Loyola rolls to MIAA quarterfinal win over Mount St. Joseph

Dons defeat Gaels, 5-1, will face top seed McDonogh on Thursday

November 01, 2011|By Nelson Coffin, Towson Times

After wasting an opportunity to earn a first-round bye in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs with a lopsided loss to No. 2 Gilman in a regular-season finale, Loyola came out with an air of confidence and an eye for the goal in a 5-1 romp over visiting Mount St. Joseph in a conference quarterfinal Tuesday.

The victory advances the fourth-seeded Dons (12-3-3, 10-3 conference) to a semifinal with McDonogh on Thursday afternoon in Owings Mills.

No. 3 Loyola split two encounters with the top-seeded and No. 1 Eagles this season. The winner of that match will reach the championship at Archbishop Spalding at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Dons jumped ahead against No. 10 Mount St. Joseph on Jamie Dubyoski's header for a 1-0 halftime advantage and doubled the lead on the senior's penalty kick in the 60th minute.

When the Gaels (8-10, 5-8) surged forward while looking to get their offense into gear, Loyola vigorously counterattacked, turning the match into a blowout.

"That's what happens in a game like this, with a lot on the line," Loyola coach Lee Tschantret said. "They push up at the end, and we caught them a couple of times. But the score wasn't indicative of how the game went."

Goals by juniors Anthony Illiano and Tyler Welsch and one by freshman Ryan Conrad in a six-minute span made the outcome a foregone conclusion, although senior Joey Isaja ended the shutout bid when he powered a shot inside the far post in the 79th minute for the Gaels' lone goal.

Dubyoski's first goal came off a corner kick from junior Jeremy DeGraffenreidt. Dubyoski skimmed the ball adroitly off his head just under the crossbar.

"There's a lot of chemistry between us," Dubyoski said about DeGraffenreidt. "We've played together for years now. Jeremy knows where to find me."

Dubyoski said the Dons are "confident, not overconfident" about the coming game against McDonogh.

His coach said the participants in the showdown will have few surprises.

"We know what they have, and they know what we have," Tschantret said. "It's whoever can get a break."

Goals: MSJ—Isasa; L—Dubyoski 2, Conrad, Illiano, Welsch.

Assists: L—DeGraffenreidt 2, Barger, Florez.

Saves: MSJ—Deboy 7; L—Henke 3, Gerkin 2.

Half: L, 1-0.

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