The Black and Gold team had a simple game plan: shoot quick and often.
Behind three goals by Tim Hahn (Loyola), Black and Gold nullified Red and White's strong goalkeeping for a 16-14 win in the second annual Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Star Game at Loyola College.
"In all-star games, you go out there and just play," said Hahn, who received the Kevin Reichardt Memorial Award as the game's most outstanding offensive player. "It's just going out there for fun, running up and down the field and scoring in transition."
Black and Gold continually attacked the goal to offset Red and White's dominance in faceoffs and the strong goalkeeping combination of DeMatha's Jeff Briles and Corey Popham of Gilman.
Briles made 12 of his 16 saves in the first quarter as both teams traded goals for the first 18 minutes. Then trailing 5-4, Black and Gold made its first run.
Black and Gold scored four goals in a 6-0 run from point-blank range and limited Red and White to one shot each possession to climb out to a 10-5 lead. The spurt was capped by Tucker Radebaugh (St. Paul's), who scored on a headfirst dive into the goal with 4:12 left in the second quarter.
"I faced a lot more shots than I usually do, but I've got to get used to it," said Popham, a Princeton-bound goalkeeper who won the Eric Franklin Memorial Award as the outstanding defensive player. "You can't get frustrated if one gets by you. I am just happy we stayed in the game."
Red and White cut the lead to 13-11 with three minutes remaining in the third when Scott Baughman (Mount Hebron) scored on a two-man advantage situation. After killing off a Red and White extra-man opportunity, Black and Gold's Todd Paradise (Boys' Latin) scored to push the lead to 14-11 with 10:49 left in the game.
Red and White's Lorne Smith (Gilman) scored on a one-on-one play to cut the margin to 14-12 with 8:44 left. Hahn then scored after picking up a loose ball on the offensive end a minute later to seal the victory.
At halftime, Black and Gold's Scott Diggs (Loyola), who is going to Duke, won the fastest shot competition with a shot clocked at 97 mph.