|Boys’ Latin players huddle prior to their MIAA-A title game (photo T. Flynn)|
Towson, MD – Boys’ Latin converted an 8-5 halftime lead into a 17-11 win over St. Paul’s to capture the MIAA-A championship on Friday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. With the win also came the unofficial national championship, via a #1 ranking by Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse.
The Lakers finished the season undefeated at 18-0, their first perfect mark since the 2006 team went 21-0.
Senior Shack Stanwick closed out his career as Boys’ Latin’s all-time leading scorer. He added two goals and two assists during Friday evening’s victory. Shack is the youngest of eight Stanwick siblings. The oldest of the boys, Tad, played for Rutgers while brother Steele is currently in the MLL, and Wells is a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University.
|The Lakers solved a well-coached St. Paul’s unit (Photo / T. Flynn)|
The Lakers dominated at the face-off X with Hunter Moreland winning 23/28 draws and earning game MVP honors. He also notched a hat trick, scoring two goals off consecutive face-off wins early in the fourth quarter.
St. Paul’s sophomore goalie AJ Barretto played well, making 11 saves. He turned away several critical shots early, including back-to-back attempts that kept the contest close when Boys’ Latin led 4-1. It was the Lakers’ balanced offense, along with Moreland’s face-off efforts, that ultimately proved the difference. A total of nine Boys’ Latin players scored. St. Paul’s was aided by five goals from senior Mikey Wynne.
For the Lakers, the win diminishes the memory of last year’s bitter 10-9 upset loss to Loyola in the league final that cost the team an undefeated season and another #1 national ranking.
“They play with incredible joy, they love the game of lacrosse,” Boys’ Latin coach Bob Shriver said after the game.
– Jack Flynn contributed to this article.