Boys' Latin lacrosse coach Bob Shriver smiled a lot after yesterday's game at Calvert Hall. It was easy to see why.
John Fuller scored three goals and Matt Proutt scored two, as No. 3 Boys' Latin dominated from start to finish in a 10-3 victory over No. 10 Calvert Hall in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference game.
Boys' Latin (10-2, 8-2), which has won at least 10 games for the 10th straight year, controlled play from the opening faceoff.
The Lakers made few mistakes and kept play in Calvert Hall's end much of the game.
"We really played a nice game today," Shriver said.
Boys' Latin controlled the game by controlling the tempo. The Lakers held the ball for long stretches, rarely allowing Calvert Hall (5-7, 4-7) a good scoring chance.
"I thought that a big key for us was we were controlling the ball," Proutt said. "We have a young team and . . . having the ball settles us down a little bit."
It also served to unsettle Calvert Hall. The Lakers kept firing away, outshooting the Cardinals 21-5 in the first half and 41-12 overall.
Calvert Hall often went minutes without a shot or even clearing the ball out of its end. Despite scoring only one goal, Boys' Latin kept possession nearly the entire second quarter.
The Lakers broke the game open in the first quarter, taking a 4-1 lead on two goals by Fuller (two) and one each from Proutt and Scott Hochstadt.
Despite dominating play, Boys' Latin did not break through in the second period until the final moments. That's when Andy Sharretts (one goal, two assists) scored on a bounce shot from just outside the restraining line with three seconds left.
Ned Webster scored with an assist from Todd Quenzer for a 6-1 lead in the third period, before the Cardinals briefly rallied. Tim Kearney (one goal, one assist) scored with 2:42 left in the period, and Mike Loughran added another with 8:08 left in the game, cutting the lead to 6-3.
Proutt answered for the Lakers, putting a long bounce shot past goalie Strider Dickson with 5:45 left. Sharretts then fed a wide-open Fuller with 4:26 left, and the Lakers were in control again.
Calvert Hall coach Mike Thomas said his defense played well in spots. The key, though, was how long Boys' Latin could hold the ball.
"You can't play all day against Boys' Latin and hold them," said Thomas. "You just keep that pressure on, and [they'll score]."