Cummings answers call, leads Loyola over Hall Despite injury, he scores 4 in No. 5 Dons' 11-9 victory

April 20, 1996|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Loyola's Dave Cummings laid flat on his back near his goal, anguishing from his ankle injury. As he limped off the field, it appeared the Dons had lost one of their top scoring midfielders in the first quarter.

But after a quick taping of his left ankle and a few strides on the sidelines, Cummings asked to return a few minutes later and became Loyola's answer to victory. Cummings scored four goals, including two in the fourth quarter, to help the No. 5 Dons to an 11-9 win over No. 6 and host Calvert Hall yesterday afternoon in an MIAA A Conference game.

Cummings paced a sporadic Loyola attack, which had trouble finding good looks at the goal. After Calvert Hall had pulled to within two goals twice in the fourth quarter, Cummings scored on extra-man situations to keep a three-goal cushion.

"This team at this point is still sputtering," Cummings said. "We need to work some things out. But we're coming together and are still looking to play on May 17 [MIAA A Conference championship game.]"

The Dons (6-3) looked like a title-caliber team in the first quarter, dominating possession on offense and quickly taking the ball away from the Calvert Hall attack. Cummings scored on a clear shot in transition 28 seconds into the game when no Cardinal defenseman picked him up.

Meanwhile, Calvert Hall (5-3) turned the ball over on six of its first seven possessions and didn't take a shot until 5 1/2 minutes into the first quarter. The Cardinals' defense held tight and the attack responded to tie the game at 1 when Nick Lockwood scored with 43 seconds left in the first quarter.

Calvert Hall scored twice more in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the second quarter to take a 3-1 lead.

Loyola came back strong, receiving goals from six different players in a 6-1 run that put it ahead 7-4 just 3 1/2 minutes into the second half. In that run, the Dons scored in a variety of ways: a couple of transition goals, a Cummings spin move and a goal by Mark Knysh after picking up a ground ball a few yards from the crease.

"I thought we played excellent defense," said Calvert Hall coach Bryan Kelly. "I think they scored off some bad shots that seemed to bounce and end up in the goal."

Tom Tamberrino and Adam Borcz scored back-to-back goals for the Cardinals in a 1 1/2 -minute stretch to close within 7-6 midway through the third.

Both teams swapped goals to open the fourth, and Cummings whipped in a shot from the left wing on a man-up situation to give Loyola a 10-7 advantage with 5: 28 left. Jason Bukowsky scored from 15 yards out to get Calvert Hall to 10-8, but Cummings scored again to push the margin back to three.

Jerry Schiavino scored for the Cardinals off a feed from Tamberrino with 2: 25 remaining to cut the lead to 11-9, but they couldn't manage another shot on goal.

"We played well in spurts, but Calvert Hall played hard all game," Loyola coach Joe McFadden said. "Fortunately, we had one more spurt than them.

"If the game was any longer, who knows what could have happened."

Pub Date: 4/20/96

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