April 16, 2005
Washington, D.C. - Tony Ferreira scored a career-high two goals but Georgetown's sibling tandem of Brendan and Pete Cannon combined for four to lead the fourth-ranked Hoyas past Loyola on Saturday afternoon in Washington, D.C. The Greyhounds played even through the half and threatened late, but in the end, fell 7-4 in front of 1,382 fans at North Kehoe Field.
"Our guys gave an outstanding effort today," says Loyola Head Coach Bill Dirrigl. "I thought we played very well and even at times dominated the game. Georgetown is a great team and I give them a lot of credit, but I think we played well regardless of the outcome."
The Greyhounds controlled the tempo and the ball in the early stages of the game, but a few errant shots and a couple nice saves from Georgetown goalie Rich D'Andrea kept Loyola off the scoreboard in the first quarter.
The Hoyas led 1-0 after one quarter of play, but that changed when sophomore Andrew Spack fired a bullet into the upper left-hand corner of the cage. The goal was Spack's seventh of the season and for the defensive-minded `Hounds, it was good enough for a 1-1 halftime tie.
Pete and Brendan Cannon scored the first two goals of the third quarter as Georgetown went up 3-1. Senior Matt Monfett, who entered the game with a team-high 13 goals for Loyola, cut the deficit in half with a spectacular one-on-one move that left his defender on the ground.
A goal from Trevor Casey in the final minutes of the third quarter and a goal from Brodie Merrill on the opening face-off of the fourth quarter gave the Hoyas their biggest advantage of the afternoon. Trailing 5-2, sophomore Tony Ferreira did all he could to rally the Greyhounds with a career day in scoring.
Ferreira, who entered the game with two career goals, scored at 13:10 of the fourth quarter to bring Loyola within two and scored again at 8:51 to make the score 5-4. The Greyhounds won the ensuing face-off and raced downfield with Spack in control.
Spack wound up and fired another bullet at D'Andrea. This time the Hoya keeper made the save and secured Georgetown's one-goal advantage. Both defenses again settled in and in an attempt to gain possession the Greyhounds began to take risks. Those risks resulted in two Georgetown goals inside the final 1:46 for the final three-goal margin.
Michael Fretwell, who entered the game ranked 10th in the nation in goals against average, made 14 saves while holding another opponent to seven or fewer goals. In its nine games this season, Loyola has allowed seven or fewer goals a total of seven times.
The loss drops Loyola to 4-5 overall and 3-2 in the ECAC. The Hoyas are now 8-2 on the year and in sole possession of first place in the ECAC with a 3-0 conference record.
"We have to learn from this loss," says Dirrigl. "We have four games left in the regular season and we need to get better each game. This is a good team. The wins will come soon."
The Greyhounds return to action this Tuesday when they host UMBC at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. Game time is 3 p.m.