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.@MIAA_LAX semifinals: @McDonogh tops @BoysLatinLax, ends Shriver’s brilliant career

Tuesday, 12th May 2015

Categories Boy's/Men's, High school  

By Tom Peace, Posted 5/12/15

McDonogh School used a 6-1 run to break open a 4-4 halftime tie en route to a 13-7 victory tonight over Boys’ Latin in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) “A” Conference semifinals at Johns Hopkins Homewood Field.

The Eagles (14-4, ranked 11th in Epoch Lacrosse Rankings) advance to the title game Friday night at 8 p.m. at Homewood against St. Mary’s, a 9-5 winner over St. Paul’s. No. 13 Boys’ Latin finished 15-5.

Robby Black

Robby Black

The McDonogh win also ended the illustrious career of 36-year Boys’ Latin coach Bob Shriver, who closed with a career record of 507-140.

Eagles’ seniors Robby Black and Robert Clark had three-goal games and were instrumental in putting McDonogh ahead in the third quarter. The BL defense had a tough time containing the tempo from the Eagles throughout the second half as JacobS tover posted nine saves.

“It starts on the defensive end, Stover and the defenders got the ball out and created some turnovers, and we started winning face-offs and dominating between the lines,”said Black. “When you you get the groundballs it leads to good things on the offensive end.

“Our senior class is unbelievable. All 15 seniors contributed to this win whether they played or not. It’s a group that holds guys accountable and really puts it on the underclassmen to work hard.”

The game was tight throughout the first half as both teams went into halftime tied 4-4. BL scored to open the quarter as Devin Shewell scored one of his three goals of the game. From there McDonogh went to work scoring six unanswered to put the Lakers in a 10-5 hole heading into the fourth quarter.

“We made so many mistakes in the third quarter which is a little bit of what’s caused us problems this year,” said Shriver. “I thought McDonogh did everything well. They played good defense. Their goalie played a good game and they were efficient on offense.”

Added coach Andy Hilgartner: “My relationship with coach Shriver is a special one. To beat him in his last game – I don;t know how that feels. I have mixed emotions about that, but he has plenty of wins against me but it was about the kids and it was time for our guys today.

“We started getting groundballs in the third quarter and we got possesison and our offense was patient moving the ball and we buried a lot of shots.”

Shriver – whose Lakers were the defending MIAA champs and the No. 1 team in the country last year with an undefeated mark – said the focus was on his players and not himself.

“I feel badly for them,” he said. “This has nothing to do with me. We didn’t present ourselves as best as we would have liked. I am disappointed to lose. I guess maybe tonight I will reflect that’s that the last time I will stand on the sidelines.

“But it’s been a joyful ride. I am as lucky as anybody that you could possible imagine. I’ve coached at a great school and I have coached a lot of great kids. I have won some great games and had a lot of great moments.

“There is nothing but joy as I (walk) off the field.”

McDonogh School 13, Boys’ Latin 7

Boys’ Latin: Devin Shewell 3g, Patrick Spencer 1g, Logan Wisnauskas 1g, Jake Glatz 1g, Greg Ey 1g, Matt Brandau 1a, Rocco Bruno 1a, Luke Shilling 1a. SAVES: Jack Pezzulla- 3

McDonogh: Robby Black 3g, Robert Clark 3g, Barrett Sutley 1g, 1a, Jackson Morrill 1g, 1a, Connor Young 1g, 1a, Blake Gray 1g, Rich Dion 1g, Justin Wittfelt 1g, Jack Kemp 1g, Noah McCoy 1a. SAVES: Jacob Stover- 9

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