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    TRACK & FIELD SEASON KICKS OFF
    3/22/2015

    Yesterday, in some pretty harsh conditions, the varsity track team came up just short against Northwest and Gilman; two of the top teams in the state. Finishing third, Loyola scored in all but three events.

    Special recognition to Marcellus Brown who tied the school record in the high jump at 6-0 ft. and to the 4 x 200m relay team of Biafra Okoronkwo, Brodie Holmes, Austin Eby, and Michael Bell who won the event in a meet record time of 1:33.36.

    The track team is very strong in just about every event this season and has a real chance at the MIAA title. The team runs at home at the Loyola Relays this weekend and then the MIAA season starts on April 1.

     

     

    2015 NEW BALANCE NATIONALS INDOOR
    3/16/2015

    The Indoor Track team traveled to the 2015 New Balance Nationals on Friday, March 13 at The Armory in New York City to compete against high schools from all over the country. Senior Michael Wegner won the Emerging Elite Two Mile run in 9:14.04, which was a meet record and is currently the fastest time in the state of Maryland. The sprint medley relay team of Biafra Okoronkwo, Michael Bell, Danny Vinton, and Kenny Rowe placed 12th in the nation with the fastest time in the state and school record. Lastly, freshman Brodie Holmes placed 6th in the freshman 400 meter run to medal and earn Freshman All-American status. Brodie joins Matt Jablonski '11 and Michael Wegner who have earned Freshman All-American status at this meet.

     

     

    2015 INDOOR TRACK JESUIT CHAMPIONSHIPS
    2/24/2015

    The following students had outstanding performance at the Jesuit Championships on Feb. 20 at Georgetown Prep:

    4 X 200m Relay (1st Place) 
    Biafra Okoronkwo, Jeff Moran, Colin Horne, and Michael Bell

    1600m (1st Place)
    Michael Wegner

    4 X 400m Relay (1st Place & Meet Record)
    Brodie Holmes, Austin Eby, Kenny Rowe, Dan Vinton

    1000m (1st Place, Meet Record, School Record, Fastest Time in State)
    Kenny Rowe

    Next up for the team is the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City from March 12-14.

    LOYOLA WRESTLING QUALIFIES EIGHT FOR NATIONAL PREP TOURNAMENT
    2/23/2015

    Our #6 ranked wrestling team competed against 36 other private schools in the Maryland Independent State Tournament this past weekend at McDonogh. Eight Dons placed, including #2 ranked senior Jake Nordhausen who defeated #1 Mike Smith of McDonogh 3-2 to become Loyola’s first state champion since David Mohler accomplished the feat in 2011. Below are the other wrestlers who placed at the tournament and qualified for the prestigious National Prep Tournament at Lehigh University this weekend:

    Ryan Thomas - 106 lbs. (6th place)
    Dominick Reyes - 132 lbs. (4th place)
    Marcellus Brown - 138 lbs. (7th place)
    Nick Moreno - 160 lbs. (3rd place)
    Greg Amaral - 170 lbs. (6th place)
    Alex Caltrider - 195 lbs. (7th place)
    Jake Nordhausen - 220 lbs. (State Champion)
    Austin Hurdle - 285 lbs. (8th place)

    U.S. HIGH SCHOOL TEAM SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIPS
    2/9/2015

    The squash team traveled to Connecticut over the weekend to compete in the 2015 U.S. High School Team Squash Championships. After defeating Greenwich High School and Lancaster County Day School on Saturday, the team faced off against Canisius High School in the Divison 7 Championship on Sunday morning at the Freeman Athletic Center at Wesleyan University where they won 4-3.

    See the full results at www.ussquash.com/championships.

    SWIMMING & DIVING CAPTURES MIAA CHAMPIONSHIP
    2/9/2015

    The Varsity and JV Swimming & Diving teams both won MIAA championships Saturday night at McDonogh. At the JV level, Loyola accrued a total of 613 points, outperforming the 2nd place team which finished with 371. Varsity, which was led by record-breaking senior Cole Buese, scored 530 points to Calvert Hall's 2nd place finish of 389. Loyola has won this title every year except one since 1995. Read more about the meet from The Baltimore Sun here.

