BALTIMORE - Eleventh-ranked Towson University held No. 5 Loyola University Maryland scoreless in the third quarter, the first time this season the Greyhounds have not scored during a period, and the Tigers used that momentum to capture a 10-8 non-conference win on Wednesday at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Romar Dennis scored back-to-back unassisted goals in the second quarter to give Loyola (3-1 overall) a 5-3 advantage, but Towson (4-0) got within one when Mike Lynch scored off a Tyler Young feed 2:10 before halftime.
Joe Seider, who had a game-high four goals, then scored 3:21 into the third quarter and again with 7:46 left in the stanza, tying the game for Towson on the first and giving the Tigers a 6-5 advantage on the second.
His two goals were part of a larger 5-0 Towson run that saw it eventually lead 8-5 when Ben McCarty scored his first of two fourth-quarter goals at 10:09.
Loyola rallied quickly, scoring 1:22 later when Brian Sherlock sent a pass from right to left to Tyler Albrecht on the high left side. Albrecht’s sidearm shot went opposite stickside on Towson goalkeeper Tyler White and inside the far past to get Loyola within two.
The Greyhounds came out of an unsettled situation minutes later when Dennis picked up a ground ball. Zack Sirico fed Jordan Germershausen on the crease for his second goal of the game at 6:08, and Loyola was down just 8-7.
McCarthy, however, scored again, this time getting topside on the right to hit his second of the game with 5:00 left.
Loyola responded with a goal 41 seconds later after Albrecht won the ground ball on the faceoff. Dennis slipped a pass to Sherlock who stuck a shot just inside the upper right corner of the goal, and Loyola trailed by one, 9-8, with 4:19 on the clock.
Towson had another answer as Tyler Young fed Spencer Parks inside for a goal at 3:25, and the Tigers were able to hold the Greyhounds off the board for the remainder of the game.
White came up big in the goal for Towson, making 16 saves, 10 in the first half, as Loyola outshot Towson 41-33 overall.
Dennis, Pat Spencer and Germershausen each scored twice for Loyola with Germershausen’s goals being the first of his career.
Loyola also won the ground-ball battle, picking up 32 to Towson’s 19. Ryan Fournier led Loyola with five ground balls. Loyola also committed just eight turnovers to the Tigers’ 11.
The Greyhounds get back into Patriot League action on Saturday, March 5, when they travel to Worcester, Massachusetts, to face College of the Holy Cross at 1 p.m.