Dons Get Revenge as Loyola Edges Calvert Hall, 7-6
By Tom Peace
There is one thing you can expect when watching a game between Calvert Hall and Loyola Blakefield -- four quarters of entertaining lacrosse. The large crowd on hand Tuesday afternoon at Hargaden Field learned no win is an easy win in the MIAA.
Both teams battled throughout the game. The first goal wasn't scored until seven minutes into the second quarter, and the score was tied at halftime. Through three quarters, it seemed neither Loyola or Calvert Hall could find a way to separate from one another. One team would score, and then the other would come right back and tie it up.
In the fourth quarter, Calvert Hall took a 6-4 lead on an unassisted goal by Tommy Holland with 6:53 remaining. The Dons then rallied back, scoring two in a row to tie it up at 6-6. Loyola took control, and with 59 seconds left, sophomore Deemer Class took a feed from T.J. Neubauer and netted the upper left corner of the goal to make it 7-6. Calvert Hall couldn't recover with time winding down, and Loyola held on for the 7-6 win.
Both teams had a tough time getting their offenses going, and clearing the ball seemed like an issue for both teams, but goalie play was excellent on both sides. Loyola goalie Max Bradley was impressive between the pipes.
"Max had an enormous day for us," Loyola head coach Jack Crawford said after the game. "He saved us at critical times. We have been lucky to have him all year."
Crawford felt his team played well down the stretch. "I was very proud with the way our kids fought," said Crawford. "We are not a fancy team, we are not a flashy team, not a team that is very complicated, but we just fight, that is the way Loyola plays."
The win improves the Dons' record to 9-3 overall and 4-3 in the A Conference, moving them past Calvert Hall, which fell to 5-4 overall and 3-4 in the league. Loyola is now tied for second place in the Black Division with McDonogh.
This weekend, Loyola travels to face Boys' Latin, the top team in the conference.
Scores around the MIAA
Boys' Latin 14, Archbishop Spalding 9
McDonogh 10, Gilman 8
St Mary's Annapolis 15, Mount St Joseph 2
St Paul's 13, Severn 1
Posted April 21, 2010 at 9:25 a.m.