Ben Levin, Brad Ernst

Boys' Latin player Ben Levin gets a stick to his neck from Fallston's Brad Ernst, as Ernst tries to knock the ball loose, during 2nd half action. (Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun / March 26, 2012)

Early in the season with a young roster, the Boys' Latin lacrosse team is still finding out what it's all about.

One thing that was evident in Monday's home game against No. 13 Fallston was the No. 4 Lakers have plenty of players who can score.

Nine different Lakers each scored a goal in the first half and 11 scored in all as the Lakers jumped on the Cougars and collecta 14-6 win.

Junior midfielder Ben Pridemore led the balanced effort with three goals; sophomore midfielder Tally Bruno had two and sophomore attackman Shack Stanwick was the primary distributor with three assists along with a goal. Boys' Latin improves to 5-1 on the season, while Fallston, which lost an overtime game to No. 6 St. Paul's on Friday, falls to 0-2.


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On Monday, the Lakers were quick to establish their game. They got goals from Bruno and junior midfielder Casey Rees on their first two possessions and claimed a 6-1 lead after the first quarter that increased to 9-2 at the half. The starting point was gaining possession and the Lakers won 19 of 23 faceoffs.

"We've been struggling so far on putting together a couple quarters, so the whole intent was not to necessarily make it look pretty, but lets go out fast and aggressive which I think we did," Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver said. "We think we have pretty good balance. The midfield group that goes out first — they've been scoring a fair amount of goals — Tally had a couple, Pridemore had a couple, Michael Lynch had one — and that's great production from our middies. If we can keep that up because we have a quality attack, we're good at the defensive end. We're just striving to figure it all out."

After giving St. Paul's all it could handle in an 11-10 loss on Friday, the Cougars, who also entered the season particularly young on attack, didn't have the same intensity against the Lakers. One positive for Fallston was its improved play in the second half despite the overwhelming deficit.

Junior attackman Kyle D'Onofrio scored three goals for Fallston with junior midfielder Marc Badger adding two.

"We just didn't come out with any fire, any passion. I think we were living off the way we played on Friday a little too much," Fallston coach Matt Parks said. "We thought it was just going to click for us rather than preparing ourselves like we usually do and getting our minds in the right place. We just weren't there and plus they're a really good team.It's a great experience for us learning that when you're playing a good team and you come out slow, they're going to beat you up pretty good. Lesson learned."

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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