The lacrosse positions played by Crusaders in the spring of 1933, the first time they took on the Lakers of Boys’ Latin (the Lakers, then known in the newspapers as the Latinists, won that first game, but after another BL win and a tie, the Crusaders would reel off 23 consecutive wins.) An intriguing feature of these early games: no off-sides rules, so players could roam anywhere on the field.
Howdy Myers. Ace Adams. George Mitchell. Jamie Andrew. Mitch Whiteley. Rick Brocato.
The six Crusader lacrosse coaches who—along with the shorter-tenured Gene Corrigan, Tommy Tongue ’46 and Mike Rentko—are the faces of much of our revered St. Paul’s lacrosse tradition. Amidst their achievements are a collective 45 victories since 1940 over Boys’ Latin, with whom we enjoy one of the most storied rivalries in national high-school lacrosse.
That span includes those aforementioned 23 straight wins over the Lakers, a streak that consumed the years 1940 through 1962. And in four championship contests against the Lakers, three wins and one loss:
- 1979: The Crusaders win amidst torrential rain, 9-8, after losing to the Lakers, 13-5, a week earlier.
- 1992: The tops-in-the-nation Crusader team finishes a 17-0 season with a 9-8 win over the Lakers, a contest played in a driving rain at UMBC.
- 2010: The Crusaders avenge a regular-season, triple-overtime loss by thrashing the Lakers in the MIAA A-Conference championship game, 17-7, at Towson University. The Brooklandville boys score the first 9 goals of the second half to break a 5-5 halftime tie.
- 2014: The Crusaders fall to the Lakers, 16-11, at Towson University.
Since 1933, when the two schools first faced off, St. Paul’s vs. Boys’ Latin lacrosse has evolved into a rivalry that both schools strive to keep fierce, friendly and fun. The Lakers lead the series, with 51 wins to 47 for the Crusaders (our 1934 game is recorded as a tie). St. Paul’s has won 25 league titles to Boys’ Latin’s ten.
At 4:15 p.m. on May 16, 2017, the Crusaders and Lakers will square off for the 100th time, on Tullai Field in Brooklandville. This centennial game features an additional layer of significance, in that it could be Crusader Coach Rick Brocato’s last game, for he will retire as the St. Paul’s varsity lacrosse coach after the season, his 17th as head coach and 26th on the coaching staff (Broc’s 225 career victories are seven wins short of George Mitchell’s record). Crusader fans around the nation will, of course, be rooting hard for their boys to seize the Darrell-Ehrhardt Cup—kept by the winning school for the year—and bring home a 26th lacrosse championship to the bucolic hills of Brooklandville.