April 21, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Senior Greg Leonard led a Loyola offensive explosion in a 17-goal win over ECAC rival Fairfield on Saturday afternoon. Eleven Greyhounds scored goals in arguably Loyola's most dominating performance in years. The `Hounds ended the day with their highest goal output since 2001 and allowed the fewest goals in a game since 2000 for a 19-2 final at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
"We came out with great energy today," says Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey. "I know that we're not 17 goals better than Fairfield and I've been on the other end and know how it feels. At the same time, our team played hard and got results."
The Greyhounds scored the first 10 goals of the game, matching a season-high with five goals in the first quarter. Senior Dan Kallaugher played a critical part in Loyola's start, winning the game's first 10 face-offs. The `Hounds, which finished the game 5-for-5 in extra-man opportunities, took the wind out of Fairfield's attach early by scoring two man-up goals after a three-minute un-releasable illegal stick penalty on the Stags.
Junior Shane Koppens, who scored the first goal of the game, added assists on Loyola's second, third, and fourth goals and closed the first quarter with four points himself. The Greyhounds added their fifth goal when top-goal man senior Dan Bauers drove home his 22nd goal of the season as the first-quarter came to a close.
Three goals in a 90-second span opened the lead to 8-0, and when Joe Landry scored his first goal of the season at 1:16 of the second quarter, the `Hounds led 10-0. Fairfield's second goal of the game cut the deficit to 11-2, but Loyola finished strong, outscoring the Stags 6-0 in the fourth quarter.
Leonard finished the game with two assists to go along with his four goals while Bauers scored three goals in the win. Koppens added to his team-high assist total with five assists as sophomore Jake Willcox, sophomore Michael Crimmins, and freshman Cooper MacDonnell all added two goals for the Greyhounds.
Sophomore Alex Peaty played three quarters, registering 10 saves, while Kallaugher finished the game with eight groundballs, winning 14-of-19 face-offs in the process.
The Greyhounds remain perfect at home in ECAC play, improving their record on the season to 6-4 overall and conference record to 4-2. The `Hounds are now 3-0 against league teams at home this season and are 9-0 against ECAC teams at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field since joining the league.
The last time Loyola scored 19 goals in a game was against Hobart in 2001. The last time Loyola allowed only two goals in a game was against Notre Dame in 2000.
Next Saturday, Loyola will host another conference foe in Hobart. That game will be televised on MASN and is slated for a 1 p.m. face-off.