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MIAA semifinals: No. 1 @BLLacrosse tops McDonogh for another shot at perfect season

Wednesday, 14th May 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, High school  

By Tom Peace, Posted 5/14/14

TOWSON, Md. – Shack Stanwick had four goals and an assist and Tal Bruno scored three times while Patrick Spencer added two goals and three assists as top-seeded and top-ranked Boys’ Latin advanced to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) title game Tuesday night by defeating McDonogh School, 16-10, at Towson University.

Boys’ Latin (17-0) shoots for the title Friday night against tonight’s St. Paul’s School, which edged Gilman, 9-8.Jack-Pezzulla

The Lakers raced to a 9-4 halftime lead, but McDonogh fought back to pull within three goals three times in the second half before BL finally pulled away.

The win gives Boys’ Latin another shot at an undefeated season. Last year the Lakers were stunned by Loyola Blakefield in the finals after going through the entire season as the undefeated No. 1 team in North America.

“It feels incredible, we played our hearts out,” said BL sophomore goalie Jack Pezzulla, who had 10 saves. “McDonogh played incredible.

“I can’t ask for a better game and a better environment to play in.”

BL coach Bob Shrives credited his team for rising to the challenge.

“We got a lot of good players and they showed up today,” he said. “I’m excited for them.
“They get an opportunity to play one more game.”

Robert Clark (2g, 2a), Bobby Austin (2g, 1a), Trey McGee (2g) and Jackson Morrill (2g) led McDonogh.

“It was an incredibly special year; a group of guys that represented all that is right about McDonogh and I am proud of them,” said Eagles coach Andy Hilgartner. “It was a tough game against a great opponent.

“It was a hole to dig out of. I was proud of our guys the way we came out in the second half and continued to battle.

“The combination of their face-off guy, Hunter Moreland, and their offense is tough. That offense is pretty special and we knew that.”

Boys’ Latin 4-5-3-4- 16
McDonogh 1-3-4-2 – 10

Boys’ Latin
Shack Stanwick 4g, 1a, Tally Bruno 3g, Patrick Spencer 2g, 3a, Keegan O’Connor 2g, T Moyer 1g, 1a, Colin Chell 1g, 1a, Austin Brown 1g, Nick Gesualdi 1g, Anthony Wyler 1g, Devin Shewell 2a. Jack Pezzulla 10 saves

Robert Clark 2g, 2a, Bobby Austin 2g, 1a, Trey McGee 2g, Jackson Morrill 2g, Brinton Valis 1g, 1a, Blake Grey 1g, Robby Black 1a, Dewey Senft 1a, Connor Young 1a. Jacob Stover 10 saves

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