For nearly three quarters yesterday, Dulaney's boys lacrosse team appeared to be on the verge of an upset for the ages.
The visiting and 10th-ranked Lions never had trailed against top-ranked, defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion Boys' Latin, and were ahead by two goals with just over four minutes left in the third period.
But the Lions' dreams dissipated like a puff of smoke when the Lakers' high-powered offense caught fire behind Brett Weiss, Travis Reed and Josh Perlow, who combined for seven goals and 10 assists in a 13-6 win before about 800 rain-soaked fans.
Weiss had a goal and eight assists, Reed scored four times, and Perlow had two goals and two assists.
Jacob Hagelin also made 12 saves for the Lakers as they rose to 6-0 with their 27th consecutive victory.
The last public school team to beat Boys' Latin in lacrosse was Towson in 1972.
John Davis won 15 of 23 faceoffs, including 11 of the final 12 as the Lakers erased a 5-3 third-quarter deficit by scoring nine unanswered goals.
"We had zero intensity early in the game," said Reed, whose father, Jake, is in his first season coaching Dulaney. "They played a great zone, and it took a while to get adjusted to it."
Reed scored on an assist from Perlow to bring the Lakers within 5-4 with 3:52 left in the third quarter. Weiss then fed Jack Rice for the tying goal to end third quarter. Weiss gave the Lakers the lead for good early in the fourth.
Weiss' goal was a nifty, over-the-right-shoulder shot on Dulaney goalie Rob Bachrach, who made 15 saves.
"Their goalie was hot, and they surprised us with their intensity," Weiss said. "They were able to control the game with several long possessions, but winning faceoffs, that helped us turn it around."
Dulaney was led by Jeff Santo (two goals) and Jay Mann. The game began to unravel for the Lions (0-1) when star defenseman Alex Hernan went down with a third-quarter leg injury.
"That affected what we were doing because he was mostly on the sides with Travis and Brett," said Jake Reed, who, as coach of McDonogh two years ago, handed Boys Latin its past two losses. "It's never fun to lose, but this is their sixth or seventh game and only our first. So I'm proud of our play. We can build on this."