After starting the MIAA A Conference season 0-2, No. 7 St. Paul’s got in the win column on Tuesday agains Archbishop Spalding and followed up with a marque win over No. 4 Loyola, 12-9, Friday afternoon at Blakefield’s Hargaden Field.
After playing the Dons to a 1-1 tie in the opening quarter, the Crusaders (8-5 overall) outscored Loyola 8-5 over the next two quarters to build a 3-goal working margin that would prove to be the winning margin.
St. Paul’s Mitch Gordon scored 4 goals and added an assist to lead all scorers and Pat Karey delivered a hat-trick. Joe Pollard added 2 goals and 2 assists, while Logan Posner had 1 goal and 1 assist. In addition, Logan Zimnoch and Antonio Mastormanolis had 1 goal each and Keegan Peal had a pair of assists.
The Dons (5-4 overall) got 2 goals each from Cole Williams, Luke Hurley, Nick Goles and Brendan Doyle, while Liam Bateman scored once. Williams, Hurley and Alex Reid all had two assists each.
The key for St. Paul’s was the face-off work of Brendan Tscherne, who won 17-of-24 draws for the Crusaders. Another key was the play of goalkeeper Alex Rode who finished with 16 saves.
Loyola goalkeeper Jake Stout stopped 9 shots.
Both teams are now 2-2 in the A Conference, tied with Severn for fourth place.