From the first day of the lacrosse season, Spalding coach Zach Burke has been preaching for his team to believe.
On Friday, the Cavaliers listened to their coach's rallying cry. They defeated No. 5 Boys Latin, 14-6, and proved that they need to be in the discussion with some of the best teams in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.
"I've been harping on the guys about believing, and they finally bought into our system and ourselves," Burke said.
The Cavaliers were down, 4-3, at halftime, but stormed back, scoring 11 goals in the second half. Rich May had five goals and an assist, and Mike Poiter and Andrew Scalley each added two goals and two assists.
Matt Burke, the brother of Zach Burke, scored three goals and goalie Tyler Powell had 14 saves.
"We still have the same goal and that's to win a championship. I told the kids that at first and they thought I was crazy," Zach Burke said. "But beating Boys' Latin was a turning point, I definitely believe that."