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#15 Men's Lacrosse Uses Early Run To Put Away Fairfield

Collin Finnerty scored three goals and assisted on another for Loyola.
Collin Finnerty scored three goals and assisted on another for Loyola.

April 18, 2009

Box Score
Post-Game Interview with Coach Toomey

BALTIMORE - After Fairfield scored the game's first goal, No.15 Loyola responded with five unanswered and kept its foot on the pedal the rest of the way, cruising to a 12-7 victory over the Stags on Saturday behind hat-tricks from attackmen Collin Finnerty and Shane Koppens.

Coupled with a Massachusetts loss, the Loyola win, which was seen by 2,104 fans at a sunny Diane Geppi-Aikens Field, gives the Greyhounds (8-4 overall, 5-1 ECAC) a half-game lead in the league standings. The Minutemen, however, hold the head-to-head advantage in the series.

"I think that we came out early with a lot of intensity," said Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey. "We were winning face-offs, picking up groundballs and playing hard, and we were able to maintain the momentum."

Fairfield (6-5, 3-2 ECAC ) opened the game with a long-goal from Nick Baglio, but Loyola rebounded with a 5-0 spurt.

Freshman J.P. Dalton ignited the run with a score off a face-off for his first goal of his career. A Koppens goal provided Loyola with a 2-1 lead, which it wouldn't relinquish the rest of the way. The putaway came at the 9:40 mark, as the attackman got into the interior of the defense and buried his shot high.

Two consecutive goals by Finnerty made it a 4-1 Loyola advantage. With 8:48 left, he spun free from his defender and sent a screamer into the top-right of the net. Just 37 seconds later, Finnerty again found the net, this time on a bounce shot from the top of the arc.

A 15-yard goal from Mike Sawyer, assisted by Koppens, ended the run and put Loyola up 5-1 after the first period.

 

 

The Stags opened the second period with a pair of goals from John Snellman and Chris Trombine to make it a 5-3 game. Midfielder Jake Willcox had the answer just 25 seconds after Trombine's goal, though, with an unassisted bury after a pretty juke move to avoid his defender.

Fairfield's Chris Ajemin cut the Loyola deficit to two, 6-4, with 7:46 left. Finnerty, though, would get the hat-trick with 35 tics left off an assist from Koppens, and Loyola took a 7-4 lead into intermission.

Both teams remained scoreless for nearly half the third quarter before a goal by Fairfield's Chris Ajemain cut the lead to two, 7-5, with 8:13 left. With 6:23 left, Eric Lusby scored off a long shot from the outside, and Koppens would score his second of the day with 1:51 left off a feed from Taylor Ebsary to give Loyola a comfortable four-goal cushion, 9-5.

A nifty goal by Koppens-- as he had his back to the goal and sent a shot behind his helmet--gave the Tewaarton finalist his third of the game and provided the Hounds their biggest lead of the game, 10-5, a minute into the fourth period.

The teams would go scoreless for the next 10 minutes before Matt Langan scored an unassisted goal with 4:14 remaining. Cooper MacDonnell earned his team-high 28th goal of the season two minutes later on a man-up opportunity, swelling the Loyola lead to seven, 12-5. Fairfields' Brent Adams and Graham Bergsma tallied goals over the last minute for the final tally.

John Schiavone won 10-of-16 faceoffs and had a game-high eight ground balls. P.T. Ricci grabbed six ground balls and caused four turnovers.

Koppens led eight different Loyola goal-scorers with five points while Finnerty added four. The Greyhounds, who came into the game third in the country in groundball margin, won the category, 38-33, and outshot the Stags, 42-29.

Jake Hagelin made nine saves and allowed just five goals in over 57 minutes of action in goal.

The Greyhounds return to action on Saturday, April 25, at 1 p.m. when they host Hobart in the regular-season home finale.