St. Mary's may want to consider leaving its "Let's Go Saints" banner at home the next time it visits Boys' Latin.
Not that Boys' Latin needed any additional motivation, but the top-ranked and unbeaten Lakers used the visitors' blue-and-white sign as a source of inspiration as they jumped out to a 9-1 halftime lead and eventually downed the Saints, 12-5, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference matchup.
"As soon as we saw them put the banner up we said, 'We can't let that happen,' " said senior John Fuller. "We know everyone is gunning for us because we're No. 1, but we just try to put that aside and try and do the best we can."
Three Lakers provided all the goals for Boys' Latin, with Fuller and Chris Turner scoring five apiece and senior midfielder Scott Hochstadt adding the other two.
Boys' Latin (12-0), which hadn't played a game in nine days, showed how anxious it was to score when J.D. Radebaugh won the opening faceoff for the Lakers and fed Turner for a goal five seconds into the game.
The No. 3 Saints (6-3) tied the score at 1 on an unassisted goal by junior attackman Dan Marohl. Unfortunately for the visitors, that was their final highlight.
Back-to-back goals by Fuller, one on a feed from Brad Gilroy and the other assisted by Ian Shure, helped spawn an eight-goal run by the Lakers. Fuller, a 6-foot-1 attackman who will play for Washington College next season, closed out the first quarter with two more goals, giving Boys' Latin a 6-1 lead.
"We had at least four or five unsettled opportunities in the first quarter and we didn't catch the ball," said Saints coach Jim Moorhead. "We were absolutely horrible today. We couldn't play any worse than that. We might as well not have practiced our first two months because we couldn't do any worse than we did today."
The Saints scored first in the second half, but Justin Bowman's goal on a feed from Jamison Mullen was answered 51 seconds later by Turner, making it 10-2 with 5:33 left in the third.
St. Mary's was getting its share of shots in the third quarter, but nearly every one of them ended up in the webbing of Andrew Hampson's stick. The senior goalkeeper finished with 11 saves.
Roland Park sophomore goalie Melissa Coyne stopped 15 shots, including seven on eight-meter free positions, to spark the No. 4 Reds to an 11-10 upset of No. 1 Mount Hebron in the championship of the Roland Park North/South Tournament.
With 23 seconds left, Coyne came up with her biggest save -- against a free-position shot by Mount Hebron's Dani Vissers, who already had scored six goals.