Bucs can’t re­cover from rough third quar­ter

Boys’ Latin scores eight unan­swered af­ter half­time, breaks open one-goal game

Record Observer - - Sports - By CHRIS KNAUSS ck­nauss@star­dem.com

Boys’ Latin 14 — KI 7

BAL­TI­MORE — If there wasn’t a third quar­ter Tues­day af­ter­noon, fans at Fed­erico Sta­dium would have likely wit­nessed an en­ter­tain­ing fin­ish. But they al­ways play a third quar­ter in boys’ high school lacrosse and on this day Boys’ Latin owned it.

Se­nior mid­fielder Ryan Shaw scooped a loose ball off the open­ing draw af­ter half­time and car­ried it 60 yards be­fore fir­ing a left­handed shot into the right side of the net, and the Lak­ers broke open a one-goal lead against Kent Is­land with six unan­swered goals in the third quar­ter.

The Lak­ers, a Mary­land In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion A-Con­fer­ence power, added two more goals early in the fourth quar­ter for an 8-0 run on their way to a 14-7 vic­tory in the non-con­fer­ence matchup.

Kent Is­land scored the game’s first two goals be- fore Boys’ Latin coun­tered with four straight and led the rest of the way.

Ten dif­fer­ent play­ers scored for the Lak­ers, led by se­nior at­tack­man Lo­gan Wis­nauskas, who scored three. Luke Shilling (three as­sists) and Matt Bran­dau, a sopho­more, each added two.

Boys Latin was cred­ited with 33 shots com­pared to 30 for Kent Is­land, with the bulk of the Bucs’ shots com­ing in the fi­nal quar­ter.

Luke Fromert led the Buc­ca­neers with three goals. Brendan Smith, Mikey Quinn, Stone Stitcher, and Shane Slot­ter­back each had one goal for the two-time de­fend­ing MPSSAA Class 3A-2A state cham­pi­ons.

Bucs goalie Austin Fowler recorded nine saves in three quar­ters of play.

The teams were vir­tu­ally even in face-offs, with the Lak­ers hold­ing a 13-11 edge.

Quinn scored off an as­sist from Frankie Kra­tovil with a flag on the field for a 1-0 Bucs lead with 8:36 left in the first quar­ter. A minute later Fromert cir­cled from be­hind the net and fired in a right-handed shot, just be­fore hit­ting the ar­ti­fi­cial turf af­ter a hard check, for a 2-0 lead.

“That’s a phe­nom­e­nal team right there,” Lak­ers first-year head coach Brian Far­rell said. “They’ve ob­vi­ously done well in their league and they’ve proven that they’re a pretty good team. One of the things that we talked about was al­ways bring­ing en­ergy and, I don’t think we were flat, but I don’t think we fed off the en­ergy that we cre­ated in the warmups.”

A face­off vi­o­la­tion handed the ball to the Lak­ers and Wis­nauskas scored with a quick shot off a pass from Shilling to be­gin their four­goal run.

Af­ter a stop by Boys Latin goalie Jack Pez­zula (five saves), Wis­nauskas fired in a left-handed shot on a fast-break to tie the game 2-2 with 5:33 left in the first quar­ter. Ju­nior mid­die Koby Rus­sell beat a pair of Kent Is­land de­fend­ers around the right side of the goal area and flung in a right-handed shot to make it 3-2. Wis­nauskas made it 4-2 with an over­hand shot af­ter cut­ting up the mid­dle of the goal area and col­lect­ing an­other as­sist from Shilling.

The Bucs stayed within strik­ing dis­tance, outscor­ing their op­po­nent 2-1 the rest of the half. Fromert slung in an un­der­hand bouncer off a pass from Sean Mooney for a man-up goal with 5:25 left in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Boys’ Latin long­stick mid­die Mike Ubri­aco wound back and launched a 20yard goal to make it 5-3 be­fore Fromert ended the first-half scor­ing with a be­hind-the-back goal cross­ing in front of the crease.

The third quar­ter was all Boys’ Latin with the open­ing goal by Shaw, one each by Rus­sell, Shilling, and Rob­bie Goth­ier, and two by Bran­dau for an 11-4 lead.

“We were right there on the cusp of re­ally tak­ing con­trol of the game [in the first half] and kind of keep­ing them in it, and ku­dos to that team, but I think our se­niors stepped up,” Far­rell said. “The first play of the sec­ond half you have a guy like Ryan Shaw com­ing in and get­ting a big ground ball and go­ing down and scor­ing; that shows some guys step­ping up and do­ing what we ask them to do.”

“They came out in the sec­ond half and they made ad­just­ments and they got go­ing. I think BL’s in re­ally good hands [with Far­rell],” Buc­ca­neers head coach Davey Jones said. “We came out flat and made a cou­ple of mis­takes and in­stead of turn­ing around and fix­ing them we dropped our heads for a bit. This will be a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that we can’t do that.”

Each team scored three goals in the fi­nal quar­ter.

“We’ve got to learn and we’ve got to more for­ward,” Jones said, “but ev­ery year we try to play the best teams out there. And so we’re in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion as we were last year, and we’ve just got to get bet­ter ev­ery day.”

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Kent Is­land head coach Davey Jones talks with his play­ers dur­ing a break in the ac­tion last Tues­day af­ter­noon in Bal­ti­more.

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