St. Mary's comeback falls short, as Loyola exacts revenge, 5-4

May 04, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Standing on the Loyola field after the top-ranked Dons' 5-4 victory over No. 3 St. Mary's, Dons defender Chris McGlone epitomized the lacrosse battle that had just taken place.

"You know, it gets pretty rough in there when you play St. Mary's," McGlone said, as a trickle of blood ran down the bridge of his nose.

"But we've got five seniors on defense with Karl Zeller, Tim O'Hara, Roman Knysh, Dave Ford and myself. We knew they would give us a run, but we were looking for a little revenge."

McGlone was referring to St. Mary's wins in the last two meetings between the two squads -- in last year's Maryland Scholastic Association title game, and in last month's 9-6 Saints victory in which they scored six fourth-period goals.

Yesterday's comeback fell short, though, as visiting St. Mary's (10-3, 5-3) scored three times in the fourth, outshooting Loyola, 13-4, in that stretch.

The Saints led, 1-0, after a quarter, but stumbled through the middle periods -- including being penalized three times in the third -- and fell behind 5-1 after a goal by the Dons' Dave Fields with 9:12 left.

With the win, Loyola (11-1, 8-1) secured the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Division III title and gained the inside track to the top seed for next week's MIAA tournament.

In the Saints, McGlone and company succeeded in collaring one of the league's most prolific offenses, with top scorers Matt Clune (20 goals, 20 assists), Todd Vizcarrondo (22, eight) and Dan Collins (18, 13).

Clune scored the Saints' first and last goals, Collins scored once and Vizcarrondo was held scoreless.

"St. Mary's has a very potent offense, and Clune is basically their best, so we put [Zeller] on Clune," McGlone said. "From there, we just played tough -- nothing elaborate."

St. Mary's was outshot 20-5 in the first half and 31-10 after three periods, but was kept afloat by the play of keeper Jim Brown (16 saves) and midfielder Justin Bowman, who scored a goal and won all five fourth-period faceoffs.

"We hoped to crack this thing open in the first half because we were dominating possession," said

Loyola coach Joe McFadden. "But their kid [Brown] kept stopping us low and we didn't move the shots around enough. Then No. 30 [Bowman] stepped up and did some great facing off."

The Dons didn't produce offensively until the second quarter.

Tim Hahn (two goals, one assist) led the way, followed by Brian Zeller (one goal, one assist), Jeff Huber (two assists), and Fields and Craig Brown with a goal each.

"We seemed a little bit hasty in the beginning and couldn't put the ball in the goal," said Hahn. "But in the second quarter, we started to settle down and that's when we started pressuring. Losing to them the last two times was tough, so this time we really wanted it."

The Dons' defense thoroughly frustrated the Saints, as Clune was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct -- the first of three BTC third-quarter penalties -- leading to a goal by Brian Zeller from Hahn to give the Dons a 3-1 cushion.

"I got out of my head once and it cost me," Clune said. "But because we let up early, we've put ourselves in a tough situation. Instead of a bye in the playoffs, we've got to play in the first round. But we've got to learn from this."

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