Melendez leads the 11th-ranked Cavaliers with two goals and two assists

With a chance to solidify its place in the MIAA A Conference lacrosse playoffs, No. 5 Boys’ Latin was tripped up on the road at No. 11 Archbishop Spalding, Tuesday, falling to the always competitive Cavaliers, 9-5.

Spalding, which was paced two goals and two assists from Russell Melendez, scored two late second quarter goals to take a 5-4 half time lead. While the BL offense fell silent, the Cavs added three third quarter goals and one in the fourth to build a commanding 9-4 advantage, before the Lakers scored the game’s final tally.

Josh Tang and Hudson Stramanak also scored two goals each for the Cavaliers, Race Ripley added a goal and two assists. In addition, Mike Weisshaar added a goal and an assist and Ryan Schrier scored a goal. In the Cavaliers’ goal, Jake Oliver made 13 saves.

Boys’ Latin (9-6 overall), which got single goals from five different players, is now 5-3 in the A Conference and in a three-way tie with Gilman and Boys’ Latin for fourth place in the conference. With a home game with Gilman on Saturday and a season-ending contest at No. 2 St. Paul’s next Tuesday, the Lakers need to win at least once more to reach the post-season. BL could still finish as high as third in the league, but could also fall out of the playoffs.

Spalding (8-8 overall) is 3-5 in league play and out of the playoff hunt. The Cavaliers will tangle with top-ranked Calvert Hall on Friday at home before traveling to John Carroll next Tuesday to close their season.