The Loyola Greyhounds dominated the face off circle today in South Bend to control the tempo of their game with the Fighting Irish to escape with a last minute 9-8 win. The two young teams matched up indoors in the Loftus Fieldhouse due to the slow thaw in the Midwest. However, the turf selection gave no team a decided advantage. Notre Dame is still looking for its first win at home against the Greyhounds, while Loyola has escaped from South Bend with a quick score for a second year. Last year, Mike Sullivan scored on a rebound in the second OT period to nudge the Irish 7-6. This year it was freshmen Chris Georgales (1G) and Chris Summers (2G,3A) combining to score the game winner at 0:41. The Irish did not play dead, and took the ensuing faceoff, called timeout and set their offense. They went behind the cage, and drew their middies across the crease. Owen Mulford was fed, and the pipe once again helped Hound goalie Mark Bloomquist. The rebound was buried in a scrum and the ball dribbled out as time expired, as shown in bottom two photos below. Loyola 9, Notre Dame 8.
Loyola won the faceoff to begin the game and the face is where the Irish need to work for Loyola took 17 of the 21 faces, and won all of then in the 2nd and 4th quarters, cutting the possession time for the Irish. If you don’t have the ball, you can’t score. Even with this deficiency, the Irish battled back from a four goal deficit, and only conceded a four goal streak of Loyola’s in 4 minutes of the second quarter, and then countered with their own 4-goal streak spanning the 3rd and 4th quarters.
At 13:26, Loyola opened the scoring when Steve Brundage came around the right of the cage and faked to freeze his defender, and then quickly dished off a perfect pass to Summer, who beat Irish keeper Stew Crosland. Both team defenses played well with their midfield units exerting heavy pressure of the potential cutters. Loyola was whistled first with a penalty and successfully defended their first man down situation, but on the ensuing clear, they lost the ball when the Irish rode them, hard and caused a 10 second clearing call. This year’s Irish like to ride and they like to ride hard. Unfortunately, when moving the ball upfield, a poor pass from Matt Howell to Pat Walsh resulted in a turnover back to the Hounds at 7:53. Half a minute later, Summers played the role of assistant and fed sophomore Michigan native John Halip on Crosland’s right, and Halip converted at 7:14 to put Loyola up 2-0. ND countered with a goal from Dan berger at the 3:29 mark off an assist from Walsh and two minutes later, Brian Giordano nailed a hard solo shot to beat Bloomquist and tie the game at 2-2. Giordano is a strong shooter and has a quick windup when shooting, even when crossing the goal 15 yards out, as he did with this score.. The Irish had other scoring opportunities that went awry, their strong middie shooter, Travis Wells, was off the mark today as most of his shots sailed wide. In the late stages of the quarter, Howell was fed in front of the net, but was held so that he could only get off a soft push shot that was caught by Bloomquist.
The first minutes of the second quarter saw just normal play and possessions, with the Irish breaking one of the Hounds’ clears. At 11:50, the Hounds bit back when Gunnar Goettleman fed Brundage, who was on Crosland’s right, and Brundage nailed the corner to make it 3-2. A slashing penalty gave Loyola an EMO minute at 10:20, but they could not convert. Neither team had luck with their EMO;s today, with Loyola going 0 for 3 and the Irish going 0-4. At 8:51, Loyola went up 4-2 when Joey Case took the ball from behind the cage, and rolled forward, turning himself and two men covering him twice (shown in the picture below), and hitting a jump shot to beat Crosland. Summers then fed Goettleman with a quick burst off the faceoff and Goettlemen buried Crosland, 5-2. At 7:33 Goettleman fed into a pile to hit Matt White, and he converted, 6-2. The Irish pressed, but a close shot by Giordano went wide as he was illegally body checked and the flags flew. The Irish could not convert the penalty due to the left pipe making a timely save during this man down. Another hard shot by Giordano was turned away by Bloomquist’s leg. Whenever Loyola comes to Indiana, their goalies get a nasty mojo working on them. Bloomquist had help twice from the pipes today and he had two hard stick rebound saves that went straight to a Hound. At 1:19, Walsh converted for the Irish after Howell fed him behind the net, and Walsh came around the left of the crease, curled and shot from his open side to narrow the gap to 6-3 and end the first half.
Loyola scored first in the 3rd quarter at 12:23 when Goettleman was standing 3 yards from Crosland and buried an opposite corner shot, 7-3. Brendan Creaney of the Irish initiated a fast break, bringing it upfield and passing to Matt Howell, who fed Dan Berger to narrow the gap to 7-4. At 4:44, a broken clear on the part of the Irish resulted in a goal for the Hounds. LSM John Souch had pulled the ball out of a pile and turned to go upfield, when his pocket was picked. Brundage fed Summers, who beat Crosland, 8-4. At 1:29, the Irish began their comeback when Howell found Owen Mulford in front of the net to narrow it to 8-5. The Irish won the faceoff, brought it down and at 0:41, Matt Ryan fed Dan Berger who unleashed a rocket shot to hit the upper right corner of the net, 8-6 and ended the scoring for the third quarter.
The fourth quarter began and neither team could mount a solid attack, so the two teams traded possessions and the times ND did shoot, Bloomquist was there to stop them; he stopped a hard point blank shot by Steve Clagett. Notre Dame scored at 7:22 with Pat Walsh finding Mulford open running toward the crease to make it 8-7. ND held the ball for much of the next 5 minutes, and their attack appeared to focus on Howell starting behind the net. Coming right and diving in front while shooting. One shot went wide as he was pushed, and Loyola went man down at 3:14 for 30 ticks, but another shot after the penalty was saved, at 2:35. went in to tie the game at 8-8. Loyola won the face and called time out, but their set up was hasty and the ball dribbled over the end line on a pass. ND ball at 2:05 and brought it up where Wells, Giordano and Walsh were working it around. The ball was fed to Howell, who again (as shown in the bottom two pictures of the right column below) came around the right and went low on a dive. He was pushed into the crease and Bloomquist made a stick save and the crease violation gave the ball back to the Hounds. At 0:41, Loyola was circling the ND cage and Summer fed fellow freshman Georgales to beat Crosland. 9-8. In the faceoff, Loyola’s Ryan Radonis used a backward rake to beat Irish middie Craig Bishko. However, Bishko was quick on his feet and ragged Radonis whilst he was chasing the ball, knocking it from his stick. ND gained possession and called timeout at 0:31. The opened up with a feed to Mulford who had a lot of smoke on his shot, but it was off the mark and hit the pipe. The ball rebounded to the top of the crease and it was buried by a pile of players. Loyola escaped with a 9-8 win.
Hounds coach Bill Dirrgl praised Notre Dame for its effort, “ We tried to contain Walsh and Howell, two great players, with the capability to hurt you anytime. They [the Irish] might have lost the game today, but Loyola and Notre Dame are very equal teams. We might have easily lost the game as won it. We were lucky to win it. We bounced back from the Duke loss with a great week of practice. When we were up 8-4 I kept on telling my players that we have to bury the ball and ND just kept it in. It was a good hard-fought game.” Loyola takes on Brown at home next week, while ND travels to Hofstra.
|Patrick Walsh||(1, 2)|
|Matt Howell||(1, 2)|
|Dan Berger||(3, 0)|
|Owen Mulford||(2, 0)|
|Brian Giordano||(1, 0)|
|Matt Ryan||(0, 1)|
|Stewart Crosland||8 (0.471)|