Offense Comes To Life In 15-11 Win Over Hobart

April 30, 2005

Box Score

Baltimore, Md. - Sophomore Greg Leonard sparked Loyola's offense to a season-high 15 goals with three of his own as the Greyhounds out-gunned Hobart, 15-11, on Saturday afternoon at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. Ten different Greyhounds, including four seniors scored in their final home game, giving Loyola its fourth conference win of the season.

"I'm proud of the way our guys played today," says Loyola Head Coach Bill Dirrigl. "It's been a tough year, but this team has played hard each and every week. I'm so happy to see us get this win."

The Greyhounds took control from the opening face-off, scoring five times in the first quarter. Sophomore Joe Landry score first and after goals from senior Matt Dupuis and junior Craig Georgalas, Loyola led 3-0. Hobart got on the board with a goal at 7:12 of the first stanza, but back-to-back goals from sophomore Andrew Spack and senior Matt Monfett gave the `Hounds full command of the game at 5-1.

The Statesmen posted back-to-back goals of their own and trailed 5-3 before Monfett drove and dove for his second goal of the game. Senior co-captain Pat Shek scored off the ensuing face-off and once again, Loyola was comfortably in front with a four-goal cushion.

Michael Fretwell had a career-high 21 saves on Saturday.

Hobart, however, continued to get its shots, including a game-high 14 shot in the second quarter, but goalie Michael Fretwell remained impenetrable and posted nine saves in the quarter and 12 saves at the half to preserve a 7-3 halftime lead for Loyola.

"When I made four or five saves in a row in the second quarter, I really felt like I was seeing the ball well," says Fretwell. "The coaches told me to expect a lot of shots from this team and they were right."

With plenty of shots on goal, Hobart made its run in the third quarter. The Statesmen scored four of the first five goals of the second half to cut the lead to one goal. Georgalas, who entered the game with two goals on the year, scored his second goal of the game with five seconds left in the third to put Loyola up 9-7 heading into the final quarter of play.

Leonard scored three minutes into the fourth quarter and senior Chris Einhorn added back-to-back goals of his own to give the Greyhounds a 4-0 run and a 12-7 advantage. Hobart cut the lead to 12-8, but Leonard sparked one last Loyola spurt to put the game away.

Scoring his team-leading fourth extra-man goal of the season, Leonard fired home his third goal of the day with 5:57 left in regulation. Freshman Paul Richards won the ensuing face-off and quickly bounced a shot past Hobart goalie Dan Valente to give the Greyhounds two goals in seven seconds. Sophomore Tony Ferreira scored exactly 1:01 later to put Loyola up 15-8 with 4:49 to go.

"All season long, it's been the defense saving the offense," says Leonard. "The games that we lost, it was because the offense threw the ball away or just couldn't score. It feels great to finally put some points on the board."

Leonard's three goals match a season high while Fretwell added nine-second half saves to give him a career-high 21 saves in the cage. Georgalas also matched a career-high with two goals while both Monfett and Einhorn add another multiple-goal game in the final home contest of their collegiate careers.

Hobart finished with 45 shots and picked up 41 groundballs to Loyola's 47. The Statesmen complete their first season in the ECAC with a 2-4 conference record while Loyola improves its league mark to 4-2. The Greyhounds, 5-7 overall, close out the regular season at No. 1 Johns Hopkins next Saturday.

"Winning this game helps everyone's confidence," adds Leonard. "It's great to see the seniors win their last home game, but we also have a lot of underclassmen who play and we're already thinking about next year. Hopefully we can go into the off-season with a great game at Johns Hopkins."