No. 4 Loyola breezes to Wright championship, 13-6

April 03, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

The fact that Loyola missed some scoring opportunities against Severna Park did not bother coach Joe McFadden. He stayed optimistic.

"If we weren't getting opportunities, I'd really be sweating," said McFadden. "But the opportunities were there, I figured we'd score."

McFadden's faith was well-founded. No. 4 Loyola used a three-goal spurt in the second quarter to take control and a five-goal burst in the fourth quarter to lock up a 13-6 victory over Severna Park in the championship game of the Mustang Shootout yesterday at C. Milton Wright.

Springfield (Pa.) used a six-goal fourth quarter to score a 12-11 victory over host C. M. Wright in the consolation game. Springfield blanked the Mustangs in the fourth quarter and got the win when Jesse D'Alonzo scored with 59 seconds left, ruining a five-goal, six-assist effort from Brian King of C. M. Wright (1-3).

Loyola (4-0), winner of two straight Mustang titles, created numerous scoring opportunities from the opening faceoff. The Dons got six shots in the first two minutes and wound up with 40 overall, keeping the pressure on Severna Park (2-1) throughout the game.

The Dons' offense seemed to click in spurts. They scored twice -- Brian Zeller and J.L. Reppert (one goal, one assist) -- 37 seconds apart in the second quarter for a 3-1 lead. They then took a 7-3 lead at halftime when Zeller scored with 1:16 left, Scott Diggs (two goals) followed that up 18 seconds later and Brian Bean (one goal) knocked in a loose ball from outside the crease with three seconds left.

Severna Park kept coming back, however, and cut the lead to 8-6 early in the fourth quarter. Kevin Kaiser scored at the nine-minute mark, and Dan Buchness added another goal 21 seconds later to give the Dons a 10-6 lead and finish the Falcons.

McFadden, who also got two goals from Tim Hahn, spent much of the game giving his bench playing time. The Dons used up to eight attackmen and ran four midfields. The first unit saw only about one quarter of playing time but when it clicked -- as it did late in the half -- it caused the Falcons problems.

"I think the first unit worked together well," said Zeller, who had two goals and one assist. "I think the chemistry is there."

The biggest problem for Loyola was shooting. Often the Dons would find a good shot, but fire it too high or wide.

McFadden said the team is just struggling a bit with shooting and as long as it keeps finding chances to score, he will be happy.

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