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Towson University recruit Phil Wies had four goals and two assists and Alex Reid added a hat trick as seventh-ranked Loyola Blakefield defeated No. 5 St. Mary’s, 13-7 in a MIAA A Conference lacrosse contest at Pascal Field in Annapolis Tuesday evening.

The Towson school went on a six-goal run in the second half, winning its fourth straight decision in the nation’s premier boys’ lacrosse league. The Dons (6-5 overall, 4-1 MIAA A) are in sole possession of second behind top-ranked Calvert Hall College and No. 2 Boys’ Latin (both 5-0).

Though his team’s firmly entrenched in the playoff picture, coach Ben Rubeor said the Dons remain somewhat inconsistent.

“I think this is a group that just can’t afford to play without energy,” said Rubeor, in his second season at his alma-mater. “We played well in the second half, but we’re going have to play better than that moving forward.”

“Coach said at halftime we didn’t have the energy,” said Wies, whose team led, 4-3, at intermission. “I thought we came out firing in the second half and we got it done.”

After the Saints (11-4, 2-3 MIAA A) closed to 6-5 midway in the third quarter, Loyola responded with unassisted tallies from Frank Ihle and Reid to end the third quarter scoring. The Dons had a 12-5 advantage with 3:44 left in regulation after Wies ripped a shot in the net. Wies had a hand in three of the first four Dons scores in the final frame.

After losing at St. Paul’s in the league opener, Loyola has defeated Severn School, which reached the MIAA A final four last spring, resurgents Gilman School and St. Mary’s, and Archbishop Spalding. The Dons play at Boys’ Latin Friday afternoon.

“We’re just moving the ball better,” said Wies. “I think we’re trusting each other more.”