Second Half Run Propels #10 Men's Lacrosse Past Bellarmine

March 3, 2010

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Loyola University Maryland used a pair of 4-0 second-half runs to outscore host Bellarmine, 11-4, after halftime, and the 10th-ranked Greyhounds went on to a 14-8 ECAC Lacrosse League victory on Wednesday afternoon at Owsley Frazier Stadium.

Trailing 5-4 at halftime, Collin Finnerty scored less than three minutes into the second half, tying the game and starting Loyola's run.

Patrick Fanshaw and Eric Lusby added goals for the Greyhounds (3-0 overall, 2-0 ECAC) over the next two minutes, and Finnerty tallied another goal with 10:13 remaining to cap the stretch with Loyola on top, 7-4.

Bellarmine (3-2, 0-1) rallied to within a goal, 7-6, as Sean Doyle scored with 5:04 to play in the third, but Finnerty score his career-high fifth goal with time expiring in the quarter to give the Greyhounds an 8-6 advantage starting the fourth.

Finnerty's fifth goal increased his career-best by one. He has scored four goals on three occasions, the last coming on April 25, 2009, against Hobart.

His final tally also ignited a second 4-0 run for the Greyhounds. Lusby scored twice, wrapped J.P. Dalton's first goal of the season, to put Loyola ahead, 11-6, with 9:54 remaining in the game.

Doyle scored again for the Knights, paring the Greyhounds advantage back to four with 6:49 left, but Fanshaw scored his second and third goals of the game at 5:59 and 2:18, and Josh Hawkins added another Loyola score with 1:10 remaining.

The Greyhounds' second-half success could be traced back to improved possession. Loyola won just 3-of-9 faceoffs in the first half, but it was successful on 11-of-16 restarts in the second. John Schiavone finished the game 12-of-21 from the `X' and is now 23-of-39 (.590) over Loyola's last two games.

Loyola also picked up 18 groundballs in the second half to Bellarmine's 10.

Jake Hagelin made a season-high 12 saves in goal for the Greyhounds, while Dillon Ward and Scott Bowles combined for 11 saves for the Knights.

In addition to Finnerty's five goals, Lusby (3) and Fanshaw (3) also had multi-goal games for Loyola. Matt Langan and Taylor Ebsary each tallied two assists.

Doyle finished with four goals to lead the Knights.

Schiavone picked up seven ground balls to lead all players, while Ebsary had five and Hawkins grabbed three. Ebsary and Kyle Cottrell each caused two turnovers for the Greyhounds.

Loyola is back in action on Saturday, March 6, when it plays No. 3 Notre Dame at 4 p.m. in the Konica Minolta Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Classic. The game will be the third of a tripleheader at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.