Dons looking to send their departing head coach off with a championship


by Nelson Coffin

LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD

COACH: Ben Rubeor, 49-38

TOP RETURNERS: Liam Bateman (Sr., M, Loyola Maryland); Ryan Dunn (Sr. A, Richmond); Alec Cerasoli (Sr., LSM, Ohio State); Alex Reid (Sr., A, Towson); Alex Breschi (Jr., M, North Carolina).

KEY LOSSES: Phil Wies (Towson), Koby Smith (Towson), Jake Stout (Towson), Wade Tucker (Hartford).

TOP NEWCOMERS: Will Koras (Sr., FOGO); Jarrod King (Jr., D), Ryan Lancast (Soph., M).

OUTLOOK: In what will be Rubeor’s final season after a brief three-year stint at his alma mater, the Dons may feel even more than the normal urgency to give their coach an MIAA A Conference crown to go along with the one he earned at St. Mary’s in 2015.

To that end, there’s enough talent on hand for Loyola to advance deep into the conference playoffs again, considering that prolific scorers such as Reid, Bateman, Dunn and senior Connor Hume are among six returning starters.

Breschi, senior Robbie Olsen and sophomores Jack Koras (Maryland) and Ryan Lancaster give the midfield a big boost while seniors Cerasoli, Reid Delanois, Andrew Florenz and Mason Hoffman and King will play key roles while stationed in front of senior goalie Brighton Lorber.

Senior Will Koras, the Dons’ No. 1 golfer who has not played lacrosse at the Towson all-boys Catholic school since he was in middle school, and junior Christian Tacchetti will take most of the face-offs for the Dons.

Rubeor, an All-America attackman at Virgina from 2005-08, said that the key to a successful season will hinge on how well the Dons execute fundamentals, such as winning draws, clearing and riding.

“If you do those things right, you can control the middle of the field,” he said.

“We have been a team that has been a little inconsistent,” Rubeor added. “We’ve had spots where we have dominated and then had some lulls. We haven’t played our best lacrosse at the end of the year, and we need to change that.”

Loyola (3-1) has non-conference games against Bel Air, McCallie School and Hill School before opening the MIAA A Conference season at Archbishop Spalding in Severn April 3.