May 8, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola rallied from a seven-goal second-half deficit and put a scare in No. 1 Johns Hopkins, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Blue Jays ended the regular season with an 11-7 win over the Greyhounds at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
Senior Stephen Brundage scored in his last game at Evergreen, ending the season with a team-high 20 goals. The story, however, was Loyola's freshmen, who tallied five of the 'Hounds seven goals. All five coming in a 6-2 Loyola run that cut Johns Hopkins lead from seven goals to three.
The Blue Jays went up early with two goals from Conor Ford and two goals from Kyle Barrie. The Jays held a 5-0 lead before Brundage knocked in Loyola's first goal, a turn-around shot that caught Hopkins' goalie Scott Smith off-guard. The Blue Jays scored the next three and early in the third quarter the lead stood at 8-1.
Freshman Tony Ferreira gave the 'Hounds some life with an unassisted goal at 9:55 of the third quarter. Hopkins answered and as the fourth quarter began, the score was 9-2.
"Our guys never gave up," says Loyola Head Coach Bill Dirrigl. "They battled the whole game and I'm proud of them for that."
Sticking to their game plan, Loyola played a possession game and when the opportunity arose, freshman Patrick Kennedy converted, scoring an extra-man goal off a dish from Brundage. Freshmen Joe Landry and Greg Leonard scored the next two goals, Leonard's goal being Loyola's second man-up goal of the period, and the 'Hounds trailed 9-5.
Kyle Harrison ended Loyola's 3-0 run, scoring seven seconds after Leonard's goal. The 'Hounds still battled and when freshman Jordan Rabidou fired home a goal at 6:27, the score was 10-6. Junior Pat Shek made it 10-7 with a goal at 5:36, but Loyola would not get any closer. Matt Rewkowski scored the game's final goal at 2:06 for the final four-goal margin.
Sophomore Michael Fretwell registered 13 saves in goal for Loyola while picking up a season-high five groundballs. Brundage, Kennedy and Rabidou all added assists to their goals and finished the game with two points, freshman Matt Cassalia had five groundballs while winning 8-of-17 faceoffs.
"Since I've been coach at Loyola, we've had problems with Syracuse, Georgetown and Johns Hopkins," says Dirrigl. "Those games have gotten out of hand and this season, although the wins don't show it, we've hung in there. I think we have a lot to look forward to with Loyola Lacrosse."
Johns Hopkins, 11-1 overall, ends the season with the nation's top ranking and will have the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Greyhounds end the year at 4-8 with seven losses to ranked opponents. Brundage, who led the 'Hounds in scoring with 31 points this season, ends his collegiate career with 88 goals and 143 total points.