April 23, 2011

Loyola Wins Fifth Straight, Clinches ECAC's No. 2 Seed with Victory over Hobart

from press release

BALTIMORE – Four Loyola University Maryland players scored two goals each, and the No. 20/19 Greyhounds clinched a bid to the first-ever ECAC Lacrosse League Championships with an 11-8 victory over visiting Hobart on Senior Day at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday.

Hobart's Mike White tied the game at 8-8 with just eight second to go in the third quarter, and it looked like the teams would head to the final period deadlocked, but John Schiavone won the ensuing face-off to himself, ran into the box and dished a pass to Mike Sawyer who was camped seven yards from the goal on the left side.

Saywer ripped a shot into the upper right corner for his second of the game to put Loyola (8-3 overall, 4-2 ECAC) in front for good with four ticks left in the third quarter.

The victory was the Greyhounds' fifth in a row and clinched the No. 2 seed for the ECAC Championships that will be held May 5-7 in Denver, Colo. Loyola will play the No. 3 seed Fairfield in the semifinals. The Stags clinched their spot in the Championships with a victory Saturday at Ohio State.

Loyola added two fourth-quarter goals by Scott Ratliff and Chris Basler, and the Greyhounds held the Statesmen (5-8, 2-3) scoreless on eight shots in the period, to provide the final margin.

"I thought that we came out and moved the ball very well today," Head Coach Charley Toomey said. "Coach (Dan) Chemotti made that a point of emphasis this week, and we did a good job of making sure that we made the extra pass."

Sawyer, Matt Langan, Stephen Murray and Patrick Fanshaw each scored twice, and Fanshaw led the Greyhounds with three points, notching an assist on Murray's extra-man goal.

Hobart scored first when Cam Stone recorded the first of his game-high three goals on a man-up tally 2:18 into play, but the Greyhounds reeled off three consecutive by Langan, Sawyer and Murray to lead 3-1 with 5:10 to play in the first.

The Statesmen tied it at 3-3, however, as Alex Love scored late in the first, and Chris Pedersen found the net 1:16 into the second quarter.

The score remained tied for more nearly eight minutes until Langan came from behind the cage and around a Sawyer screen to beat Hobart goalie Jon Lawless stick-side high with 6:00 on the clock.

Loyola struck next on the EMO as Chris Basler slipped a pass to Fanshaw, and the sophomore scored his first of the contest.

Murray used a face dodge at the top of the box to get space down the left alley and score with 2:27 to go in the half.

Greyhounds' goalie Jake Hagelin made a clean save of a Hobart shot and sent an outlet pass over the top to Ratliff who flipped it to Fanshaw, and he scored in transition with 1:19 to go, giving Loyola a 7-3 advantage.

Hobart would close the gap to three when Stone scored just nine seconds later, and the team went to the locker room at halftime with the Greyhounds on top, 7-4.

Stone's goal ignited a 4-0 Hobart rally that was capped by Sam Miller's lone goal of the afternoon at 4:36 in the third quarter, tying the game at 7-7. Miller entered the game with a team-high 25 goals.

Davis Butts put Loyola back in front by a goal, 8-7, scoring with a low shot after a dodge from the left side.

White tied things again for the Statesmen with eight seconds to go in the third, but the draw would be short-lived before Sawyer's go-ahead goal.

Hagelin made seven saves for the Greyhounds who outshot the Statesmen, 41-30. Lawless made his first start of the season and finished with 14 saves.

The Greyhounds have one final regular-season game left on the schedule before heading to Denver for the league championships. Loyola will travel a short distance down Charles Street to play at Johns Hopkins next Saturday at 2 p.m.


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