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Mervo exacts revenge with 10-7 win in Baltimore City boys lacrosse championship game

The Mervo boys lacrosse team believed this was the year it would win the Baltimore City Division A championship.

It had to be a strong belief for the Mustangs all things considered.

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In Monday's title game, they were going against two-time defending league champion City, which had beaten them in last year's final and took a string of 28 straight league wins into play.

Senior captain Dayon Foster scored three goals and had an assist — and gave the Mustangs their first lead late in the third quarter — and Shamar Collymore added four goals, with goalie Ishmaek Abdul-Ghani making four fourth-quarter saves, to secure a 10-7 win over the Knights at Dunbar.

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"We knew were down by two at halftime and I said this is my senior year and if I'm not down you all shouldn't be down and we got this," Foster said. "I don't want to leave school without a championship and you all shouldn't either."

In last year's title game, City scored five unanswered goals to come back for an 8-6 win.

"This is basically the same team from last year and a rematch from last year, which we lost, and they were just hungry this year," Mervo coach Martin Church said. "It was like, 'We're not going to lose it this year.' "

On Monday, the Knights, who were without leading scorer Derian Sturdivant-Williams because of an injury in a game last week, opened with the game's first four goals, but the Mustangs weren't going to be denied and ended up bringing home the program's third City championship and first in 13 years.

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Trailing 6-4 at the half, Mervo got two straight goals from Collymore to get back even. But City standout Melvin Scott III scored his fourth goal with 6:13 to play in the third quarter. The Mustangs closed out the game with the last four goals — Ramone Alleyne tying the game at 7, followed by two straight from Foster and then a late fourth-quarter score by Dae-quan Jackson after big saves from Adbul Ghani.

The Knights, who went 11-0 in Baltimore City play during the regular season — including an 8-7 win over Mervo — hadn't lost a league game since mid-April 2015.

Division B

Bluford Drew Jemison 4, Northwestern 3: The Rockets (8-5) scored two unaswered goals in the fourth quarter, with Jovannie Gayle scoring the game winner with 4:50 to play.

Kaku Tutu tied the score with seven minutes left and led the attack with two goals and one assist. Goalie Chris McRae finished with 10 saves as the Rockets avenged an 8-2 loss to the Wildcats on March 30.

It was the first championship of any kind for Bluford Drew Jemison in the school's six years of varsity play.

"Coach [AC George] told us about how long we haven't won a city championship and we had to do that. Our captain [Gayle] told us to work our hardest and we'll win and we trusted him and put our effort into it and won. It feels pretty good," Tutu said.

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