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Dons come up short at PNC Invitational


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Bullis slip past No. 5 Dons, 5-4; Dunn and Bateman each score twice (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS HERE!!!)


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Loyola Blakefield lacrosse team did a lot of good things in the nightcap of the PNC Invitational Saturday evening at Loyola University's Ridley Athletic Complex. The Dons climbed out of an early two-goal hole and had the better of play the final three quarters.

But No. 5 Loyola wasn't able to breakthrough in the closing minutes, dropping a 5-4 decision to Bullis School in front of an announced audience of 1,211. University of North Carolina-bound attack Nick Trippi had two goals and an assist for the Bulldogs (10-1 overall), and Bender tallied twice.

The Towson school wasn't able to solve Bullis goalie Chris Del Rosario, who stopped four shots in the final 12 minutes, including Liam Bateman's attempt with 31 seconds left in regulation. The Dons (1-3) out-shot Bullis, 28-16, over the last three quarters.

"It certainly wasn't the result that we wanted. I thought we executed our game plan," said Loyola coach Ben Rubeor. "I just think we needed to make a few more plays."

"I thought we played really hard on defense, had good spacing on offense," said Dunn."Opportunities weren't falling through. We had open looks but just didn't finish."

Playing its first game in nine days, Loyola was stagnant in the opening 12 as Bullis, ranked No. 2 in the District region by the Washington Post, got unassisted tallies from Bender and Trippi. The Dons were out-shot, 8-3, and turned the ball over six times.

The Charles Street school found its rhythm, scoring three unanswered goals, the latter Bateman finishing a pass from Dunn for its first lead with 10:45 left in the third period. Trippi quickly answered for Bullis with his second goal, tying the match with 9:42 remaining in the quarter.

The defending Interstate Athletic Conference champ Bulldogs regained the advantage as Trippi found Robert Schain, who put a shot past Dons goalie Jake Stout with just seven seconds left in the third. Loyola caught a break as a bad clear ended up with Dunn getting a shot past an out-of-position Del Rosario early in the fourth.

Bender regained the lead for Bullis, which was able to keep the Dons at bay the rest of regulation. Bateman was able to slip free inside, but his low shot was corralled by Del Rosario, capping a frustrating final minutes.

"I think they played a great zone," said Bateman, who has six goals on the season. "We beat it a couple times, but the goalie made a great save at the end and you have to give him a lot of credit for that."

"I think we didn't necessarily shoot as well as we possibly could have, but I also think that [Del Rosario] in the cage for them is very good, so I give him a lot of credit," said Rubeor.

Despite losing for the third time in four starts, Rubeor has seen a lot of positives as the Dons ready for MIAA A Conference competition. Loyola has District region programs Georgetown Prep and St. John's College (DC) this week before starting league play at No. 6 St. Paul's School Apr. 18.

"We've played some really good teams, but we've definitely improved as a team. We just have to work on finishing," said Bateman. "I'm really looking forward to MIAA A season. I really think we can make a run in the playoffs."

PNC Lacrosse Invitational

at Ridley Athletic Complex

Bullis School 5, No. 5 Loyola Blakefield 4

Goals: Loyola - Dunn 2, Bateman 2; Bullis - Bender 2, Trippi 2, Schain

Assists: Loyola - Clothier, Dunn; Bullis - Trippi 

Saves: Loyola - Stout 6; Bullis - Del Rosario 9

Loyola 0 2 1 1 - 4

Bullis 2 0 2 1 - 5

Last Updated (Wednesday, 12 April 2017 12:03)

 
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