saves for BL.