April 28, 2012
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland midfielder Josh Hawkins got his stick on a Johns Hopkins University shot by John Ranagan with less than six seconds to go, sending the shot well right.
The ball, however, went directly to Zach Palmer who picked it up, sent a pass to Rob Guida in front of the crease, and Guida one-timed a shot into the next, giving the 10th-ranked Blue Jays (10-3) a 10-9 victory with 2.3 ticks left in overtime.
Top-ranked Loyola (12-1) rallied from a 9-5 deficit early in the fourth quarter in front of the sellout crowd at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Justin Ward tied the game for the Greyhounds, beating his defender around the crease and whipping a shot into the net with 5.4 seconds left in regulation. It was the only time in the game Loyola was tied after Johns Hopkins jumped out in front, 5-0.
The Greyhounds won the face-off that started the overtime period as J.P. Dalton pulled the ball pack to himself, and Loyola set up an offensive possession.
Chris Layne took a shot from the left side that went wide with 2:30 on the clock, and the Greyhound called a timeout after backing up the shot to retain possession.
Coming out of the break, Eric Lusby got open in front of the goal, but his shot went off the post, and Johns Hopkins came up with the loose ball. Loyola was flagged for a holding penalty when the Blue Jays picked up the ball, setting up a Johns Hopkins' extra-man opportunity.
A mishandled pass by Johns Hopkins and good check by Scott Ratliff helped Loyola kill off the penalty and return to even strength, and after a timeout, the Blue Jays got off their first shot of the extra period.
Guida's chance, however, went well wide right, and Johns Hopkins had the ball back with just under a minute to play, setting up the final sequence.
The Blue Jays got out to an early lead, going ahead 5-0, in the second quarter when Lee Coppersmith scored back-to-back goals, and Wells Stanwick wrapped around the crease to score at 12:57.
The Blue Jays had another offensive possession after that, but Ratliff caused a turnover, picked up the ground ball and cleared the ball himself, passing it to Lusby on the low right side, and Lusby scored his first of the game at 4:21.
Layne then took a screen at the box and ran free down the left side of the middle alley, and he scored with 3:39 left in the first half, sending the game to the locker room with Johns Hopkins in front, 6-3.
Palmer pushed the lead back to four with a goal at 11:13, catching a Marshall Burkhart pass in transition and scoring from a tough right-side angle.
Mike Sawyer, however, redodged to get free, scoring from the left side with 8:40 to go in the clock, but again the Blue Jays responded to make it a four-goal advantage at 5:345 when Mark Goodrich scored his second of the game on an extra-man chance.
Lusby used a step-down shot on a Layne assist to make it 8-5 Blue Jays with just 1:33 left in the third quarter, but Johns Hopkins took advantage of another extra-man opportunity early in the fourth quarter.
Guida scored on a Chris Boland pass, making it 9-5 with 14:13 left in regulation.
Butts and Sean O'Sullivan each scored after dodging from midfield, and the Greyhounds got a second transition goal with 3:04 left to cut the deficit to one.
Ward shot a pass to short-stick midfielder Pat Laconi from X, and Laconi's hard, belt-high shot found the net for his first career goal score to make it 9-8.
Johns Hopkins had the ball in the box with a stall warning on late, but Joe Fletcher caused a turnover, and Hawkins scooped up the ground ball, but his shot was saved by Johns Hopkins' Pierce Bassett on a transition chance.
Another Blue Jay turnover gave the Greyhounds possession with 40.9 seconds left after a timeout.
Loyola cleared the ball, and Ward took it behind. He could not find a teammate open for a pass, so he dodged around defender Gavin Crisafulli, whipping a hard shot past Bassett to tie the game and force overtime.
Butts and Lusby both scored twice for Loyola, and Layne had a goal and two assists, while Ward tallied a goal and an assist.
Hawkins had six ground balls, while Ratliff had five to go with two caused turnovers, and Dalton won 14-of-23 face-offs for the Greyhounds.
The loss was Loyola's first of the season, snapping a school-record tying 12-game winning streak. The Greyhounds earned the ECAC Lacrosse League Regular-Season title with a 6-0 mark in the conference and will start the ECAC Tournament as the top seed against No. 4 seed and host Denver University in a 5 p.m. (Mountain) game on Wednesday, May 2.