Talk about successful halftime speeches.
Loyola High lacrosse coach Joe McFadden ought to market whatever he said to his players yesterday that encouraged them to score seven straight goals in 7:18 of the third quarter for a 13-4 lead on the way to a 17-7 romp over Gilman School in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference Division I game.
McFadden spoke only in generalities of his halftime lecture, saying, "I told them we were getting beat on ground balls and we couldn't score if we didn't have the ball."
The second-ranked Dons were turned back in the opening minutes of the third quarter by two excellent saves by goalie Lou Kousouris, and Mark Cornes scored a few seconds later for the No. 6 Greyhounds to reduce the Loyola lead to 6-4.
That was the calm before the storm.
Thirty-one seconds later, senior midfielder Jason Nazelrod cut sharply to the goal, took a pass from Mike Boyle and deposited the ball into the net for the first of the seven textbook-like goals over 7:18.
The Dons kept running cutters through the Gilman defense for six more quick scores and the 13-4 bulge.
Nazelrod and Boyle worked the same play for a second goal, and Tucker Radebaugh knifed through the Greyhounds for three goals in the scoring binge.
Gilman coach John Tucker said his defenders kept getting picked off on the plays.
"We had mental lapses," said Tucker, who saw his team get blown out for the second time in a week (St. Paul's routed Gilman, 18-9, last Tuesday). "It was nothing physical, just mental. I never question the heart of my team. We just fell into mental lapses."
Tucker said that Gilman (2-2, 1-2) would be back in the A Conference Division I race before the season is over.
"I'm not giving up on these guys," he said. "We're going to keep on going."
Junior attackman Bill Evans wound up with five goals for Loyola (2-0, 1-0), and Brad Hoag had four goals and two assists.
McFadden said his primary concern yesterday, in addition to a poor second quarter on ground balls, was the team's extra-man defense.
"We gave up four of their seven goals on extra-man situations," said McFadden. "We looked as if we had never played it before. We're going to be working on that."