The defending champion got back into the race Wednesday, but yesterday Boys' Latin virtually dropped out again.
Host St. Paul's saw to that, beating the 1994 MIAA B Conference titlist, 1-0, on senior Matt Gischel's unassisted goal with 18 minutes remaining in the game.
The victory gave the Crusaders a 9-2-1 league record and 19 points with two games to play. Boys' Latin dipped to 7-3-2 -- staying at 16 points -- and now will require a lot of help to finish first or second.
St. Mary's, the team Boys' Latin beat earlier in the week, is second with 17 points and meets Severn today.
It was basically a defensive game, particularly against the Lakers, who received few good scoring opportunities and forced only two saves from two St. Paul's goalkeepers.
"We kept popping the ball up in the air," said Boys' Latin coach Butch Maisel. "We got seven or eight corner kicks and two direct kicks and did not hang with them.
"Those are the things we have to rely on with [David] Rose out. I don't think we made their keeper make a tough play."
Rose, the Lakers' standout center halfback, needed 50 stitches after banging heads with Justin Wells of St. Mary's when both went for a header. He is expected back next week.
St. Paul's took 15 shots and finally cashed in when Gischel left-footed a crossing shot into the right corner of the Laker net from about 20 yards away.
"He did that with some excellent individual effort," said Crusader coach Howard Schindler. "Matt has been a little frustrated about not scoring and he was coming off a twisted ankle."
Another St. Paul's shot -- by Chris Horich -- barely missed five minutes earlier. He had an open goal with Graham Ogelsby on the other side of the net, but couldn't turn on the ball quite enough and slammed it into the side.
"Sometimes, it's frightening when you're getting all the chances and not scoring," said Schindler.
Meanwhile, Maisel was frustrated by his team's seeming unwillingness to be aggressive on offense.
"Nobody wanted to step up, to take the shot. We even moved fullbacks up there," he said. "From midfield into 18 [yards away] we outplayed them, but around the goal we didn't execute at all."
* Atholton 2, Oakland Mills 1: Teddy Zingman scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season as the Raiders (6-4-1) upended the third-ranked Scorpions (7-3-1).
* Curley 3, Spalding 0: Junior Giuliano Celenza scored a goal and added an assist to raise his season totals to 16 and 4, respectively, as No. 4 Curley (9-2-1) defeated host Spalding in a MIAA Division I league game.
* Gilman 3, John Carroll 2: Junior midfielder Scott Heaps scored the game-winning goal to give the 13th-ranked and host Greyhounds (9-5-2) a double-overtime victory over the Patriots in a MIAA A Conference game.
* Severna Park 5, Southern-AA 0: Scott Vane scored once and assisted on goals by Jim Traylor and Eric Lenfest to lead the No. 14 Falcons (9-3) over the Bulldogs (1-11).
* Wilde Lake 2, Howard 1: Freshman Leilani Ho scored with 1:56 remaining to lift the visiting No. 15 Wildecats over Howard.
After a scoreless first half, Wilde Lake sophomore Amanda Berman scored three minutes into the second half. The No. 13 Lions (8-3, 4-2) tied the game with 16:39 left on freshman's Jevne Reid shot from 20 yards out.
The Wildecats (7-3-1 overall, 4-1-1) move into sole possession of second place in the Howard County race, trailing Centennial (5-0-1) with one game left. The No. 9 Eagles, play at Glenelg (1-3-2) Tuesday while Wilde Lake is at Mount Hebron (2-4).
* Severna Park 4, Southern-AA 0: Jen Vorishan, Lindsay Poland, Dana Cappello, Shannon Chaney each scored a goal as No. 5 Severna Park (11-0-1) defeated visiting Southern-AA.