It was not the kind of game a playoff team expects this time of the year.
In fact, it was so bad that a lengthy post-game meeting was called after the No. 9-ranked Severn boys lacrosse team was humbled by No. 2 Loyola, 14-3, yesterday in Blakefield.
The host Dons (16-3) roared to an 8-0 lead at the half and then scored the first two goals of the third period before the Admirals (8-7) got on the board.
Led by Tim Sullivan, J. G. Guidera, Mike Waldron and Matt Pinto, the Loyola defense shut down the Admirals' offense while 10 different Dons scored.
"I'm real proud of our kids. We're getting better and better each week, and our defense was fantastic starting with our goalkeeper [Trae Rodgers]," said Loyola coach John Tucker.
After the game, Severn coach Jamie McNealey lectured and listened to his Admirals, who were sitting in the stands on one side of the field while many of their parents watched from the other.
Both the Dons and McNealey's assistant coaches were long gone as he ran the meeting solo.
"I make the ultimate decisions on what we do," McNealey said. "We have quite some time to tweak our system and get it running to maximum potential. I expect our practices to be very good leading up to the last two [league] games."
Loyola leads one division in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference at 9-1, with McDonogh second and Severn third. The top three teams from each of the two divisions qualify for the playoffs, which start May 18. With St. Paul's, which likely would have been the third playoff team, disqualified, Severn (5-6) will make the postseason for the first time since 1993.
Back on April 3, Loyola jumped out to a 7-2 halftime lead at Severn before holding in the final period for a 13-8 victory.
Yesterday, the Admirals were never in the game.
Loyola attackmen Andrew White and Austin Rodgers scored two goals each in the first half. Four other Dons scored goals in the 8-0 first half, and knocked the Admirals' Princeton-bound goalie, Matt Larkin, out of the game for a second time.