No. 2 Loyola wins 9th straight

Tamberrino, Dons control 4th-ranked St. Mary's, 15-7

High Schools

Boys lacrosse

April 24, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

David Tamberrino was feeling it in the third period of a 15-7 rout of visiting St. Mary's. Having won his fourth straight faceoff, the Loyola senior pounded his chest.

"This is more fun than last year," said Tamberrino, who was briefly cut from last year's squad for disciplinary reasons. "People said I was worthless, a nothing. So I worked hard, lifted weights. I knew I'd be back to prove them wrong."

Tamberrino won 16 of 26 faceoffs against the No. 4 Saints (8-6), sparking second-ranked Loyola to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association non-divisional victory, its ninth consecutive win.

Evan Gallant (seven goals, one assist), Austin Rodgers (one, four), Ben Rubeor (three goals) and Brian Mulford (one, one) led an offense that has a 33-6 first-quarter scoring advantage over its past four opponents.

Loyola's Matt Pinto shut down St. Mary's Scott Falatach, who scored his 48th game-winning goal to beat Severn in overtime last week. Falatach, who will attend North Carolina this fall, took only three shots yesterday and had no goals or assists for the first time this year.

But it is Tamberrino's tale that best represents this season's Dons (11-2). Of Loyola's five senior starters, two were benchwarmers last spring. Two starting underclassmen are up from the JV, and Loyola has had to replace four injured veterans.

"People think our team should be terrible," said Gallant, who scored on his first five shots and took nine shots overall. "But the off-season work, being at practice on time - that shows up huge in our games."

Rory Hyland (two goals) and Nick Bonnacci (one goal, one assist) led St. Mary's, which trailed 8-0 before getting its first goal 3:30 before halftime. Down 9-2 at intermission, the Saints did not score on their first four extra-man opportunities and were 3-for-7 on man-up situations for the game.

"We had them out of it early," said defender Brendan Moulder, a first-year starter. "Our offense controlled the ball and we executed as a team."

Goalie Pat Vaughan did his part, stopping the Saints' first four shots and making seven of his 14 saves on the first nine shots by St. Mary's.

And when a shin injury briefly sidelined Pinto, Kris Brake and Tim Patacki successfully double-teamed Falatach.

"Coach [John] Tucker motivated us," Vaughan said. "This was a personal challenge for our defense."

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