April 3, 2016
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse scored the game's first three goals, and the No. 14 Greyhounds allowed just one Colgate University goal in each quarter to defeat the host Raiders, 12-4, on Sunday afternoon at Kerr Stadium.
Graham Savio went 13-of-17 on faceoffs, picking up seven ground balls, and Loyola (7-3 overall, 4-1 Patriot League) won 15-of-19 restarts overall in the win.
Pat Spencer scored a career-high four goals and assisted on another, while Zack Sirico matched his previous best with three goals. Brian Sherlock scored twice and assisted on one, while Jordan Germershausen tallied a career-best two assists.
Jacob Stover made 10 saves between the pipes, while Loyola held its second-straight opponent to four goals or fewer.
Loyola jumped in front less than two minutes into the game when Tyler Albrecht beat his defender down the right alley and scored at 13:05. Spencer added his first of the game 2:26 later when he took advantage of his defender stumbling to get free topisde.
Sirico was on the receiving end of a Sherlock pass after the latter dodged hard down the middle, drew a slide and found Sirico waiting on the crease for his first of the day at 9:38.
Colgate (3-7, 1-4) got on the board, however, just 56 seconds later as Sam Cleveland scored on the left side.
Snow, which delayed the start of the game by 45 minutes, and strong wind slowed the pace of the game after that, and neither Loyola, nor Colgate scored for the remainder of the first period.
Cam Williams broke through for the Raiders at 12:22 in the second, scoring on extra-man to pull Colgate within one, 3-2.
Colgate earned possession back, winning its only faceoff of the day not awarded by a Loyola faceoff violation. Stover saved a Peter Donato shot, and Loyola cleared the ball to its offensive end.
The Greyhounds had a 30-second timer put on, but Colgate stripped the ball before they could take a shot. Loyola denied the Raiders the opportunity to clear as Zach Herreweyers came away with a ground ball to win back possession.
After a Loyola timeout, Sherlock came free while running down the left alley to score high-to-low and push the Greyhounds back up two.
Sirico then scored his second of the day with 64 seconds left before halftime, capping a transition run that came after a Stover save. The Loyola goalkeeper threw a pass to Ryan Fournier who carried it into the box. He sent a pass to Spencer on the high left side, and Spencer hit Sirico on the backside post for a goal to give Loyola a 5-2 cushion heading into the locker room.
Loyola pushed up by four, 6-2, when Sirico tallied his third, spinning from behind to lose his defender and score at 9:27 in the third quarter.
Colgate responded with a Tyler Rigo unassisted goal at 7:47, but Loyola did not allow the margin to stand at three for long.
Savio won the faceoff to himself, and he sent a pass to Germershausen at goal-line-extended on the right side. He found Zac Davliakos in front of the goal, and Davliakos scored his first of the year nine seconds after Rigo's goal.
That score started a 4-0 Loyola run that saw Spencer score twice, the second coming on extra-man after a terrific Germershausen passes to the backside pipe.
Romar Dennis then added a goal with 2:27 left in the quarter, bouncing off his defender to free space and shoot from 12 yards, making the Greyhounds' lead, 10-3.
Colgate drew within six on a Joe Delaney goal with 7:05 left in regulation, and the Raiders got the ball back after causing a Greyhounds turnover.
Kevin Adams picked up a ground ball for the Raiders inside of three yards in an unsettled situation and found himself with no defender between him and Stover. He shot low from the crease, but Stover collapsed to his knees to make the save.
Sherlock and Spencer added goals for Loyola within 55 seconds of each other, Spencer's putting Loyola in front, 12-4, with 2:37 left in the game.
Loyola outshot Colgate, 47-26, and the Greyhounds also maintained a 36-23 advantage in ground balls.
The Greyhounds continue Patriot League action on Saturday, April 9, when they travel to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to face Lehigh University at 2 p.m.