Dons take frustration out on Gaels 11 Loyola players score in 18-3 romp over St. Joe

Boys lacrosse

April 02, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Mount St. Joseph has Landon Prep of D.C. to thank for yesterday's lopsided loss to the Loyola Dons.

The visiting, fourth-ranked Dons, who gave up six unanswered goals in the fourth quarter of last Saturday's defeat by Landon, took their frustration out on the 12th-ranked Gaels and emerged with an 18-3 victory.

Eleven players scored for Loyola, including Mike Morris (two goals, three assists), Kyle Bell (3, 1), Mark Knysh (3, 0), Chris Malone (2, 2) and Ricky Hayes (2, 2).

Devan Spilker provided all the scoring for Mount St. Joe, finishing with three unassisted goals.

"We wanted to come out here and show people that we are for real this season," said Knysh. "We came out flat against Landon and we were down on ourselves because we thought we should have won. Our goal today was to pick up our intensity level and carry it on through the rest of the year."

Loyola (2-2 overall, 1-1 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association) went up 8-0, just 2: 41 into the second quarter when Morris dug a ball out of the dirt in front of the crease and flicked a back-handed shot past goalie Ryan Nash (14 saves).

Spilker, a sophomore, ended Loyola's run just over a minute later but the Dons took an 11-1 halftime lead following late goals by Scott Link, John Price and Hayes.

Loyola's veteran defense, anchored by Johns Hopkins-bound Pat Miller, took the pressure off goalie Pat McGinnis, still not 100 percent since a bout with pneumonia. McGinnis turned away five shots in the first half and backup Wes Hays stepped in for the second half and made nine saves.

Mount St. Joe, which had outscored Cape Henlopen (Del.) and Curley, 39-5, in its own tournament last weekend, could only watch as the Dons built a 16-1 lead in the third quarter.

Loyola freshman defender Ricky Schultz got in on the scoring when he deflected in a pass from Link and Bell scored an extra-man goal after Mount St. Joe coach Steve Szlasa was hit with a three-minute penalty for arguing a no-call.

"I think Landon brought into focus some things that we had to realize that we can and cannot do and this was a big step in the right direction," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden, whose team faces No. 3 Gilman tomorrow afternoon.

"I told the guys, 'If we're going to be successful, you have to play a little nasty and you have to have a killer instinct.' We allowed Landon to hang around and we didn't let that happen today."

Pub Date: 4/02/97

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