April 24, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - In one of the most even men's lacrosse games all season, Pennsylvania scored the final three goals and handed Loyola a 7-5 loss at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The two teams split the faceoff battle and each goalie posted 13 saves, but the Quakers earned the win with solid defense down the stretch.
"Our effort was there today," says Loyola Head Coach Bill Dirrigl. "We hustled after loose balls and our players really cared. For one reason or another, our shots wouldn't fall and that's been the story all year."
For the first time all season, the Greyhounds were shutout in the first quarter as Penn took an early 3-0 lead. The 'Hounds responded with a season-high four second-quarter goals, beginning with Matt Monfett's strike only 38 seconds into the stanza. Nino Othman followed with his second goal of the season and Pat Shek converted on Loyola's only extra-man opportunity of the day to tie the score at 3-3.
With 5:34 remaining in the second quarter, senior Stephen Brundage gave Loyola its first lead with his team-leading 16th goal of the year. Penn answered with Patrick Connelly's goal and the two teams were tied at halftime.
The Greyhounds took back the lead as the third quarter started with freshman Cory Coffman firing a goal past Penn's Ryan Kelly. The Quakers came back 30 seconds later to tied the game, and after taking the faceoff, Ethan Haire found and open Luke Dixson and Penn led 6-5. The Quakers tallied the game's only fourth quarter goal and in the process improve to 7-5 on the year while Loyola drops to 3-7.
Sophomore Michael Fretwell, who started his fourth straight game in goal, made 13 saves for Loyola. Bernie Cannon, Michael Graham and Greg Leonard all had four groundballs while Jeff Russell won 4-of-5 faceoffs.
"We had a very tough week," says Dirrigl. "We came out here on two days preparation and gave it all we had. You have give Penn a lot of credit, they're a good team."
The Greyhounds, who held Penn to an 0-for-6 day in extra-man opportunities, face another Ivy League opponent next Saturday when Yale comes to town. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.