April 27, 2009
BALTIMORE - While 11 seniors were recognized prior to Loyola's victory over Hobart on Saturday, it was a junior and a sophomore who posted the top performances in the win. On Monday, attackman Collin Finnerty and goalie Jake Hagelin were tabbed ECAC Offensive and co-Defensive Players of the Week after leading the No. 13 Greyhounds to the 16-7 victory, which clinched at least a share of the ECAC Regular Season title for the Greyhounds.
Finnerty matched his career-high with four goals in the win, all coming in the first period. It is the second straight game that the attackman has got off to a torrid start, as he registered a first-half hat-trick in the win overFairfield last week.
He also added an assist for his fourth five-point game of the season. He now has 23 goals on the season and 13 assists, and is one-point shy of tying Cooper MacDonnell and Shane Koppens for the team-points lead. He also earned this same recognition back on February 23 after scoring four goals in the season-opening loss to Notre Dame.
Hagelin was stellar in the cage, making eight saves and allowing just five goals in nearly 53 minutes of action. The reigning ECAC Rookie of the Year faced 22 shots through the first three periods and made a number of key saves, including three in the third period.
He now has a .542 save percentage while allowing 7.69 goals-a-game. The Greyhounds have not given up double-digit goals to any conference team, and have held their last three opponents to seven goals apiece.
With the victory, Loyola (9-4 overall, 6-1 ECAC) closed out the month of April with a perfect 4-0 record. The Hounds now shift attention to their matchup with Johns Hopkins on Saturday at 1 p.m., which will be broadcast on ABC-2 and ESPNU. Loyola will also be biding close attention to New Brunswick, N.J. on Saturday, where they will be pulling for a Rutgers upset over Massachusetts.
A win by the Scarlet Knights would provide the Hounds with the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Minutemen (8-5 overall, 5-1 ECAC) though, can secure the tournament bid with a victory by virtue of their 8-6 head-to-head win over Loyola back on March 21.