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Men's Lax Overcomes Terriers Run, Wins On Late Herreweyers Goal

April 16, 2016

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BALTIMORE - Zach Herreweyers caught a Pat Spencer feed and scored on an extra-man opportunity with 9.9 seconds left in regulation to give No. 12 Loyola University Maryland a 12-11 Patriot League victory over visiting Boston University.

The Greyhounds (9-3 overall, 6-1 Patriot League) scored the last three goals of the game and ended the contest on a 7-2 run that provided a comeback after the Terriers (8-5, 2-4) scored five-straight in the third quarter to lead 9-5 midway through the frame.

Loyola had tied the game on a Zack Sirico goal, one of his career-high tying three in the game, with 4:05 to play, and the Terriers went on man-up with 3:10 left on a Greyhounds tripping penalty.

The Greyhounds killed the penalty when a Jared Mintzlaff check dislodged the ball from Pat Myers' stick, and Loyola took over possession with less than 2:30 on the clock. Loyola, however, gave the ball back to the Terriers with an errant pass, and Boston University looked to break the 11-11 tie with under a minute to play.

Romar Dennis, however, caused a turnover by Adam Schaal, picked up the ground ball and cleared the ball back for Loyola. After the turnover, Boston University Head Coach Ryan Polley was assessed a conduct penalty, and the Greyhounds went man-up after a timeout with 17 seconds remaining.

Herreweyers slipped to the front of the goal, caught a Spencer feed from the left and tallied his game-high fourth goal with 9.9 on the clock. Spencer matched his career-high with six assists to lead all players with six points. He is now tied for the school's freshman record with 31 assists this season.

Boston University had a chance to tie, however, as Loyola was flagged for a celebration penalty, and the Terriers had the ball without a faceoff. Cal Dearth ran into the box from midfield, but his pass to goalline-extended went high, and Loyola killed the remainder of the clock for the win.

The Terriers led for the majority of the game, scoring the first three in the opening 10 minutes on scores by Schaal, Jack Wilson and Ryan Hilburn.

Jay Drapeau broke through for the Greyhounds, running down the left aley to catch a Spencer feed from behind and score with 82 seconds left in the first quarter.

Brian Sherlock then scored his first of three exactly six minutes into the second quarter, and the Greyhounds were within one, 3-2.

Greg Farris, however, shot from 18 yards out against a Loyola zone to push the Terriers back up two at 5:40.

Just 1:33 later, Sirico used a hard spin move while driving topside to get free and score for Loyola, sparking a 3-0 run to close the half. Sherlock tallied his second at 2:18, knotting the score at 4-4.

Ryan Fournier then stayed in as a long-pole as Loyola settled into a six-on-six set, caught a Spencer feed at the top-left of the box and winged a low-to-low shot from 15 yards out for a goal. His strike gave the Greyhounds a 5-4 advantage with 1:38 remaining in the half.

Boston University started out the second half dominating possession and scored five in a row to open the period. James Burr tied the score at 5-5 with a goal at 11:15, and Wilson tallied a goal off a Hilburn feed at 10:37, pushing the Terriers back in front.

Schaal and Burr scored within 53 seconds of each other, and a Dearth goal at 5:35 in the third made it 9-5 Boston University.

Herreweyers momentarily stopped the run when he scooped up a ground ball in front of the goal off a saved Sherlock shot, scoring underhanded at 4:43. The Greyhounds' third faceoff violation of the half, however, put Boston University man-up, and Ryan Johnston returned the favor, picking up a ground ball off a saved Hilburn shot and scoring 21 seconds after Herreweyers.

Sherlock cut the Terriers' lead back to three, 10-7, when he took a long wing-dodge from goalline-extended on the left side to get to the crease and score with 42.4 on the third-quarter clock.

Herreweyers then scored on another rebound 1:02 into the second quarter, picking up a ground ball in traffic before under-handing a shot for a goal.

The Terriers went back up by three 1:54 later when Burr converted a Hilburn pass for a goal. Loyola won the ensuing faceoff, and Sherlock fed Zac Davliakos on the crease for a goal at 11:47.

Sirico then tallied his second with 10:09 remaining in regulation, using John Duffy's first career assist to score.

Hilburn, however, scored his second to go with two assists, at 8:34, bull-dodging from behind for a diving goal that put Boston University ahead, 11-9.

That would be the last Terriers goal of the game as Herreweyers started Loyola's 3-0 run with a goal at 5:12. Spencer assisted on all three of the final goals.

Loyola used a 34-28 ground ball advantage despite Boston University winning 16-of-28 faceoffs. The Greyhounds also caused eight failed clears and 16 overall Terriers turnovers.

Mintzlaff and Sherlock both had two caused turnovers, and Fournier caused one while picking up four ground balls. Graham Savio led all players with 10 ground balls.

The Greyhounds close their regular-season on Friday, April 22, when it hosts the U.S. Military Academy at 7 p.m. in a nationally-televised CBS Sports Network broadcast.