Combs powers St. Paul's past Loyola, 14-11 7-0, third-quarter run carries Crusaders to win

April 03, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Buggs Combs scored seven goals and had an assist as host and No. 2 St. Paul's held off No. 4 Loyola, 14-11, in the teams' B Division-opener of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference yesterday.

The Crusaders (5-0, 1-0), who overcame a 7-4 halftime deficit by outscoring the Dons (2-2, 0-1) by 7-0 in the third period, travel to No. 1 St. Mary's next Week.

Others scoring for St. Paul's were Chris Kakel (three goals, three assists), Conor Gill (one goal, three assists), Chris Berrier (two goals) and Mike Kernan (one goal). Loyola's top scorers were Chris Purpura (three goals), Mike Morris (one goal, three assists), Arthur Price (two goals, one assist), Alex Gibson (two goals) and Chris Malone (three assists).

Loyola led 1-0 early, before allowing a 4-0 run by the Crusaders. Then the Dons scored six unanswered goals, beginning with Pat Jackson's score with 59 seconds left in the first period and ending with a diving shot by Alex Gibson on a feed from Jackson with a second to go in the first half.

But Loyola lost six of seven faceoffs in the third quarter and was penalized four times.

"I told my team at the half that, with St. Paul's still reeling, it was critical for us to get a quick start in the second half," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden. "We got the initial possession, came down, walked right around the goal and missed a clear one-on-one shot. Thirty seconds later, they come down and score. That two-goal shift hurt us."

And so did Combs, who netted the first couple goals of the second half on assists from Gill and Kakel, then watched as Kernan tied the game at 7.

Kakel collected a loose ball and put in a diving volley to put his team ahead permanently, 8-7, with 5: 29 left in the period.

"We decided to come out and put the ball in the goal -- the defense did its part, and the offense did its part," said Combs, who scored six times in a previous outing against Mount St. Joseph. "We just moved the ball great."

Loyola made the score 12-11 with 4: 38 left in the game, but Combs slipped a virtual slap-shot past keeper Pat McGinnis (16 saves), and Berrier converted the final goal on an unassisted run that began from beyond midfield.

"This was a classic St. Paul's-Loyola war where we just went toe-to-toe," said St. Paul's coach Rick Brocato, crediting defensemen Richard Reid, Brandon Bortner, Peter Belitsos and Bill Bond. "We told our kids that we needed to get back on the ground balls, which starts our offense, and we got moving again. They [Loyola] didn't concede anything. We got the bounces today, but they made us work hard to get them."

Pub Date: 4/03/96

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