No. 2 Loyola vents on No. 3 MSJ, 18-6

Shaken by accidents to two teammates, 'Dons band together vs. Gaels

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 17, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Loyola took heavy hearts over two injured teammates into yesterday's game against visiting Mount St. Joseph.

With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, the emotionally-charged Dons scorched the third-ranked Gaels, 18-6, in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference action.

Already shaken by a Saturday night car accident that hospitalized junior midfielder Daniel O'Hara with severe head and facial injuries, the Dons learned that senior defender Ted Martello was involved in a bicycling accident Monday.

Martello suffered a concussion after falling off his bicycle and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was examined and released early yesterday, said his mother, Paula. Paula Martello also said her son, who spent yesterday resting at home, has no recollection of the accident. She expects him to return to school next week.

O'Hara, whose condition was upgraded to stable after spending 12 hours on a respirator, was talking and recognized three friends who visited him at shock trauma yesterday, said his mother, Pat.

O'Hara's jersey, No. 36, was part of the yellow, shamrock-shaped stickers the players wore on the backs of their helmets as a dedication to him, and they also played for Martello, said the Dons' Evan Gallant.

"It's been a pretty stressful past few days," said Gallant, who led second-ranked Loyola (9-2) with five goals and two assists. "With everything that's happened, we've all been kind of clinging to each other. It's brought us closer together as a team."

Austin Rodgers (two goals, five assists) and Ben Rubeor (four, one) contributed offensively, David Tamberrino dominated the faceoffs, and defender Matt Pinto and goalie Patrick Vaughan (six saves) led the Dons defensively.

Pinto limited second-team All-Metro Newton Gentry to one assist, and Tamberrino won 15 of 27 faceoffs against Dan Michalowicz. Loyola had an overall 18-9 edge in faceoffs.

Loyola outshot Mount St. Joseph 14-1 and led 7-0 after one period. The Gaels didn't get their second shot of the game until 8:22 left in the first half.

Loyola led 17-2 with 11 minutes to play, at which point coach John Tucker inserted his reserves.

Brendan Mundorf (five goals) led the Gaels (6-4).

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