Loyola opens with 10-5 win over out-manned Cardinals Fast start gives Dons edge over Calvert Hall

March 21, 1998|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Traditionally, the annual lacrosse matchup of rivals Loyola and Calvert Hall takes place at the end of the season.

Yesterday, for the first time, the two met in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association season opener.

And following No. 3-ranked Loyola's 10-5 win over the host, No. 4 Cardinals, Dons coach Joe McFadden seemed ready to break with tradition for good.

"It's usually been the season-ender, so to get this under our belt in the first game is especially nice," said McFadden, who wasn't sure what to expect from his team despite a 4-0 preseason.

"We've had some scrimmages," he continued. "But I told the kids before that you just don't know what you've got until you start MIAA."

Attackman Scott Link scored three goals and midfielder Pat Jackson added two, as the Dons (1-0 overall and in the league) broke out to a 5-1 lead after the first 20 minutes and staved off a fourth-quarter Cardinals rally to preserve the victory.

"It was real important to get the early lead," said Link, who scored a pair of first-quarter goals off assists from Gino Miles and John Cummings.

"If we didn't come out early, I think it would've been a much closer game," he added. "But that's the way we play. We like to come out and stick them in early, and take it from there."

Brian Miller and T.J. Morton each added a goal and two assists for the Dons, who are attempting to return to the MIAA A Conference title game, where last year they lost to Boys' Latin.

L For Calvert Hall (0-2), the immediate goals are more modest.

"We're not playing as a team yet," said Cardinals coach Bryan Kelly, whose team opened the season with an 8-6 setback to Gonzaga.

"We need to play more team lacrosse and do the little things right, especially on the offensive end," he said. "But give Loyola all the credit. They played a great game."

Brett Wagner led the Cardinals with three goals and an assist and spearheaded a fourth-quarter rally that got his team to within two. Down the stretch, however, Calvert Hall's lack of depth -- it used just five midfielders -- took its toll.

"It was like three games," said McFadden. "It was the opening period, where we came out strong; the middle period where it kind of got a little ragged; and then the final period, where we got it back under control a little bit."

Said Link: "It's always a good feeling to beat the Hall."

Pub Date: 3/21/98

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