With his team trailing second-ranked Loyola for most of the second half, Boys' Latin attackman Blake O'Shaughnessy said the fourth-ranked Lakers made a conscious effort to take more shots.
It was a virtual shot in the dark by the senior, however, that might have made the biggest difference in the host Lakers' 11-10 comeback win.
After a long clear, O'Shaughnessy beat Loyola goalie Trae Rodgers to the ball deep in the Dons' end. From his back, he then spun and fired blindly into the Loyola net to tie the game at 10-10 with 6:11 left.
It was one of three straight goals for the Colorado transfer in the fourth quarter, helping the Lakers erase a 10-7 deficit with 10 minutes left. He also scored the eventual game-winner unassisted with 3:51 to play, though it was his third goal that left his coach scratching his head.
"I've never seen anything like that," said Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver, "and I've been doing this a long time. It's just an instinctive play. Sometimes you get lucky."
"Luckily enough, I got it before the goalie did. I just kind of spun around, falling on my back, and shot it," said O'Shaughnessy, who said a shift in strategy helped turn the tide. "We were just trying to take more shots and put our shots up high. Their goalie was excellent on the ground, but we thought we could take advantage going high, and I think that's what we did."
Ian Loizeaux also scored four goals for the Lakers (13-2), while Bobby Griebe added four assists. Evan Gallant and Phil Grillo each scored three times to lead the Dons (16-4).
For Shriver, the victory was particularly sweet.
"We had a lot of opportunities to pack it in today, and I'm really incredibly proud that we played hard all 48 minutes," said Shriver. "We hung in there, and we kept fighting. Good things happen when you play hard for a long time."
In terms of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs, the game meant little. Both teams have already qualified.
In terms of intangibles, however, the game may prove to have tremendous value for the Lakers. Though they still have two games remaining on the regular-season schedule - Gilman on Tuesday and St. Mary's on Friday - they head into the stretch riding an emotional high.
"We're already in the playoffs, but emotionally going into the playoffs, this is such a big boost," said O'Shaughnessy.