April 2, 2005
Piscataway, N.J. - Senior Matt Monfett scored Loyola's first two goals and helped the Greyhounds build a 5-3 halftime lead they would not relinquish on Saturday afternoon in Piscataway, N.J. Loyola scored five more times in the second half and cruised to a 10-5 win over Rutgers.
The Greyhounds came out very aggressive on the offensive end, taking seven of the game's first nine shots. Monfett converted on the seventh shot, taking his man one-on-one and beating him for his team-leading 11th goal of the season.
After a Rutgers goal from Jamie Lovejoy, Monfett and Greyhounds would capitalize on a Scarlet Knight turnover in transition. Sophomore Jordan Rabidou scooped up the loose ball and laid a perfect pass on Monfett's stick for his second goal of the day.
Rutgers evened things up in the early stages of the second quarter, but on the ensuing faceoff, junior Steven Hess bounced a shot past Rutgers goalie Greg Havalchak, igniting a 3-0 Loyola run.
Sophomore Tony Ferreira made it a 4-2 game off a nice feed from freshman Shane Koppens at 8:40 and Koppens pushed the margin to three goals with a diving shot off the Yurcak Field turf. The Scarlet Knights, however, ended the run with a goal at 2:09 of the second quarter and went into the half trailing 5-3.
Sophomore Dan Bauers, who made his first start at attack, scored at 12:48 of the third quarter to once again give Loyola a three-goal lead. Both sides exchanged a pair of third-quarter goals with sophomore Greg Leonard and Bauers scoring for the `Hounds and Loyola led 8-5 heading into the final 15 minutes of regulation.
Leonard muscled in his second goal of the day, converting on an extra-man opportunity to give the `Hounds a four-goal edge only 30 seconds into the fourth quarter. Rabidou all but put the game away with a goal at 8:15 to make the score 10-5 as the rain began to fall in buckets.
With the win, the Greyhounds improve to 4-3 overall and extend their win streak to four games. Loyola also ups its record to 3-1 in the ECAC while Rutgers falls to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
Loyola returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Syracuse at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The game, slated for a 1 p.m. start, will be televised live on Baltimore's ABC-2 and ESPN U.