The Boys South All-Stars, featuring Gilman's Ryan Tucker and Conor Doyle, St. Paul's Jay Carlson and Taylor Michel, Boys' Latin's Jeff Chase and Wells Stanwick and McDonogh's Bryson Greene, had better luck against the North All-Stars than their female counterparts did in an earlier game at the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic on Saturday night.
The boys prevailed, 13-11, in front of 4,238 fans and a national TV audience at Johnny Unitas Stadium after falling behind, 4-1, in a turnover-plagued first quarter, taking a 10-7 lead into the final period and holding on behind MVP goalie Bobby Wardwell, who collected a dozen saves in the second half.
The North went a jaw-dropping 25:51 without a goal — the South did the same for nearly 13 minutes — against a defense anchored by Greene and University of Maryland-bound longstick Goran Murray, who scored twice for the winners.
"Usually, an all-star game is back and forth," said Tucker, whose goal with 3:01 remaining in the second quarter helped the South pull to within a goal at the intermission. But we got behind in the first quarter and then came back. It takes a lot to do that against a good team like that, but we kept building the intensity and didn't let up. I can't give enough credit to our defense"
St. Paul's product Jay Carlson notched the go-ahead goal for the South with 1:21 remaining in the third quarter. The Cockeysville resident, known as an off-ball player, sneaked around the crease to deposit the ball into the net to give the South an 8-7 advantage. Moreover, it was the first of three goals by the South in a 35-second blitz.
Carlson's high school coach, Rick Brocato, became the first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association coach to pilot the South to victory. The South is now 2-4 in the series.
"We had to match the North's intensity," Brocato said. "Their kids are tough, and they hang their hat on that. So, we had to be just as tough as they were."
Another factor, Brocato said, was clearing the ball better.
"I think the guys had forgotten where they needed to be on clears," Brocato said. "We drew it up for them after the first quarter, and that made a big difference.".