April 7, 2007
Piscataway, N.J. - Loyola had its five-game win streak come to an abrupt halt at Rutgers on Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds dropped a 17-7 decision to the Scarlet Knights, losing for the first time in ECAC play this season.
Rutgers struck early with a pair of goals in the game's first three and a half minutes. The Scarlet Knights threatened with a point-blank breakaway and a flurry of shots in the game's eighth minute, but sophomore goalie Alex Peaty turned them away with acrobatic saves to keep the deficit at two until senior Greg Leonard knocked in his seventh goal of the season.
The teams exchanged a pair of goals and ended the first quarter with Rutgers holding a 3-2 edge. The Scarlet Knights added a fourth goal only 31 seconds into the second quarter, but Paul Richards slipped past his defender to quickly bring Loyola back to one.
Once again the teams exchanged a pair of goals, and with 6:30 left in the second quarter a transition goal started on the speed of Richards was capped with a pass from senior Patrick Kennedy to senior Ryan Rabidou, who nailed his sixth goal of the season to tie the game at 5-5.
One minute later, senior Cory Coffman gave Loyola its first lead of the game with an unassisted goal in the upper right corner of the cage. The Scarlet Knights came right back with three unanswered goals to end the half and led 8-6 at the break.
Rutgers opened up a four-goal lead with two goals in the first three minutes of the second half and added a sixth straight tally to take a 11-6 lead into the fourth quarter. The Greyhounds could not get any offense going in the second half and ended the game with 26 shots and 15 shots on goal.
Loyola is now 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the ECAC. The Greyhounds must quickly regroup for a big showdown at Georgetown next Saturday at 1 p.m.