TOWSON, Md. - The Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse trio of Zach Herreweyers, Nikko Pontrello and Brian Sherlock accounted for 11 of the Greyhounds' 15 goals, and Loyola defeated host Towson University, 15-11, on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference action.
Herreweyers scored a career-high five, while Pontrello and Sherlock each added three. Tyler Albrecht tallied two goals and an assist, and Pontrello had two assists, as well.
Loyola (2-1 overall) jumped out to a 4-0 lead behind two goals each by Herreweyers and Sherlock, the second Herreweyers tally coming at 9:29 in the first quarter. He closed out the first quarter with a hat trick, scoring with four seconds remaining to put the Greyhounds in front, 6-2, headed into the second quarter.
Towson (1-1) scored back-to-back goals to start the second with Andrew Hodgson pulling the Tigers within a pair, 6-4, at 10:48.
Both teams misfired off cage following a Loyola faceoff win, and after the Tigers' shot went wide, Albrecht beat the Towson offensive player to the spot and won possession back for the Greyhounds. On the other end of the field, Zach Sirico rolled the crease and scored from the doorstep, recording his first collegiate goal at 8:04.
The Tigers, however, came right back to make it a two-goal game and Pat Conroy won the faceoff and fed Joe Seider for a goal seven ticks of the clock later.
Herreweyers, however, scored his fourth of the half at 7:16, to put Loyola up, 8-5. Towson responded just under six minutes later with a Spencer Parks goal at 1:34.
On the ensuing faceoff, Albrecht fired off the wing line, picked up the ground ball from a Brendan Donovan restart win. Albrecht ran into the box and fired a goal at 1:27, giving Loyola a 9-6 advantage it would take into halftime.
Grant Limone made his collegiate debut in goal to start the second half for Loyola, and he quickly saved the first shot he saw, an interior attempt by Seider off an unsettled situation. The Greyhounds cleared the ball successfully, but their first four shots did not fall offensively. Sherlock, however, buried his third of the game to record his second career hat trick.
Loyola made it three unanswered to start the third quarter as Jay Drapeau scored the first of his collegiate career, and Pontrello scored on an extra man for the second time off a Romar Dennis assist.
Pontrello's goal made it 12-6 Greyhounds at 9:47 before Towson scored two in a row midway through the third.
Hodgson sliced the Towson deficit to 12-8 at 3:53, but Pontrello recorded his 16th career hat trick with a goal 91 seconds before the third quarter's expiration.
Albrecht whipped in a backhanded goal from the front of the crease off Pontrello's second assist of the day 1:34 into the second, and Herreweyers recorded his fifth and final goal with 7:48 remaining in regulation. Limone, who finished with six saves, started that play with a clean save, and he sent an over-the-top outlet pass to Ryan Fournier who carried the ball into the offensive end before feeding Herreweyers, putting Loyola in front, 15-8.
The Tigers tacked on the game's three final goals in the last 3:03, and while they had a 45-38 advantage in shots taken, Loyola placed 21 of its 38 on goal to Towson's 19.
Donovan came up big for the Greyhounds on the faceoff `X,' winning 10-of-13 restarts.
Parks had a game-high seven points with three goals and four assists for the Tigers, and Seider scored four goals and had an assist.
In addition to Albrecht's five ground balls, Jack Carrigan and Sirico each had four, and Carrigan caused two turnovers.
Loyola has a quick turnaround before its next game. It hosts College of the Holy Cross at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21.