By all measures, No. 2 Boys’ Latin is off to an outstanding start in the first season under new head coach Brian Farrell, but the former Laker great challenged his squad, this week, to get started earlier in their games. BL did just that, Tuesday, as the Lakers neutralized No. 7 Mount St. Joseph in the first quarter and rolled to an 18-8 MIAA A Conference victory in Roland Park.
“Coach Farrell has been stressing all week starting strong and that was our main focus today, starting strong and finishing,” said senior Logan Wisnauskas, who led BL (10-2, 5-0) on Tuesday with 5 goals and 3 assists.
St. Joe (10-7, 1-4) drew first blood as Alec Pupshis needed just 36 seconds to put the ball in the back of the net to give the Gaels a quick 1-0 advantage. The Lakers, however, got the equalizer less than 90 seconds later, as Wisnauskas assisted Matt Brandau and then Wisnauskas, with a helper from Luke Shilling, gave BL the lead with 7 minutes, 20 seconds to play in the opening stanza.
The Lakers scored 5 more goals in the opening quarter and then out-scored the Gaels 5-1 in the third quarter to build a 13-3 lead.
“That was the message. I think we’ve done a good job of finishing some games, and handling some adversity in games, but we really haven’t started a game out the right way, the way we think we’d like to,” said Farrell. “We challenged the guys to start the first quarter to come out firing and I think they did an excellent job of answering that challenge.”
In addition to Wisnauskas, Shilling delivered 3 goals and 5 assists for the Lakers, while Greg Ey and Conner Kaplin scored twice each. In addition, Brandau had a goal and 3 assists and single goals were scored by Mike Ubriaco, Tucker Booth, Basil Aburn, McKenney Box and Dylan Kowalewski.
Farrell was impressed with the balance on the score sheet.
“That’s unselfish lacrosse and that’s what you hope you are playing by now,” said Farrell. “The guys do an excellent job of finding the open guy and making the right play.”
Wisnauskas, who is committed to play at Syracuse University, said the team has made a smooth transition to playing under Farrell.
“I love the adjustment. I love him. He brings a lot of energy to practice every day and we feed off of that. We really enjoy playing for him. The drills and all of the competition, what he brings to practice and his demeanor, we really feed off of that.”
Kyle DeCrispino and Bryan Costabile each scored 3 goals to lead St. Joe. In addition, midfielder Jake Brothers won 15-of-21 face-offs.
Boys’ Latin and top-ranked McDonogh, which outlasted Calvert Hall, 9-8 in overtime, on Tuesday, are the only remaining undefeated teams in the conference.
“We’re right where we want to be right now,” said Wisnauskas. “We have some pretty big tests coming up. We’ll see how we go, we’ll take them one game at a time. We have Loyola on Friday and we’ll just work from there.”
That statement reflected the words of Farrell.
“We’re just focused on the next game and the next practice. We have a record, but we’re just trying to go 2-0 every week. We did our job today and now we have to focus on Friday.”
NO. 2 BOYS’ LATIN 18, NO. 7 MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 8
MSJ 1 1 1 5 — 8
BL 7 1 5 5 — 18
GOALS: MSJ-DeCrispino 3, Costabile 3, Pupshis 1, McHugh 1; BL-Wisnauskis 5, Shilling 3, Ey 2, Kaplin 2, M. Brandau 1, Ubriaco 1, Booth 1, Aburn 1, Box 1, Kowaleski 1.
ASSISTS: MSJ-McHugh 1, Brothers 1; BL-Shilling 5, Wisnauskis 3, M. Brandau 3, Peters 1.
SAVES: MSJ-Rees 5; BL-Pezzula 7; C. Brandau 3, Rees 2.