The Boys' Latin senior class is in no rush to exit the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference lacrosse playoffs.
In Friday's quarterfinal against visiting St. Mary's, the host Lakers leaned on their seniors to get through a difficult start and then to further pave the way when things got rolling.
Goalie Chris Brandau made 13 saves, long-stick midfielder Michael Ubriaco scored two goals and Basil Aburn added three goals as the fourth-seeded Lakers advanced with an 11-5 home win over the fifth-seeded Saints.
Boys' Latin improved to 13-4 and will next face No. 1 McDonogh in Tuesday's 5 p.m. semifinal at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.
"We had some great performances from some senior guys," Boys' Latin coach Brian Farrell said. "Chris Brandau was excellent in the goal again. Brenden Crouse is starting to play really well. Michael Ubriaco has brought a lot of heart and energy to our team right now and it was fun to watch these guys finish their last game here on Lake Avenue with a nice win."
Things didn't start out well for the Lakers, who came out tight and let the Saints take a 1-0 lead into the second quarter.
After Aburn got the Lakers even at 1 with 9:37 to play in the first half, Ubriaco made a game-changing play that seemed to get the Lakers on track. He reached high to pick off a pass in the Lakers' defensive end and then made a long run through midfield, not stopping until he buried a shot that gave the Lakers a 2-1 lead.
Leading 4-3 early in the third quarter, the Lakers would pull away with sophomore Brendan Grimes (three goals) scoring consectuive goals in less than two minutes to start a string of seven straight goals. The Saints went 16:45 without a goal with Brandau making seven saves during the span.
"We just played for each other today. We know our time together is limited, so we're just playing for extra time and we did an excellent job playing hard," Brandau said.
The Lakers are looking forward to another try at top-seeded McDonogh. The teams played a close regular-season game at Boys' Latin on April 13, when the Eagles captured an 8-7 win.
"It's always a great game and they are the No. 1 seed for a reason. So we're going to do our best to relax, get our bodies back together and prepare for them come Tuesday," Farrell said. "The game we played here was excellent, so I think we'll try to reproduce that effort and try to get a different result."
St. Mary's, which got two goals from senior midfielder Taylor Bohanan and six saves from goalie Aleric Fyock, made a second straight playoff appearance and finished with a 12-5 mark.
"Time of possession was critical, but [Brandau] came up big for BL today. If you make those saves, you're going to win," St. Mary's coach Victor Lilly said. "The last two years we've been in the playoffs, so we're headed in the right direction. We've just got to keep on grinding to get to that final four. It's tough to do in this league."
Goals: SM — Nilsen, Bohanan 2, Michie, K. Ripley;
BL — Aburn 3, Grimes 3, Ubriaco 2, Glatz, Caplin, Crouse.
Assists: SM — Nilsen, Burnett 2;
BL — M. Brandau 2, Crouse, Smith 2.
Saves: SM — Fyock 6;
BL — C. Brandau 13.
Half: BL, 4-2