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St. Andrew's lacrosse loses heartbreaker to Maryland powerhouse

Mar 21, 2012 -- 1:48am

By: Wells Dusenbury

With St. Andrew's leading by a goal with under two minutes to play, the Scots were moments away from pulling off one of the biggest wins in program history. Boys Latin had other plans.

The Lakers scored two goals in the final 1:23, including the game winner with one second left, to edge St. Andrew's 7-6 in a battle of dominant lacrosse teams.

"They're always good games," said Boys Latin (MD.) head coach Rob Shriver. "It's the premier program in Florida."

St. Andrew's took a 6-5 lead midway through the 4th quarter after midfielder Andy Wheeler diced his way through traffic for the go-ahead goal, but the Scots couldn't close out the Lakers. With 1:23 left, Colin Heacock tied it up for Boys Latin after driving from behind the net.

The Lakers won the ensuing face-off, and with under a minute to play, St. Andrew's committed a slashing penalty, giving Boys Latin a man-up opportunity. The Lakers took full advantage with Michael Lynch scoring the game winner with one second to play.

"They're very patient with the ball, they're very methodical," said St. Andrew's head coach R.J. Dawson. "They have an end result every time on every play they run and they executed it."

The biggest struggle for St. Andrew's was their inability to control face-offs, an area they've thrived at during the first half of the season. The Scots were just 4-16 from the draw, including an 0-4 stretch in the pivotal 4th quarter.

"They dominated the faceoff 'x', something we have success in," Dawson said. "We tried a bunch of guys there, but their guy, number 11 [Hunter Moreland] dominated I thought pretty much every one."

Boys Latin took a 3-1 lead into halftime and held a 4-1 advantage in the 3rd before St. Andrew's stormed back. After a turnover by the Lakers, Connor Whipple made a circus pass from the ground that hit attackman Jake Levine in stride, who then scored on a one-on-one opportunity with the goalie. Seven seconds later, Levine scored his third goal of the night and cut the lead to one after Kyle Clemenza took the face-off down for a fast break.

Boys Latin responded three minutes later with a goal from Tally Bruno, his second of the game, to give the Lakers a two goal advantage. The Scots scored the next three goals with defenseman Blake Mulligan, midfielder Stephen Reall and Wheeler adding what would be the Scots final goals of the night.

Despite the heartbreaking final, Dawson has his team focused on the long run and recapturing the state championship.

"Our end result is going to be in May. By winning today or losing today, it's preparing us for what we want in May. We got better today. That's a great team."

VIDEO: Highlights from the St. Andrew's/Boys Latin lacrosse thriller



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