    Two weeks ago, the team won the National Catholic High School Swim Championship at Loyola University Maryland. On Feb. 20, they will go for the triple crown with their final meet of the season at the Eastern Swimming & Diving Championship hosted by Germantown Academy, which they placed first in last year.

    NATIONAL SIGNING DAY FOR FOOTBALL AND SOCCER
    2/4/2015

    Today is the National Signing Day for High School Football and Soccer recruits. Please congratulate our student-athletes who have committed to the following schools.

    Football:

    Ben Evans (Villanova University) 
    Patrick Eby (Columbia University)
    Austin Hurdle (Dickinson College) 

    Soccer:

    Gavin Barger (University of Pennsylvania)
    Riley Collins (UMBC)

    2015 NATIONAL CATHOLIC SWIMMIMNG & DIVING CHAMPIONS
    1/27/2015

    On Saturday, January 24, Loyola Blakefield Swimming and Diving won the 2015 National Catholic Championship at Loyola University Maryland with a total of 416 points, advancing three swimmers into five of nine individual event ‘A’ finals to overwhelm second-place Georgetown Prep (354) and third-place Gonzaga (328).

    Standout performances were had by Male Swimmer of the Meet Cole Buese '15 in the 200m Free and 100m Back, setting new school and meet records for both. The following are potential All-American swims, but will not be confirmed until the high school swim season finishes in California as it is a spring sport there:

    Cole Buese, Alex Blair '17, Mitch Williams '15, Sammy Logue '16
    200m Medley Relay 
    1:35.03

    Cole Buese
    200m Free 
    1:38.31

    100m Back 
    49.69 

    Cole Buese, Mitch Williams, Zach Hoelting '15, Kevin Zgorski '15
    400m Free Relay 
    3:08.21

    View photos of the meet here, thanks to parent Don Hoelting. 

    KENNY ROWE BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD AT MONTGOMERY INVITATIONAL
    1/12/2015

    On Saturday, the varsity indoor track and field team competed at the Montgomery Invitational Indoor Track Meet. This is the biggest and best meet in the area with 100 teams from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

    Junior Kenny Rowe won the 800 meter run in 1:56, which is the best time in the state this year and he broke Joe Orsulak’s '08 school record. Kenny joins Matt Jablonski '11 and John Davenport '09 as the only Loyola athletes to win a gold medal at this meet. Senior Michael Wegner placed in the 3,200 meter run and qualified for New Balance Indoor Nationals.

    Additionally, freshman Brodie Holmes, sophomore Austin Eby, Rowe, and junior Dan Vinton placed 4th in the 4 X 400 relay and were within a couple tenths of a second of the school record. View the entire meet results here.

    WRESTLING SETS TOURNAMENT RECORD AT FALCON INVITATIONAL
    1/5/2015

    Loyola Wrestling had another strong performance this past weekend at the Falcon Invitational at Winters Mill High School. After overcoming some illness during the holiday break, they had a complete lineup and the team did outstanding, winning the tournament for the second year in a row. Last year, the team placed 8 wrestlers in the finals, while this year they had 11. They outscored 2nd place Curley by over 250 points for a tournament record. The following Dons placed in their respective weight classes:

    106: Ryan Thomas (1st)
    113: Alec Feurer (2nd)
    120: Matt Callahan (3rd)
    126: Cody Shumacher (1st) 
    132: Dominic Reyes (1st)
    138: Marcellus Brown (1st)
    145: Jason Litvak (3rd)
    152: Tavion Bell (3rd)
    160: Nick Moreno (1st)
    170: Greg Amarol (1st)
    182: Nick Nordhausen (1st)
    195: Alex Caltrider (1st)
    220: Jake Nordhausen (1st)
    285: Austin Hurdle (2nd)

    STUDENT-ATHLETES RECOGNIZED AT ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY
    11/17/2014

    Congratulations to the following 13 student-athletes who were honored at our Athletic Achievement Ceremony on Nov. 12. They have been recruited by Division I, II, and III colleges for lacrosse, swimming, baseball, and football.

