With possessions crucial against visiting Wilde Lake on Monday, Mount Hebron boys lacrosse coach Mike McCarthy knew his team would be in good hands with Ryung Lee handling the majority of faceoff duties.
Some of them came more easily than others, but the senior did his job in the center of the field. Lee was a perfect 18-for-18 for the Vikings, who went on to defeat the Wildecats, 12-6.
"I always make it my priority to win every faceoff," said Lee, who added the first goal of his varsity career in the win. "To me, that's a separate part of the game in itself."
With Lee continuously supplying his team with opportunities on the offensive end, scorers like Shane Brookhart (two goals), Kyle Sutton (2) and Thomas Stone (2) made sure his efforts weren't wasted.
Though McCarthy thinks there is still much to improve on when it comes to taking that next step as a serious offensive threat, the coach is optimistic that the team's time is coming.
"We played hard, we're just not always playing smart and finishing," he said. "We're getting there. We're shooting for May."
Finishing seemed to be the Vikings' biggest problem in the first half against the Wildecats, especially after converting for just four goals on nearly 20 shots.
—Matt Owings, Baltimore Sun Media Group
No. 1 Boys' Latin 20, Loyola Academy (Ill.) 4: Patrick Spencer and Logan Wisnauskas contributed three goals each to lead the Lakers (6-0) to a blowout win over the visiting Ramblers.
Boys' Latin led 8-2 at halftime, and the Lakers outscored the Ramblers 12-2 in the second half.
No. 4 Gilman 14, No. 7 Hereford 2: The Greyhounds (3-2) won easily behind senior midfielder Tyler Ruhl's three goals and Andy Matthews' two goals.
The Greyhounds outscored the Bulls (2-2) 10-0 in the first half.
No. 1 McDonogh 19, Maryvale 5: The Eagles (6-0) won their 97th straight game with a win against the host Lions.
Brindi Griffin and Olivia Jenner scored three goals each to lead the way for the Eagles, who are now six wins away from the all-time state record.
No. 11 John Carroll 12, No. 3 C. Milton Wright 11, 4OT: The Mustangs' Maggie Gallagher forced overtime with a goal with 33 seconds left in regulation.
The Patriots, however, outscored the Mustangs 2-1 over four overtimes to come away with the upset.
No. 2 Gilman 10, No. 7 Mount St. Joseph 0: The Greyhounds used a strong outing from pitcher Zach Stoll to shut out the Gaels and win in a game shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule.
No. 9 North Harford 7, Rising Sun 7: The Hawks' Brian Shaffer had a home run, but the game ended in a tie after nine innings of play.
The Hawks (3-0-1) went up 5-2 after four innings, but the Tigers stormed back to take the lead.
No. 3 Mount de Sales 12, Notre Dame Prep 2: Emily Fitzsimmons pitched six scoreless innings, striking out six for the Sailors (3-0).
Three Sailors had multihit games: Jessica Jurney, Kellie Schinzel and Abby Zalucki.
No. 14 Broadneck 3, Southern 2: Pitcher Ally Thompson threw a no-hitter, including 11 strikeouts, and had a walk-off double in the seventh inning to lead the Bruins (5-1) to the win.
Thompson's hit scored Heather Ostrowski from second base.