Loyola's Ben Rubeor was low-key about his efforts in yesterday's 17-12 win over visiting Georgetown Prep, but his actions on the field spoke volumes.
The sophomore's six goals and two assists came during crucial stages of the game as the No. 2 Dons won for the 12th straight time by controlling a team ranked third nationally by Inside Lacrosse magazine. Loyola (14-2) plays Boys' Latin, ranked No. 1 in the area by the Sun, on Tuesday.
As a freshman on the varsity, Rubeor was a reserve to attackmen Evan Gallant and Austin Rodgers. That duo combined for eight goals and five assists as Loyola avenged two straight losses to the Little Hoyas (15-2) and ended the Rockville school's five-game winning streak against Baltimore's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.
"I would watch the chemistry between Evan and Austin, work on my rides, knowing I'd get my chance," said Rubeor. "I'd see a hole and go for it. It was instinct."
As Loyola built a 6-0 lead with 5:27 left in the first period, Rubeor scored the first, fourth and sixth goals. And after the visitors rallied to close to 7-4, he produced Loyola's eighth goal on pure athleticism and hustle.
With his back to the goal, Rubeor collected a rebound 10 yards out. With a defender closing in, Rubeor turned, leaped and bounced the ball past keeper David Wright (13 saves).
Loyola was outscored 5-1 to start the third period as the Little Hoyas came within 11-10 after trailing 10-5 at halftime. Rubeor came through again, scoring twice and assisting once as Loyola's 5-0 run gave it a 15-10 lead with 10 minutes to go.
"We feed off of each other well, offensively," Rubeor said. "But scoring-wise, it's my biggest game."
With David Tamberrino winning the first four faceoffs (20 of 31 overall), Loyola scored its first four goals against Joey Kemp, who started when three-year regular Wright injured his thumb during pre-game warm-ups. Loyola's man-to-man defense of Matt Pinto, Tim Patacki and Brendan Moulder combined to limit top scorers Rory Hyland, Chris Lehman and Trevor Casey to a combined two goals and one assist.
"Rory likes to split and roll-dodge, but we took that away," Pinto said. "So they sent their middies up, and for a while, we weren't sliding early enough."
The Dons had trouble containing Tom Boylan (four goals, one assist) and Tom Pitcher (three, one) as well as attackman Dan Gladding (two, one).
But the Little Hoyas failed to convert on five of 10 extra-man opportunities.
Staff reporter Jesse Colvin contributed to this article.