April 26, 2008
Geneva, N.Y. - Freshman goalie Jake Hagelin made 16 saves, but 41 shots from the Statesmen carried Hobart to a 10-6 upset of the Greyhounds on Saturday afternoon. Hobart used a four-goal run to build a first-half lead and held on to defeat Loyola in an ECAC men's lacrosse contest at Geneva.
The Greyhounds fell behind early with Hobart scoring the game's first two goals. That deficit was quickly cut in half when senior Paul Richards picked up the game's third face-off and found Collin Finnerty for his 11th goal of the season.
Loyola evened the game before the end of the quarter off a score from freshman Chris Basler. That momentum carried over to the opening minutes of the second stanza, and when the `Hounds leading goal scorer this season - sophomore Cooper MacDonnell - scored to give Loyola the lead, the momentum was squarely on the side of the Green and Grey.
Loyola's 3-2 lead, however, turned into a 6-3 deficit at the half. Despite 11 first-half saves from the true freshman Hagelin, Hobart's quick striking transition offense was able to run off four straight goals before the Greyhounds responded in the third.
Junior P.T. Ricci brought Loyola back within two goals at 13:29 of the third quarter. There would be no scoring for the next 13 minutes with each goalie making solid saves. A penalty on Loyola with under a minute left in the quarter, however, led to a Hobart score with 14 seconds left in the period.
Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, they would not be able to cut into that margin in the fourth quarter. The Statesmen closed the game with the final two goals for their four-goal victory.
Finnerty ended the game with two goals while Richards posted two assists in the loss. Steve Layne finished with a game-high five groundballs for Loyola as Hagelin closed the day with his highest save output of the season.
Loyola is now 7-5 overall and ends the conference season with a 6-1 record. Hobart, who finishes the ECAC schedule with a 4-3 mark, is 8-5 on the year and still in the hunt for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.
The Greyhounds, who close the regular season next Saturday with Johns Hopkins University, already know their postseason fate. Loyola earned the ECAC's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament with its 6-0 start in league play.