Crusaders still in hunt

The Baltimore Sun

This season hasn't gone as planned for the No. 11 St. Paul's boys lacrosse team. Early season injuries and a slow start looked like they would derail what the Crusaders hoped would be a promising season. For the seniors, though, a win over No. 6 Boys Latin is of some consolation.

"All the seniors have never beaten BL," senior midfielder Peter Smyth said. "Beating them makes you forget everything else that went on during the season."

The St. Paul's seniors now know what it's like to beat the Lakers, having triumphed, 9-7, on Lake Avenue in both teams' regular-season finale yesterday.

The victory was a great way to end the season for the Crusaders, and by beating Boys Latin, St. Paul's also has kept itself alive in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoff race. Games played by No. 4 St. Mary's and No. 9 Archbishop Spalding last night factor in to which teams will get in. The playoff picture won't be determined until next week.

"You can't ask for any better way to end a season than to beat BL," said senior attackman Adam Johnston, who had two goals and two assists. "If we don't make the playoffs, it's been a great year, but hopefully ... we'll be playing next week." "

Smyth had three goals, Cliff Larkin had three assists, and Jack Rice led the Lakers with four goals and an assist.

"I was preaching all game to keep the ball hot and keep moving," coach Rick Brocato

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