A down season for St. Paul’s notwithstanding, the Boys’ Latin/St. Paul’s lacrosse rivalry is on par with any in the country.  True to this spirit, the visiting Crusaders gave the No. 4 Lakers all they could handle, on Tuesday at BL, before Boys’ Latin turned in a huge second half to capture a 15-3 MIAA A Conference victory.

Playing inspired defense, St. Paul’s limited BL to just four first half goals and went to the half trailing just 4-1.  The Crusaders, however, could not get their offense on track.  The Lakers came roaring out of the break, scoring six times in the third quarter and adding five more goals in the fourth.

Thirteen different Lakers had at least one point, led by Shack Stanwick, who netted four goals and had one assist.  Boys’ Latin was excellent in extra-man situations, scoring on four of their five opportunities.  St. Paul’s also had five EMO chances, but only converted once.

Greg Pyke and Casey Rees each netted a pair of goals for Laker head coach Bobby Shriver and Colin Heacok had three points, with a goal and a pair of assists.  Also producing multi-point games were Andrew Roswell and Colin Chell, who had one goal and one assist each.

The other Lakers to score goals were Michael Lynch, Ben Levin, Tal Bruno and Walker Ensor.

St. Paul’s received single goals from Carter Flaig, Spencer Parks and Casey Larkin.

Boys’ Latin improved to 12-5 overall and it is one of three teams tied for second place in the MIAA A Conference.  The Lakers, No. 2 Gilman and No. 3 Loyola are all 5-2, one game back of No. 1 Calvert Hall, which is 6-1 after a 15-4 win over No. 14 Archbishop Spalding on Tuesday.

Gilman routed No. 6 St. Mary’s, 19-10, and Loyola overpowered Severn, 11-6.  Another team which could have improved to 5-2 was No. 5 McDonogh, but the Eagles were stunned by No. 15 Mount St. Joseph, 6-2.

With only two league games to go for each team, the chase for the league’s six playoff spots is on.  At 4-3, McDonogh currently holds fifth place, St. Mary’s and Severn are tied for sixth at 3-4.  With two consecutive league wins, St. Joe (2-5) is also still alive, as is 2-5 Spalding.

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