No. 1 St. Mary's adds Loyola to its victim list No. 4 Dons' comeback falls short at end, 6-4

April 13, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

It's only the middle of April and already a lot of MIAA A Conference lacrosse teams are looking ahead to the playoffs and a second chance at runaway St. Mary's.

The top-ranked and unbeaten Saints dimmed the spirits of another challenger yesterday, turning back fourth-ranked Loyola, 6-4, in a game that had all the makings of a possible upset at Weems Whalen Field in Annapolis.

The Dons (5-3) had the kind of slow tempo they wanted, had taken St. Mary's (9-0) scoring standout Dan Marohl virtually out of the game and they only trailed 5-4 with 7: 06 left.

But there was one major obstacle Loyola couldn't overcome to pull off the win -- St. Mary's goalkeeper Jon Horrigan.

Horrigan stood tall yesterday on a day the St. Mary's defense stole the spotlight.

Horrigan was tough all day, making 11 saves, but really came through in the game's final three minutes when Loyola tried desperately to draw even.

First, he rejected a hard shot by Mike Morris that would have tied the game at 5 with 2: 43 left, and then he saved close-range shots by Arthur Price and Chris Malone in the final 32 seconds of the game after St. Mary's had gone ahead, 6-4, on a Jamison Mullen goal with 2: 05 remaining.

Mullen's late goal was his fourth score of the day. Despite his offensive output, he wanted to talk about the Saints' defense.

"Our defense sets the tone," said Mullen. "Zach Burke, Jon Cline and Brian Kingsbury are tremendous defenders, and Jon Horrigan stops anything that gets past our defense."

The Saints now have beaten second-ranked St. Paul's, third-ranked Gilman, fourth-ranked Loyola, fifth-ranked Boys' Latin and 15th-ranked McDonogh for a 5-0 record in the MIAA A Conference's "C" Division.

In spite of St. Mary's accomplishments this season, Mullen said he believes the Saints are still something of an outsider in the inside circles of the Baltimore prep lacrosse powers.

"I still don't think we get the respect we deserve," said Mullen. "We like it that way, because it keeps us pumped up."

Loyola senior midfielder Chris Purpura scored three goals and had one assist, including two unassisted goals that brought the Dons within one goal of the Saints twice, 4-3 with 4: 26 left in the third quarter and 5-4 with 7: 06 remaining in the game.

"I didn't expect to lose despite what I read in the papers about this game," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden.

Pub Date: 4/13/96

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