Boys’ Latin School’s lacrosse team knew it needed a strong start if it wanted to snap Severn School’s winning streak Friday afternoon. The Lakers did just that, but their finish may have been just as impressive.
In control nearly the entire game, Boys’ Latin saw the No. 4 Admirals make a stirring comeback to force overtime. The Lakers, however, didn’t waver as sophomore Tally Bruno drilled a shot from 10 yards out, giving BL a heart-stopping, 11-10, victory in a MIAA A Conference contest.
“I love the way we handled getting behind and then responding that was pretty special,” said Boys’ Latin coach Bobby Shirver.
“It’s a great feeling to get a win like this, today we really showed that we had what it takes to win a game like this,” said Bruno.
Bruno led the Lakers (9-5 overall, 2-2 MIAA A)in scoring with three goals and an assist while Shack Stanwick dealt out three assists. Colin Heacock added two goals and one assist for the Lake Avenue School.
Boys’ Latin had a 9-3 advantage with 8 minutes, 38 seconds remaining in regulation, but momentum shifted as Brett Bedard (three goals and two assists) netted a goal from five yards out on the right side of the cage. With 1:02 remaining, Hunter Gray scored, capping a 7-0 run for a 10-9 advantage for the Admirals (14-2, 3-1 MIAA A).
“They’ve won 14 straight games and they have not done that by quitting and I have to give them [Severn] credit for staying with us,” said Shriver.
“We knew that their offense was strong and they had a couple of good shots in the fourth,” said Heacock. “Our faceoff guys came up big and allowed us to get on the offensive side a little more.”
On the ensuing faceoff, Boys’ Latin came away with the draw and was able to tie the game when Bruno slung a pass to Ben Pridemore who connected, tying the score at 10.
In overtime, Severn gained the opening possession but turned the ball over. After having a shot go wide right the Lakers were able to get the ball back to Bruno who shook a defender with a shot fake and he bounced in the game-winning goal.
“Severn is a strong team and their record shows that so we knew had to come out strong,” said Heacock.
Boys’ Latin got goals from Bruno, Michael Lynch and Pridemore for a quick 3-0 advantage. The Lakers led 7-1 at halftime as goalie Christian Knight came with seven of his 12 saves in the first half to protect the margin.
But, as Boys’ Latin knows really well, no lead is really safe in the MIAA A. The Lakers play at Archbishop Spalding Tuesday afternoon.
“We had a really tough start to the season and now we have beat two really good teams in St. Mary’s and Severn, so that gives us a little momentum and hopefully we will take advantage of it,” said Shriver.
“This win gives us some inspiration and something to look back on,” said Bruno.