March 6, 2010
BALTIMORE - Third-ranked Notre Dame scored the game's final two goals and held No. 10 Loyola scoreless for the final 12 minutes, edging the Greyhounds, 11-9, Saturday afternoon in the final game of the 2010 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium.
Eric Lusby tied the game at 9-9 with his third game of the goal for Loyola (3-1 overall). Lusby took a feed from Matt Langan and ripped a shot past Notre Dame goalkeeper Scott Rodgers for an extra-man goal with 12:04 remaining.
Notre Dame (3-0), however, regained the team less than three minutes later as David Earl found Colin Igoe with 9:26 left on the clock. The Fighting Irish tacked on an insurance goal by Earl with 48 ticks to go.
Lusby and Collin Finnerty each scored three goals for Loyola, tying for game-high honors with Earl and Zach Brenneman of Notre Dame.
"I was proud of the way that our guys fought hard today," Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey said. "I thought that we did a good job of putting away a lot of the shots that we had, and we did a good job of defense against a very good Notre Dame team."
Loyola took a 3-2 lead near the end of the first quarter on a Langan goal after Lusby scored two for Loyola in the game's first seven minutes.
Notre Dame, however, got the better of the second quarter, particularly late in the frame. The Fighting Irish evened the score at 3-3 on an Earl goal with 2:03 left before halftime, and Neal Hicks and Steve Murphy added goals with 56 and eight seconds remaining in the quarter.
The Greyhounds offense responded to start the second half. After a Notre Dame turnover, Kevin Moriarty flipped a pass to Finnerty in transition, and the senior attacker scored from 12 yards out with a low-to-low shot.
Exactly two minutes later, Finnerty beat Rodgers again, this time high with a shot from the left side, knotting the game at 5-5 with 11:33 left in the third quarter.
A nifty move in transition, however, would put Notre Dame back in front. Andrew Irving picked a ground ball near midfield. Just as he was hit in front of the crease by a Loyola defender, he made a sideways pass to Hicks who scored with 7:29 to play in the third, tying the game for the fifth time.
Brenneman scored unassisted with 5:53 in the third, giving Notre Dame 7-6 advantage.
Loyola once again clawed back to tie the score at 7-7. D.J. Comer recorded his first goal of the season as he used a strong move on the left side to bull past a Notre Dame defender and score unassisted.
Finnerty then put Loyola ahead by one with 1:53 to play in the third, recording his ninth goal of the season, third of the game.
Brenneman was there again to score for Notre Dmae with 48 seconds left in the third, tying the score at 8-8.
Max Pfeifer opened the final quarter with an unassisted for Notre Dame, less than 1:20 into the period.
After Lusby's tying goal in the fourth, the Fighting Irish had two opportunities to go ahead with 5-on-3 possession after Loyola penalties put the Greyhounds two-men down.
Loyola's man-down unit, however, killed off both Fighting Irish chances with Greyhounds' goalkeeper Jake Hagelin making saves on both possessions. The Greyhounds held Notre Dame without a man-up goal in six chances on the afternoon.
Notre Dame finished with a 36-29 shot advantage, and the goalies were nearly even. Rodgers made 11 saves, while Hagelin had 10.
The Greyhounds return to action on Saturday, March 13, when they host their first game of the season. Loyola will celebrate the opening of the 6,000-seat Ridley Athletic Complex that day when it hosts Duke. Gates open at 1 p.m., and the field blessing and dedication starts at 2:45 p.m. The teams will face-off just after 3 p.m. For tickets, log on to www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.