Duke bound senior Deemer Class scored six points and Loyola steadily stockpiled goals on its way to a 13-6 win over Boys’ Latin, Friday at Blakefield, in MIAA A Conference lacrosse.
Class put the Dons ahead 1-0 on a feed from Conor Dalton, three minutes into the game, and he would go on to score twice and add four assists, as Loyola led wire to wire. Alec Dauses made it 2-0 three minutes later on an assist from Mike Distler, but Boys’ Latin responded with its first score, as Mike Lynch put the Lakers on the board at 2:31.
The Lakers, however, were fighting up hill all afternoon.
TJ Neubauer scored on a pass from Class on Loyola’s next possession to give the Dons a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. Class, Ryan Conrad and Neubauer all scored in the second quarter to give Loyola a 6-3 lead at the half, and the Dons took full command with three unanswered goals (Conrad, Jake Clise and Neubauer) in the third quarter, to stretch the lead to 9-3.
In addition to Class, Neubauer and Conrad finished with hat-tricks, while Conor Dalton had a pair of goals and two assists. Devin McNamara added a goal and two assists for the Dons, and Clise had one goal and one assist.
Loyola’s defense was equally impressive.
“It’s really easy when you’ve got three guys in front of you that really know what they’re doing,” said goalie Chris Thomas, who finished with 11 saves. “I have Matt Dunn, Luke Morrison, and Gerarde Clothier.”
Class said that the Dons really played as a team on Friday. “TJ (Neubauer) and Ryan (Conrad) are two great players, and today we executed our game plan.”
“It was pretty much broken down to ground balls and finishing our shots,” added Neubauer. “Our defense played strong, especially Matt Dunn, Luke (Morrison), and Gerarde (Clothier). We were clicking on offense, and Chris Thomas played great in the goal. We stuck our shots when we had them.”
Midfielder Kacy Kapinos, said that the Dons were well prepared. “The offense was clicking, and the defense didn’t let them get their dodges. We worked hard in practice and we stayed focused.”
In addition to Lynch, Greg Pyke, Casey Rees, Colin Heacock, Shack Stanwick and Keegan O’Connor all scored for the Lakers (7-5, 0-2). Heacock added two assists and Stanwick had one.
Loyola (10-1 overall) is now tied for first place in the A Conference with Severn, which is also 2-0 after win over Mount St. Joseph on Friday. Top-ranked Calvert Hall lost in overtime to McDonogh, 7-6.