By Tom Peace
BaltimoreLacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/11/12
Host Boys’ Latin used four unanswered goals in the third quarter to defeat McDonogh School, 7-3, today in the MIAA quarterfinals.
The Lakers (14-6) advance to meet top-seeded Calvert Hall in the semifinals Tuesday.
BL senior attackman Greg Pyke had a big second half with two scores coming in pivotal times. Sophomore standout Tal Bruno added a pair for the Lakers.
“I think Greg wants to hold off his football career for a couple more days” said BL head coach Bob Shriver on his senior attackman who is headed to the University of Georgia to play football in the fall. “It’s exciting to see him finish out his career.”
After going into the half tied at 2-2, sophomore Keegan O’Connor put BL up 3-2. Then Bruno, Pyke and Casey Rees found the back of the net to give the Lakers a 6-2 lead to end the third quarter.
“It was really good, we moved the ball real nicely, we played really well today,” said O’Connor.
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The game was close throughout the first half with both teams not allowing the other much room to gain a big lead. The goalie play from both teams was superb during the opening half. Christian Knight had 10 saves for BL, while Nick Doyle had seven for McDonogh.
Boys’ Latin, which had 23 shots on goal, has emphasized taking more shots in recent games.
BL opened the MIAA season with back-to-back losses against Calvert Hall and Loyola-Blakefield, but since then the Lakers have gone 7-1 in MIAA games.
“We have played really well since then,” said Shriver. “We have only lost a game to Gilman in overtime. The kids have done well since then and have stayed the course; they truly deserve most of the credit.
McDonogh was bounced from the playoffs by BL for the third year in a row. But the Eagles return a plethora of young talent, including freshman Robby Black – who had all three Eagle goals.
“I’m so proud of our guys, great effort by our seniors who weren’t going to allow this team to take a big step backwards,” said McDonogh head coach Andy Hilgartner. “We had some great memories along the way this year, knocking off Calvert Hall and knocking off Gonzaga – which is their only game they lost all year.
“So we have some good memories. And that why we play.”
Boys’ Latin 7, McDonogh 3
Greg Pyke 2g
Tal Bruno 2 g
Casey Rees 1g
Colin Chell 1g
Keegan O’Connor 1g
Shack Stanwick 2a
Michael Lynch 2a
Christina Knight 10 saves
Robby Black 3g
Brinton Valis 1a
Austin Frederick 1a
Nick Doyle 7 saves
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