    Lacrosse:
    Grant Gilmore- Sewanee                             
    Tyler Covey – Florida Institute of Technology
    Jake Nordhausen – US Military Academy Prep School                           
    Michael Colgan – Mary Washington University                             
    Peter Juzwiak – Messiah College
    Alex Roesner – University of Pennsylvania
    Jack Lombardo – St. Joseph’s University
    Jake Barwick – Shenandoah University                

    Swimming:
    Luke Musselman – Rider University
    Cole Buese – Princeton University
    Mitch Williams -  Denison University
           

    Baseball:
    Chris Girken – University of South Carolina-Aiken
    Joe Dinoto – Bates College                             

    Football:
    Jake Barwick – Shenandoah University                           

    NO. 4 DONS DEFEAT NO. 18 GAELS 2-1; TIED FOR FIRST IN MIAA
    9/23/2014

    Varsity Soccer held out to win 2-1 against Mount St. Joseph on Sept. 22. The Dons had their hands full for the entire match against the determined Gaels. The Dons scored their first goal midway through the first half on a nice finish from Colin Horne. Horne received a pass from Sean Clarke and beat an MSJ player and bent in a beautiful shot far post. The Don scored the second goal of the game off a cross from Avionne Flanagan to David Mangione.

    MSJ scored their only goal of the contest from a cross that defected off a Loyola defender to Matt Whelan who chested it into an open net to cut the lead in half. The Gaels made a strong push during the last 10 minutes of the match, but Loyola's defense held tight.

    The Dons (6-2, 5-1) and McDonogh are tied for first place in the MIAA 'A' Conference. Both teams have 15 points, but the Eagles remain undefeated following their 4-0 win over Gilman on Monday. Loyola's lone league loss came against Calvert Hall (3-0-1). Loyola will host the Eagles on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

    Goals:
    L - Horne, Mangione
    MSJ - Whelan 

    Assist:
    L - Clarke, Flangan 

    Saves: 
    L - Hunt (5)
    MSJ - Shorkey (5)

     

    VARSITY SOCCER TAKES DOWN GILMAN 4-1
    9/22/2014

    Varsity Soccer defeated Gilman 4-1 on Friday, Sept. 19. The Dons weathered an early push by Gilman as Clayton Heubert score on a well-placed volley from 25 yards out. Loyola's defense shut Gilman down for the rest of the game while scoring four straight, including two goals in the first half.

    Ryan Conrad's first goal was from a left-footed volley with the assist from Shane McWilliams. The second Conrad goal came from a very nice passing sequence ending with Sean Clarke centering a cross on the ground for Conrad to run onto and bang it home.  

    In the second half, the Dons scored their third goal of the game when Avionne Flanagan, Sean Clake, and Brandon Pryor worked a nice combination to free Flanagan who bent in a shot on the far post. The team's final goal for the Dons was scored by Sean Clarke. Clarke tucked away a rebound shot off the crossbar by Shane McWilliams.

    Carson Hunt and Adam Dueber combined for 6 saves for the win. Jake Young had 10 saves for Gilman. 

     

     

    VARSITY FOOTBALL BOUNCES BACK; DEFEATS NORTH HARFORD 32-8
    9/22/2014

    WATCH THE ENTIRE GAME HERE

    Last fall, Loyola Blakefield needed overtime to survive a tough challenge from North Harford on the road in Pylesville. This past Friday afternoon at Blakefield, the Dons went into overdrive early in posting a 32-8 non-conference win over the visiting Hawks.

    Loyola (2-2 overall) bounced back from consecutive shutout losses to St. John's College (D.C.) and Archbishop Curley by scoring 18 first-half points and closing out the Hawks with two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

    Senior quarterback John Goska opened the game with a 2-yard touchdown run and then scored on a 38-yard run in the fourth quarter. He also tossed a 21-yard TD pass to Will D'Angelo midway through the second quarter.

    Goska had 176 total yards, completing 5 of 7 passes for 103 yards and ran 11 times for 73. D'Angelo finished with five catches for 83 yards.

    Gavin Rowley also had a nice day for the Dons, converting four extra-point kicks and nailing a 27-yard field goal on the final play of the first half. Loyola's final score came on a 60-yard run by Mike Bell.

