Tolker scores seven goals as the Dons overpower John Carroll


The Loyola Blakefield lacrosse team returned to the field Friday following a week of raw emotion after freshman Peter Laake suffered a life-threatening injury early in the Dons’ game with McDonogh, last Friday. Playing at John Carroll this Friday, the Dons let off some steam as senior Henry Tolker erupted for seven goals and Loyola cruised to a 16-1 MIAA A Conference victory.

Laake suffered commotio cordis, when struck in the chest by a lacrosse ball, and suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Fortunately, athletic trainers and doctors who came out of the stands to assist, were able to revive Laake with the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) carried by Loyola trainer Jeremy Parr. Laake spent two days in the hospital, but has since returned to school and is expected to make a complete recovery.

Loyola’s game against Boys’ Latin, on Tuesday, was also postponed as the team exhaled from the emotional strain and got back to focusing on lacrosse.

John Carroll scored the first goal of the game, but Tolker scored the next three and had already complete a hat-trick as the Dons led 5-1 after one quarter. Tolker scored twice in the second quarter as did Kevin Tucker, who would also complete a hat-trick in the contest.

Charlie Koras scored two goals for the Dons, while Michael Haus, Mason Cook, Hayden Ceilo and Josh Gwin rounded out the scoring with one goal each.

Next up, the Dons (2-2 overall, 2-2 MIAA A) will return home on Tuesday to complete their contest with undefeated McDonogh, which leads 4-0 late in the first quarter. Loyola will also host Archbishop Spalding on Friday.

John Carroll (0-6, 0-6) is off until next Friday when it visits Mount St. Joseph.