Strider Dickson has come up with some big saves this season for Calvert Hall and yesterday was no exception.
Dickson stopped 17 shots yesterday, but it wasn't nearly enough as top-ranked Boys' Latin rolled to an 11-3 victory.
John Fuller, who had five goals in Saturday's win over St. Mary's, led the Lakers to their 13th consecutive win -- their seventh in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference -- by scoring four goals.
Senior faceoff specialist and ground-ball junkie J.D. Radebaugh added three goals for the home-standing Lakers and Chris Turner, Tim Berger and Scott Hochstadt each had a goal and an assist.
"We kept the pressure on and as well as their goalie played, he can't make all the saves," said Lakers coach Bob Shriver, whose team will visit Mount St. Joseph on Friday before playing host to defending league champion Gilman Tuesday. "If we can keep the pressure on you, the ball has got to go in the hole sooner or later."
The Lakers opened the scoring 24 seconds into the contest when Radebaugh scooped up a ball that caromed off Dickson's chest and redirected it into the goal.
A severe-angle goal by David Federline pulled the Cardinals to within 2-1 with 4:17 left in the first quarter, but that margin grew to three by period's end, thanks to goals by Turner and Jeff Jeffers.
No. 5 Calvert Hall (9-4), which bowed to the Lakers 12-6 earlier this month, scored first in the second quarter when junior defenseman Eric Fifer bowled over two defenders.
Boys' Latin (13-0) responded by outscoring the visitors 4-1 in the closing minutes to take an 8-3 halftime lead.
The Lakers' lead would have been even larger if it weren't for Dickson's 11 first-half saves.
"They're just a great lacrosse team," said Dickson. "They have great shooters, great athletes and they move the ball real well, but I still think we could have done a lot better against them. We had a rough day today."
It took the Lakers just six seconds to score in the second half, but after Fuller's early goal, the Lakers could tack on only one more before the third quarter ended and led 10-3.
Boys' Latin's highly skilled defense, which shut out the Cardinals in the second half, got another solid effort from its corps of seniors, as well as from junior Eric Fitez and sophomore John Glatzel.
Even though his team was not as productive offensively in the second half, Shriver was not concerned.
"Sometimes when you're up by a considerable margin you tend to make some mistakes but the other team was playing hard and I don't know if you can sustain it for 40 minutes," said Shriver.
"We shut them out in the second half, and we won it 3-0. We didn't need to do more than that."