The game started off the way one would think, with Loyola going up 2-0 in the first seven minutes. The first goal was netted by Michael Sullivan off of a backside feed from Gunnar Goettlemann. However, UMass surprised the crowd and their opponents when they put in back to back goals at 3:20 and 2:54. Scoring the first was John Madigan who had two on the day. Jeremy Guski picked up the second when he rifled a shot over Born's shoulder on a Madigan feed, ending the quarter in a 2-2 tie. UMass went up 3-2 when Madigan and Gabrielli hooked up on a pretty give and go. Loyola, who looked a little shaken, quickly retaliated off of a pretty five hole shot that found its way past UMass goalie Campolettano. It was at 2:12 when UMass took its second lead of the game, with assist master Gabrielli feeding Kevin Levielle to put UMass up 5-4. Loyola, much to their credit, battled back and found themselves something to rally around when Fields split his man on the corner and bounced one in with :11 left in the half.
After playing so well in the first half, UMass fell apart in the second. The bleeding started when Pete Haas took a groundball off of the face and shot a rocket past Campolettano. Just thirty seconds later, Tim Goettlemann found himself in front of the crease with a loose ball, giving Loyola a 7-5 lead. The tourniquet was finally applied when Alex Racioppi scored back to back goals cutting the lead to two. The Hounds started to run again at 2:12 of the third and didn't stop until 7:52 of the fourth, capping a nine goal run and giving them a commanding 20-8 lead. UMass was just unable to recover from the endless barrage and found themselves looking around and wondering what happened to the first half.
Loyola vs. Massachusetts