Loyola High sophomore attackman Bill Evans spent Frida suffering from a 24-hour virus. Yesterday, he made No. 7 Gilman do the suffering, as he came off the bench to score six goals in leading the top-ranked Dons to a 9-2 victory at Hargaden Field.
It was the regular-season opener for the defending Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference champion Dons, although they had been well-tested in 11 scrimmages.
The victory gives Loyola a 1-0 Division I record. The loss for Gilman was the first in four games for the young Greyhounds (0-1 in the A Conference).
The teams went through a scoreless first quarter, as Gilman outshot Loyola, 10-7, and had two shots that ricocheted off the goal pipe.
Evans scored the game's first goal, as he took a pass from Mike Gately and bounced a shot past Gilman's Luke Harlan early in the second quarter.
Gilman, which was playing with an extra man because of an illegal-stick call on Loyola's Brad Hoag, tied it just after Hoag's penalty had expired, as Athan Sunderland's low liner, off a feed from Alex Shawe, got past Loyola goalie Jason Johnson (nine saves).
Then Evans took control, scoring three of Loyola's next four goals in a little over a two-minute span to open the Dons' lead to 5-1 with 3 minutes, 32 seconds left in the first half.
"Billy moved to get the ball, moved his feet when he had the ball, and he has a lot of drive," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden.
A goal by Mike Boyle, with an assist from C.C. Lagator, gave Loyola a 6-1 halftime lead and climaxed a second quarter that saw Loyola outshoot the Greyhounds, 11-2.