March 26, 2011

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Loyola Rallies Past Mount St. Mary's to Snap Losing Streak

from press release

EMMITSBURG, Md. - Loyola University Maryland senior Matt Langan scored two goals and had three assists, all in the second half, as the Greyhounds rallied from a 4-2 halftime deficit to defeat host Mount St. Mary's, 14-10, in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon at Waldron Family Stadium.

The Greyhounds (4-3 overall) scored four goals in the first 5-minutes, 27-seconds of the second half, including two by Patrick Fanshaw, to go up 6-4.

Mount St. Mary's (3-4) eventually tied the game at 9-9 on a man-up goal by Bryant Schmidt with 10:30 left in regulation, but Loyola scored five of the game's last six goals to secure the win.

"Our challenge to the guys at halftime was to be physical and first to the ball, make sure that we were winning all of the loose balls," Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey said. "I think we were able to do that, especially with our wings on the face-offs. We knew that the face-offs were going to be physical battles, so we had to make sure that our wings were getting to them."

Loyola, which won just 2-of-8 face-offs in the first half, gained possession on the opening salvo at the `X' by John Schiavone. The Greyhounds were able to convert the win into a goal 1:27 later as Davis Butts rolled toward the goal after setting a screen for Mike Sawyer, took Sawyer's pass and in one motion shot from the left side to cut Mount St. Mary's lead to 4-3.

Schiavone won possession on the ensuing face-off, and after Brian Smalley drew a penalty on The Mount's Kevin Downs, Loyola scored its first extra-man goal of the afternoon. Fanshaw took a Langan pass and beat Mountaineers' goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo from in front of the crease for his second goal of the day.
 
Another Mount penalty led to Loyola's third goal of the third quarter, this time Fanshaw took a Chris Basler pass and scored, giving the Greyhounds a 5-4 advantage with 10:46 to play in the frame.

Loyola extended that lead just over a minute later, as close defender Reid Acton cleared the ball himself from the defensive end, stepped unmarked into the box and one-hopped a shot in front of DiBartolo to score his first career goal with 9:33 on the clock.

An Andrew Scalley goal 1:20 later stopped the Greyhounds' run, but the teams traded goals back-and-forth until the end of the quarter. Scalley scored again - he had a game-high four goals - with 15 ticks left before the end of the third to make it 8-7 Loyola going into the final 15 minutes.

The Mountaineers tied it up at 8-8 and eventually 9-9 with 10:30 remaining in regulation on Schmidt's extra-man goal.

Loyola went back up by two, however, within five minutes. Chris Palmer, who scored his first goal of the season earlier in the fourth quarter, took a Langan pass and gave the Greyhounds the lead for good with eight minutes even left.

Langan then hit Basler with a pass on the doorstep, and the graduate student one-timed a shot into the net for an 11-9 Loyola lead.

Scalley scored his fourth of the game with 5:22 to play, but Langan tallied a man-down goal - Loyola's second of the game and third in two weeks - with 4:53 remaining. Mike Sawyer added an extra-man goal 1:25 later on a Basler assist, and Langan tallied his second with 1:46 remaining.

Loyola outshot the Mountaineers, 34-28, and the Greyhounds put 24 of those shots on goal. The Greyhounds also held a 31-26 advantage in ground balls, 11-2 in the fourth quarter.

In addition to Langan's two goals and three assists, Fanshaw had three goals and an assist. Long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff scored a career-high three points with a goal and two assists in unsettled situations, and he had a game- and career-high six ground balls.

Mount St. Mary's got on the board first, just over four minutes into the game as Brett Schmidt curled from around the crease to score with 10:53 to play in the first quarter.

Sawyer evened the game at 1-1 6:20 later, taking a Ratliff pass in transition and burying a shot from 12 yards out.

Loyola scored again in an unsettled situation, after Ratliff picked up the ground ball following a protracted face-off win by J.P. Dalton, dishing a pass off to Fanshaw who used a stick fake to beat DiBartolo and give the Greyhounds a 2-1 advantage 32 ticks into the second quarter.

The Mount, however, scored three unanswered to end the first half, going up 4-2 when Bryant Schmidt scored from the left side with 26 seconds left in the second quarter.

Loyola returns to ECAC Lacrosse League action next Saturday when it travels to Columbus, Ohio, to face Ohio State at 1 o'clock.  (2 goals, 3 assists) and Austin Bright (3 goals).


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