Boys' Latin head coach Brian Farrell has put his team through another tough nonconference schedule.
While Farrell has seen his team play well and struggle at times, there is no question the Lakers will be ready for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association "A" conference opener April 18 against a tough Severn team, ranked sixth in the PressBox regional poll.
"I think we've grown as a team," Farrell said. "We've gotten a lot tighter. We have had ups and downs with this out-of-conference schedule. But that's why you want to play them, because it prepares you for the MIAA conference."
The Lakers should be able to dictate play against most teams and are led by senior face-off specialist Jake Glatz, along with senior attackman Luke Shilling (Johns Hopkins) and junior attackman Matt Brandau (Yale).
Boys' Latin is 6-2 entering its game against Long Island power St. Anthony's April 12. The Lakers began the season with a pair of victories in Florida against Oxbridge Academy and St. Andrew's.
Boys' Latin suffered its first loss March 19 against Canadian power Hill Academy, which is currently 11-0. However, Farrell's team showed its mettle by winning the next three matchups against Springfield-Delco (Pa.), Fallston and Gonzaga.
Haverford (Pa.) handed Boys' Latin its second loss April 4, a week after also beating St. Paul's. The Lakers then took down Calverton in the final stretch of the nonconference schedule.
Boys' Latin is deep and strong enough to make a run at the MIAA "A" conference title after falling just short in the championship game last season against McDonogh.