Zeller's four goals lift Loyola over St. Paul's

April 24, 1994|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Special to The Sun

When most people hear the name Zeller mentioned in regards to Loyola High School lacrosse, they think of the star defenseman for the Dons, senior Karl Zeller.

But yesterday at St. Paul's, another Zeller -- Karl's cousin, Brian -- made quite a name for himself.

The junior midfielder scored a game-high four goals -- including the game-winner -- to lead the No. 4 Dons to a 9-8 win over the No. 2 Crusaders in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association contest.

The win completed a productive week for Loyola, which knocked off No. 1 Gilman on Tuesday.

"Coming off a big win over Gilman, we didn't want to come in too over-confident against St. Paul's," said Brian Zeller. "We practiced hard all week and just tried to come out and play with a lot of intensity."

All of Zeller's goals either tied the game or gave Loyola the lead.

He started the scoring 24 seconds into the game on a feed from junior Scott Diggs and gave the Dons a 3-2 lead with an extra-man goal 45 seconds into the second quarter.

With 3:22 left in the game, and Loyola trailing 8-7, Zeller beat St. Paul's goalie Sean Keenan (18 saves) to tie the game.

With 2:45 left, junior midfielder Tim Hahn fed Zeller from behind the crease. Zeller caught the waist-high pass and flicked it past Keenan for the deciding goal.

"I just made some cuts and tried to dodge up top," said Zeller. "[On the game-winner] Timmy Hahn saw me and I just quick-sticked it in."

St. Paul's (6-3, 4-2) had a couple of chances to tie the game in the final minute when Loyola (9-1, 6-1) threw the ball out of bounds near midfield while attempting a clear.

With 41 seconds left, senior attackman John Solter raced from the midfield line to within about 20 feet of the Loyola goal, but Dons senior goalie Jon Leuchs (12 saves) deflected his bounce-shot.

Junior attackman Tucker Radebaugh scooped up the rebound, and St. Paul's called a timeout.

When play resumed, Radebaugh tried to feed Solter in front of the crease, but the ball was knocked to the ground by the Loyola defense.

St. Paul's senior midfielder Billy Ruhl briefly gained possession, but could not get a shot off.

Loyola senior midfielder Kevin Kaiser grabbed the loose ball and raced into the Dons' end of the field to end the game.

"That was about as good of a high school game as you can see," said St. Paul's coach Mitch Whiteley. "I think we played well, and they just scored one more goal than we did."

"There's been about a four-year stretch where these two schools really go after each other," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden, whose Dons ended St. Paul's 34-game winning streak in last year's regular-season finale. "They've got some good players, and they came at us hard.

"Sometimes it looked more like gladiators going at it than a smooth lacrosse game, but I'm glad we came away with a win."

Diggs finished with three goals and an assist for Loyola, and Hahn had a goal and three assists.

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