Limone, Defense Stout In 11-4 Men’s Lacrosse Win At No. 8 Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Grant Limone made 14 saves, backstopping a Loyola University Maryland defense that held No. 8 University of Virginia to its fewest number of goals scored since the 2005 season as the 14th-ranked Greyhounds scored an 11-4 victory on the road at Klöckner Stadium to open the 2016 season.
Virginia (0-1 overall) outshout Loyola (1-0), 40-33, but the Cavaliers put just 18 of those shots on goal. Limone stopped 14 while allowing only four goals.
The four goals were the fewest the Cavaliers have scored since tallying just two in a 17-2 loss on April 16, 2005, against Duke University, a span of 172 games.
Loyola's previous two season openers, also against the Cavaliers, resulted in one-goal losses, but this time the Greyhounds jumped out to a 5-0 lead midway through the second quarter and never led by fewer than three goals the rest of the game. The Greyhounds shut out Virginia in both the first and fourth quarters.
Spencer made an immediate impact in his first college game, assisting on Zach Sirico's opening goal and then scoring one of his own to give the Greyhounds a 2-0 lead seven minutes into the game.
Albrecht took an outlet pass from Limone to score in transition with 3:56 on the first-quarter clock, and Sherlock added his first of two-straight with 36 ticks to go in the stanza, staking Loyola to a 4-0 advantage.
Sherlock opened the second quarter scoring with an unassisted goal at 5:39, tallying his second of the day with the 30-second timer on. His second of the team came on a 20-yard rip just after the timer-on call was made.
Meanwhile, Limone was outstanding, particularly in the first 15 minutes when he had six saves against a barrage of 16 UVa first-quarter shots. He later made saves on two point-blank opportunities by the Cavaliers' Greg Coholan.
Virginia got on the board with a pair of goals late in the first half, the first coming on a Coholan strike with 4:22 to play before the break. Ryan Conrad then used a Mike D’Amario pass to score with 80 seconds left, making it a 5-2 game at halftime.
Ryan Fournier made a long transition run and scored high-to-low 1:47 into the third quarter to push the Loyola lead back to four, but A.J. Fish got back within three just over a minute later.
Albrecht tallied his second of the game off a Spencer feed at 10:49, and the Greyhounds led by four or more for the rest of the game. Zach Herreweyers scored the next two Greyhounds goals off feeds from Sherlock and Sirico, his second making the lead, 9-4, with just two second left in the third quarter.
Limone made four of his 14 saves in the fourth quarter, halting any Virginia scoring chances as the Cavaliers took just five shots in the final frame. Albrecht and Spencer tacked on goals for the Greyhounds to provide the final outcome.
In addition to being outshot, Virginia was also credited with seven more ground balls, 39-32, than Loyola. Sirico led the Greyhounds with six, while Spencer, Limone, Mike Orefice and Foster Huggins each picked up three. Jared Mintzlaff caused a team-high two turnovers.
Loyola is back in action in a week, playing its home opener on Saturday, Feb. 20, against Johns Hopkins University at Ridley Athletic Complex. To purchase tickets to the game, log on to LoyolaGreyhounds.com/tickets.