Loyola, really digging down, defeats Mt. St. Joseph, 17-6

April 16, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Having always been tall, Scott Diggs -- now a 6-foot-1, 195-pound midfielder for No. 4 Loyola -- said his recreation lacrosse coaches initially questioned his faceoff capabilities.

But yesterday at Loyola, the junior showed he could really get down, during the Dons' 17-6 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference nondivisional victory over visiting and No. 8 Mount St. Joseph (4-5).

Loyola players Keith Euker (16 goals, six assists) and Brian Zeller (11 goals, four assists) led all scorers. Euker had four goals and an assist, and Zeller scored four times.

But it was Diggs in the trenches who did most of the dirty work.

He teamed with the unrelated Browns -- Scott, Charlie and Craig -- to give Loyola an 18-9 advantage in faceoffs, including an 8-1 skein in a third period in which Loyola outscored Mount St. Joseph, 6-2.

Diggs won eight of his 10 attempts to help Loyola outscore Mount St. Joseph, 13-2, in the second half, including a 7-0 run in the fourth period, when the Dons outshot the Gaels, 15-0.

"When we started winning the faceoffs, it just felt like we had all the momentum," said Diggs, who also scored a goal.

"Once we got the momentum, we started scoring goals. We're ready to go for our next game."

Loyola (7-1) now readies itself for Tuesday's showdown with top-ranked Gilman (6-0), an 11-2 winner over No. 6 Calvert Hall yesterday.

The Dons, whose only loss this year was in a 9-6 game against third-ranked, defending champ St. Mary's, split games with Gilman last year, eliminating the Greyhounds from playoff contention with a 9-8 victory.

"Gilman was in the back of our minds," said Zeller. "We wanted to have a good game here to go in with confidence against them."

In all, 11 different Loyola players had either a goal or an assist against Mount St. Joseph.

Tim Hahn and Jeff Huber each scored two goals. Dave Fields had a goal and two assists, and Dan Buchness added a goal and an assist.

The Gaels' Marc LaChapelle scored three times and had an assist and Jason Newman scored once. Ryan Scaffe had a goal and an assist for the Gaels.

"Between our first and second lines we usually win most of the faceoffs," said Craig Brown, who added a goal. "We knew we had to step it up in the second half."

The game had been tied three times in the first half, including, 4-4, at the intermission.

"Scott Diggs must have won 10 faceoffs in a row -- and that killed us," said Gaels coach Drew Bowden.

"My hat's off to him. He's a great player."

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