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Lakers Defeat Dons to Move on to MIAA Semifinals in Shriver’s Last Year

On Friday, May 8, 2015, the Boys’ Latin Lakers hosted the Loyola Dons lacrosse team for the MIAA quarter-finals. The Lakers, who played the Dons at home exactly a week earlier, were fighting to keep alive the dream of ending Shriver’s final year with a championship victory.

The Dons were coming into the game after having three consecutive losses to end the regular season; however, they were looking to end that streak. With a stacked offense containing Cole Williams, a Hopkins commit, Alex Roesner, a UPenn commit, and of course Ryan Conrad, the number one ranked senior in the nation and UVA commit, the Dons are difficult to defend.

The Lakers came out firing with a goal from none other than Patrick Spencer only a minute into the game. The goal was quickly followed up by two more Laker goals from Logan Wisnauskas and freshman Matt Brandau.

Ryan Conrad fired back with a goal with four minutes left in the first to get the Dons on the board, making it 3-1.

The Lakers didn’t let off the gas, however, as they scored three more goals from Spencer, Wisnauskas, and Shewell. However, the Dons got on the board again right before the half with a goal from Nick Goles, a junior attackman, to make it 6-2 going into the half (https://twitter.com/BoysLatinLax).

Despite the fact that the Lakers were dominating the game on all sides of the field, the memories of the 2013 10-9 loss to Loyola in the championship game after going up 6-1 in the first quarter remained fresh in their minds. The Lakers rallied together around Shriver before the third quarter was about to begin, and reminded themselves of what they were playing for, and who they were playing for, both of which was Coach Shriver.

Wyler scored to start the half; however, Loyola returned with two goals of their own from Cole Williams and Nick Goles. With a 7-4 lead, Wisnauskas scored again on a feed from Spencer; however, Cole Williams put another one away at the end of the third quarter to keep the game close at 8-5 (https://twitter.com/BoysLatinLax).

Despite a close score, the Lakers dominated all facets of the game. There was exceptional play at the Faceoff X from Charley Hughes and Jake Glatz, giving the Lakers almost every possession after goals.

Even with the Dons attempting to shut off Patrick Spencer, he absolutely diced his defenseman and tossed the ball to Greg Ey to finish. Shewell followed up with an unassisted goal to put the game at 10-5 with 9:46 to play in the game (https://twitter.com/BoysLatinLax).

With the Lakers running away with it, Brendan Doyle scored for the Dons to make it 10-6 with 6:45 left in the game (https://twitter.com/BoysLatinLax).

Patrick Spencer scored yet again on an assist from Weatherford, but Conrad put another goal away as well to keep Loyola’s hopes alive.

Incredibly, the unstoppable Patrick Spencer scored for his fourth time on the day to put the Lakers up 12-7 with 1:55 left to play in the game (https://twitter.com/BoysLatinLax).

The game ended with a dominant performance from the Lakers against a talented Loyola team, sending them to the semifinals against Mcdonough at John’s Hopkins.

Coach Shriver left the game with the dream of ending his legendary career with another championship still alive, and said, “‘I’d be lying to tell you that it’s not thrilling to keep on playing; it’s awesome'” (baltimoresun.com).

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