Baltimore Lutheran’s boys’ lacrosse team has stood atop the MIAA C Conference for the past two years, winning the conference championship in 2009 and 2010, and the Saints’ 2011 campaign is right on track for a three-peat.

Even the rain wanted a piece of the action, Tuesday, kicking up during the opening face-off of the MIAA C Conference’s undefeated squads, as Baltimore Lutheran dominated its way to the fifth win of the year with a 13-4 win over St. John’s Catholic.

“It just took 48 minutes of physical play,” Lutheran coach Bill Zopp explained.  “We knew they were very strong offensively, averaging 17 or 18 goals a game, and we put Coach Ralph to the test of shutting them down.  

“The defense stepped up and the offense just decided to take over the game with ground balls.”

The Saints’ offense came out gunning for the Viking net, scoring five goals in the first quarter, as Steve Licata and Jay Davis each net two goals beside Robbie Rupp.

But it wouldn’t take long for Licata to earn his hat trick, netting the first goal of the second quarter and adding two fourth-quarter goals to cap his five-goal night.

“We played really well together today,” Licata said.  “Coach said that if we went out there and do what we had to do, we would come out with the ‘W.’  Their ‘D’ was great, we just played very well.”

It was the Saints’ ‘D,’ however, which would be the dominating defense on the field, holding the Viking scoreless in the second quarter and to just four goals the entire game.

“We certainly executed what we wanted to do,” defensive coordinator Ralph Quillen said.  “I’ve challenged these guys mentally with their lacrosse backgrounds, and I’ve helped them out some defensively, but the score tells the story.”

Kyle Coleman set the foundation for the Lutheran defense, making 14 saves between the pipes.

“They have plenty of great shooters,” Coleman explained, “but our defense stepped up, did what they had to do, and we shut them down.”

St. John’s Catholic took the uninviting road trip to two-time defending champ Baltimore Lutheran and had a hard time shuffling the ball past Coleman, but managed goals by Ben Griffen, Cody Dowling, Grier Wilson and Dylan Stedman.

“It wasn’t our best effort, but we haven’t played well coming off busses all year,” Viking coach Nic Towson said.  “We are a much better team at home and we definitely struggled at the beginning of the game.”

fThe Vikings suffered their first in-conference loss on Tuesday, but will turn around and play host to Beth Tfiloh on Thursday.

“I’ve seen our team play much better and I look forward to seeing that team again,” Towson said.  “We just have to forget about this one.  We will get to see them at the end of our season, we split games and it doesn’t really matter, the loss right now.”

Lutheran moves to a perfect 5-0 on the season and looks to next face Key on Friday.

“We just have to keep working hard every day,” Zopp said.  “Our motto this year is to deserve victory, and that starts in the classroom and continues in practice, game preparation and game time.  

“We have an ultimate goal of getting back to Towson and doing something that has not been done in the C Conference, and that is try and get a third consecutive championship.”

Baltimore Lutheran 13, St. John’s Catholic 4

BL       5   3   2   3  —  13
STJC   2   0   1   1  —    4