Loyola eclipses St. Paul's No. 6 Dons take advantage of 2nd-half run for 10-5 win

April 09, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Loyola boys lacrosse team opened the newspaper yesterdaymorning and found its motivation in the latest poll: the Dons at No. 6 and St. Paul's at No. 3.

With a dominating second-half performance, Loyola pulled away from the visiting Crusaders for a 10-5 victory yesterday.

"Everybody else regarded them as better, so this is big," Loyola coach Joe McFadden said. "We have to beat the teams sitting ahead of us."

Loyola (3-3) turned the game around in the third quarter.

Trailing 4-3 at halftime, the Dons tied the game 45 seconds into the third quarter when Brad Reppert knocked down a clearing pass in front of the goal and converted a one-on-one against goalkeeper Alec Schweizer.

Loyola then took the lead on an athletic move by Chris Malone with 4: 10 left in the third. Picking up his loose ball just outside the restraining line, Malone powered past two defenders, switched his stick to his left side and scored into the upper left corner of the goal.

St. Paul's (5-2) never recovered, scoring just one goal in the second half. After the Crusaders scored their only goal of the half to cut the lead to 7-5, the Dons went on a 3-0 run in the final 4 1/2 minutes.

"I think people are actually surprised but we're good," Malone said. "We won today because we took the extra steps. Those extra steps get the balls into the goal."

St. Paul's outshot Loyola, 21-7, but never opened a lead of more than a goal as Loyola goalkeeper Pat McGinnis made four saves in each of the first two quarters.

In the second half, the Dons won the ground-ball battle and pulled to a 6-4 lead by scoring on three of their first eight shots of the third quarter.

"In the first half, we didn't play well and St. Paul's didn't play well," McFadden said. "But what I'm happiest about is we at least played hard enough to stay close."

"Give Loyola credit. They hustled in the second half; they got the ground balls," said Crusaders coach Rick Brocato.

Pub Date: 4/09/97

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