Hobart vs. Loyola
April 20, 2013
The Game Story:
GENEVA, N.Y.—First-year faceoff specialist Charlie Sipe enjoyed his best performance of the season and junior attackman Alex Love continued his prolific scoring season, but eighth-ranked Loyola University proved to be too much for the Hobart College. The Greyhounds got a game-high six points from senior attackman Mike Sawyer in a 19-11 ECAC Lacrosse League victory on Boswell Field.

Sipe won a season-high 20 faceoffs and scooped up a game- and career-high 13 ground balls. Love recorded his 19th career hat trick and raised his season goal total to 45, the most goals by a Statesman since 1991. Senior midfielder Jake Silberlicht and junior attackman Jake McHenry added a pair of goals each. Junior attackman Cam Stone and sophomore midfielder Zach Reed both chipped in a goal and an assist . Senior defenseman Reid Rosello recorded three caused turnovers, stretching his Hobart season record to 24.

Hobart (6-7, 2-4) junior goalie Peter Zonino stopped 14 of the 31 shots he faced in 55 minutes. Senior Jon Lawless made one save in relief.

Sawyer hit the back of the net four times and set up two other scorers. First-year attackman Zach Herreweyers registered five points on three goals and two assists while junior attackman Justin Ward had three goals and an assist. Senior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff produced team-highs of six ground balls and three caused turnovers, in addition to scoring twice and earning an assist.

Loyola (10-3, 6-1) junior goalie Jack Runkel made eight saves in 45 minutes to earn the win. First-year goalie Jimmy Joe Granito made one stop in the fourth quarter.

Loyola needed just two and a half minutes to build a 3-0 lead. Herreweyers, senior midfielder Sean O'Sullivan, and Ward scored in succession following three straight faceoff wins by sophomore Blake Burkhart. Another three-goal burst at the end of the quarter gave the visitors a 6-0 lead after 15 minutes.

Hobart came storming back with five straight goals to start the second quarter. Stone got the Statesmen on the board with a shot over Runkel's right shoulder. After goals by sophomore midfielder Branden Kessler and McHenry, Love scored back-to-back unassisted goals to get Hobart within one with 4:24 remaining in the half.

Ratliff righted the ship for the Greyhounds. He unleashed a laser from 15 yards out to finish off a Loyola clear. Sawyer put in two more before the break, giving the visitors a 9-5 halftime lead.

The 'Hounds carried that momentum into the third quarter, scoring the first four goals of the frame. Ratliff and Sawyer both notched two points in the run.

The Statesmen continued to battle, netting three of the final four goals of the third quarter to make it a 14-8 game entering the final 15 minutes.

It was still a six-goal game following Silberlicht's second score of the day at the 8:58 mark, but Loyola squashed any hope of a comeback with four of the next five goals.

Loyola outshot Hobart 49-35 and committed eight fewer turnovers than the Statesmen (15-23). Hobart edged the Greyhounds 34-32 in ground balls and enjoyed a 20-12 advantaged at the faceoff X. Loyola was 2-of-5 with the extra man while the Statesmen were 2-of-6.

The loss, coupled with Fairfield's 10-9 upset of top-ranked Denver and Ohio State's 10-9 win over Air Force, eliminated Hobart from playoff contention. The four-team ECAC Tournament field is set. The Pioneers, Greyhounds, Stags, and Buckeyes will travel to Geneva May 2 and May 4. Final seeding will be determined by next Saturday's league games.

The Statesmen will wrap up the season on Saturday, April 27 when they visit Air Force (6-7, 1-5).