Saints' rally tops Loyola

April 09, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

After being manhandled for three quarters, fourth-ranked St. Mary's erupted for six unanswered goals in the final period yesterday for a 9-6 victory over No. 3 Loyola in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference Division III game.

Senior midfielder Todd Vizcarrondo led the host Saints with two of his game-high four goals in the final period. Junior attackman Dan Collins scored both of his goals in the fourth quarter, one of which tied the game with 5:46 remaining.

"Ten minutes is a long time in lacrosse. It really is," said St. Mary's coach Jim Moorhead. "We can score quick goals, but we needed to possess the ball in the fourth quarter and we did."

St. Mary's (6-1, 3-1) started its comeback with 7:39 remaining, when Collins dodged a defender and whipped a shot past Loyola keeper Sam Hudson (six saves). Thirty seconds later, the Saints were back to within one after an unassisted goal by Vizcarrondo.

The Dons (5-2, 2-2), who served eight penalties, escaped back-to-back man-down situations before Collins scored the tying goal with the teams at even strength.

Vizcarrondo scored what proved to be the game-winner when he scooped up a loose ball in front of the crease and bounced it past Hudson.

The Saints, however, were not finished.

Senior attackman Matt Clune, closely guarded in the first half by Loyola's star defenseman, Karl Zeller, gave the Saints an 8-6 lead with 1:35 remaining when he split two defenders and scored. Clune fed Myles Conway 16 seconds later to seal the win.

"St. Paul's came back and beat us and you can let that get to you a little bit, but these guys didn't," said Moorhead. "They played unbelievably hard, they shot well in the fourth quarter and they proved that they can win against one heck of an opponent."

Saints goalkeeper Jim Brown came up big in both halves, turning away 15 of the Dons' 31 shots.

Junior attackman Jason Rickel led Loyola in scoring with two goals and one assist, followed by Craig Brown with two goals.

"The game shouldn't have come down to the fourth quarter. My '' feeling is that by halftime we should have outdistanced them and we didn't and they are too good of team to leave in a game that long," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden.

"We're walking away knowing that they're a tough team that never quits, and we're walking away knowing that we have every reason to be confident to have them come up to our place."

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