No. 3 Boys' Latin topples McDonogh, clears way to No. 1; Thomas' OT goal gives Lakers 11-10 victory over top-ranked Eagles


Boys' Latin's Mike Thomas scored his fourth goal, off an assist from Dan Lamonica with 2: 16 left in the four-minute overtime period, to lift the third-ranked Lakers over visiting top-ranked McDonogh, 11-10, yesterday.

Coupled with Thursday's 9-8 upset by No. 6 St. Mary's over second-ranked defending league champ Gilman, the win has likely earned the area's No. 1 ranking for Boys' Latin -- its first since going 17-0 for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association crown two seasons ago.

The Lakers play host to Gilman on Tuesday.

Boys' Latin (5-0, 1-0 in Division I) trailed 10-9 with 1: 45 left in regulation when Thomas, who also had two assists, found Jamie Daue, who tied the game for the fifth and final time. Daue had two goals and an assist.

A year ago at Boys' Latin, McDonogh (3-1, 0-1) won, 16-15, on a late goal by Brad Dumont against keeper Ryan Lafferty. But Dumont missed twice in overtime yesterday: Lafferty blocked his first shot and forced his second inches wide left.

"I wanted this game so much. I wanted to make the big play. I wanted to redeem myself for last year," said Lafferty, also crediting Mackey Cronin, Greg Hendler, J. J. La Seta and Matt O'Malley for their defense.

Playing opposite McDonogh's All-Metro Rob Scherr (21 saves), a U.S. Under-19 National team keeper, Lafferty (22 saves) stopped six close-range shots in the fourth period, including a potential game-winner by Matt Primm (two goals) -- a one-hopper with seven seconds left.

The Lakers led 9-6 entering the fourth period. But McDonogh's Bobby Benson and Owen Daly led a 4-0 run that had the Eagles up, 10-9, with 4: 07 left.

Daly's fourth goal, with 5: 04 to play, made it 9-all, and Benson's game-high seventh point (two goals, five assists) made it 10-9.

"They had the momentum pretty much the whole way, but we had a bit of a momentum swing right there," Daly said, "But they got it back, and, really, they just played the better game."

The Lakers' defense withstood the first three of McDonogh's six early extra-man opportunities before allowing three straight extra-man scores to face a 4-2 second-period deficit. Boys' Latin scored six of the next seven goals for an 8-5 lead at 4: 14 of the third period.

By collectively shooting low against Scherr, the Lakers went on a 4-0 run for a 6-4 lead with 13 seconds left in a first half. "Rob's a great left-handed goalie, so we tried to go off-side, low and away," Thomas said. "It was a great strategy that worked out well for us."

Thomas took an assist from Brian Nee to tie the game at 4 before feeding Kevin Sullivan from behind the goal for a 5-4 lead with 4: 13 left in the half.

Scherr adjusted, but so did Thomas, ripping high volleys off passes from Nee and R.C. Reed, respectively, as the Lakers built their lead to 8-5.

Lamonica had two each in goals and assists, and teammate Chris Edwards scored twice. McDonogh's Pat Shek had a goal and an assist.

Pub Date: 3/27/99

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