Before his interview after Boys’ Latin School’s come-from-behind victory over Severn School Friday afternoon, Laker lacrosse coach Brian Farrell needed a second to compose himself after a whirlwind 90 minutes. The reporter joked the game aged Farrell, the youngest coach in the MIAA A.
“This is why we do it,” said Farrell. “It’s fun stuff.”
It hasn’t been dull for the No. 3 Lakers who posted an 8-7 road decision. Junior midfielder Luke Shilling finished with three goals and an assist for Boys’ Latin and Matt Brandau and Syracuse University recruit Logan Wisnauskas each added two goals and a pair of assists.
Trailing 5-0 after the first quarter, the Lake Avenue school clawed and battled over the final 36 minutes to improve to 4-0 in the nation’s toughest boys’ lacrosse league. BL and top-ranked McDonogh School (defeated No. 6 Mount St. Joseph Friday) are the only unbeatens after two weeks.
Farrell, in his inaugural season at his alma-mater, commended his team’s tenacity Friday against a vastly improved Admiral squad.
“That’s a scary scary team and they’re a threat in the MIAA A,” said Farrell. “It speaks volumes about our team, they never give up and they stay even-keeled.”
“We knew they were going come out fast and keeping pushing,” said Shilling, who’s verbally committed to Johns Hopkins. “We knew we needed that one stop, that one goal and we were going to get on a roll.”
Schilling gave Boys’ Latin its first and only lead, finishing a pass from Wisnaukas with 5 minutes, 51 seconds left in regulation. The Lakers’ defense did the rest.
Severn had possession with 31 seconds remaining after forcing a BL turnover. Dylan Gregar sent a pass that deflected off Laker longstick midfielder Michael Ubriaco’s stick. Ryan Shaw scooped up the groundball with about 10 seconds and ran out the remaining time.
Laker goalie Jack Pezzulla said his defensive mates imposed their will down the stretch.
“We really stopped them on the inside,” said Pezzulla, an Univesity of North Carolina recruit who finished with eight saves. “We were kind of waiting for the poles to get inside looking like they had the shot and once they had it, we closed down on them and really shut them down. We had three turnovers in a row from just doing that.”
The Admrials had BL scurrying early Friday. The Water Street school won the opening faceoff and Jacob Mandish scored, just 15 seconds into regulation. Two scores from Hunter Taylor and Gergar’s score with 8.1 seconds left had Severn up 5-0.
The Lakers trimmed the margin to 6-3 at halftime, then Jake Glatz dominated the “X” in the second half. The junior won 7 of 8 faceoffs in the second half as goals from Brandau, Wisnauskas and Greg Ey pulled Boys’ Latin even at 6 entering the final period.
“The kid No. 12 [Severn’s Daniel Medcalf] is very good and a quick breaker so I had to change up my move a little bit,” said Glatz, a junior. “I had to get move down the line and use my wings a little more..”
Severn regrouped in the fourth, regaining the lead as Andrew Volk whipped a shot that bounced past Pezzula into the net with 9:17 left in regulation. The Admirals caught an unlucky break about a minute later.
Manish sent a low strike that was stopped by Pezzulla, who briefly lost the ball and it nearly went across the line. Shilling got a pass from Wisnauskas, took a couple of steps and bounced a shot past Admiral goalie Cooper Emmons, tying the game with 6:44 to play.
“I was struggling to dodge in the first half so I got together with Logan and Matt and told them I was play in the crease a bit,” said Schilling. “It’s a credit to Logan he made me look good, finding me on the backside.”
Tyler finished with a hat trick for Severn, which received single tally from Tyler Perretten.
Severn coach Jamie McNealey said his team didn’t adapt to Boys’ Latin’s adjustments.
“We did not give an effort for 48 minutes. We have to learn to do that,” said Jamie McNealy. “We didn’t react to BL’s zone, playing at a faster pace and being confident in our shots. We had a chance at the end, but we weren’t to cash in on those high quality shots we had in the first half.”
The Lakers have gotten off to slow starts in most of their games this spring, something Farrell takes responsibility for. The end results, however, have been positive for BL, off to its third 4-0 start in MIAA A play in four seasons.
In those prior starts, the Lakers reached the league final.
“The guys stay composed and not get down on themselves and that starts with our seniors making us a better team,” said Farrell. “These guys understand it’s a 48-minute game, you might not play the best five minutes here and there, but there’s five more minutes to make up for that. That’s our attitude and that’s how we move forward.”
No. 3 Boys’ Latin School 8, No. 5 Severn School 7
Goals: Boys’ Latin – Shilling 3, Brandau 2, Wisnauskas 2, Ey; Severn – Tyler 3, Gergar, Mandish, Perreten, Volk
Assists: Boys’ Latin – Brandau 2, Wisnauskas 2, Shilling; Severn – Schwitzer
Saves: Boys’ Latin – Pezzulla 8; Severn – Emmons 8
Boys’ Latin 0 3 3 2 – 8
Severn 5 1 0 1 – 7