BOCA RATON — A three-goal outburst in less than two minutes sank St. Andrew's upset bid of nationally ranked Boys' Latin on Tuesday night.
With the Scots trailing the Maryland powerhouse just 6-4 entering the fourth quarter, the Lakers reeled off three straight goals in 1:52 and held off St. Andrew's from there, winning 11-7.
"A couple pipes, a couple of better shots," said St. Andrew's coach Tony Seaman. "Their goalie played really well in the fourth quarter. We played well, but they're very good and we expected that."
Boys Latin, ranked seventh in the nation by Nike/US Lacrosse, improved to 2-0 following Saturday's 14-9 win over Oxbridge Academy. Boys' Latin senior attackman Luke Shilling, who will play at John Hopkins next year and is one of 13 Laker Division 1 commits, led the team with four goals on the night.
St. Andrew's midfielder Mark Heatzig scored four goals as well in defeat.
Meeting for the 14th time in the past 17 years, St. Andrew's (11-2) and Boys' Latin (2-0) battled early on, with the Lakers holding a 3-2 advantage after the first quarter. Boys Latin took a 5-2 lead midway through the second, but Heatzig fired in his third goal of the half to cut the lead two at the break.
The teams exchanged goals in the third quarter, setting up Lakers' fourth quarter scoring frenzy.
After winning the opening faceoff of the fourth quarter, Boys Latin' midfielder Jake Glatz scored eight seconds later in transition to push the lead to 7-4. After two more Glatz faceoff wins, Schilling and Matt Brandau tallied goals in the ensuing two minutes to give the Lakers a 9-4 advantage.
St. Andrew's would cut the lead back to three following a pair of goals from Tito Thompson and Matt Adams, but Boys' Latin quickly responded with two more goals to seal the victory.
Heatzig, who will play at MIT next year, closed out the scoring with :22 left as he fired in his fourth goal of the contest. After the game, Seaman praised his senior midfielder's efforts.
"I thought [Heatzig] was tremendous," said Seaman. "He was as good as anyone on the field tonight. He's played that way all year, but he was terrific. He shot the ball so well."
Thompson, Adams and freshman midfielder Michael Lizzio each had one goal for the Scots.
St. Andrew's will have to wait at least another year before going for its second-ever victory over the Lakers. The Scots' lone win came in 2008 when they knocked off Boys Latin 7-6.
The upcoming schedule doesn't get much easier for St. Andrew's as it travels to face a strong Jupiter team on Thursday. The Warriors (10-2) topped last year's state runner-up Ponte Vedra 15-9 on Friday night.
"I like where we are and how we're playing," said Seaman. "I like this team because they play so hard from the opening whistle to the end, no matter what the score says. They play hard and hang in there."