Momentum can swiftly turn in lacrosse with an eye-popping goal, an incredible save and even a tough ground ball.
At Boys' Latin on Tuesday, the host No. 2 Lakers made the most of a Severn penalty to take hold of their Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference opener.
After a two-minute non-releasable penalty on the Admirals, the Lakers scored four man-advantage goals and added a fifth seconds later in the pivotal third quarter, turning a tie game into a comfortable 16-11 win.
Freshman attackman Brendan Grimes made an impressive MIAA A league play debut, scoring five second half goals — including three in the man-advantage opportunity — and adding an assist. The Lakers, who improved to 7-3, also got a two-goal, four-assist effort from junior attackman Matt Brandau with his brother, Chris, finishing with 11 saves.
The Admirals (9-3) had scored four straight goals to take a 7-6 lead, their first, with 5:18 to play in the third quarter when the game changed.
Boys' Latin senior attackman and captain Luke Shilling tied the game less than a minute later and was hit hard as he continued cutting across the goal with an illegal check called on an Admiral defenseman. The Lakers made the visitors pay with key faceoff wins, followed by Grimes and Co. precisely executing on the man-advantage. Shilling's tying goal was the start of seven straight for the Lakers as they took a 13-7 lead into the fourth quarter.
"We scored the first goal and then everyone was going crazy and then we just got on a roll and scored like five more. So we were really rolling," Grimes said. "It was really exciting. I was a little nervous coming into it, but I knew I was going to be fine and just went out there and played."
Tightly-contested throughout the first half, the Lakers got consecutive goals from long stick midfielder Michael Ubriaco 13 seconds apart to take a 6-3 lead with 2:13 left in the second quarter. But the Admirals got a goal from Joel Mandish (two goals, one assist) with 44 seconds left and opened fast in the third quarter with goals from Ben Bedard (four goals, one assist) and Michael Lamon (two goals, two assists) to tie the game at 6 just two minutes into play. Up a man a little later, Charlie Olmert took a feed from Mandish to give the Admirals their first lead at 7-6 with 5:18 to play.
The Lakers stormed back.
"Our extra-man crushed it," Matt Brandau said. "Coach [Brian Farrell] talked about handling their runs and they had a strong start to the third quarter. But we got all our momentum back and put the pedal to the metal."
Severn coach Jamie McNealey said his Admirals, two years removed from going 0-9 in league play, are still learning how to close out games to get wins. The Admirals will look to bounce back Thursday against Loyola Blakefield.
"I think we took a step forward, we didn't play poorly at all," he said. "I thought it was a great battle between two very good teams and that penalty allowed them to push ahead so we had to do somethings we're not used to."
Goals: S – Bedard 4, Olmert, Mandish 2, Lamon 2, Gergar 2; BL – Grimes 5, Shilling, Russell, Ey 2, Ubriaco 2, Crouse, Booth, O'Neill, M. Brandau 2. Assists: S – Bedard, Lamon 2, Mandish; BL – M. Brandau 4, Grimes, Crouse 2, Ey, Russell. Saves: S – Emmons 8; BL – C. Brandau 11. Half: BL, 6-4.