McDonogh aims to end 60-year drought tonight

Top-ranked Eagles battle Loyola for 1st title since '39


May 21, 1999|By Lem Satterfield

When then-McDonogh coach Doug Smink won the program's first boys' lacrosse title, the school's nickname was still the Cadets.

The start of World War II was still months away. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was finishing his second of four terms as president. McDonogh had an all-male student population.

The year was 1939.

Tonight, top-ranked McDonogh (18-2), led by seventh-year coach Jake Reed, will try to end the 60-year title drought when it tackles third-ranked Loyola (14-6) at 8 p.m. for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crown at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.

Loyola, under 16th-year coach Joe McFadden, is making its first title game appearance since losing to Boys' Latin in 1997, and is trying to win its first crown since 1990.

The Dons won their earlier meeting over the Eagles, 10-9, on an overtime goal by Kyle Bell.

Last Friday's overtime semifinal win over Gilman was the Eagles' first extra-session high school victory for the Eagles' seniors. McDonogh is 36-5 over its past 41 games, all five of its losses coming in OT. Loyola beat McDonogh, 11-10, in its first-round playoff game in '97.

In a 5 p.m. game, ninth-ranked Friends (12-3) goes after its third straight MIAA B Conference title, and its 30th straight league victory, against John Carroll of Harford County, a runner-up to the Quakers the two previous seasons.

And at 3 p.m., Annapolis Area Christian School tries to win its second straight C Conference title over Glenelg Country School.

Pub Date: 5/21/99

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