Rubeor, Baird help Loyola settle score

No. 2 Dons take out rival Georgetown Prep, 12-5, reclaim bragging rights

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

March 20, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

ROCKVILLE - Ben Rubeor and Andrew Baird watched from the stands at Loyola High last fall as Georgetown Prep's Nick Veith scored three touchdowns in a football victory that gave him bragging rights in the rivalry between the schools.

The two Loyola seniors do not play football, but they do play a mean game of lacrosse. And it was in that sport that the All-Metro attackmen gained a measure of revenge yesterday, combining for nine points in a 12-5 rout of Georgetown Prep and its Veith-led defense.

Rubeor scored four goals and assisted on a fifth, and Baird scored once with three assists as the No. 2 Dons (1-0) overcame an early two-goal deficit to end a 20-game winning streak by the Little Hoyas (0-1).

All-Metro defenseman Tim Kaiser helped put the clamps on Georgetown Prep playmakers Dan Glading and Max Van Arsdale, who combined for two goals against a defense that included goalie Matt Antol (10 saves), brothers Eric and David Devan, Stu Whelehan and Joe Kelly. Tim Paul and Brendan Smith each scored twice for Loyola.

The defending Interscholastic Athletic Conference-champion Little Hoyas entered the game ranked third nationally by Inside Lacrosse. Considered Maryland's top team, their previous defeat was a 12-4 loss to Gilman on March 18, 2003.

"The D.C.-Baltimore rivalry is huge, and we wanted to come out, play hard and it all worked out for us," Baird said. "We looked at them as the No. 1 team in the state, so we felt we had something to prove."

The Little Hoyas dominated the game's first nine minutes, out-shooting the Dons 7-1 early on and 11-3 in the first quarter. They led 2-0 with 7:37 left in the quarter after goals by Ryan Orr and Spencer Rhoda.

But Rubeor sparked a run that didn't end until the Dons led 7-2 at 10:53 of the third quarter. Rubeor fed Baird to make it 2-1 with 3:11 left in the first quarter, then tied the game with 32 seconds left in the period after intercepting a pass.

Rubeor, who beat Veith one-on-one from 30 yards out for his last goal with 4:32 to play, credited the faceoff efforts of Ted Melanson, who won 11 of 16 draws on his own and combined with Brady Smith to win 13 of 21.

"This was two great teams, and when you have that, there are going to be huge swings in momentum," said Rubeor, who now enjoys a leg up on Veith. "Whenever you have individuals in a game who have been friends for a long time, it's going to add some excitement to the [rivalry.]"

Georgetown Prep's winning streak included two victories over IAC rival Landon - wins that ended a string of 18 consecutive losses to their neighborhood nemesis.

The victory was a homecoming of sorts for second-year Loyola coach Jack Crawford, who never experienced a loss to the Little Hoyas during his 11 years as an assistant to Landon coach Rob Bordley.

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