Rubeor, Loyola flex muscles, 17-12

His six goals, two assists riddle Georgetown Prep, nation's third-ranked team

High Schools

Boys lacrosse

May 05, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Loyola's Ben Rubeor was low-key about his efforts in yesterday's 17-12 win over visiting Georgetown Prep, but his actions on the field spoke volumes.

The sophomore's six goals and two assists came during crucial stages of the game as the No. 2 Dons won for the 12th straight time by controlling a team ranked third nationally by Inside Lacrosse magazine. Loyola (14-2) plays Boys' Latin, ranked No. 1 in the area by the Sun, on Tuesday.

As a freshman on the varsity, Rubeor was a reserve to attackmen Evan Gallant and Austin Rodgers. That duo combined for eight goals and five assists as Loyola avenged two straight losses to the Little Hoyas (15-2) and ended the Rockville school's five-game winning streak against Baltimore's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

"I would watch the chemistry between Evan and Austin, work on my rides, knowing I'd get my chance," said Rubeor, who often beats defenders one-on-one. "I'd see a hole and go for it. It was instinct."

As Loyola built a 6-0 lead with 5:27 left in the first period, Rubeor scored the first, fourth and sixth goals. And after the visitors rallied to halve their deficit at 7-4, he produced Loyola's eighth goal on pure athleticism and hustle.

With his back to the goal, Rubeor collected a rebound 10 yards out. With a defender closing in, Rubeor turned, leaped and bounced the ball past keeper David Wright (13 saves).

Loyola was outscored 5-1 to start the third period as the Little Hoyas came within 11-10 after trailing 10-5 at halftime. But Rubeor came through again, scoring twice and assisting once as Loyola's 5-0 run gave it a 15-10 lead with 10 minutes to play.

"We feed off of each other well, offensively," Rubeor said. "But scoring-wise, it's my biggest game."

With David Tamberrino winning the first four faceoffs (20 of 31 overall), Loyola scored its first four goals against Joey Kemp, who started when three-year regular Wright injured his thumb during pre-game warm-ups. Loyola's man-to-man defense of Matt Pinto, Tim Patacki and Brendan Moulder combined to limit top scorers Rory Hyland, Chris Lehman and Trevor Casey to a combined two goals and one assist.

"Rory likes to split and roll-dodge, but we took that away," Pinto said. "So they sent their middies up, and for a while, we weren't sliding early enough."

The Dons had trouble containing midfielders Tom Boylan (four goals, one assist) and Tom Pitcher (three, one) as well as attackman Dan Gladding (two, one), a group of "tremendous players," according to Loyola coach John Tucker.

But the Little Hoyas failed to convert on five of 10 extra-man opportunities, two of which were two-man advantages when they trailed 11-10.

"They played great defense," Boylan said. "They got their six-goal lead, but we showed heart by coming back."

Staff reporter Jesse Colvin contributed to this article.

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