Diggs leads Loyola past C. Hall, 12-5, in season finale

May 07, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Loyola coach Joe McFadden didn't hesitate in setting Scott Diggs loose in yesterday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference regular-season finale.

"You got the green light, Diggs," McFadden shouted from the sidelines early in the first quarter. "Now take it and go."

And off he went.

When the junior midfielder finally stopped he had five goals and his top-ranked Dons were the owners of a 12-5 victory over host and No. 6 Calvert Hall (6-7 overall).

"Scott Diggs just turned into the monster," said McFadden, whose team heads into next week's playoffs with the best league record at 9-1 (12-1 overall).

"He really is a man playing in this league and there are some others. He's been so important but so unrecognized in the statistics.

"Timmy Hahn's got more goals. Brian Zeller has more and yet Scott Diggs is our faceoff guy. He's the guy who handles the ball on the clears and man-down situations. He does all that kind of stuff and other people get goals so he was due to step up."

Diggs, who scored five of his team's first seven goals, started his assault 43 seconds into the contest and his second unassisted goal gave the Dons a 3-1 lead with 6:03 left in the first quarter. He scored his third 2:38 into the second quarter and Keith Euker followed with a one-hopper to put the visitors ahead 5-1.

The Cardinals pulled back to within three on an extra-man goal before Diggs closed out the first-half, scoring with a severe-angle goal with 52 seconds left.

Diggs didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard in the second half either, as he won the opening faceoff, pump-faked a defender and sent a shot past Cardinals goalkeeper Strider Dickson (nine saves).

"I was just trying to get myself ready for the playoffs today and I felt pretty good," said Diggs.

"We have a big rivalry with Calvert Hall and we always want to go out there and play these guys our toughest. We wanted to get some momentum today and we were hoping to come off a good win here today and take that into the playoffs."

Euker, a senior attackman who appears to be peaking at the right time, finished with two goals. Junior attackman J. L. Reppert added two goals for the Dons and Hahn, Brian Zeller and Walt Stundick each scored once.

Calvert Hall's defense provided Loyola's high-powered attack with a little extra work against the zone, and the extra work should help the Dons as they prepare to face the winner of Tuesday's meeting between St. Mary's and St. Paul's on Friday at UMBC.

"We felt like this game was for the regular-season championship outright," said McFadden. "This says we have one A Conference loss this year and nobody else did. That's what we were aiming for."

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