April 22, 2006
Fairfield, Conn. - Junior Dan Bauers scored a career-high five goals while freshman Jake Willcox scored three in his first career start, but seven unanswered Fairfield goals proved to be the difference in a 13-12 loss to the Stags on Saturday afternoon at Lessing Field.
The Greyhounds, who came into the game ranked No.14 in the Media Poll, jumped on the Stags early, showing no signs of a let-down after defeated No. 2 Georgetown last weekend.
Willcox, who entered the game with two goals in his first five college games, was quickly on his way to a career day, scoring the `Hounds first goal only 35 seconds in the contest. Willcox struck again at 11:23, taking a feed from junior Greg Leonard to make the score 2-0.
A third Loyola goal, scored by junior Dan Bauers nine seconds later pushed the lead to 3-0 and forced the Stags to take a timeout three minutes and 46 seconds into the first quarter. Fairfield would settle and score its first goal of the day a few minutes later, but with just over a minute left to play in the period, the Greyhounds were granted a 30-second extra-man advantage.
Loyola began the day with the nation's second-best man-up unit, converting on 56 percent of its opportunities for the season. The `Hounds continued their man-up success on Saturday, converting on their first try when Andrew Spack found Bauers for his second goal of the day.
The Greyhounds continued their hot hand on offense in the early stages of the second quarter, increasing their lead to 5-1 before a second man-up opportunity would prove fruitful. In the extra-man, senior C.J. Sinisgalli picked up a loose ball in front of the cage and shot behind his back and into the back of the net to give the Greyhounds a 6-2 lead.
Willcox matched Loyola's largest lead of the day with a low shot past keeper Mike Kruger at 7:43 of the second quarter, giving the `Hounds a 7-2 lead. Fairfield, however, would not go away, and with a 4-0 run to close the half, only trailed by one goal at intermission.
Fairfield's four-goal run turned into a 7-0 run, and with 8:30 left to play in the third quarter, the Greyhounds trailed 9-7. Bauers' third goal of the game cut the deficit to one and with six minutes left in the quarter, sophomore Paul Richards drove left and shot across his body to tie the score at 9-9.
The Stags took a 10-9 lead before freshman Tyler Gale evened the score with Loyola's third man-up goal of the day. Fairfield again took the lead, this time scoring twice to match their largest advantage at 12-10.
With time winding down in the fourth quarter, the Greyhounds picked up their fourth man-up goal of game, which was Bauers fourth goal of the day and trailed 12-11 with five minutes left in regulation. The Stags again pushed the lead to two, with Josh Thornton's second goal of the day, but the game was far from over.
Bauers fifth goal of the game came with 47 seconds left in regulation, cutting the lead to 13-12. With possession and Fairfield back on its heels, Loyola had one last shot, but Bauers attempt with four seconds left was blocked up front and never reached the cage.
Bauers five goals eclipsed his previous high of three goals set against Towson and Rutgers this season. Senior goalie Michael Fretwell made nine saves in the loss while the man-up unit was successful on 4-of-5 opportunities.
The Greyhounds, now 5-5 overall, are 4-2 in the ECAC. They close conference play on the road next Saturday, traveling to Hobart for a 1 p.m. game with the Statesmen.