    Loyola out-gained the Hawks, 489-269. Biafra Okoronkwo and Isaiah Hayes combined for 133 yards rushing.

    North Harford (1-2) got its only score in the third quarter when Braden Stinar threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Jack Schrof. Stinar also passed for a two-point conversion to Clayton Hood.

    Darren Seward led the Dons' defense with 15 tackles. Ben Evans finished with 10 stops, caused a fumble, and intercepted a pass.

    The Dons open MIAA 'A' Conference play Saturday afternoon at Hargarden Field against undefeated #6 Mount St. Joseph.

     

    VARSITY SOCCER DEFEATS ST. PAUL'S 4-1
    9/15/2014

    Loyola's varsity soccer team defeated St.Paul's 4-1 on Friday, Sept. 12. With a great  team defense performance Loyola held St. Paul's to only three shots on goal. Loyola scored three first-half goals, the first was by David Mangione assisted by Gavin Barger, the second was a penalty PK by Barger after Ryan Conrad was taken down in the box on a break away. The third was a goal by Avionne Flanagan on a great through ball from Grant Robinson. The fourth goal was scores by Sean Clarke with the assist going to Shane McWilliams. St.Paul's got on the board with 12 minutes left in a great finish from Brady White. Carson Hunt and Adam Dueber combined for two save for the win. 

    Shots: Loyola 14; St.Pauls 3

     

     

     

    WATER POLO DOMINATES AT 2014 PHILMORE CUP
    9/2/2014

    Varsity Water Polo began its season this past weekend facing off against three teams from the Philadelphia area in the annual Philmore Cup hosted by McDonogh.

    Loyola won its first game against Episcopal Academy by a score of 16-8. Eight different Loyola players scored at least one goal. Senior Zachary Hoelting led the charge with 5 goals.

    Loyola was victorious in its second game with a convincing 25-3 win over Germantown Academy. A total of ten different players scored for Loyola and all three goalies played outstanding defense.

    In the final game, Loyola was behind 4-0 against William Penn Charter School before the team settled down. A better defensive effort and some quick transition goals helped Loyola tie the game and go on to win 13-9. Again, Loyola had eight players notch at least one goal and seniors Luke Musselman, Jack Pierce, Kevin Zgorski, and Zachary Hoelting had at least two goals each. Senior Patrick Lagator was outstanding in goal for Loyola and senior Jeffrey Godwin played extremely strong two-meter defense.

    It looks like the start of another successful year for water polo. Varsity plays its first MIAA match against Mount Saint Joseph on Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. Check out their entire schedule here.

     

     

    2014 MIAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: DAY 2 RECAP
    5/13/2014

    After a successful first day at the 2014 MIAA Track & Field Championships, more great performances came in the second and final day: 

    Long Jump - 3rd Place
    Connor Cunningham 

    1600 Meter Run - 3rd Place
    Michael Wegner

    800 Meter Run - 3rd Place
    Dan Vinton

    Varsity finished 3rd overall in the MIAA Championships behind Gilman and McDonogh who are the 1-2 teams in the area. JV finished 3rd as a team also with Max Barbour as an individual champion in the 3200m.

    2014 MIAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS: DAY 1 RECAP
    5/9/2014

    Please congratulate the following students for outstanding performances on day one of the MIAA Championships at McDonogh on May 8th:

    Varsity 4 X 800 Meter Relay - 1st Place
    Michael Wegner, Tyler Spear, Kenny Rowe and Dan Vinton

    Varsity 3200 Meter Run - 1st Place (Meet Record)
    Michael Wegner

    Varsity 3200 Meter Run - 2nd Place
    Tyler Spear

    Varsity Pole Vault - 2nd Place 
    Justin Ferrens

    JV 4 X 200 Meter Relay - 1st Place (Meet Record)
    Alex Gloth, Jack MacErlean, Duncan Woodward, and Andreus Price

    JV 1600 Meter Run - 1st Place
    Max Barbour

    JV Pole Vault - 1st Place
    Mark Grothman

    Day two of the championships will be this Saturday, May 10 at Archbishop Spalding.

