Loyola routs Severn, 15-4, for 2nd win in as many days

Rodgers' four goals, three assists lift Dons over No. 1 Admirals

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Boys lacrosse

April 03, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Loyola's leading point producer Austin Rodgers has a very unselfish philosophy.

"I'm happy to just give assists," said Rodgers, a senior attackman. "I like throwing to other guys and letting them score. I don't like getting all the goals and all that. Nothing's wrong with getting goals, I just like watching everyone else celebrate."

Despite his distaste for goals and celebration, Rodgers threw four in the net on top of three assists as the fifth-ranked Dons steamrolled top-ranked Severn, 15-4, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game yesterday in Severna Park.

Rodgers, who now has 11 goals and 13 assists, was far from alone in the Loyola onslaught. Sophomore attack Ben Rubeor added three goals and an assist, junior midfield Chase Gahan scored twice and junior midfield Casey Mulford added a goal and an assist. Junior midfield Sam Wagner had two goals and an assist, but separated his left shoulder in the third quarter and will most likely miss at least a couple weeks.

Their production -- as well as that of senior Flynn Burch and juniors Drew Sraver and Brian Mohler, who also scored goals -- more than made up for an off game by the Dons' leading goal-scorer Evan Gallant (13 goals), who was shut out.

"We have that kind of capability where other guys can pick up the pace," said Loyola coach John Tucker, whose team won its second straight on consecutive days to improve to 4-2. "Evan's done a heck of a job all year long for us. We needed more output from our midfielders. Early in the season, we didn't have that, and now we do, which makes us dangerous."

For the Admirals (6-2, 2-1 league), whose six-game winning streak crashed with a thud, junior attack Michael Phipps had a goal and two assists. He now has 13 goals and 27 assists.

Loyola dominated from the start in every aspect of the game. Through 13 minutes, the Dons led 5-1 and held a 14-4 advantage in shots and ground balls. Loyola finished with a 35-21 edge in shots. At one point, following Burch's goal with 1:37 remaining in the third quarter, Loyola led 13-2 and had a 31-10 shot advantage.

"We wanted to prove that our loss to Boys' Latin was just an off game," Rodgers said. "We wanted to bring our game back up to a level we know we can play."

The Dons also finished with a 24-20 superiority in ground balls and an 11-8 edge in faceoffs.

"In this league, like today's game showed, if you don't bring your top game you're going to get run over," Severn coach Jamie McNealey said. "We got manhandled, and I take full responsibility. I did not prepare my kids enough for this game, obviously. ... This is a huge lesson for us."

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