Loyola makes comeback for 10th straight victory

No. 3 Loyola 9 No. 2 St. Paul's 6

Boys lacrosse

May 05, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Steele Stanwick didn't eat what you might consider to be a healthy breakfast yesterday.

"All I ate this morning was one Pop-Tart and water," the Loyola junior attackman said. "I didn't even have time for lunch because I was studying for a math test, so I was hungry all day long."

Stanwick's appetite for points was the demise yesterday of No. 2 St. Paul's, against whom he scored two goals and assisted on four others in a come-from-behind, 9-6 victory that was the host Dons' 10th straight.

Joe Cummings (three goals, one assist) and Colin McKnew (three goals) also played well for the third-ranked Dons (11-2, 8-2), who secured a first-round bye and the No. 2 seed for next week's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament. Loyola's last loss was against No. 1 Boys' Latin, 9-8, on March 30.

Stanwick was a factor in five of Loyola's first six goals. He scored the first and sixth, assisted on the second and fourth, and was a catalyst on the fifth by Cummings, who converted the rebound of Stanwick's shot that was blocked by the Crusaders' Stu Wheeler (16 saves).

"Even though we'd won nine straight, we felt like people expected us to lose today. We used that as motivation," said Stanwick, who has 33 goals and 26 assists. "Once we started moving the ball in the second half, everything clicked from the goal to the attack."

Down 4-1 with 10:57 left in the second quarter, Loyola scored eight of the next nine goals for a 9-5 lead with 7:38 to play. Tim Donovan's blistering, unassisted 18-footer gave Loyola its first lead, 5-4, with 4:02 left in the third quarter. It was among five straight that gave Loyola a 6-4 lead with 3:04 remaining in the third.

Wheeler's 11 saves in the first half were a big problem, Loyola coach Jack Crawford said. "We were creating good chances but weren't sticking the shots because [Wheeler] made some nice saves. Everything started to click" when Cummings tied the score at 4 with 9:34 left in the third quarter off a feed from Stanwick.

Loyola's MJ Leonard (eight saves) was solid in goal behind defenders Tim Bolte, Jack Mata and Alex Bement, who "didn't fold and played cohesively even when they got a nice lead," Crawford said.

Crawford credited "the half-field defense and riding" of Keith McKinley, Warren Kalkenstein, Gerard Savarese, Emmit Kellar and Mike Brooks. McKinley and Kalkenstein combined to win eight of 10 second-half faceoffs after losing seven of nine in the first half primarily against the Crusaders' Peter Smyth.

"In the first half, we were doing more of a clamp and pushing forward, but [Smyth] was doing a quick rake to get [the ball] out," Kalkenstein said. "Second half, we jammed over the ball, and he wound up pushing it into our gloves and we were pulling it out quicker."

Scoring leaders for St. Paul's (16-3, 8-2) were Adam Johnston (three goals), Justin Donati (two goals) and D.J. Hessler and Cliff Larkin with two assists each.

First-round tournament play begins Tuesday with the Crusaders playing host to No. 9 Gilman (6-8) in a rematch of their 8-7 victory; and No. 6 St. Mary's (8-7) at No. 4 McDonogh (18-4), which won the regular-season game, 8-5.

On Friday at Johns Hopkins, Loyola meets the McDonogh-St. Mary's winner at 5 p.m., followed by defending champion Boys' Latin (18-1) against the St. Paul's-Gilman winner at 7.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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