    VARSITY RUGBY DEFEATS CALVERT HALL IN SEMIFINAL; VARISTY & JV HEAD TO CHAMPIONSHIPS
    5/8/2014

    A motivated Dons Varsity Rugby team took on Calvert Hall last night for the second time in as many weeks. Although they came up short in the final regular season game, the earned a berth to the championship game in a close, back-and-forth 19-17 semifinal win. The Dons will take on Archbishop Spalding in a rematch of last year’s championship game on May 14th at 7:00 p.m. The JV ruggers will take on Calvert Hall in the JV championship game at 5:30 p.m. the same night. Both games will be played at Archbishop Spalding.

    VARSITY TENNIS UPSETS MOUNT ST. JOE AND HEADS TO MIAA SEMIFINALS
    5/8/2014

    For the first time since the late 1970s, Varsity Tennis will host an MIAA semifinal. McDonogh and Gilman have dominated the tennis scene for decades, but the Dons have broken through with an exciting 3-2 win yesterday over defending champions Mount Saint Joseph to earn the #2 seed. Jacob Morrison brought home the winning point and Grant Palmer, Chris Paszkiewicz, and Ray McDermott also won for the Dons. Mark your calendar for next Tuesday, May 13, to come out to the match. "If you are going to watch one Loyola tennis match in your life, I ask you to consider coming to this one," said Coach Kraft. "We are playing for a shot at the MIAA title; tennis’s promised land."

    FRESHMAN LACROSSE NAMED 2014 MIAA CHAMPS
    5/8/2014

    Loyola's Freshman Lacrosse team was named MIAA Champions last night, beating Gilman in the title game 14-8. The boys played as a team all year, led by their captain, Colin Clothier. The coaches—Sebastian Price '02, Matt Enoch '95, and Sean Radebaugh '90—helped build a championship caliber team. The team finished 8-2 on the year, proving the future is bright for Loyola lacrosse. Coach Price attributes his team's success to the unselfish team play on all ends of the game.

     

     

    VARSITY TENNIS DEFEATS CALVERT HALL; LOOKS TO UPSET DEFENDING CHAMPIONS NEXT
    4/30/2014

    Varsity Tennis defeated Calvert Hall for the 13th straight year, shutting them out 5-0 yesterday at the Greenspring Racquet Club. This puts the varsity team tied for second place with a 5-1 record in the MIAA with defending champions Mount St. Joe to face at home for Senior Day this Thursday at 3:45 p.m. Also, the JV team is undefeated coming into the home stretch before playoffs.The coaching staff is very proud of all the players in the program, for the way they represent Loyola, their dedication, and their skillful play.

    JACK CAHILL '14 FINISHES FIFTH IN MIAA INDIVIDUAL GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
    4/30/2014

    Yesterday, in unfriendly conditions on the West Course at Baltimore Country Club, the third round of the MIAA Individual Golf Championship was played. The 54 hole event was shortened to 45 holes due to the harsh conditions. Loyola golfers Jack Cahill and Luke Knott made it through a field of 81 golfers who started out three weeks ago in the first round, to be a part of the 21 golfer in round three who fought for the title on Tuesday. Jack Cahill shot a 192 (76, 77, 39) to finish tied for fifth place. The Loyola team now continues its match play in pursuit of the team playoffs later in May.

    2014 RUGBY PREVIEW
    3/11/2014

    There is a lot to live up to as Loyola Rugby enters its 14th year of competition this season. Once again they are defending MIAA champions. Captained by seniors Cole Boozer, Liam Fitzgerald, Chase Harman, and Ekene Nkem-Mmekam, the team returns half of the starters from last year and has high hopes to repeat as champions this year. Other players to watch are Tyler Cole, Richie Garry, and Jake Oliver.

    With an expanded series of games leading up to the MIAA schedule, the Dons plan to be prepared to make another run at the championship.

    Loyola will host Baltimore Polytechnic Institute for their first regular season game of the season on March 17th at 5 p.m. For the full season schedule, visit the Loyola Rugby page.

    Also, be sure to read how a few varsity rugby players prepared for the upcoming season by participating in the High School Rugby Academy this past winter.

