It took unbeaten Loyola just 28 seconds to establish its soccer superiority over Mount St. Joseph yesterday, with free-wheeling Kevin Mezzadra swooping in and chesting a goal before the home team had a chance to organize its defense.
The Gaels (0-1) made a fight of it for a while, Joe Myer squaring matters a minute later. But the comeback was short-lived as Loyola sped away to its fourth victory, 6-1.
Mezzadra, a sophomore who was the team's second-leading scorer last year, put the Dons ahead for good before the game was five minutes old and the team's speed and superior conditioning made the difference thereafter.
"We played with good intensity today," coach Don Kraft said of Loyola's effort, barely able to keep his enthusiasm in check over his team's roaring start.
The Dons had beaten St. Mary's, St. Paul's and Gilman in the first week of the rugged Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.
"We're getting goals from different people and from different places [on the field] and that has made us tough to stop so far," said Kraft. "And our defense is very, very strong."
Outstanding in the latter department were Davin Walz, Chase Franklin and Mike Lookingland. When, on occasion, MSJ was able to make a thrust through this ball-hawking trio, goalie Steve Smith (eight saves) was equal to the challenge.
Loyola led at intermission, 3-1, when Lookingland converted a penalty kick after Andrew Henciak was fouled at the goalmouth.
The treatment didn't seem to much affect Henciak, a sophomore up from the jayvees, as he scored two of Loyola's three goals in the second half, both on fearless efforts in crowds.
"Fast as lightning," said Kraft of his latest scoring find who, so far, hasn't been able to crack the starting lineup. "We're averaging four goals a game. That's tough. We're tough.
The other goal-scorer for the Dons was Jim DiPino, off a free kick, while John Schneehagen, Dave Feazell and Matt Curran picked up assists.
Chaz Loskarn assisted on Myer's goal for MSJ.