Loyola-McDonogh lacrosse game suspended in the first quarter after Dons’ freshman defenseman Peter Laake is injured when struck with a shot attempt and transported to a local hospital

by Nelson Coffin

The thoughts of McDonogh School and Loyola Blakefield lacrosse players were quickly transformed from competing for a victory to hoping for the best for Loyola defenseman Peter Laake, who was injured after being hit by a shot with one minute remaining in the first quarter of the MIAA A Conference game Friday afternoon in Towson.

An ambulance transporting injured Loyola lacrosse player Peter Laake prepares to depart Hargaden Field. The contest between the Dons and McDonogh was suspended and will be completed at a later date.

Laake, who was hit on the right side of either his chest or stomach, staggered briefly before falling to the turf in the game that the unbeaten Eagles led, 4-0.

He was treated immediately by athletic trainers while prone on the Hargaden Field turf before Baltimore County medical personnel arrived on the scene to render aid.

Loyola athletic director Brant Hall said that Laake was “alert” before the freshman was lifted on a stretcher into an emergency vehicle and transported to an area hospital.

“He’s a great kid,” said McDonogh coach Andy Hilgartner, who added that he had coached Laake on a club team last year. “We’re thinking about him and we’re thinking about the whole Loyola Blakefield team. We hope that we’ve avoided something that could have been much worse.”

No updates on Laake’s condition have been received by VSN, although any further information will be posted as soon as possible on the site.

Nor has a date been given for the resumption of the game, which would begin where it left off, officials said.

The first 11 minutes of the contest were dominated by the Eagles (5-0, 5-0 league), beginning with an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Hugh Brown just 33 seconds after the opening face-off and another solo effort by junior attackman McCabe Millon less than two minutes later.

Dante Trader then converted a Millon feed for an extra-man goal before the McDonogh senior midfielder struck again 49 seconds later for a 4-0 advantage with just under four minutes remaining in the period.

Goalies, junior Anthony Wilson for the Eagles and Jack Webb for the Dons (2-2, 2-2), were credited with a pair of saves each, with Webb facing a far greater volume of shots from McDonogh’s potent offense.

The Eagles are slated to host three-time defending champ Calvert Hall College next Friday in Owings Mills while Loyola is scheduled to take on Boys’ Latin on Tuesday at BL.

Pictured above: The Loyola Blakefield lacrosse team kneels in prayer while medical personnel attend to injured teammate Peter Laake.