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Men's Lacrosse Opens Early Lead, Doesn't Look Back Against Bucknell

March 26, 2016

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BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse scored the game's first four goals and Bucknell University did not score it's second until less than six minutes remained in regulation, as the Greyhounds earned a 14-3 Patriot League victory on Saturday at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Pat Spencer scored a goal and had a career-high six assists, as 12 players had goals or assists for the No. 15 Greyhounds (6-3 overall, 3-1 Patriot League).

Jordan Germershausen scored three goals, three days after tallying a career-high four on Wednesday at Georgetown University. Brian Sherlock and Ryan Fournier each added two goals, and Zack Sirico had one to go with two assists.

Graham Savio went 10-of-17 on faceoffs, helping Loyola win 13-of-21 overall, and Jacob Stover made 12 saves in goal while allowing just one Bison goal in more than 49 minutes of action.

Germershausen nearly put Loyola on the board in the first three minutes, but Bucknell goalkeeper Christian Klipstein made a one-on-one save with the Greyhounds attacker on the doorstep to preserve an early scoreless tie.

Loyola, however, broke through 5:01 into the game as Jack Carrigan started a transition run by getting possession by beating Bucknell to the line after a missed Bison shot. He sent an outlet pass over the top to Mike Kutzer who cleared it into the box and threw a pass to Ryan Fournier in the middle. Fournier buried his long-pole shot with 9:59 left in the first.

That goal did not, however, open up the floodgates early. Neither Loyola, nor Bucknell would score for more than nine minutes of play. The Greyhounds added a second goal with 32.2 ticks left in the first as Brian Sherlock nailed the upper right corner from the top of the left alley off a Spencer feed as an extra-man possession wrapped up.

The teams combined for 29 first-quarter shots -- Bucknell (5-4, 2-2) held a slim 15-14 advantage -- and both Klipstein and Loyola's Jacob Stover made five saves in the opening 15 minutes.

Loyola then tallied its third goal 3:25 into the second, again in transition. Zac Davliakos brought the ball across midfield and hit Spencer on the top left of the box. Spencer then sent a pass to Germershausen inside five yards, and he scored his first of the game.

It was not until John Duffy scored with 9:37 to go before halftime that the Greyhounds would have their first settled, six-on-six goal of the game. Duffy made a right-to-left run from 15 yards out, got his hands free and scored high-to-low to put the Greyhounds up 4-0.

Bucknell would break its scoreless stretch to open the game with 8:36 to go in the second -- Loyola held the Bison scoreless for 21 minutes, 24 seconds to start the game -- as Sean O'Brien scored on the mid-right side off a Tommy O'Connor assist.

Loyola got possession right back as Savio won the faceoff to himself. Fournier missed wide on a shot, but after a Bucknell timeout, Tyler Albrecht's stutter-step at the top of the right alley gave him space on a Bison short-stick defender to score opposite-post-low.

Germershausen got his second of the game just 1:21 later, one-timing a Sirico feed from X at 6:23, pushing the Loyola advantage to 6-1.

Jay Drapeau then tallied a Greyhounds goal at 4:26, using a long run from goalline-extended on the right to get topside on the left with room to shoot.

Stover made a save on a Thomas Flibotte shot with just over 40 seconds left in the half, and the Greyhounds cleared the ball quickly onto offense. Spencer finished the transition run with a pass to Germershausen wide open on the right side, and he scored his third of the quarter with 29.2 on the clock.

Brian Begley then got the ground ball for Loyola on the faceoff, and Spencer fed Romar Dennis running out of the box, and Dennis stung a shot into the high right corner with 3.3 ticks left, putting Loyola on top 9-1 at halftime.

The Greyhounds' 5-0 run to end the second quarter picked up early in the third after Foster Huggins was first to the line after a errant Bucknell shot, earning possession for Loyola. He lofted a half-field pass to Ryan Fournier, and Fournier converted for his first multi-goal game of the year, scoring Loyola's tenth goal 1:21 into the second half.

Sirico was then the recipient of a Spencer feed, scoring from the doorstep 42 seconds later.

Sherlock tallied his second of the game at 8:44, scoring on a deep bouncer and giving Spencer his sixth assist of the game. Nick Mazza then added his first goal as a Greyhound, converting Sirico's feed form goalline into a goal at 6:02.

Loyola limited Bucknell to just four third-quarter shots and shut the Bison out in the quarter for the second time in the game.

Spencer pushed Loyola's run to 10-0 with an unassisted goal 11:44 before the final horn, making Loyola's lead 14-1.

Bucknell snapped a scoreless stretch of 33:22 when Quinn Collison scored off an O'Brien assist with 5:14 left in regulation. O'Brien was involved in all three Bucknell goals, scoring his second of the day and the team's third with 41 seconds remaining.

Overall, Bucknell took 43 shots -- 31 combined in the first and fourth quarters -- but Stover and Grant Limone made saves on 14 of the Bison's 17 shots on goal.

Loyola also had a 31-27 advantage in ground balls, and Loyola forced 18 Bucknell turnovers, seven coming on clearing attempts.

Ryder Harkins had three caused turnovers, while Jared Mintzlaff and Spencer each had two.

After posting two wins in a span of three days, the Greyhounds have more than a week off before traveling to Hamilton, New York, for a 12 noon game at Colgate University on Sunday, April 2, that will air nationally on CBS Sports Network.