    DONS PREPARE FOR SEASON THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL RUGBY ACADEMY
    3/4/2014

    Varsity Rugby seniors Tyler Cole, Connor Henderson, Liam Fitzgerald and James Banta put in some extra time training during the off-season this past fall and winter by attending the High School Rugby Academy.

    The High School Rugby Academy is an independent rugby development program for high school rugby players in the Washington, D.C./Maryland/Virginia area. The camp just finished its 6th year, running every September to mid January.

    According to RugbyMag.com, the goal of the Rugby Academy is to provide high school rugby players an opportunity to develop their full potential by providing a holistic development program. Specifically, the Rugby Academy works to provide players with the tools to develop as both rugby players and students in order to go on to play rugby at university level, as well to enhance the enjoyment of their rugby experience.

    This year, there were roughly 60 student-athletes involved including four of Loyola's own.

    "This was a great chance to play at a high-performance level and really hone my skills. It was a privilege to play with top rugby players and work with some of the best and most dedicated coaches around," said senior Tyler Cole.

    Other student-athletes came from Gonzaga High School, Archbishop Spalding, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Rugby Club and many more. According to RugbyMag.com, players are nominated by their club or school coaches based on both their past performance and potential.

    The Rugby Academy brings in both local and international coaches and technical experts including ex-U.S. rugby players to provide current best practices and information as well as communicating and connecting with university coaches and programs around the country to assist players with finding potential universities to apply to. The ten sessions include both on-field technical and tactical activities such as tackling, ball passing, and positional skills and off-field lifestyle/college preparation classes (i.e. goal setting, nutrition, applying to universities, and time management).

    The Academy also holds a “College Day” to allow students to interact with university rugby program representatives. In addition, the Rugby Academy facilitates and provides coaching clinics and workshops for the regional rugby community.

    2014 TRACK & FIELD PREVIEW
    2/26/2014

    The varsity and JV Track & Field programs will begin the season coming off very strong 3rd place finishes indoors. With some of the top distance runners in the metro area, Loyola hopes to again be among the top three in the very competitive MIAA 'A' conference.  

    Loyola seniors Tyler Spear (3200m,1600m, 800m) and Connor Cunningham (long and triple jumps and sprints) lead the way for the Dons as two of the top athletes in their events in the league. Loyola will be very strong in the pole vault as well with four 12-ft. pole vaulters—Kyle O’Mally, Kyle Albornoz, Justin Ferrans, and Spencer Schenking. Seniors Matt Azzaro (jumps/sprints), Sean Duffy, Chris Filar, and Danny Finley (400m, 800m) and junior Michael Wegner (3200m, 1600m) should be top scorers for the Dons.

    Coach Albornoz and Coach Cucuzzella also have some young talent in distance running with sophomores Frankie Legambi, Kevin Wegner, Danny Vinton and Kenny Rowe and in the sprint events with freshman Jack McErlean and sophomores Alex Gloth, Duncan Woodward, and Austin Eby. Sophomore Declan Aroh, a 19-ft. long jumper and 40-ft. triple jumper, should also be a scoring threat for the Dons.

    The first meet of the season will be the Loyola Relays at home on Saturday, March 22nd at 10 a.m. Visit the Track & Field page for the entire season schedule.

    2014 TENNIS SEASON PREVIEW
    2/25/2014

    In 2013, Varsity Tennis had another great season, earning a 8-4 record and making the MIAA semifinals for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons. For the first time in program history, Loyola had three All-MIAA players (Reid Burch, Grant Palmer and Brendan Galloway). With Galloway off to Notre Dame, Coach Don Kraft is counting on Burch and Palmer to be strong in singles. They will be joined by sophomore Ray McDermott, junior Jacob Morrison and seniors Chris Paskiewicz and Mitch Butler. Nick Hardebeck and JP D’Anna are expected to do well in doubles.

    2014 LACROSSE SEASON PREVIEW
    2/25/2014

    Loyola Blakefield's defending MIAA 'A' Conference Championship Lacrosse team is back and ready for a repeat after upsetting Boys' Latin last spring during the the MIAA Championship at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md. An extremely talented and well-coached team, Boys' Latin was undefeated before the championship game and was the top-ranked high school lacrosse program in the country. This was Loyola's head coach Jack Crawford's fourth appearance in the MIAA finals and third championship since he took the helm in 2003.

