Loyola vs. Johns Hopkins
May 4, 2002
The Game Story:
BALTIMORE - Matt Hanna and Conor Ford scored early fourth-quarter goals to help Johns Hopkins break open a tight game and goalie Nick Murtha had 15 saves as the top-ranked Blue Jays defeated No. 11 Loyola, 8-4, in a men's lacrosse game played before 4,116 at Curley Field Saturday afternoon.

Ford scored a game-high three goals for Johns Hopkins (11-1), including one with 9:48 left in the game that gave the Blue Jays a 7-3 lead. Kevin Roy scored an extra-man goal for Loyola (9-4) two minutes later to pull the Greyhounds within three goals, but Ford scored again in transition after a Loyola turnover with just under five minutes left to put the game away.

Johns Hopkins led 2-0 after a tight first quarter thanks to goals by Ford early in the quarter and Kyle Barrie late in the first 15 minutes. Loyola's Jim Fink pulled the Greyhounds within 2-1 early in the second quarter when his outside shot beat Murtha, but Bobby Benson then scored on a rebound 29 seconds later to give the Blue Jays a 3-1 lead. Stephen Brundage's shovel of a Loyola rebound with 6:31 left in the first half pulled Loyola within 3-2 at halftime.

Ryan Fisher pulled the Greyhounds within 4-3 on a unassisted goal with 9:05 left in the third quarter, but Barrie then scored what might have been the biggest goal of the game on a dodge from the left side less than three minutes later.

Fink led the Greyhounds with a goal and an assist. Loyola's four goals were its fewest in a game since a 6-4 loss to UMBC in April 1987. The Greyhounds averaged 12 oals in their nine regular-season victories and less than six goals in their four regular-season losses.

Barrie added two goals for Hopkins, which defeated Loyola for the 37th time in 40 meetings between the teams and for the third straight season. Blue Jay freshman Kyle Harrison also dominated the faceoff "X," winning 13 of the game's 16 faceoffs while also scoring an early second-half goal.

The loss to the Blue Jays, the likely No. 1 seed in the 2002 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship when those bids are announced Sunday, was Loyola's second loss to a top-ranked team this season. The Greyhounds' first defeat this year came at then-top-ranked Syracuse April 6.