April 29, 2006
Geneva, N.Y. - Juniors Cory Coffman and Ryan Rabidou scored three goals apiece to lead the Greyhounds past Hobart in their ECAC finale at Geneva, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon. Loyola dominated possession, scoring early and often en route to an 11-6 win over the Statesmen.
"Our attackmen set the tone," says Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey. "They played outstanding."
It was the Statesmen, however, who scored first and led 1-0 when junior Ryan Rabidou took a pass from sophomore Paul Richards and knocked in his 15th goal of the season. The Greyhounds, who took the lead at 4:26 with a goal from Richards, wasted no time in padding their advantage and led 3-1 eleven seconds later when Richards picked up the ensuing face-off and found Rabidou for his second goal of the game.
Coffman, who entered the day with 10 career goals, but never scoring more than one in any single game, scored on a low liner from 15 yards out to give the `Hounds a 4-1 lead with 3:02 left in the first quarter. Hobart closed the stanza with goal of its own, but after a goal from junior Greg Leonard to start the second quarter, Coffman scored on another low liner to give Loyola a 6-2 advantage.
For the second week in a row, the Greyhounds would take a 7-2 lead when junior Dan Bauers found the back of the net at 3:27 of the second quarter. Running on all cylinders, Loyola took a 23-13 shot advantage and a five goal lead into the halftime lockeroom.
"We remembered what happened last weekend at Fairfield," says Toomey. "Our battle cry today was to stay focused and keep our five-goal lead."
The Statesmen tried their best to cut into the lead and came out firing in the third quarter. A pair of excellent point-blank saves by senior goalie Michael Fretwell kept Hobart off the scoreboard for the first eight minutes of the period and gave the Greyhounds more energy. The Statesmen did score to cut their deficit to four goals, but Loyola came right back with freshman Michael Crimmins, who eluded two defenders before punching in the `Hounds eighth goal of day.
Coffman's third goal of the afternoon answered Hobart's fourth goal, setting up Loyola's man-up score in the early minutes of the fourth quarter. Freshman Tyler Gale converted on the `Hounds third extra-man opportunity, giving Loyola its largest lead at 10-4.
The Statesmen, who held Loyola's second-ranked man-up unit to only one successful conversion in three tries, cut into the Greyhound lead with back-to-back goals, but 13 saves by Fretwell and another solid day for the defense helped the Green and Grey earn their second ECAC road win of the season.
Coffman's hat trick gives him six goals this season while Rabidou's hat trick gives him 17 goals for the year. Bauers, who has now registered a goal in five straight games, leads the team with 22 goals and 32 points.
The Greyhounds finish 2006 with a 5-2 ECAC record and are 6-5 heading into next Saturday's regular season finale with Johns Hopkins. That game, televised live by Baltimore's ABC-2 and ESPNU, begins at 1 p.m.