Yingling helps No. 1 Loyola stand up to McDonogh, 10-9

Goalkeeper's strong play holds off No. 4 Eagles

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

March 23, 2002|By Nick Brownlee | Nick Brownlee,SUN STAFF

The consistent, solid play of Loyola senior goalkeeper Ben Yingling proved to be the difference yesterday as No. 1 Loyola held off No. 4 McDonogh, 10-9, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association lacrosse game played in blustery conditions at McDonogh.

Yingling was a wall in the game's pivotal third quarter. He made seven of his 17 saves, several from point-blank range, as Loyola (2-1, 1-1) outscored the Eagles 4-2 to take a 9-6 lead into the final quarter.

"When we had a two- or three-goal lead in third quarter and they were putting a lot of pressure on us, Ben was tremendous," Loyola coach John Tucker said. "He kept the cushion for us and we couldn't have won without him. He did a wonderful job."

Said McDonogh coach Jake Reed about Yingling: "He came up with four or five really big saves on the door step. He shut us down and that made a big difference in the game. That was a momentum changer for Loyola."

The Dons, who rebounded from a 12-10 loss earlier this week to Montgomery County power Landon, were led offensively by attackmen Evan Gallant and Casey Mulford. Both had two goals.

Yesterday's game was a rematch of last year's MIAA A Conference championship game - won by Loyola, 17-12 - and featured McDonogh's high-powered attack, led by Joe Benson, against Loyola's seasoned defensive unit headed by Matt Pinto.

Pinto, 5 feet 10, 175 pounds, and Benson, 6-4, 205, arguably the area's top players at their positions, played a physical game for four quarters. Pinto played well, holding Benson to one goal in settled situations. Benson finished with a game-high three goals and an assist.

"I knew I couldn't throw a lot of checks on him," Pinto said. "I had to body up and push him behind the goal and that's what I did."

Said Benson: "Matt's a great player and I'm glad that I'm going to be playing with him next year [at Johns Hopkins]. I'm glad I don't have to go up against him again this year. He's a big, strong defender and he played well."

Loyola's special teams played a key role, scoring four times when they had an extra-man advantage. McDonogh (2-2, 0-1) scored only once in four extra-man situations.

The first quarter ended 2-2. Mulford scored with seven seconds left before halftime to give Loyola a 5-4 lead it never lost.

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