The Lakers responded with one of their best practices of the season and it translated into an 8-5 win over the No. 2 Cardinals.
All-Metro senior goalie and captain Chris Brandau made 13 saves, senior midfielder Brenden Crouse scored three goals and the Lakers won all the important battles to put their two-game slide behind them.
Boys' Latin (9-3) improved to 4-2 in the MIAA A Conference, while Calvert Hall (9-3) fell to 3-2 in league play.
"This one was huge. Obviously, you can't drop a lot of games in this league, especially with it being so competitive this year," Brandau said. "So I thought we really needed to come out and make a stand. I think our coaching staff did a great job of game planning and our defense played with a lot of heart today. It was great to see."
Other than a 2-minute stretch early in the second quarter — when they were down a man on a nonrelaeasable penalty that resulted in three of the Cardinals' goals — the Lakers were the more efficient team.
Tied at 3 at the half, Crouse and Cole Erickson scored early in the third quarter to set the tone. With Konner Caplin making it 6-3 on an extra-man goal with 2:23 left in the third quarter, the Lakers were able to stay the course.
Farrell praised Brandau's play, highlighted by a six-save second quarter when the Lakers spent much of the time on defense.
"When your backs are against the wall, you look for senior captains to take over, and I can't say enough about him as a person, as a goalie and as a leader of this team. He was excellent," Farrell said.
It's the Cardinals' turn to take stock after a performance which coach Bryan Kelly described as having no juice or flow.
"Nothing to take away from Boys' Latin, I thought they played great, but I was very disappointed with the way we played more than anything else," Kelly said. "You've got to play hard, play smart and play together. I thought the guys played hard, I don't think we played smart and you can't play together if all six guys on offense don't play together."