Benson-led McDonogh rips Loyola for MIAA title, 18-8

2 goals, 5 assists help end 60-year drought

May 22, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

McDonogh attackman Bob Benson takes pride in his nickname, "The Garbage Man," meant to describe his scrappy scoring ability around the goal.

Throughout the season, Benson has been able to trash the opposition. And his talent was on display before an overflow crowd in last night's 18-8 rout of Loyola at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field.

Benson, who had two goals and five assists for a game-high seven points, and Brad Dumont, who added three goals and three assists, were among 10 different offensive contributors that lifted the top-ranked Eagles (19-2) to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title.

Matt Primm and Mason Goodhand scored three times each, and Ryan Floyd and Bryan Leone had two goals apiece in a victory that avenged an earlier 10-9 loss to Loyola (14-7) and earned McDonogh, coached by Jake Reed, its first lacrosse crown in 60 years. Reed is in his seventh year as coach.

The Princeton-bound Dumont, who was hampered by stress fractures in both legs earlier this season, started a 6-0 run for a 14-7 lead with 8: 52 to play with his third-period goal and assist. And keeper Rob Scherr finished with 11 saves, including four on six Loyola shots during the third period.

But the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Benson scored five points in the first half alone, breaking a 1-1 tie with two straight assists, a 4-4 tie with a goal, and scoring another goal, followed by an assist, to break a 6-6 tie for an 8-6 halftime lead.

Benson finished the year with 62 goals and 66 assists, and with a career mark of 323 points. He averaged 5.8 points a game -- or 3.2 goals and 2.5 assists -- against league competition.

"I had a couple of points [last night], but it was the entire team," Benson said. "I came to McDonogh to win a lacrosse championship. Some of us have been waiting to win for seven years."

Of playing at Homewood: "I love this field, and I can't wait to come here [he and Scherr will play at Hopkins], even though I'll miss high school."

Few if any in the crowd last night were old enough to remember the last time McDonogh won a lacrosse title, in 1939. In fact, none of the players -- or their parents, for that matter -- was born when Doug Smink coached McDonogh, then an all-male school whose teams were nicknamed the Cadets.

Several of McDonogh's players had been on championship teams before.

Benson was a second-team All-Metro goalie on the title-winning soccer squad, and a member of the two-time championship basketball team.

Midfielder Owen Daly, who scored once last night, also played on the basketball team and was an All-Metro pick on the two-time championship football team. Primm and defenseman Joe Rosenbaum also were members of the football team.

Jon Cole, who had a goal and an assist, and midfielder Vinnie Ciarpella were All-Metro soccer players.

Defenseman Ricky Schultz also was an offensive threat. His running clear developed the play that resulted in the Dons' second goal. He was also effective on the faceoff wings. And he limited Daly to one goal in the first half.

McDonogh took a 1-0 lead at 10: 14 of the first period as Dumont converted an overhead volley from 18 yards, to the left of keeper Nick Antol. But John Cummings of Loyola, off a ground-ball pickup, buried the Dons' first shot from right of the crease with his back to the goal for a 1-1 tie at 9: 29.

Benson assisted on two straight scores, to cutters Bryan Leone at 7: 17 and Daly, at 3: 55, for a 3-1 McDonogh lead, but the Dons scored three straight for a 4-3 advantage -- the last goal, by Devin Weatherly, being assisted by T. J. Morton with 9: 29 left in the half.

Dumont's second unassisted goal made it 4-4 with 7: 48 left in the half, and Benson, assisted by Jon Cole, made it 5-4 with 7: 48 remaining. Down 6-5, however, Loyola's Kyle Bell tied the score for the sixth time with his second goal of the first half, turning on a defender and rifling in a no-look shot from 18 yards out with 4: 12 left in the half.

Benson closed with a goal and an assist, the latter on a score by Mason Goodhand with 28 seconds left for an 8-6 halftime lead.

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