The way things started for Boys' Latin faceoff specialist Jake Glatz in Friday's showdown against visiting McDonogh, he would have never imagined being hounded by kids seeking his autograph soon after.
The senior captain struggled on faceoffs as the No. 2 Lakers fell behind in the first half, but he kept his head up and grinded the rest of the way.
And then came overtime.
Glatz won the opening faceoff, collected the ground ball and seven seconds later, scored his most memorable goal to give Boys' Latin a thrilling 10-9 win over No. 3 McDonogh.
In a rematch of last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game — an 8-5 McDonogh win — a big crowd on a sunny day on Lake Avenue saw an instant classic.
And in an instant, Glatz was the hero.
"We were all down for a bit because we thought they scored to go up with [seven] seconds left in the game and then when it was waved off [for offsides] our whole sideline was pumped up," Glatz said. "My teammates just told me, I'm a senior, it's my last year and I had to go make it happen."
In improving to 10-3 overall and 4-0 in the MIAA, the Lakers got a one-goal, four-assist effort from senior attackman Luke Shilling, two goals and an assist from freshman Brendan Grimes, and 10 saves from junior goalie Chris Brandau.
In a game that experienced momentum swings, the Eagles (10-3, 2-2) got three goals and two assists from senior attackman Jack Parr, two goals each from juniors Jack Sweeney and Jack Simmons, and 12 saves from sophomore goalie Evan Long.
After McDonogh freshman Gable Braun won seven of nine faceoffs in the first half, helping the Eagles take a 4-3 halftime lead, Glatz got rolling in the third quarter and so did the Lakers. They scored five straight goals to build an 8-4 lead late in the third quarter before it was the Eagles turn to show their mettle.
The visitors answered with four straight of their own, tying the game at 8 with 7:26 to play in the fourth quarter when Parr finished off a feed from Griffin Catlett. The Eagles again tied it, at 9, on Sweeney's goal with 1:32 to play.
The Eagles appeared to have taken the lead with seven seconds left when Catlett scored, but they had too many players on the attacking end and the goal was waved off.
Then came Glatz's work.
"It was a senior captain making a play," Boys' Latin coach Brian Farrell said. "He wasn't having the greatest day, but he stuck with it the whole time and didn't get in his own head and stepped up like a leader when we needed a leader the most."
For McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner, the loss was difficult to take, but he was quick to add that it was MIAA lacrosse at its best.
"It was a great game with two great teams," he said. "BL is incredibly well coached and I thought both teams played their butts off. They played really hard on a hot day and gave everything they had. It's a tough result to have, but I have a lot of respect for both guys on both sidelines today."
2 Boys' Latin 10, 3 McDonogh 9 (OT)
Goals: M – Sweeney 2, Simmons 2, Parr 3, Powderly;
BL – Asburn 2, Ey 2, Shilling, M. Brandau, Caplin, Grimes 2, Glatz.
Assists: M – Catlett 2, Hilgartner, Parr 2;
BL – Shilling 3, M. Brandau, Grimes
Saves: M – Long 12;
BL – C. Brandau 10
Half: M, 4-3