Boys' Latin and McDonogh entered yesterday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game having split their previous four meetings. The visiting Lakers were runners-up to the Eagles two years ago before dethroning them for last year's crown.
The No. 3 Lakers won yesterday's grudge match, 8-6, after jumping out to an early lead behind All-Metro Travis Reed (three goals, two assists) and Jack Dudley (one, two), helping them rebound from an 11-10 loss to Haverford, Pa., on April 7 that ended a 30-game winning streak.
"This was our first real challenge since we lost to Haverford, a team that they beat. So we wanted to prove something, and we feel that we did," said Maryland-bound Reed, who, as a sophomore, played on McDonogh's title-winning team that twice earned one-goal wins over Boys' Latin, but as a junior, helped the Lakers defeat the Eagles twice.
The Lakers (12-1, 5-0) scored the game's first three goals and led 3-1 after the first quarter, 5-1 early in the second and 6-2 at halftime - despite McDonogh goalie Tyler Fiorito's making seven of his 11 saves in the first half.
Led by Andrew Feinberg (two goals), Garrett Curran (two goals) and Brad Zink (two assists), the No. 2 Eagles (13-3, 5-2) were able to pull to within 6-4 with 11:09 to play.
But Reed refused to allow his Lakers to fall, scoring unassisted to make it 7-4 with 8:16 to play and assisting Dudley to make it 8-5 with 4:41 left.
"People were starting to think we weren't as good as we know we are," said Reed, whose Eagles meet No. 1 St. Paul's on Saturday. "But this shows that we can be there for the championship in the end."
Lakers goalkeeper Jacob Hagelin (11 saves) allowed a goal by Curran off a pass from Tyler Goldberg, but he came up with three critical stops in the game's last two minutes.
"It seemed like Hagelin was saving everything. He was amazing," said Feinberg, crediting Lakers defenders Charlie McComas, Alex Lyons, Alex Otto and Kevin Moriarty (one goal). "Alex Lyons is a good defender. I've played with him all my life. He knew all my moves, and they were sliding early to stop us."