Loyola Takes Down #1 Duke, 8-7

Loyola Takes Down #1 Duke, 8-7

Loyola Takes Down #1 Duke, 8-7

Loyola Takes Down #1 Duke, 8-7

San Diego, Calif. - The cardiac kids were at it again on Saturday night in San Diego. The Greyhounds, who scored two goals in the final 22 seconds of last week's win at Penn State, scored two goals in the final 73 seconds this Saturday night to defeat No. 1 Duke 8-7.

Playing the top-ranked Blue Devils in the featured match-up of the 2007 First Four Lacrosse Tournament at University of San Diego's Torero Stadium, the Greyhounds escaped with a thriller after surrendering a four-goal lead.

Loyola, which picked up 11 more groundballs than the Blue Devils, won 10-of-19 face-offs and shut the door on Duke's prolific scoring attack with outstanding goalie play from sophomore Alex Peaty, who finished the game with 12 saves.

The Greyhounds jumped out front early, scoring five of the game's first six goals. Junior Paul Richards scored first, and after an answer from Duke's Matt Danowski, the `Hounds caught fire, scoring three times in three minutes and thirty seconds.

Junior Shane Koppens started that run with his fifth goals of the season, senior Patrick Kennedy also scored his fifth goal of the year, and senior Dan Bauers notched his eight goal this season to put Loyola up by a score of 4-1 at the end of the first quarter.

The Greyhounds played a strong possession game in the second quarter, picking up key groundballs and keeping the Blue Devils off the scoreboard. Peaty played a major role in Duke's inability to score with five saves in the quarter alone. Three of those saves came at point-blank range to hold Duke to its lowest halftime score in over four years.

On the offensive side of the ball, Loyola added its fifth goal of the game with three seconds left on the first-half clock. Senior Ryan Rabidou took a feed from senior Cory Coffman and bounced a shot past Duke goalie Dan Loftus to give the Greyhounds a 5-1 edge.

Much like the second stanza, the third quarter only saw one goal, which came in the opening eight seconds of the half. Scored by Duke's Nick O'Hara, the Blue Devils cut the lead to 5-2, but once again were stymied by Loyola's defense.

Duke, however, played like the top-ranked team in the nation and never gave up. The Blue Devils rallied with five of the next six goals and just like the week before in Penn State, scored with less than five minutes left in regulation to take a one goal lead.

Trialing 7-6 with the clock winding down, the Greyhounds needed to make a play. Senior Dan Kallaugher, who gave Loyola possession with success in the face-off x all night, picked up one of his game-high 10 groundballs to get the `Hounds rolling.

With only 1:13 left on the clock, senior Andrew Spack fired a shot that embedded into the cage's back twine, and in the process, gave Loyola new life. With the crowd of more than 5,000 cheering on the Greyhounds, Loyola regained possession for senior Greg Leonard's last-second heroics.

Leonard scored with 38 seconds left in regulation and Peaty secured the win with a save with three ticks on the clock to give the `Hounds their second straight come-from-behind victory in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter.

The win improves Loyola's record to 2-2 this season and drops Duke to 4-1. The Greyhounds, who are 1-0 in the ECAC, return to conference play next week when they host St. John's at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

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Anyway is OK
    by (#118477) on 3/11/07 @9:19AM
The Greyhounds were always ambitious and dedicated. Sometimes Loyola never seemed to get a break. It would appear this year, their luck or pluck is timely.
I've always felt that winning the close games is crucial b/c there will be blowouts either way but those close ones make or break the season.
Now I'll travel to Baltimore for the JHU v Loyola clash in May ( live in Canada )
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cardiac kids...
    by (#16732) on 3/11/07 @10:46AM
nice nickname. and alex peatey was amazing.
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Congratulations Loyola & Charlie Toomey!
    by (#136419) on 3/11/07 @10:46AM
I think Charlie Toomey is going to do a great job at Loyola throughout the years. Loyola is his alma mater, so I am sure that being the head coach there is very special to him. I have met Charlie several times, and I think he is a class act. I always love to see the nice guys do well.
Good luck to Charlie and his team the rest of this season!
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    by (#153670) on 3/11/07 @2:22PM
Didn't see this one coming... at all...
4th week in arrow that the #1 seed has lost? What a great season of lacrosse this is turning out to be =]
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    by (#154391) on 3/11/07 @2:36PM
It doesnt matter duke needed to be beaten by a team like this to finally see that they cant go on thinkn all the teams like loyola can not beat them. I am still calling DUke winning the NAtional Championship..... Congrats to loyola tho ...GO DUKE!
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If Duke Wins It All
    by (#136419) on 3/11/07 @2:59PM
They should freakin' make a movie out of it! Talk about one moment in time. How many times before has a team in any sport had their season cancelled and then come back the next season and win it all. What do you all think?
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just what i was thinking
    by (#154646) on 3/11/07 @3:45PM
Duke will do really well but they needed a wake up call like you said. They come into the season good and then after the maryland game they probably thought it would be an easy ride. Last few minutes of the game were crazy. awesome event. it was super fun to be there.
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    by (#152264) on 3/12/07 @9:55AM
I agree, Dukes gunna take it all this year. There will be a movie about it in the next couple of years.
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Cory Coffman 4 president
    by (#92232) on 3/11/07 @4:10PM
RHS 98
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1 Photo for this game?
    by (#65281) on 3/12/07 @11:33AM
Whats the deal with only 1 photo? I would also like to see some of the after game shots more then game action shots.

This is the year for DUKE... and i agree with whoever said they needed this loss to wake them up. Now it is time for Biz... look for the rest of the season to be dominated by the blue devils!
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Predicting the unknowable
    by (#118477) on 3/12/07 @7:37PM
Re: Duke as National Champs.
I'm not saying it can't be done. however, for several years I kept waiting for Md to make it big. With the Ritz bros and Walters etc and Alford in goal, every year was in doubt when Md came to play JHU. Perhaps Md might be the biggest story for the last few years, most potential for average results.
I still think in a one game knock-out tourney as in NCAA finals you need to play some very good and very lucky lacrosse to get through. Exception ! Last year Va had so much octane in the tank they looked good. with their team play and speed they turned out awesome.
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