Loyola Out-runs Hofstra, 16-12

Loyola Out-runs Hofstra, 16-12

Loyola Out-runs Hofstra, 16-12

Loyola Out-runs Hofstra, 16-12

Loyola's speed proved too much to handle as they won a close battle with Hofstra with a score of 16-12. The difference in this one was Loyola's ability to capitalize on odd man rushes that were created by very impressive speed at the midfield. Hofstra looked like it was going to make a late game rush before they were penalized on a controversial play which put them man-down and eventually out of the game.

Mike Battista opened the scoring by putting home a feed right in front of the net as Gavin Prout faced dodged his man and drew another. Prout put in another shortly after on an opportunistic bouncing ball in front of the crease. Hofstra wasn't about to roll over and came back with two of their own. First Scott Dooley backed in from behind the net and hit Joe Kostolansky for a slam dunk and then Dooley face dodged his man from goal line extended before scoring as there was no slide. Loyola's big attackman, figuratively and literally, Tim Goettlemann danced through three defenseman to put his team back on top 3-2. On the next face-off Peter Haas gave a mini clinic on how to shoot on the run. He burned down the field at full speed, he's fast, and shot the ball opposite hip like good coaches always taught him. Hofstra was not to be outdone and Doug Shanahan had to give Loyola a taste of the cannon. Shanahan can shoot the ball a ton and he let one go from the restraining line to bring his team within one. Hofstra put another one in to tie it up at four at the end of the quarter.

In the beginning of the second quarter they started where they left off. Loyola went up by two and then Hofstra tied it up. Loyola pulled away a bit as the second half ended with the score of 10-8. It could have been worse however, Hofstra goalie Michael Demeo absolutely stoned a loyola middie who had beaten his man and took a shot from only fourteen feet out.

The teams traded goals again in the third as Loyola held on to the two goal cushion ending it with a 13-11 tally. It was only due to some unlikely heroics as Joe Barile threw a bounce shot lefty from five yards inside the restraining line with one second on the clock. The shot hit the upper right hand corner with pin point accuracy.

Going into the third quarter the Hofstra squad looked as if it was poised to make a late game rush with a second wind. Shanahan caught a Loyola midfielder breaking out on a clearing pass. While the player was looking back and catching a buddy pass he stood him up with a clean body check that sent the ball out of bounds. Instead of gaining possession for his team Shanahan was sent to the box for a high check. The call was ridiculous and it sealed Hofstra's fate as Loyola capitalized on the man-up to go up 14-11.

Settled offense for these two teams was basically a wash. Loyola's transition was the difference as they moved their bodies and the ball too quickly for Hofstra to recover. Loyola's midfielders are extremely fast and create many odd man rushes. They scored two thirds of their goals standing in front of the goal on feeds whether it took one, two, or three quick passes. A notable performance was supplied by the longstick and longhaired middie Brian Spallina. He was out there for Hofstra hounding Loyola's offensive players all day and was quite impressive.

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Terms
    by (#86) on 3/04/00 @7:00PM
I actually find myself agreeing with loafer on this one: "odd man rush" is an ice hockey term...lets keep it that way. In lacrosse, Mike, it's "uneven situation" or "unsettled situation."
I know it's still hockey season, but lets not mix terms, huh?
 
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    by (#751) on 3/08/00 @7:29AM
The article was kind to Hofstra, a team with talent who sure didn't show it vs. Loyola. The whole team looked flat. I was disappointed with the lack of defensive slides and incredible sloppy passing and missed clears. I'm rooting for them, but, the Dutch need to show more intensity overall, be more assertive on offense, play some defense and learn how to catch the ball - if they're going to get by JH this Sat.
 
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