WASHINGTON, D.C. - Jordan Germershausen scored four goals, doubling his previous career total, on Wednesday, and the No. 15 Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse team defeated host Georgetown University, 10-7, at Cooper Field in non-conference play.
Germershausen made his first start since February 2015 and scored two goals in each of the first two quarters to help the Greyhounds (5-3 overall) take a 7-3 halftime lead. The junior entered he game with two previous goals in his career that came earlier this month against Towson University.
Jacob Stover made his first career start in goal for Loyola and finished with nine saves, six coming in the second half.
Georgetown (1-7) scored 31 seconds into the game as the Hoyas took the ball after a Loyola faceoff violation on the opening draw. Joe Bucci then hit a 12-yard stepdown from the top right off a Daniel Bucaro feed.
The Hoyas' lead was shortlived, however, as Germershausen scored his first 2:08 later. Sherlock used a hard dodge to free space for Germershausen on the low left side. Sherlock fed a pass to him, and he converted for Loyola's first goal at 12:21 in the opening quarter.
Germershausen then gave Loyola a lead it would not relinquish at 8:55, one-timing a Pat Spencer feed for a goal. Dennis made it 3-1 Greyhounds with 85 seconds left in the first quarter, using a big split-dodge to get away from a short-stick defender and shoot into the upper right corner.
Georgetown, however, pulled within a goal in the final seconds of the first quarter. The Hoyas got the ball back off a Loyola turnover while clearing, and Chris Donovan bounced a shot inside the near post with 3.2 ticks on the clock to make it 3-2 Greyhounds heading into the second quarter.
Sherlock got the Loyola lead back to two 42 seconds into the second quarter when he scored left-handed down the left alley, but Eduardo White brought it back to a one-goal game when he swept left-to-right and finished overhand at 10:04.
The Greyhounds got the ball back via a faceoff win -- Graham Savio went 14-of-19 at the `X' for Loyola -- and the Greyhounds went two men up after Georgetown was flagged for holding and interference.
Fifteen seconds into the penalty, Spencer sent a high-to-low pass to Germershausen who scored his fourth of the game, giving Loyola a 7-3 advantage it would carry into halftime.
The Hoyas scored the first two goals of the second half, narrowing their deficit to 7-5 when Bucaro scored on a two-man advantage at 7:13.
Loyola, however, did not led the Hoyas draw closer as Ryan Fournier got a ground ball in traffic off a Georgetown turnover, ran a clear and Spencer scored at 1:43, pushing the lead to 8-5.
Donovan opened the fourth-quarter scoring with a Georgetown goal at 11:01, but Savio won all five faceoffs in the final stanza, helping Loyola score 54 seconds later. Sherlock ran right-to-left and hit a popping Dennis on the top-left, and Dennis scored his second of the game at 10:07.
Spencer added his second of the game with 3:25 left in regulation, getting topside on the right to score.
Georgetown would get a Matt Behrens goal with 1:40 left in regulation, but Brian Begley picked up the ground ball off Savio's faceoff win, and Loyola ran out the clock for a victory.
Loyola outshot the Hoyas, 45-24, but Georgetown had a 15-11 advantage in the second half. The Greyhounds also posted 32 ground balls to the Hoyas' 20. Savio led the way with five ground balls, while Begley and Spencer each had four.
The Greyhounds return to Patriot League action Saturday, March 26, at 1 p.m. when they host Bucknell University at Ridley Athletic Complex.