April 9, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Mike Leveille scored a game-high three goals to lift seventh-ranked Syracuse past Loyola on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore. The Greyhounds, who entered the day with a four-game win streak, fall 12-6 in front of 3,113 fans at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
"This result is more disappointing than hurtful," says Loyola Head Coach Bill Dirrigl. "For the first time this year, we didn't give ourselves a chance to win. We turned the ball over and Syracuse took advantage."
Leveille scored the game's first three goals, putting the Greyhounds in catch-up mode early. The Orange would end up scoring five first-quarter goals and led 5-0 heading into the second quarter of play.
Freshman Shane Koppens, who came into the day with seven points in Loyola's last two games, would end the Greyhound draught with an unassisted goal at 12:27 of the second quarter. Syracuse, however, got two goals from Andrew Boyle, the second coming with three seconds left in the half to take a 7-1 halftime lead.
"We messed up and Syracuse capitalized," says Koppens. "We had an opportunity to cut the lead the 6-2 before the half and instead turn the ball over. They score and now we're down 7-1."
Despite its six-goal halftime deficit, Loyola had played a fairly even half with the Orange. The Greyhounds won 7-of-10 first-half face-offs and owned a 23-19 advantage in groundballs. Turnovers, however, told the real story and the deficit proved to be too big to overcome.
Syracuse would add on to its lead, scoring the first two goals of the second half to go up 9-1. Sophomore Dan Bauers cut into the lead with a goal at 7:48 of the third quarter and senior Matt Monfett gave the `Hounds a two-goal spurt with his goal only 22 seconds later.
Still, the Orange would find ways to score and built a 12-4 lead with six minutes left in regulation. The Greyhounds had one last push, scoring back-to-back goals in a five second span with an off-balance shot from Bauers and a laser from sophomore Andrew Spack.
Bauers and Koppens finished the game with two goals apiece while goalie Michael Fretwell made 10 saves for Loyola. The Greyhounds, now 4-4 overall, return to conference play next week at Georgetown. Loyola is 3-1 in the ECAC while the Hoyas are alone in first place with a 2-0 record in the league.