Loyola nips St. Mary's, 8-7 Defeat is fifth in a row for defending 'A' champs

Boys lacrosse

April 16, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

In a game marked by Loyola's inability to finish its shots, it was St. Mary's which made the most costly miss.

Saints attackman Jamison Mullen's shot from five yards out sailed high of the goal in the final seconds, allowing No. 4 Loyola to pocket an 8-7 victory over visiting No. 6 St. Mary's yesterday. The game featured an unusual occurrence in lacrosse: neither team was penalized.

It was the third straight one-goal loss for the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion Saints (2-5), who have dropped five in a row.

The Dons (5-3), who have won three consecutive games, avenged two losses by a combined six goals to St. Mary's last year.

"We said we felt we were playing a wounded animal with the pride of a champion," Loyola coach Joe McFadden said. "When you see they have lost four straight games, I was not at all happy about being the fifth team."

Loyola, which outshot St. Mary's, 40-26, but had trouble finding the cage, went ahead, 3-1, when Mike Morris took a length of the field pass from goalkeeper Pat McGinnis and drove from the wing to score with one second remaining in the first quarter.

The Dons misfired on their next 13 shots over a 17 1/2 -minute stretch as the Saints went ahead, 4-3, early in the third quarter.

Loyola came back with a 4-1 run as Matt Urlock racked up three goals and an assist.

Urlock tied the game as Morris fed him over the middle of the defense midway through the third. Two minutes later, he put the Dons up for good with a pass to Mark Knysh on the crease.

"Our lack of goals is not from a lack of effort," McFadden said. "I felt we out-played them. We were creating situations, but the ball was not going in the net."

St. Mary's coach Jim Moorhead was at a loss in explaining another one-goal defeat.

"We played hard, but that's all I can say," said Moorhead, whose Saints scored all unassisted goals. "Three one-goal games -- obviously, we're not quite there."

Pub Date: 4/16/97

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