`Hounds Topple 15th-Ranked Stags

Oct. 20, 2006

Box Score

Fairfield, Conn. - Sophomore Josh Taylor scored in the 34th minute and senior goalkeeper Justin Chelland registered his third straight shutout as Loyola defeated No. 15 Fairfield 1-nil on Friday night in Connecticut.

With the win, the Greyhounds improve to 5-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and control their own destiny in terms of a No. 1 seed in the MAAC Tournament.

Chelland, who made three saves in the victory, was tested early, registering his first save in the game's third minute. The Greyhound defense, which staved off a pair of corner kicks in the first 10 minutes, responded with an offensive attack of its own.

Freshman Jamie Darvill missed high on his header in the 24th, but 10 minutes later, senior Omar Alfonso started a play to Darvill, who assisted Taylor on his second game-winning goal this season.

A highly contested and well-played second half resulted in two total shots-on-goal - one for each squad. Senior Buster Wiand had a good look at Stag keeper John Paul Francini in the 57th, but the save kept the margin at one. Chelland, who also made one save in the second half, improves his season goals-against average to 1.36 and his saves percentage to .791.

The win is Loyola's fifth in its last six games and puts the Greyhounds in a first-place tie atop the MAAC standings with three games left in the regular season. The top four conference teams will compete for the MAAC's automatic NCAA bid at the MAAC Championships at Fairfield November 3-5.

Loyola returns to action on Sunday at Iona and wraps up the year with a pair of home games next weekend. Sunday's game against the Gaels is slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff.