BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland scored four goals in the third quarter while holding No. 9 Georgetown scoreless for the first time in a period all season, and the No. 8 Greyhounds rolled on to an 11-6 non-conference victory on Saturday afternoon on Awalt Field at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The win is Loyola's fifth-straight, marking the first time since March 3-31, 2007, that the Greyhounds have won five in a row.
"This team prepares for games as well as any team I've ever coaches," Head Coach Charley Toomey said. "They put in the time in the office watching film, and they buy into their scouting reports. We are becoming a good practice team, too, with the way that we're preparing for games on the field."
Tied 4-4 at halftime, Collin Finnerty took a Taylor Ebsary pass on the right side and ripped his third goal of the game, putting Loyola (8-2 overall) in front with 11:50 to play.
Matt Langan added a goal 51 seconds later, as he curled around the crease and slipped a shot past C.T. Fisher.
Eric Lusby then scored a pair of goals over a 1-minute, 24-second stretch - on assists by Cooper MacDonnell and Chris Basler - to stake the Greyhounds to an 8-4 lead with 8:34 to go in the third.
Georgetown (7-4) snapped a 19:30 scoreless stretch early in the fourth quarter as Travis Comeau caught a Scott Kocis pass on the right side of the crease and scored his only goal of the game with 12:31 to play.
Loyola, however, responded almost right away. Stephen Murray found Chris Hurst on the right side, and the senior midfielder scored his second goal of the game, 1:58 after Comeau's. Hurst's two-goal game was the second of his career with the first coming just two weeks ago against Ohio State.
MacDonnell pushed Loyola's lead to five with 4:49 remaining, making a strong dodge after a Langan pass.
Max Seligmann added an unassisted tally for the Hoyas 48 ticks later, but MacDonnell recorded his third goal of the game with 3:25 on the clock, providing the final difference.
Although the Hoyas outshot the Greyhounds, 41-32, Loyola had a strong advantage in just about every other statistical category.
Loyola recorded more ground balls (45-33), saves (14-7) and faceoff wins (15-5), and the Greyhounds were a perfect 24-of-24 when clearing the ball. The 45 ground balls were a season-high for Loyola, and it was the first time this season the Greyhounds did not have a turnover on a clearing attempt.
Jake Hagelin had his fourth-straight game with 13 or more saves for Loyola, tallying 14 on the afternoon. Hagelin now has 56 saves in the Greyhounds' last four games.
Steve Layne matched his career-high with five ground balls, and he added two caused turnovers. He had primary defensive responsibility for Dowd, the Hoyas' leading scorer, holding him to a single goal.
John Schiavone won 15-of-20 faceoffs for Loyola, and he tied Steve Dircks for team-high honors with six ground balls. Kyle Cottrell matched up defensive with Comeau who had 19 goals entering the game, but Cottrell limited him to one.
"I thought that we won our defensive matchups today," Toomey said. "Steve Layne, Kyle Cottrell and Steve Dircks did an excellent job in their matchups, and the rest of our defensive unit was terrific."
Four players scored multiple goals, led by three each from MacDonnell and Finnerty. Six players recorded assists, and Ebsary had two.
MacDonnell opened scoring less than three minutes in, taking a Lusby pass and curling around the crease for the first goal. Rickey Mirabito, who tied with Seligmann to lead Georgetown with a pair of goals, evened the score at 1-1 with 11:02 to play in the first quarter.
Back-to-back goals by Finnerty and Hurst put Loyola up 3-1 before Seligmann and Mirabito tied it up at 3-3 for Georgetown.
Finnerty tallied his second of the game with 3:26 to go before halftime, but Craig Dowd evened it up going into the locker room with a tally 2:01 before the break.
Georgetown's six goals were the fewest this season by the Hoyas and just the second time (9 vs. St. John's) that they were held under 10. Loyola's man-down defense held the Georgetown EMO unit scoreless on four opportunities.
Loyola returns to ECAC Lacrosse League action with a pair of road games over the next two weeks. The Greyhounds travel to Hobart for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, April 24, and they then take on Denver on Sunday, May 2, at 1 p.m. (Mountain Time).
Photography by Joe Caulfield.
|Cooper Macdonnell||(3, 1)|
|Collin Finnerty||(3, 0)|
|Taylor Ebsary||(0, 2)|
|Eric Lusby||(2, 0)|
|Matt Langan||(1, 1)|
|Chris Hurst||(2, 0)|
|Stephen Murray||(0, 1)|
|Kevin Moriarty||(0, 1)|
|Chris Basler||(0, 1)|
|Jake Hagelin||14 (0.700)|