Feb. 26, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Senior Patrick Kennedy scored two goals and added three assists to put Loyola in position to win its home opener against Towson on Monday afternoon. The Greyhounds, however, saw a two-goal second-half advantage slip away for the second straight week in a heartbreaking 9-8 loss to the Tigers.
"We have to learn how to win games," says Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey. "I'm not taking anything away from Towson because they played a great game, but we didn't help ourselves."
Just like last week at Notre Dame, the' Hounds found themselves trailing in the game's first minute of play. In fact, Towson scored the first two goals before four unanswered from Loyola gave the `Hounds a 4-2 first-quarter lead.
Senior Andrew Spack started the run with his first goals of the season, and thanks to solid play from senior Dan Kallaugher in the face-off x, Loyola ran off back-to-back tallies in a seven-second span to go up two goals.
Towson looked as if it would close out the half with momentum, scoring with 36 seconds on the first-quarter clock. The Greyhounds, however, came right back with a strike from senior Greg Leonard to close the first stanza with a 5-3 lead.
Loyola took its biggest lead of the game midway though the second quarter when Ryan Rabidou converted on the `Hounds second man-up goal of the day. The score gave Loyola a 6-3 advantage.
That lead was shrunk to 6-5 by the half, but patient play to start the third quarter put the Greyhounds in good position again. Controlling possession, Loyola used crisp passing to find senior Dan Bauers for his second score of the day, and with 9:44 left in the third quarter, led 7-5.
Four straight Towson goals, despite some acrobatic saves from sophomore goalie Alex Peaty, gave the Tigers another two-goal lead with just under seven minutes to play. Kennedy cut the margin in half with his third goal of the afternoon, but Towson held on for the final five minutes to start its season 1-0.
Bauers added two goals in the loss, while Shane Koppens had one goal and two assists. Kallaugher picked up a team-high eight groundballs for the Greyhounds as Peaty finished with 12 saves in 60 minutes of action.
Loyola will open ECAC conference play on Saturday at Penn State. The Greyhounds finished tied for second (with Penn State) in the league last season with a 5-2 league mark. Saturday's game is slated for a 1 p.m. start.