Boys’ Latin’s 10-0 run swamps No. 11 Mount St. Joseph (VIDEO HERE!)

by Nelson Coffin

On opening day of the MIAA A Conference lacrosse season, Tuesday afternoon, Mount St. Joseph was building momentum midway through the second quarter after back-to-back goals by senior attackmen Kyle DeCrispino and Michael Riley sliced No. 2 Boys’ Latin’s lead to 5-3.

Later in the period, senior goalie Kyle Botsford (11 saves) made three stops in succession against the Lakers in close quarters to give the Gaels (4-3, 0-1 conference) some hope that they might be able to topple BL (7-1, 1-0) for the first time in a decade.

Moreover, 11th-ranked St. Joe had the ball with a chance to pull within a goal until the Lakers forced a turnover and eventually scored an extra-man goal by freshman attackman Ben Smith with just under a minute remaining before halftime.

They would add one more score before the intermission and explode for five more goals in the first 90 seconds of the second half on the way to a 16-6 triumph at J. Duncan Smith Field in North Baltimore.

All in all, BL scored seven times in two minutes, 38 seconds before tacking on on three more goals in the third period to complete a 10-0 run that left the visitors from Irvington reeling.

Sophomore attackman Brendan Grimes had three goals during the spree while senior attackman Matt Brandau, who was named an Under Armour All-American earlier in the day, and Smith pumped in two goals each. Senior long-stick Michael Ubriaco, junior midfielder Tyler Bennett and senior midfielder Tucker Booth produced single goals in the binge.

“They came out at a different speed in the second half,” Mount St. Joseph coach Stephen Berger said about the Lakers. “And we didn’t react well at all. We weren’t moving our feet and we didn’t get back in the hole against their transition. It hurts when you’re at a different speed than the team you’re playing. And that’s what separates the top-three teams in the league and everybody else — speed.”

What also hurt the Gaels was senior face-off specialist Patrick McDermott at the “X.”

When McDermott or his wings weren’t winning the draw outright, they were coaxing their competitors to jump before the referee’s signal and to eventually be penalized for the infraction.

And BL’s offense was enjoying getting extra possessions, especially Grimes. The Ohio State commit notched the first two goals of the game and three of the first four in the second half to finish with five goals and one assist.

“We came out in the second half firing on all cylinders,” Grimes said. “We did a good job of connecting in transition and really connecting the dots and doing a lot of things well.”

Grimes alluded to the Lakers’ depth and youth also being factors in the win with Smith filling in for the injured Cam Spencer on the starting attack.

“It’s great,” Grimes said. “One of our guys gets injured and we have that next-man-up mentality. Ben Smith did a very good job of stepping up and taking his place.”

The Lakers will try to make it two in a row when they travel a couple of blocks south on Roland Avenue to meet Gilman, which lost to Calvert Hall, 11-7, in its opener after leading the No. 1 Cardinals, 6-3 in the first half.

The seventh-ranked Greyhounds locked down BL last year, claiming a 6-5 victory over their neighborhood rivals.

“We’ll treat it like a normal game, and try to forget about last year,” Grimes said when asked if the Lakers will be seeking revenge. “I think we’re going to take it to them and play well.”