In a battle of unbeaten teams, St. Mary's led Loyola throughout their boys lacrosse meeting Saturday before allowing the Dons to whittle their way back.
And the Dons sure carved a beauty.
Mike Vaughan fired a blistering, chest-level shot past St. Mary's goalie Chris Brown (10 saves) just 58 seconds into overtime to give the Dons their only lead, and an 11-10 victory.
Defending MarylandScholastic Association A conference champion Loyola improved to 3-0 in Division I while St. Mary's dropped to 3-1 (6-1 overall).
Vaughan's goal came seconds after the Saints had taken the opening face-off and a wide-open Eamon McCormick's rushed shot bounced harmlessly off the chest of Loyola goalie Jason Johnson (nine saves).
With Vaughan's goal, Saturday's first Royal Blue Lacrosse Festival -- including the Saints' girls lacrosse team going against Severn at 10 a.m. anda bull roast following the noon boys' game -- ended as just another day at the office for the Dons. And just another statistical footnotein the history of Loyola's lacrosse dynasty.
"We came out pretty pumped up for this rivalry and Loyola's been having the best of us for the last few years," said Saints midfielder David Jones, who had a team high four goals. "We're always looking to knock-off No. 1 and wecame out pretty fired up to win."
The Saints, who have beaten theDons once (9-3 last year) since 1982, had leads of 4-3 at halftime, 8-5 during the third quarter and 9-6 early in the fourth period.
They dominated the second quarter, out-shooting the Dons, 13-3.
Theroar of the rain-soaked, partisan St. Mary's crowd suddenly rose to a crescendo to start the fourth period.
Jones, a midfielder, had just scored his fourth goal to give his squad what appeared to be a commanding 9-6 lead with 8:54 remaining in the game.
But the roars dissipated less than five minutes later, as Loyola's Dave Evans sandwiched two of his game-high six goals around one by teammate Peter Rowan, allowing the Dons to pull even forthe third time in the game, 9-9.
St. Mary's led, 10-9, with 3:39 left after Rob Chomo scored his third goal, but Loyola's Brad Hoag evened things up with 2:41 left on an assist from Vaughan -- who gave his squad an advantage by winning all five face-offs in the fourth period.
With a few seconds remaining, Chomo battled a defender to the right of the Loyola goal but hadthe ball jarred loose before he could shoot.
"We had a great chance to win the game in regulation and we didn't do it and in OT we hadthe ball and made some poor choices and had some mental mistakes," said St. Mary's coach Jim Moorehead. "Our kids were smart enough to know that a three-goal lead wouldn't be enough and it obviously wasn't.It could have gone either way and I guarantee they're breathing a sigh of relief."
After Kip Gendell had given theSaints a 1-0 first-quarter lead. The game was tied at 2 and at 3 in the second quarter.
"The early part of the game was a dog-fight both ways, but their goalie came up big," said eighth-year Loyola coach Joe McFadden, who has an 89-14 career record. Loyola has won five MSA A Conference titlesunder McFadden.
"But the way they played defense is that they came real hard at the ball and (Dave Evans) plays away from the ball. Hefloats and has a great instinct in going to the opening."
Ryan Kelly had two goals for the Saints, who tomorrow face a Severn squad which is coming off of Saturday's 7-6 victory over previously unbeaten Boys Latin.
The Admirals (11-3 overall, 1-2 against the Division II) had lost two straight to St. Paul's (10-9) and Calvert Hall (9-8).
Dudley Dixon and Jason Wade led the Admirals, who also got a brilliant performance in the goal from keeper Court Durling (17 saves).