April 23, 2005
Philadelphia, Pa. - For the second time this week, Loyola's men's lacrosse team comes up on the short end of a 9-8 final. This time a goal from Patrick Rogers with 51 seconds left in regulation lifts the University of Pennsylvania over the Greyhounds on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field.
The `Hounds got off to a very quick start when senior Matt Monfett scored only 12 seconds into regulation. Taking the opening face-off, Monfett bounced his shot between the legs of Penn goalie Denis Cole. The Quakers, however, answered in a big way with four goals over the next nine minutes to take a 4-1 lead.
Sophomore Greg Leonard cut the deficit in half with a goal at the 3:40 mark of the first quarter, but Penn squeezed in a last-second goal to end the first stanza and led 5-2 heading into the second quarter.
The Greyhounds rallied with two goals in the second quarter, first scoring an extra-man goal when John Halip connected with Leonard for his second goal of the day. Loyola then cut the lead to one with an unassisted goal from Dan Bauers and trailed 5-4 at intermission.
After a Quaker goal to start the second half, Monfett drove to the cage and went airborne with his shot. His goal made the score 6-5 and one minute later, Grant Halford evened the game when he picked up a Penn turnover and rumbled downfield for his first goal of the season.
The seesaw battle would continue with Penn taking a 7-6 lead at 3:39 of the third and Loyola responded with Leonard's third goal of the day to knot the game at 7-7 with one quarter left in regulation.
With heavy rain falling at Franklin Field, the Quakers went back on top with Luke Dixson's goal at 7:36 of the fourth quarter. Sophomore Jordan Rabidou would once again tie the contest, leaping in front of the net and firing a shot at past Cole at the four-minute mark.
Loyola's heart, however, was broken for the second time this week as Patrick Rogers scored the game-winner for Penn with 51 ticks left in regulation.
The Greyhounds, who fell in double-overtime to UMBC on Tuesday, drop another one-goal game to fall to 4-7 overall. Leonard finished with a career-high three goals and goalie Michael Fretwell ended the game with 12 saves.
Loyola returns to ECAC action next Saturday when it hosts Hobart at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.