    The roller-coaster season of 2013 provided an exhilarating but bumpy ride for the players, coaches, and spectators. The Dons finished a demanding pre-league schedule with seven wins and two defeats. They proceeded to lose their first three MIAA games to St. Mary's, McDonogh, and St. Paul's and then went on to win three straight against Severn, Mt. St. Joe, and Spalding. The regular season ended with losses to Gilman, Boys' Latin, and Calvert Hall. The Dons owe a tip of the cap to Mt. St. Joe and their coach, Dave Slafkosky, because it was their upset win over St. Mary's that allowed the Dons to qualify for the playoffs. The Dons beat Gilman in the quarterfinals and went on to defeat McDonogh in the semifinal game. 

    For 2014, Loyola coaches, players, and fans hope for a season showing steady progress rather than such peaks and valleys. The Dons would like to continue their success in their pre-league schedule, then compete well in the always tough MIAA 'A' Conference, make the playoffs, and have a good run in the final games.    

    The Dons will be led by many returning players including junior Acie Newton, a bulwark in the goal, who will be starting for his second season. Senior Parker Sessions returns at close defense and senior Michael Meurer returns at long-stick midfielder. Juniors Ryan Conrad and Jack Lombardo return from last year's first offensive midfield. Sophomore lefty Cole Williams has moved from midfield to attack, and junior righty Alex Roesner returns at attack.

    The Dons will scrimmage Bullis School on Hargaden Field, March 1st at 10 a.m. and will take on Landon School for their first regular season matchup at home on March 4th. Visit the Loyola Lacrosse page to stay current on all things lacrosse at Blakefield.

    LOYOLA SWIMMING & DIVING CAPTURES 2014 EASTERN PREP CHAMPIONSHIP
    2/24/2014

    Loyola Swimming & Diving won the 114th Annual Eastern Prep Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championship held at LaSalle University Feb. 21-22. The score was one of the closest ever with Loyola Blakefied outscoring perennial power house The Peddie School from Hightstown, N.J. 375 to 367.5. Loyola once again showed its dominance with its extreme depth, getting more swimmers into the scoring top 18 than any other team.

    Some of Loyola's top performances were had by Dan Moreno (200m I.M.), Trey Perry (50m Free), Elijah Wright (1m Diving), JP Clancy and Trey Perry (100m Fly), Cole Buese (100m Free), Mitch Williams and Zach Hoelting (500m Free) and Cole Buese (100m Back). Loyola's 200m Free Relay of Moreno, Buese, Clancy and Perry placed 2nd with a School Record and All-American automatic time of 1:24.27, while the 400m Free Relay, swam by the same crew, narrowly missed a school record and placed 3rd with a time of 3:06.05, also an All-American automatic time. 

    Loyola finished with numerous top 25 all-time school times and more guys in the final session and point scorers than any other team. Earlier this year Loyola Blakefield won the Eastern Prep Water Polo Championships earlier this year with many of the same athletes. Congratulations to coaches Keith and Brad Schertle and Patrick Brugh and all the students-athletes on their very successful seasons this year.

    Full results from the 114th Annual Eastern Prep Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championship can be seen here.

    Pictures from the championship can be found here, thanks to Mr. Don Hoelting, P '15.

     

    FRESHMAN AND JV BASKETBALL MOVE ON IN BCL PLAYOFFS
    2/18/2014

    Both JV and Freshman Basketball played on Monday, Feb. 17th in the BCL playoffs. The freshman team beat St. Frances Academy 57-48 at home in the semifinals, while JV had a tougher time taking care of St. Maria Goretti High School in a quarterfinal matchup. With just 1.8 seconds left and down by 2 points, Loyola's Nate Leishear threw the ball in to Omari Watson, who shot from 3/4 court and made the game-winning 3-pointer for a outstanding 66-65 win. You can watch the last seconds of the game here. JV will play the winner of tonight's Calvert Hall/Spalding game later this week.