Have you ever seen one of those games where both teams play so well that neither deserves to lose? This was not one of those days.
At times Saturday both Notre Dame and Loyola looked like they did not want this opening win. Loyola was well on the way to dropping this one early as Notre Dame built up momentum that could have easily taken this game into the 13-3 type of game territory.
But Charlie Toomey's squad took advantage of a second half the Irish hope will be its worst of the year. I know the ND coaches and they must still be yelling about the collapse. If you watch our baltimoresun.com highlights of the game (below), the plays all look awesome but that's because it’s a highlight reel, which is often deceiving. A lowlight reel would have been easier to create from this game.
And while Alex Wharton is the hero of the game because he scored the last Notre Dame goal, Loyola was aggressive at the end and had chances. They were thwarted by goalie Joey Kemp and defensemen Sean Dougherty and Mike Creighton who made it count in the only real "out of your seat" moments of this game.
Read The Sun's game story.
Hopkins Alum & Dad in Spotlight
One of the best middies to ever play at Hopkins was a Canadian named Dave Huntley. His kid, Kevin, plays there now and is quite good too, as you are likely aware. I think Dave was getting jealous of the kid's success and all that attention, so the longtime assistant coach for Team Canada, the old (and good) Baltimore Bayhawks and others took the helm of the lowly Philadelphia Wings for this season.
The Wings had been faltering over the last few years after a long run as an NLL contender. Last year's squad was talented but just could not find the way out of the tight NLL pack. Even crowds were down in this typically rabid sports town.
The 2008 Wings are 4-0 and just returned from a road win over the previously undefeated and league juggernaut Colorado Mammoth (5-1). The Wings scored the final five goals to win 15-13 at the Pepsi Center, and that ain't easy. Congratulations to Dave and the Wings!