Loyola vs. Sacred Heart
April 16, 2003
The Game Story:
BALTIMORE (April 16)--Jim Fink had two goals and an assist, including one each in a 7-1 Loyola run that spanned the second and third quarters, and Ryan Radonis won 19 of 22 faceoff attempts to lead the No. 16 Greyhounds to a 12-10 win over Sacred Heart in a men's lacrosse game played at Curley Field Wednesday afternoon.

Loyola (6-4), which broke a three-game losing streak, trailed 2-1 after the first quarter but then scored three times in a 1:12 span midway through the second quarter to take a 4-2 lead on a Stephen Brundage goal with 5:31 left in the half. After Ben Giamichael scored for Sacred Heart (5-6) less than a minute after Brundage's goal, the Greyhounds got goals from Gunnar Goettelmann and Grant Halford in the final two minutes of the half to take a 6-3 halftime lead.

The Greyhounds then extended their lead to five goals early in the second half, getting goals from Nino Othman and Chris Summers in the first five minutes of the half to take an 8-3 lead.

Giamichael led the Pioneers with three goals, while Stephen Grabow had two goals and Erick Perez had a goal and four assists. Sacred Heart trailed 12-7 after Joey Case scored for Loyola with 6:29 left but scored the final three goals of the game, including goals from James Delmonico and Giamichael in the final 42 seconds.

Goettelmann, Brundage and Othman each added two goals for Loyola, which defeated the Pioneers for the second straight year. Loyola outshot Sacred Heart 39-29, including 18-11 in the first half, and also had 39 groundballs to just 26 for the Pioneers.

Fink scored the game's first goal 1:07 into the first quarter to give the Greyhounds the lead, but Giamichael and Perez scored for Sacred Heart to give the Pioneers a 2-1 lead after one. The Pioneers briefly got back within one, 4-3, on Giamichael's goal with 4:36 left in the first half, but never got any closer.

Radonis dominated the faceoff "X" for Loyola, winning the first 16 faceoffs of the game through the first two-and-a-half quarters. The senior, who ranks second nationally in faceoff percentage and first in groundballs per game, had a game-high 12 groundballs.

Sacred Heart goalie Thomas Hind had 14 saves to help keep the Pioneers in the game. The Pioneers also converted on two of their four extra-man opportunities.