Loyola finishes the job in rolling to victory over McDonogh

Dons strive to prove they are a contender after their disappointing Gilman loss

April 10, 2010|By Todd Karpovich | Special to The Baltimore Sun

After sixth-ranked Loyola built a five-goal lead against No. 3 McDonogh midway through the third quarter Friday, Dons captain Johnny Simanski looked down the sideline and said, "Guys, don't let up."

Playing a complete game was the mantra this week for Loyola, especially after blowing a six-goal fourth-quarter lead in a loss to Gilman on Tuesday. The Dons responded by rolling to a 9-1 victory over the Eagles in what is shaping up to be another topsy-turvy season in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. Bobby Distler led the Dons with four goals and two assists.

"We were disappointed in not just losing on Tuesday, but mostly because there were a lot of simple mistakes that cost us," Loyola coach Jack Crawford said. "It wasn't anything systemic. Since Tuesday, we've been working to make sure a lot of the little things like scooping, passing, catching and shooting, checking were fundamentally sound."

The Dons (7-2 overall, 2-2 league) played suffocating defense in front of goalie Max Bradley (10 saves). Loyola also won the ground ball battle, 23-16.

Distler and McDonogh's Brady Faby traded goals in the opening three minutes of the game as neither team managed much offense in the first half. A goal by Brian Cannon with 3:30 left in the first quarter and another by Distler late in the second quarter gave the Dons a 3-1 lead at the half.

Loyola then began to pull away by dominating possession in the second half. The Dons increased their lead to 5-1 at the end of the third quarter on goals by Kacy Kapinos and Distler. And this time, Loyola didn't fold, continuing to pepper McDonogh's goal with shots.

"We realize that we have to play as a team and not as individuals," said Distler, who will play at Gettysburg next season. "Having lost to Gilman, we had to prove to ourselves we are a contender in the league, and I think we did that today."

Two man-advantage goals by T.J. Neubauer and Distler's fourth gave Loyola an 8-1 lead with 5:23 remaining in the game. Seth Krolus rounded out the scoring with 4:10 left.

"We got outworked in every facet of the game," said McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner, whose team is 8-3 overall and 2-2 in the MIAA. "Offensively, we stood around and watched for most of the first half. In the second half, we rushed things. I credit their defense; they did a good job."

Goals: M-Faby; L-Distler 4, Neubauer 2, Cannon, Kapinos, Krolus.

Assists: M-Frederick; L-Distler 2, Neubauer, Simanski, Class.

Saves: M-Siebert 12; L-Bradley 10, Smith 1. Half: 3-1

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