Oct. 6, 2006
Buffalo, N.Y. - Omar Alfonso scored two goals and added two assists, while freshman Jamie Darvill scored two goals himself to lead Loyola past Canisius on Friday night in Buffalo. The Greyhounds, who improve to 2-0 in the MAAC this season, won 4-3 for their 10th straight win over the Golden Griffins.
The Greyhounds were extremely fast out of the gate, scoring two goals in the game's first five minutes. Alfonso struck first, converting a cross from sophomore Josh Taylor in the third minute of play to put Loyola on top 1-nil.
It was only 81 seconds later that Alfonso sent a long ball into the box, where Darvill was there to receive. Darvill controlled and drove home his third goal this season, giving the `Hounds a commanding 2-0 lead after only 4:26 off the clock.
Alfonso, who came into the game scoring Loyola's last two goals (including the lone goal in last Saturday's 1-0 win at Rider), nearly scored his second goal of the first half when his line-drive attempt bounced off the post in the 20th minute. Not to be denied, Alfonso made the most of his opportunity in the 23rd.
A foul on the Golden Griffins set up a free kick for the Greyhounds. Senior Rade Kokovic sent the free kick into the box and Alfonso did the rest, increasing Loyola's first-half lead to 3-0.
Loyola, however, wasn't done there. Alfonso found Darvill with his cross in the 33rd and the freshman scored his second goal of the game, going left-corner for the big lead. Canisius would get on the scoreboard in the 39th minute and the teams ended the first stanza with five goals between them.
The Griffs cut Loyola's lead to two with Mariano Sapien's header in the 74th minute and pulled within one after a flurry in front of Loyola's cage in the 88th. Canisius' final goal, the third attempt after two blocked shots, was the home team's final shot of the game.
Loyola, which finished with nine corner kicks and 18 shots, posted its biggest offensive output of the season with four goals. Alfonso's two goals and two assists bring the former MAAC Player of the Year's stats to five goals and five assists this season. Three of those goals have come in Loyola's two MAAC games.
Darvill, meanwhile, had an impressive night with six of his seven shots on goal. Darvill is second to Alfonso in scoring this season with four goals and eight points while Loyola Goalkeeper Justin Chelland made eight saves in the win and now has eight saves in each of his last three starts.
The Greyhounds are now 2-0-0 in the MAAC and close out an eight-game road swing at Niagara on Sunday afternoon. Sunday's match with the Purple Eagles begins at 1 p.m.