Loyola romps past Gaels, 16-4 St. Paul's next Boys lacrosse

May 10, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

In the wake of Loyola's 16-4 win over Mount St. Joseph yesterday, the only thing left standing between the fourth-ranked Dons and the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference playoffs is No. 1 St. Paul's.

Sure, there's an alternate route to the playoffs, which involve the top two teams in each division. Loyola could lose to the visiting Crusaders

in tomorrow's matchup on Hargaden Field and then hope that Severn upsets No. 3 Gilman. Either way, the Dons would get in. However, Loyola coach Joe McFadden prefers the more direct approach.

"We didn't want to get into a situation where it was up to someone else," said McFadden, whose team dropped a 9-8 decision to St. Paul's in its sixth game of the season. "We don't want Severn to help us with Gilman."

From the outset of yesterday's matchup at Hargaden Field, it was apparent that the Dons were in no need of help against the 11th-ranked Gaels.

Loyola opened a 3-0 lead after one quarter following a pair of goals from senior midfielder Paul Corto and another from junior attackman Keith Euker.

The Dons (13-3, 9-3) continued their scoring run in the second quarter and took an 8-0 lead with 5:33 left in the half when senior attackman Jon Cusson scored on a feed from senior midfielder Bill Evans.

"We didn't want to look past these guys and get caught," said Cusson, who finished with a game-high three goals and five assists. "Now, all we have to think about is St. Paul's and I think that game is going to come down to who wants it more."

The Gaels (9-6, 5-6) had to rely on a defenseman -- junior Wayne Brown -- to end their scoring drought, which he did on an unassisted goal with 5:20 remaining in the first half.

Loyola had an 11-2 lead at halftime following two goals by Cusson and a third by senior midfielder Mike Keeney on an assist from Cusson.

"We just wanted to come out here and get it done," said Loyola goalkeeper Greg Zorella, who recorded eight saves before he was relieved in the third quarter by backup Sam Hudson. "It would have been a shame for us to lose today because then tomorrow's game would have meant nothing."

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