All-Metro attackman Dan Lamonica scored twice and had five assists, and junior defender Chris Brown helped shut down one of the area's top offensive players yesterday in No. 3 Boys' Latin's 9-6 lacrosse upset of top-ranked and previously unbeaten Gilman.
Goalkeeper Ryan Lafferty (19 saves) also had a big day, diverting three point-blank shots in the third period, with seven more saves in the fourth quarter when the visiting Lakers were outshot 13-5 (36-24 for the game).
The victory improved the Lakers (13-3 overall) to 5-2 in Division II of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference, giving them an inside track over fourth-ranked divisional rival St. Mary's (10-5, 3-4) toward the No. 3 seed in the league playoffs.
Gilman (13-1, 6-1), the likely top seed despite the loss, had overcome second-half deficits in earlier games against the Lakers, St. Paul's, Loyola, St. Mary's and Landon of Montgomery County.
Gilman's momentum usually began with faceoff midfielder Lance Zimmerman, who scored three times with one assist , and attackmen Richard Tuohey and Andrew Lucas.
But the Lakers broke a 2-2 second-period tie with a 5-0 run, scoring the first three goals of the second half on only four shots.
Lamonica assisted on the Lakers' first four goals for a 4-2 halftime lead, scored the first two of the second half unassisted, and assisted on the seventh. For his first goal, Lamonica created a two-on-one with goalkeeper Jay Pfeifer (11 saves), racing from midfield to the crease before faking high and firing low from 5 yards. Lamonica ripped in his second goal on an underhanded volley from 4 yards for a 6-2 lead.
Down 8-3, Gilman tried to rally with two straight goals from Ryan Boyle (one goal, two assists) and Zimmerman. But Brian Nee (three goals) slammed in the Lakers' final goal from the doorstep after digging up a ground ball near midfield for a 9-5 lead with 5: 06 to play.
"We had talked about how they've come back on almost every team they've played, and we didn't want to become a statistic," Lamonica said. Gilman converted only three of six extra-man opportunities. "At halftime, Coach [Bob] Shriver emphasized how they were a second-half team," Lafferty said. "We didn't want them to light us up like they did the last time."
Cameron missed the first game against Gilman -- a 14-12 loss -- because of injury. And Lafferty credited his presence, along with that of 6-foot-4, 200-pound Brown, for slowing Lucas, a powerful left-hander who was held to one assist yesterday.
Patterson 22, Mervo 4: Marvin Jones scored 11 goals and had four assists to lead the Clippers (12-0) to their fourth Baltimore City title in the past five years.