Loyola has to work to beat Friends, 7-4

No. 5 Dons pushed hard

McDonogh prevails, 10-7

Boys lacrosse

High Schools

April 02, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Many members of the Loyola lacrosse team rolled their eyes when coach Jack Crawford warned that their coming opponent, Friends, "was a good team, the type that can beat a team like ours."

"To tell you the truth, I think we were still looking past them," said Mike Kimmel, a junior attackman-midfielder on a Dons squad that lost 10 starters to graduation. "They've got a good goalie [Rob Wheeler], two good midfielders in Will Harrington and Randall Cooper. They showed that nobody can look past them this year."

Kimmel helped fifth-ranked Loyola escape with a 7-4 victory over its 10th-ranked, Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival in the first game of the University Lacrosse Lax Under the Lights event at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood Field last night.

Kimmel had two of his three goals during the third period, when the Dons (6-0, 1-0) outscored the Quakers 4-2 to turn a 2-2 halftime tie into a 6-4 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Kimmel also converted the Dons' final goal as Loyola finally overcame an excellent effort by Friends' Maryland-bound Wheeler (14 saves) and Maryland-bound second-team All-Metro midfielder Harrington, who scored twice and won all six first-half faceoffs.

Loyola's Bobby Lennon had two goals and Steele Stanwick and Tim Donovan scored one each. Dons keeper Tim Phelan made nine saves.

"Their goalie stopped the first two shots I took. He had us thinking a lot," said Kimmel, who intends to play at Hopkins. "We started to win more possessions in the second half - just tried to keep shooting, get our shots off and hope that they would eventually fall."

Much of Loyola's second-half success was because of the adjustments made by 6-foot-3, 250-pound faceoff midfielder Brady Smith, who won seven of nine draws in the second half.

"At halftime, Coach [Crawford] pretty much told us to get [on the ball]," Smith said. "Harrington always had good body position and checks, so, in the second half, I used my wingmen, Bobby Lennon and Joe Kelly, a lot more. They got a lot of ground balls, which helped."

Although things are looking up for an improved Friends (3-2, 1-1), a traditional MIAA A cellar dwellar, "depth is still a problem," said Quakers coach Rich Seiler.

The Quakers, who dress 22 players to Loyola's 33, played only one midfielder against Loyola's two and were noticeably tired in the second half. Friends fell to Western Reserve of Ohio, 14-7, after leading 4-0.

"Being a small school, it seems we're always in that position, but we have to adjust to that," said Cooper, a Towson University-bound All-Metro midfielder, who, like teammate Will Couch, scored once. "We need to get in better shape, continue to improve and we'll be all right."

No. 3 McDonogh 10, No. 6 Calvert Hall 7: In the second Lax Under the Lights game, Jimmy Daly scored four goals and assisted on a fifth, Peter Curran and Bryn Holmes scored two each and Garrett Schaab had a goal and an assist as the Eagles rose to 2-0 in the MIAA A and to 11-0 overall.

Calvert Hall's Walker Jungers scored four times, Kevin Kelly had a goal and four assists and D.J. Comer scored twice. All-Metro keeper Jeremy Blevins made 17 saves and midfielder Nick Carr won 17 of 20 faceoffs for the Cardinals (1-1, 6-2), who scored three times to turn a 5-3 halftime deficit into a 6-5 lead late in the third period.

McDonogh got 12 saves from Joe Pike and scored five of the game's last six goals, overcoming a leg injury to All-Metro defender Brennen Kelly that sidelined him after the first quarter.

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