Lakers hold off Eagles, 11-7, as McDonogh falls to 0-4 in MIAA A league play

In a must-have game for both teams, No. 7 Boys’ Latin School visited No. 6 McDonogh School for a crucial MIAA A Conference lacrosse contest, Tuesday, and the visiting Lakers built a big second half lead, before holding off a late surge by the host Eagles to claim an 11-10 victory.

McDonogh (6-4 overall), which was the top-ranked team in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse national poll two weeks ago, is now an astonishing 0-4 in the MIAA A Conference with slim hopes of making the playoffs. Boys’ Latin (6-4, 2-1) avoided falling below .500 in league play and gained a critical tie-breaker should McDonogh go on a season-ending run.

Dominic Pietramala broke a 6-6 tie with a goal with 1:36 to play in the third quarter, starting a 5-1 run by Boys’ Latin that propelled the Lakers to an 11-7 lead with 4:56 to play in the contest. McDonogh rallied with three goals in the final minutes but could not gain the equalizer.

The game was razor tight most of the way as the teams traded goals and leads in the first quarter to finish the period in a 4-4 tie. Harrison Beattie, who scored four goals in the contest, netted a first quarter hat-trick for McDonogh and Scott Cole, who also finished with four tallies in the game, also scored for the Eagles.

BL countered with a pair of goals from Cam Spencer and single goals from Pietramala and Garrett Glatz. All three Lakers scored three goals in the game.

Matt McMillen staked McDonogh to its third lead of the first half, with a second quarter score, but Glatz followed for Boys’ Latin, sending the teams to the half deadlocked at five.

In the third quarter, Ben Smith pushed the Lakers in front, but Beattie knotted it at six with a goal for McDonogh. That’s when Pietramala pushed the Lakers in front for good. Spencer also added a late third quarter goal and BL led 8-6 at the start of the fourth.

Smith got his second goal of the contest, early in the fourth, to give the Lakers a 9-6 lead. Cole broke the Lakers run to pull McDonogh back within two, but back-to-back scores by Pietramala and Glatz pushed the lead to a game-high four goals for Boys’ Latin.

BL 4 1 3 3 — 11
MCD 4 1 1 4 — 10
GOALS: BL—Spencer 3, Pietramala 3, Glatz 3, Smith 2; MCD—Cole 4, Beattie 4, Swanson, McMillan.