It wasn't designed that way, but when Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rivals Gilman and Loyola play Tuesday, it will be for the championship of yesterday's four-team mixer at C. Milton Wright.
The program paired the two private schools against two public schools -- host Wright and Springfield, Pa. -- and the results were fairly predictable, considering Loyola (6-1) and Gilman (6-2) were 2-3 in the latest metro area poll. Each won two games with ease, Gilman building a 31-3 scoring margin, and Loyola 42-10.
Wright's 5-1 record included a win over Mount St. Joseph and a loss to No. 6 Centennial, but the Mustangs were simply overwhelmed.
"That's why we bring in at least two good teams," Wright coach Carl Greenberg said. "We could make it so we get two easy wins, but that won't help us improve. Hopefully, by facing a different level of play, we learned from the experience."
Although the A Conference teams put up lopsided margins early, and everybody got a chance to play, it was probably more important for Gilman to play well.
The Greyhounds were coming off a four-overtime loss to Calvert Hall Tuesday, an emotional crusher for a predominantly underclass squad that might have had a damaging effect on the rest of the schedule.
Certainly no problems were in evidence yesterday. Coach John Tucker's crew played practically a mistake-free first half in going ahead of Wright 9-0 (the final was 17-1), and later took out Springfield with a 12-0 run through three quarters on its way to a 14-2 decision.
"We had a good [team] meeting after Tuesday's loss, and I think there is a new sense of purpose," Tucker said. "We were much looser, and we played well."
Lorne Smith led Gilman with four goals in each game and a total of three assists, and Chase Martin totaled five goals and five assists.
Loyola rolled, 20-4 against Springfield and 22-6 against Wright.
"We have been getting in these Saturday events for several years," Loyola coach Joe McFadden said. "We last played Tuesday, and the league is shut down until next week. That's too much inactivity."
Scott Diggs topped Loyola with nine goals (seven against Wright), and Dave Fields added eight goals, but it was the play of Jason Rickel that especially pleased McFadden.
"The strongest part of his play is ground balls and riding, and his efforts in these areas led to a lot of scoring," McFadden said.
Rickel had four goals and eight assists (six against Wright).