A high school boys lacrosse game that was supposed to be a warm-up act for the two college games that followed played more like a main event at the seventh annual Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday.
Justin Guterding scored or assisted on the first four goals by Garden City (N.Y.) and a second-half rally by No. 5 Loyola fell short as the Trojans won, 6-5.
"We let some hasty decisions and some rushed play let them get a lot of possessions," Loyola coach Jack Crawford said. "We needed to have the ball longer. They are a good defensive team."
Garden City (2-0), the defending New York State Class B champion and ranked No. 9 in the country by the Inside Lacrosse Under Armour poll, took a 1-0 lead on Guterding's first goal with 10:16 left in the first quarter. Tim Nordbrook evened the score with three minutes remaining for the Dons (2-2). But Guterding scored twice in the final six seconds, his third goal coming on a fast break with no time left for a 3-1 Garden City advantage after one quarter.
Villanova-bound Devin McNamara got Loyola to within 3-2 with 7:01 left in the second quarter. But Garden City scored three of the next four goals for a 6-3 halftime advantage.
The Dons played from behind for much of the game, but their defense held the Trojans scoreless in the second half. Crawford said that "ill-advised penalties" hurt the Dons, even though they stopped the Trojans from scoring during three extra-man opportunities.
Two goals in the third quarter by Tyler Llewellyn and McNamara drew Loyola within one. A turnover by Garden City led to a Loyola fast break, with Ryan Conrad feeding Llewellyn on the run for a 6-4 score. McNamara added his second goal with 2:56 left in the third quarter.
Crawford pulled goalie Acie Newton for the final 1:30 of the game. Caused turnovers gave the Dons two more shots on goal, but they couldn't score the tying goal.
The game featured the top two sophomore college prospects in the country, Loyola's Conrad and Garden City's James Sullivan.
No. 13 Mount St. Joseph 7, St.Anne's Belfield (Va.) 5: Tyler Snyder scored twice for the visiting Gaels (6-0).
Chesapeake-AA wins two: The Cougars (2-0) beat Atholton, 10-8, and Huntingtown, 9-6, at the Old Mill Easter Tournament.
Ben Abell scored five goals against the Raiders, and Nick Altmann had three goals and two assists against the Hurricanes.
Marriotts Ridge wins two: The Mustangs (3-0) beat Manchester Valley, 9-1, and host Northeast, 9-4.
Pat Clipp had three goals in each game.
No. 1 McDonogh 17, Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 3: The host Eagles (5-0) extended their winning streak to 74 games.
Good Counsel 5, Winters Mill 4: Host Winters Mill (1-1) rallied from three goals down with 21 minutes left but fell to Good Counsel (2-0). Katie Lesniak made nine saves in the loss.
Severna Park 6, No. 7 Reservoir 0: Winner Haley Simonds (2-0) struck out eight in a no-hitter for the visiting Falcons (2-0).
Gracie Logan led Severna Park with a double and a home run.
No. 15 Hereford 4, Perry Hall 1: Winner LeAnne Collins gave up one run on one hit for the host Bulls (2-0).
No. 11 C. Milton Wright 8, No. 10 Glen Burnie 3: Freshman Morgan Fulton gave up just five hits and 16 of 21 outs were to Mustang infielders as C. Milton Wright (1-0) upset the Gophers (0-1).Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun