So far this season, the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference in boys lacrosse has been a week-by-week ride of unpredictability with one major exception: No. 1 Boys' Latin.
While the rest of the teams in the demanding league have taken turns knocking each other off in a pool of talented parity, the Lakers have remained the lone constant.
More proof came on Friday when the Lakers were able to wear down determined Calvert Hall with a dominating second half to come away with a sturdy 15-11 home win.
Junior attackman Wells Stanwick led the way with three-goals and six assists while senior Kevin O'Neil adding five goals. Boys' Latin improves to 10-1 on the season and are 6-0 in the MIAA.
The Cardinals, who got a stellar 15-save performance from senior goalie Greg Dutton to stay close through three quarters, fell to 7-3 and 3-3 in league play.
With the Lakers hanging on to a 9-8 lead in the closing seconds of the third quarter, Stanwick got free on the right side of the cage and scored diving across the crease for a 10-8 advantage.
It was the first of five straight goals – Greg Pyke, O'Neil, Stanwick and Patrick Foster (three goals) – scoring in the early part of the fourt quarter as the Lakers were finally able to gain some seperation.
"We knew we were having a lot of possession in the first half, we knew we had to shoot really really to get them by Greg [Dutton] and I think we took a lot better shots in the second half," Stanwick said.
"We've been working really hard all year and this was the game that it really came out in. Everybody played really well."
With Dutton making nine of his 15 saves in the first half and the Cardinals, who got three-goal performances from senior Tony Rossi and Robby Zoppo, the visitors were abl to go into the half tied at 6.
"The second half adjustments were just to stay on it. We were getting great shots, but [Dutton] just played a mind-boggling first half. I think we just settled down really. It wasn't as much adjustments but we just kept playing," Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver said.
Despite the fine performance from Dutton and a gritty effort from the rest of his team, Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly said his team's lack of possession proved to be the difference. Sophomore Patrick Kelly finished with two goals and three assists in the setback.
"The problem was we had to play too much defense and when you get tired you make mental mistakes, do dumb things and get penalties. We played a lot of defense and I think that was the difference in the game," Bryan Kelly said.