March 17, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Senior Dan Bauers scored a career-high six goals and added one assist as Loyola defeated St. John's in ECAC Lacrosse play on Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds, who have now won three straight games, improve to 2-0 in the league with a 12-6 win over the Red Storm at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
"After a big win like we had against Duke last week, it's easy to let down," says Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey. "We had a hard time sustaining energy, but overall I think we played pretty good."
The Greyhounds led from wire-to-wire thanks to Bauers' career day. The senior scored Loyola's first four goals and had the `Hounds up 4-1 after 20 minutes of play.
"It's not often that you have one of those days where everything is going in," says Bauers. "It was as much my teammates putting me in position to score as it was me. I didn't do anything special - I just happened to score."
Bauers' six goals is the most by a Loyola player since Stephen Brundage scored six in a 14-9 over Villanova in 2002. Bauers previous career-high was five goals scored last season at Fairfield.
Senior Andrew Spack, who finished the game with two goals himself, added to Loyola's first-half total, but St. John's scored two of the final three goals of the second quarter to close the margin to 5-3 at the break. The Greyhounds, who began the second half with a man-up opportunity, failed to capitalize, but halfway through the third stanza, exploded for a four-goal run that put the game in their control.
Loyola scored three times in a 48-second span to take a five-goal lead at 6:35 of the quarter. Spack scored first on a bullet to the upper right corner of the cage. Nine seconds later, Bauers followed with his fifth goal of the day, and 39 seconds after that, junior Shane Koppens scored Loyola's second man-up goal of the afternoon.
Senior Cory Coffman, who finished the game with two assists, capped the four-goal run with his first goal of the season at 4:39 of the quarter.
The Greyhounds held St. John's scoreless in the fourth quarter with three fourth-quarter saves from sophomore goalie Alex Peaty, who finished the game with 12 saves to increase his season total to 53. On the offensive side, Bauers and Koppens combined for nine of Loyola's 12 goals, while face-off specialist Dan Kallaugher won 14-of-20 face-offs en route to his team-leading nine groundballs.
"We needed to get this win," says Koppens, who leads the Greyhounds with 18 points this season. "We have a big conference game next week, and now we have to get ready for that. One game at a time."
The Greyhounds are now 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the ECAC. They host conference rival UMass next Saturday at 1 p.m.