Yesterday's rematch of last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinal between No. 3 St. Mary's and No. 4 Loyola turned out to be no match at all.
,4 The home-standing Dons avenged last season's playoff defeat by overwhelming the Saints, 15-6, in an inter-divisional mismatch at Hargaden Field.
Dave Fields had a field day for Loyola (2-1). The senior attackman tallied the Dons' last three goals, had a hand in three of their first five scores, and finished with five goals and three assists.
J. L. Reppert and Jason Rickel were the two other senior attackmen for Loyola who ran roughshod over the Saints' defense. Reppert finished with three goals and two assists while Rickel had two goals and three assists.
Loyola's inviolable defense was equally as impressive.
Matt Enoch, who was making his first start in goal after impressing the coaching staff at last Saturday's Daniel Hand Tournament in Connecticut, shut out the Saints in the second and third quarters and had 14 saves.
"It seemed like if I let one in [our attack] would get it right back so that took some of the pressure off," said Enoch.
Scott Diggs (two goals, one assist) opened the scoring for the Dons just over a minute into the game with a shot that caromed off of Saints goalie Pete Grimm and into the net.
Dan Marohl answered for St. Mary's (3-1) but Loyola regained the lead 24 seconds later on an unassisted goal by junior Dave Cummings.
Jamison Mullen's unassisted score with 3:46 left in the first quarter pulled St. Mary's to within 3-2 before Reppert scored back-to-back goals on feeds from Fields to give the Dons a 5-2 lead in the waning seconds of the first quarter.
St. Mary's changed goalies at the start of the second quarter and Loyola quickly introduced him to the A Conference. Diggs scored the first of four unanswered goals.
"If we're on our game, we're going to be pretty successful and certainly competitive around here," said Loyola coach Joe McFadden.