ROCKVILLE -- On Tuesday, No. 2-ranked Loyola lost by a goal to Landon, whose reputation as the Washington area's premiere boys lacrosse program includes a 20-0 record against rival Georgetown Prep.
But Georgetown's futility against Landon may soon end, judging by yesterday's 9-5 victory over Loyola (1-2). The Little Hoyas led 3-0 after their first three shots, and 7-2 at halftime after 10 shots.
"We have some guys who can create. They're patient, finished nicely, early on," said Georgetown Prep coach Kevin Giblin, who edged Gilman, 9-8, in double overtime on Tuesday. "It's advantageous to be up a couple of goals. We knew of their personnel from last year."
Tommy Pitcher had the Little Hoyas' first goal, assisted by Tommy Boylan (one goal, one assist), and its fourth. Rory Hyland (one goal, two assists) had the game's second goal, and assisted Kevin Whalen on the third.
"Early goals and ground balls are the key," said Pitcher, who had a game-high four points. "Chris Shipps won some huge faceoffs -- the most important part of the game."
Loyola's offense entered the game having scored 14 of their previous 19 goals in the first half, but couldn't get started against defenders Ed Brown, John Tobacco, Pat Keeley and keeper David Wright (nine saves).
"We have good feet, and we're tough to beat one-on-one," said Brown, who attended Baltimore's McDonogh as a freshman. "We expected more fight out of them, but it seemed to come easy. As far as Landon, we'll see."
Loyola cut the margin to 4-2 entering the second period after Phil Grillo (three assists) dished to Evan Gallant (two goals) and Andrew White (two goals). But a 3-0 run by the Little Hoyas included a four-pass relay that led to Chris Lehman's goal for a 6-2 lead, and James Rump (three goals) scored the final goal of the first half.
Loyola's second-team All-City/County keeper, Trae Rodgers, replaced Josh Woodford in the second period, and returned to make four point-blank stops in the third. Rodgers finished with 10 saves.
The teams traded goals in the third period, but the Dons were outshot 5-0 during one stretch in the fourth period. Rump's final goal made it 9-3.'Loyola beat No. 9 St. Mary's, 8-6, on Friday, and Dons coach John Tucker said "it was difficult to come back [for another]." "Nevertheless, Tucker called Georgetown Prep "the better team today. Kevin does a nice job with them."
Giblin abhors references to Baltimore's general lacrosse superiority against Washington-area teams, but relented yesterday.
"Playing [Baltimore-area teams] over the years has raised our level up. I'm thankful for those relationships," Giblin said. "They [Loyola] could easily say, `We have 14 hard games already, we don't need to play you.'"