April 19, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - Sophomore Dan Bauers sent Loyola and UMBC into overtime with two goals inside the final 1:43 of regulation. Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, heartbreak would set in at the three-minute of mark of the second overtime as Drew Westervelt spun and fired the game-winning goal in a thrilling 9-8 contest at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Tuesday afternoon.
"This one is hard to swallow," says Bauers. "When I saw it go in [the game-winning goal], I didn't want to believe what had just happened. It's like a bad dream."
Bauers and the Greyhounds battled back from an early 3-0 deficit and an 8-5 hole in the fourth quarter. Loyola's impressive rally began with 2:31 left in regulation when the `Hounds capitalized on an extra-man opportunity. Sophomore Greg Leonard went low with his shot and beat goalie Chris Petrush, giving Loyola life and an 8-6 deficit.
With time winding down, senior Matt Monfett found Bauers in front of the cage. Bauers connected on a twisting left-handed shot and the Greyhounds trailed by one with plenty of momentum. Time, however, was not on Loyola's side and after UMBC claimed the face-off, senior defensemen Dan Gross and Grant Halford forced a turnover to give the `Hounds one last shot with 53 ticks on the clock.
With just over 40 seconds left in regulation, sophomore Cory Coffman made his move and drew two defenders leaving Bauers open for a shot. Bauers caught Coffman's pass in stride and quickly shot a bullet into the upper right-hand corner of the cage.
"I thought we had won the game," says Bauers. "We had all the momentum."
Both teams had their chances to win in overtime with Loyola taking three shots in the first four-minute stanza. It took a second overtime for the Retrievers to slip one past goalie Michael Fretwell, who made 15 saves in the loss.
"I don't know what to say," says Loyola Head Coach Bill Dirrigl. "We've lost six games this season and five of those came down to the last minute of the game. This is team is playing hard. We're just not getting the results."
Monfett, who leads Loyola with 16 goals this season, scored two goals and added an assist for a game-high three points. Bauers also scored two goals while Coffman, Leonard, Andrew Spack and John Halip each contributed with one goal.
For the eight time this season, the Greyhound defense holds its opposition to under 10 goals, shutting out UMBC's extra-man offense. Still, Loyola falls to 4-6 overall with three games left in the regular season. The Greyhounds head to Pennsylvania this Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest while UMBC, now 6-6 on the year, returns to America East competition this Saturday at Stony Brook.