For the Loyola offense, everything came together. For Calvert Hall, everything fell apart.
Jon Cusson paced a strong Loyola offense with five goals and three assists to lead the No. 4 Dons to a 13-8 victory over visiting and No. 10 Calvert Hall in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference Division I lacrosse game yesterday.
The Loyola offense dominated the game. The Dons (10-3 overall, in league) kept pressuring Calvert Hall (4-6, 3-6), moved the ball well and shot even better.
What made the Loyola performance on offense even more remarkable was the penalties. Loyola got whistled for 11 penalties, giving Calvert Hall an extra man for 9:30.
"We handed them the ball for an entire quarter," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden. "Yet, we were still able to score 13 goals in three quarters' worth of time."
The Dons pressured Calvert Hall and often disrupted its offense. Twice, they scored immediately off of turnovers.
"The pressure that got us in trouble in the way of the fouls was the same thing that got us into scoring [position]," said McFadden.
And when the Dons had the ball, they were tough to stop. They got their 13 goals on 26 shots.
"We were shooting the ball really well," said Cusson, now with 31 goals and 24 assists. "We didn't even have the ball that [much], but when we had the opportunities, we capitalized on them."
Bill Evans (26, 13) added three goals and one assist for Loyola and Mike Keeney (18, 19) pitched in with two goals and two assists.
The Loyola defense also played well. Karl Zeller and Dave Daniecki kept Peter Hilgartner (two goals) and Tim Kearney (three assists) of Calvert Hall quiet much of the day. Dave Ford turned in a strong effort, watching whoever was the top midfielder playing for Calvert Hall.
Calvert Hall did best in the extra-man situations. Six of the Cardinals' goals came when they had the extra man or two. Other than that, the Cardinals' offense lacked punch.
Calvert Hall stayed close for a while, trailing only 7-4 at halftime.
Loyola then scored three goals in 2:40 of the third quarter to stretch the lead to 11-5. Calvert Hall never got closer than four after that.
"We can't match up with them physically, or talent-wise either," said Calvert Hall coach Mike Thomas. "We made so many mistakes. You can't make any versus Loyola."
The more Thomas thought about his team's effort, the more upset he became.
"I can't . . . get them to play to the height of their potential," said Thomas. "We're not playing to the best of our abilities. I can't get the job done."