Bucs can’t recover from rough third quarter
Boys’ Latin scores eight unanswered after halftime, breaks open one-goal game
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.