Loyola's Devin McNamara and Deemer Class felt the pain of losing to rival Calvert Hall last Friday. They made sure they didn't feel it again at home Tuesday against Gilman.
The two accounted for 11 points as the third-ranked Dons (12-2, 4-1) jumped all over No. 2 Gilman en route to a 10-5 win in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game. Loyola generated a four-goal lead in the first quarter to help put away Gilman (7-3, 3-2).
"We came out really strong," said McNamara, a junior. "After the other day, we knew we had to get it done. At times I felt a little lost out there, but my teammates managed to get me the balls in the right place."
McNamara finished with four goals and two assists, while Class scored two goals and assisted on three others. Max Greene led Gilman with three goals.
The Dons dominated the statistics, winning the all-important faceoffs, 13-5. They also won more ground balls (35-23), took more shots (27-18), and had more clears (16-14).
"On Friday, we played a good team and we couldn't afford to be inaccurate in any phase of the game. We were inaccurate in just about every phase," Loyola coach Jack Crawford said. "I knew one of two things would happen [Tuesday]. I knew we would either let the disappointment linger, or come out with a lot of energy. I was really pleased with our effort."
The Dons wasted little time, using a McNamara goal (assisted by Class) on a bounce shot that beat Gilman's Brian Moore just 1 minute, 36 seconds into the game for a 1-0 lead. They doubled the lead just 2:46 later, when McNamara again found the back of the net. Conor Dalton (with 5:49 left in the quarter) and Class (with 2:27 left) also scored to give the Dons a 4-0 lead after the first quarter.
Gilman got one back, using a man-advantage to cut the margin to 4-1 on a Greene bullet from 20 yards out just 15 seconds into the second quarter. The game remained that way until late in the half, when McNamara and Jake Clise scored just 17 seconds apart to put the game away, at 6-1.
"I think our time of possession was a key," said Class, a senior who will play lacrosse at Duke next year. "They just didn't have the ball that much. We used our defense to open up our offense, and they just couldn't get anything going."
The Dons have the inside track to the second seed in the A Conference tournament, but Crawford knows it would be foolish to take anything for granted.
"We are 4-1 in the league, and I think we are moving in the right direction," Crawford said. "We still have some tough games left, though, and we can't rest on our laurels. There are no easy games in this league."
Loyola 10, Gilman 5
Saves: G – Greene 3, Brown; L – McNamara 4, Class 2, Dalton 2, Clise, Dauses. Assists: G – Walsch, Matthai, Ruhl; L- Class 3, McNamara 2, Jackson, Clise, O'Toole. Saves: G – Moore, 12;; L – Thomas , 9. Half: L, 6-1.