LAUREL -- In the 1940s and '50s, Mount St. Joseph ruled the local hockey scene, winning the old Maryland Scholastic Association conference title year after year.
It had been over 40 years since local private schools crowned a champion, but in yesterday's conclusion to the first-ever Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference finals, it seemed little had changed.
Jim Morrison (two goals, one assist) and freshman Adam Levine (goal, assist) led Mount St. Joe to a 5-2 win over Loyola at the Gardens Ice House, giving the Gaels a 2-0 series victory in the first season of varsity competition.
Earlier, Archbishop Curley got two goals and an assist from Chris Brune in defeating Gilman, 9-0, to claim the MIAA B Conference championship. John Newcomer had 17 saves for the Friars (12-2-0).
The Gaels (16-0-0), who had beaten the short-handed Dons, 7-1, on Monday, had a noticeably tougher time last night, struggling before taking the lead for good on Mike Pirisino's goal from Max Herrett with 7: 00 left in regulation.
Goals by Levine and Derek Williams in the final 1: 31 clinched it.
"No matter how much you talk about it in the locker room, you have to come out and do it on the ice," said Gaels coach Erv Terwilliger, who thought his team came out flat. "I think [Loyola] had something to prove and I think they out-skated us for the better part of the game."
Still, St. Joe's advantage in talent proved too much, as it outshot Loyola (10-6-1), 34-19. Dons goalie Mike Mulock made 31 saves.
"I was extremely pleased with the effort," said Loyola coach Mike Reardon. "We're playing the No. 1 team in the state. No one ever plays this hockey team even."
The season will continue for both teams, who will join St. Mary's, Spalding and seven other Washington-area teams in the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League Tier I playoffs, beginning Monday.
Pub Date: 2/17/99