The Hereford boys lacrosse team opened eyes with an upset win over then-No. 2 Gilman last week.
Loyola certainly took note.
The No. 7 Dons had their crack against Hereford on Tuesday and made the most of the opportunity, getting contributions across the board to come away with an 8-4 road win over the No. 5 Bulls.
Senior attackman Devin McNamara led the offense with one goals and three assists, while sophomore goalie Acie Newton made timely saves — nine in all — as the Dons improved their record to 5-2.
The Bulls (4-2) came into Tuesday's game with momentum after a 7-6 win over Gilman last Wednesday and then capturing the Fred Sheckells Memorial Tournament at Fallston on Saturday.
But the Dons provided a game-long roadblock to end the Bulls' four-game winning streak. Loyola led 1-0 after a tightly contested first quarter, then got goals from Ryan Conrad and McNamara nine seconds apart early in the second quarter for a 3-0 advantage that increased to 6-1 in the third quarter with strong play at both ends.
"That's a win we feel very good about. That's a tough win against a tough, hard-working team," Loyola coach Jack Crawford said. "We told our guys that [Hereford's win over Gilman] wasn't a fluke. … Showing them on film once we didn't have to do a whole lot of convincing to our guys. They knew this was going to be a tough game, and they played very well."
The Dons simply didn't give the Bulls any openings. They controlled faceoffs, got key saves from Newton and scored big goals to answer any challenges. When the Bulls got consecutive goals from Jack Adams and Ryan Jones to cut the lead to 6-3 with 9:19 left in the third quarter, Loyola came back with scores from Kevin Jackson and Tyler Llewellyn less than two minutes later.
"We didn't play well, but I think a lot of that was because Loyola just jumped on us," Hereford coach Brian King said. "They were dominant on faceoffs, they controlled the ball on offense, they were disciplined on defense and they got good goaltending."
7 Loyola 8, 5 Hereford 4
Goals: L–-Llewellyn 2, McNamara, Jackson, Nordbrook, Conrad, Bradley, Lombardo;
H–-Adams 2, Jones, Ceribelli.
Assists: L–-McNamara 3, Nordbrook, Conrad;
Saves: L–-Newton 9;
H–-Cunningham 6, Turnbaugh 3.
Half: L, 4-1