May 5, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - Senior Andrew Spack scored three goals and Loyola held a one-goal lead on its Charles Street foe in the third quarter, but No. 5 Johns Hopkins pulled away late and held on to defeat the Greyhounds at Homewood Field on Saturday afternoon. Loyola won the face-off battle and took 32 shots for the game, but 20 turnovers proved too much to overcome in a 12-9 loss to the Blue Jays.
"We just didn't execute today," says junior Shane Koppens. "We had our opportunities, but we threw the ball the away and didn't give ourselves the best chance to win."
The Greyhounds opened the game with a pair of solid possessions, but were unable to capitalize and found themselves trailing 3-0 before Andrew Spack scored in transition. A goal from Johns Hopkins with 17 seconds left in the first quarter, however, gave the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead after one quarter of play.
Spack again cut the deficit to two goals with a shot from eight yards out, and Shane Koppens brought the Greyhounds within one at 4-3 with an extra-man tally midway through the second quarter. The Blue Jays answered with a goal before the half, and at the break, Johns Hopkins led by a score of 5-3.
Once again, Spack cut the deficit to one, this time off of penetration he started from about 25 yards out, and on a shot he placed in the upper-left hand corner of the cage. Sophomore goalie Alex Peaty kept the margin at one with a pair of nice saves on JHU's ensuing possessions, and with 9:47 left in the third quarter, senior Dan Bauers knotted the game at 5-5 with his 27th goal of the season.
"We knew it was all about match-ups," says Spack. "I thought I could score and wanted to be aggressive."
The Greyhounds remained aggressive and took their first lead with 7:14 left in the third when Koppens scored in Loyola's secondary transition offense. The Blue Jays responded with goal from Paul Rabil at 5:54 and took the lead with a goal from Steven Boyle at 3:46 of the quarter.
Loyola's third extra-man goal of the game, a strike from senior Greg Leonard at 12:28 of the fourth quarter, made the score 8-7 before a three-goal run by Johns Hopkins pushed the margin to 11-7. Baures and Leonard each added a goal for Loyola in the final 12-9 margin.
Loyola closes the regular season with an overall record of 7-5 and will await the NCAA Selection Committee's announcement in hopes of an at-large berth to this year's postseason. The NCAA Selection Show will air on Sunday night on ESPNews and ESPNU beginning at 9 p.m.