Loyola defeats Severn from ground up, 16-5 Hard work on loose balls fuels relentless attack

April 11, 1996|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

It was a combination of hard work and an abundance of scoring.

Loyola scored on powerful dodges, off crisp passes in transition and on extra-man situations. But Loyola's relentless offense wouldn't have occurred if it hadn't dominated possession by winning the ground-ball battle and faceoffs.

Behind four goals by Chris Purpura and Mike Morris, No. 4 Loyola stomped visiting No. 8 Severn, 16-5, yesterday in an MIAA Conference game. It's the highest goal total for Loyola against a conference opponent this year.

The Dons (5-2), who have rebounded from consecutive losses to win two straight, play at top-ranked St. Mary's tomorrow.

"When you win faceoffs and get the ground balls, you're going to have possession for most of the game," Loyola coach Joe McFadden said. "When that happens, it's going to be a good game for us."

Loyola won 17 of 25 faceoffs behind specialists Ryan Morris and Mark Knysh. This tandem sparked the Dons to a sizable lead by claiming 10 of the first 11 faceoffs, and allowed the Loyola attack to continually pelt Severn goalkeeper Willie Wu (22 saves).

Loyola jumped to a 4-1 lead when Purpura scored on a spin move near the crease with 2: 22 left in the first quarter. Three of the Dons' first four goals were scored off one-on-one dodges.

In the second quarter, Loyola started up its running attack and scored its first two goals off transition to push the margin to 6-2 four minutes into the period.

Severn (5-3) ended the Dons' second three-goal run of the first half and cut the lead to 7-3 when Ben Marchant outran a double team to score with 5: 20 left before halftime. The Dons then put the game away early in the second half, holding the Admirals without a goal for 13 minutes.

"We worked all week in practice on ground balls," Purpura said. "Ground balls equal goals. We swarmed for them all over the field."

For Severn, it's another rough MIAA outing. The Admirals have lost three games, all in the conference, by a combined score of 45-21.

Josh Sims was Severn's sole offense, scoring three times on high-powered shots. The Admirals scored only once in a set offense and were 0-for-7 in man-up tries.

"We want to play in these games," Severn coach Charlie Toomey said. "We aspire to play the best. Some days we'll come away knowing we have a lot of work to do. But once we get over the hump, we'll appreciate it more."

Pub Date: 4/11/96

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