Tuesday's regular-season finale for the Loyola lacrosse team was special for a number of reasons.
A win against visiting Mount St. Joseph on Senior Day would clinch the second seed in the coming Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference playoffs, providing a bye for the No. 2 Dons in Friday's quarterfinal round. A win also would mean it would be the final varsity lacrosse game played at storied Hargaden Field in its present form. Artificial turf will be installed this summer.
On a rainy day with patches of mud on the old field, the Dons took care of business impressively one final time with a 16-5 win over the No. 12 Gaels.
The home team scored the game's first five goals in the first quarter, then, after the Gaels (12-8) pulled within 7-3 early in the third quarter, it proceeded to score the next nine to win comfortably. Loyola (15-3, 7-2 league) advances to the semifinal round set for Tuesday at Towson University.
"Coming into this game, we knew if things went our way, this would be the last varsity lacrosse game on the old Hargaden Field," Loyola coach Jack Crawford said. "This field has meant a lot to the game of lacrosse, not only in Baltimore, but high school lacrosse in this country. There's a certain melancholy that you feel when you walk off this field. But, by the same token, we asked our guys to come out one last time and really give a good account of themselves, and they did that."
Junior attackmen Devin McNamara (three goals, four assists) and Jake Clise (four goals) provided much of the offense as 11 Dons figured into the scoring.
Along with top seed Calvert Hall, Loyola will await its next opponent, which depends on the outcomes of Friday's quarterfinals. Defending champ and No. 3 Gilman, seeded third, will host No. 6 Severn, while No. 5 McDonogh travels to No. 4 Boys' Latin.
No. 4 Boys' Latin 8, No. 5 McDonogh 7:
Greg Pyke scored the game-winner off an assist from Shack Stanwick with 6:04 left as the Lakers (13-6) earned the home field against the Eagles (9-7) in Friday's MIAA A Conference quarterfinals with the victory in the teams' regular-season finale at Owings Mills.
Stanwick added a goal and another assist for Boys' Latin. Austin Frederick led McDonogh with four goals and an assist.