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Boys? Latin opened its Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association schedule in thrilling fashion Friday, with a 9-8 overtime win at home over Loyola. Senior midfielder Jack Dudley scored the game winner with less than two minutes into overtime to give the Lakers (8-0) their first conference win of the year.

"I don?t know what it is, but we seem to open [the conference] with Loyola or Gilman every year and that is a very tough way to start," said Boys? Latin head coach Bob Shriver.

It was a typical Boys? Latin-Loyola game all the way. The Lakers took several leads, but Loyola continued to fight back and chip away. Coming back from an 8-5 deficit, Loyola managed to tie the game at 8-8 with three seconds to play on a goal from Joe Cummings.

Mark Feild led the Lakers with three goals while Steele Stanwick led Loyola with a pair of scores and a pair of assists. The loss for Loyola drops the Dons to 0-2 in the A Conference. Loyola won its season opener with Penn Charter, but dropped its first conference game with McDonogh, 11-9, on Tuesday.

"This league always challenges you in some way,? Shriver said. "Loyola had their backs to the wall and Tuesday we are going to St. Mary?s and they are also going off a loss to McDonogh."

Boys? Latin?s eighth win of 2007 is the 29th consecutive victory for the Lakers, dating back to their championship loss to McDonogh in 2005. That streak is impressive, but Bob Shriver?s kids have a long way to go to match the current winning streak held by the Mount Hebron girls? lacrosse team.

With a 22-0 victory over Atholton on Friday, the Vikings (3-0) hit the century mark of a winning streak that dates back to a 2001 loss to St. Stephen-St. Agnes.

"It was a special day," said Mt. Hebron coach Brooke Kuhl-McClelland of the 100th win. To get her girls more excited before the game, Kuhl-McClelland surprised them with new uniforms.

"It got them pumped up and might have thrown them off a bit, because at the end of the first half it was 8-0 and that is fairly atypical of our county games," the coach said.

The Vikings found their rhythm and tallied 14 goals in the second half. In the shutout, junior Ashley Bruns led Mount Hebron with six goals. The streak will be put to the test again against Centennial today at 1 p.m.

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