By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/7/14
As always, Penn Charter is starting its season with the toughest competition it can find.
Today the Quakers opened the 2014 season with a 7-1 loss to visiting Loyola Blakefield, the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) champion.
Penn Charter was within range until midway through the third period when the Dons scored twice to make it 4-1. Until then, sophomore goalie Sean McKee (Fairfield commit) had saved 15 of 17 shots in a masterful performance.
Despite the defeat, Quakers coach Pat McDonough saw many positives.
“At certain points in the game we were (in it), but we have a lot of guys that haven’t played before,” said McDonough. ‘For them it’s a little bit of a learning curve.
“We talked about getting better each day and making the next play. We have to build from it. We had opportunities and plenty of man-ups to make it a game.”
Penn Charter’s lone goal came from senior Dean Roseman, who cut the deficit to 2-1 in the first period. Roseman, a senior midfielder headed to Richmond, soon went out with a separated shoulder, a tough loss for the Quakers.
“Certainly, losing Dean Roseman didn’t help,” he said. “He’s our best midfielder. You take a guy like that out of our mix and that changes things.
“Sean played a great game. He certainly gave us a chance to win the game; that’s what we’re going to need day in and day from him. The offense will come around eventually and if the defense continues to play well we’ll be alright.”
Ryan Conrad (Virginia commit) had two goals and an assist for Loyola Blakefield while Jack Lombardo scored twice.
Loyola junior goalie Acie Newton (Brown commit) faced only three shots in the first half and closed with six saves.
Loyola Blakefield coach Jack Crawford admits his team is young, but capable. He said it may help that his team is not getting the pre-season hype.
“We did lose a good senior class,” Crawford said. “We’re young again this year.
“I think not having too much talk about you gives you a little more time to learn. This team has to learn against good competition and make mistakes. Today was an example of that, but I was happy that the work ethic was there.”
Crawford’s Dons have a murderous stretch of non-league games coming up. They host Haverford School (Ranked No. 2 in the Warrior/TopLaxRecruits.com Rankings) on Tuesday and defending Inter-Ac champion Malvern Prep (No. 19) next Saturday before meeting Long Island power St. Anthony’s (No. 5) March 21 at Penn’s Franklin Field in a night game.
“We have a tough non-league schedule as always,” Crawford said. “It seems this year it’s even tougher.
“We have Haverford and Malvern Prep and then we come back March 21 to play St. Anthony’s at Franklin Field. We have to grow up the hard way and make sure we get a lot of learning under our belts before the first league game.”
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