BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse scored nine-straight goals to end the second quarter as part of an 11-0 run that spanned both halves, and the tenth-ranked Greyhounds opened Patriot League play with a 19-5 win over visiting Lafayette College at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Jay Drapeau scored two of his team-high three goals during the second quarter, connecting on back-to-back possessions just over a minute a part, giving the Greyhounds (2-1 overall, 1-0 Patriot League) a 7-2 lead when he scored off an Aidan Olmstead assist at 9:06.
Drapeau’s hat trick was his second in as many games, and Brian Begley had his second-straight agme with two goals, this time doing so on his only pair of shots in the game. Kevin Lindley tallied his first career point on Drapeau’s first goal that was also the game’s first. He then added two more goals.
Olmstead had three points on a goal and two assists, while Pat Spencer and Ryan McNulty each had a goal and an assist.
Fourteen different Loyola players scored goals in the game.
Defensively, Loyola held Lafayette to 27 shots, and the Leopards had 20 turnovers. Begley had four ground balls and two caused turnovers, and fellow short-stick midfielder Jared Mintzlaff also caused two turnovers. Mike Orefice won 12 of 17 faceoffs and had a game-high seven ground balls to go with a goal.
Drapeau put the Greyhounds on the board just over a minute into the contest. Lindley dodged from the right and threw to Drapeau on the weakside where he toed the crease while sending in a shot at 13:50.
The teams combined for six turnovers before the Greyhounds struck again at 7:37. This time, Lindley was on the scoring end, cutting across the face of the goal where he caught an Olmstead feed that he shot lefty to score inside the far post.
John Natoli put the Leopards (2-3, 0-1) on the board at 5:58, converting off a Will McCarthy pass, but P.J. Brown sent the Greyhounds back up two as he dodged left-to-right at the top of the box, shooting low to beat Lafayette’s Jonathan Anastos stick-side.
Spencer scored only 18 seconds later, staking the Greyhounds to a 4-1 lead. He took his defender from X, hop-stepped to draw space, and once topside he bounced off a check to get to his right and score from five yards.
Lafayette scored 62 seconds into the second quarter as Alex Mezey tallied a marker on a Conor Walters assist, and the Leopards went on extra-man at 12:04 after the Greyhounds were flagged for a push.
Loyola killed the penalty and regained possession after a turnover. After the clear, Begley drew a short-stick behind the cage and came up the right side. He stepped left and spun back right, sidearming a hard shot for his first of the day at 10:38
That goal ignited an 11-0 Loyola run that spanned both halves.
Drapeau tallied two-straight goals, the first coming in transition off an assist by Ryan McNulty, and the second 20 ticks later in settled offense, assisted by Olmstead.
Following the second goal, Orefice won the faceoff going forward, ran into the box and scored only four seconds after Drapeau’s. The four seconds between goals is tied for fourth-fastest for consecutive goals by the same team in NCAA Division I history. Last year, in a win over Lehigh University, Brian Sherlock and Graham Savio set the school record and tied the national mark with goals three seconds apart.
Two Loyola players then scored the first goals of their careers with McNulty finishing a transition run with a goal at 7:14 and Bobby Austin tallying his first off a Spencer assist at 4:30. Brown added his second of the game at 3:50, and Logan Devereaux picked up a groundball in front of the crease to score with 28 seconds left in the half.
The Greyhounds were not done on the scoreboard in the first half as Bailey Savio won the faceoff, and Devin Shewell shot wide with 11 ticks left. Begley restarted from behind, and he scored on a near carbon-copy of his first goal with less than four seconds on the clock.
Lindley and Olmstead scored the first two goals of the second half at 10:28 and 6:34, respectively, with Olmstead’s goal off a Drapeau assist pushing the Loyola lead to 15-2.
Walters broke the 11-0 run for Lafayette with a goal at 2:51, but Shewell tallied a goal with 12 seconds left in the third, his first as a Greyhound.
Nick Cunningham broke a nine-minute scoreless stretch with an unassisted goal at 6:38 in the fourth quarter, and Andrew Chase responded for the Leopards with a goal at 5:37.
Thomas Berger record his first collegiate goal for the Greyhounds at 3:36, and Riley Cox scored off a Shewell assist on extra-man for his first collegiate goal at 1:40.
Loyola outshot the Leopards, 50-27, and it had a 33-18 advantge in ground balls.
The Greyhounds close a three-game homestand on Wednesday, February 28, when they host Towson University at 4 p.m.