Boys' Latin tops stubborn Loyola, 6-3 No. 1-ranked Lakers score early to down ailing Dons

Boys lacrosse

March 26, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Yesterday's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association contest at No. 1-ranked Boys' Latin had all the makings of a rout, particularly after the home team jumped out to a five-goal lead.

Loyola's best midfielder, Chris Malone, was playing with a ruptured eardrum, and goalie Pat McGinnis was overcoming a bout with pneumonia. The No. 4 Dons also were without a midfield starter, Pat Jackson, who is out for the season with a broken collarbone.

Yet the Lakers (4-0), coming off an easy win over No. 13 Mount St. Joseph, had to settle for a tougher-than-expected 6-3 victory over Loyola (1-1), a team which McGinnis said was "roughed up" in its season-opening overtime victory over Georgetown Prep.

While Tom Glatzel (three goals), Greg Patchak (two goals, two assists) and Ian Shure (three assists) staked the Lakers to a 3-0 lead after one period, and 5-0 with 5: 56 left in the half, the Dons dropped passes and "were so timid we couldn't seem to catch or throw," coach Joe McFadden said.

But the insertion of McGinnis (11 saves) slowed the Lakers. He stopped six of eight shots in the second period after replacing starter Mark Savage, who had three saves.

"We got up early and maybe thought it was going to be easier than it was," said Boys' Latin coach Bob Shriver. "We got stuck behind [the goal] a little bit. We weren't bringing the ball back up top. We got away from the things we'd been working on."

The Dons' defense was the main reason for that. Long sticks Mike Plantholt and freshman Ricky Schultz began sealing things off, and Pat Miller and Tim Nicholas hounded Patchak.

"Ryan Mollett and [All-Metro midfielder] Aaron Vercollone are dangerous for them up top, but we felt like our short sticks could at least hold them off," said McFadden. "We played Miller straight up on Patchak. We wanted to make Patchak find the open man with Miller or Nicholas whaling on him."

The Lakers committed five of their seven penalties in the second period while Loyola's Josh Hahn (with 2: 55 left) and Matt Urlock (1: 34) capitalized with extra-man goals.

Keeper Brian Berger (10 saves) compensated by stopping three of the Dons' five shots in the third period, but couldn't stop Malone from darting past three defenders for an unassisted goal that trimmed the deficit to 5-3 with 4: 03 left in the third period.

"We expected to be up by a couple of more goals, but they played with a lot more intensity and we got a little sloppy," Berger said. "It was a good test for us. It became a defensive game."

Pub Date: 3/26/97

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