Loyola makes late pass to 18-10 win

Severn, Turner left in dust after 8-goal run by Dons

Boys lacrosse

High School

April 09, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Oddly enough, the Loyola High lacrosse team has profited from the lousy spring weather.

The No. 6 Dons have been resourceful in honing their passing skills with their unusual number of indoor practices. It showed yesterday in an 18-10 rout of visiting No. 8 Severn.

Displaying a crisp passing attack and exceptional stick work, the Dons (4-2) solved the mastery of Severn goalie Kip Turner in the final period by scoring eight unanswered goals.

Tim Cyphers, one of three Dons to score three goals, had his last two and an assist in the decisive 8-0 run that expanded a 10-9 lead to 18-9. The result left Loyola 3-2 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, and Severn, which suffered its third straight defeat, at 2-4 in the league (3-4 overall).

"With all the bad weather we've had, [passing is] probably the only thing that's improved," said Dons first-year coach Jack Crawford.

"Because when you stay inside and do that many stick drills as opposed to open-field drills, it's only natural that better stick work is going to be the result. That's the one positive thing that has come out of [the bad weather]."

Turner, who will play at Virginia next year, kept the Admirals in the game in the first half with 10 of his 16 saves. Midfielder Ben Staines scored two of his game-high four goals in the first half, leaving Severn behind 10-8 at the half.

"We were getting excellent chances offensively early in the game, but you have to remember that Turner is just an outstanding goalie," Crawford said.

After Mike Phipps (two goals, one assist), who played sparingly as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury, scored in the first minute of the second half to cut the Severn deficit to 10-9, Ben Rubeor opened the floodgates for the Dons.

Turner didn't have a chance in the final 12 minutes as the Dons increased their passing and cutting to take a slew of easy shots inches from the crease.

Rubeor, who joined Cyphers and Andrew Baird with three goals each, bounced one between Turner's legs to make it 11-9. The Dons were gearing up.

"We talked about our shooting at the half and just basically stuck' em in the second half," Cyphers said. "We really work on our offense and ball movement all the time."

Brian Mohler and Brendan Smith chipped in two goals each as 10 Dons in all scored.

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