Loyola Holds Off Ohio State to Stay Unbeaten

March 31, 2012 | WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The No. 4/5 Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team notched a, 8-7, victory over Ohio State at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon, improving to 9-0 overal and 3-0 in Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

The 9-0 start is the best for the Greyhounds since 1999 when the team won its first 12 games.

Eric Lusby led Loyola with three goals, while Justin Ward notched a goal and three assists to pace the offensive attack.

J.P. Dalton was excellent in the faceoff ‘X’ going 12-of-19 in the game including 5-of-5 in the second quarter and 5-of-7 in the fourth.

With the scored knotted at three after the first half, the Greyhounds scored three-straight in the third quarter to take a 6-3 advantage.

Scott Ratliff scored the first for Loyola in transition off an assist by Pat Laconi. Josh Hawkins added the second at the 9:15 mark of the quarter, and Lusby finished the run with just under five minutes left on a Ward helper.

After the Buckeyes got two back in the fourth quarter to close within one at 6-5 with 8:19 left, Loyola tallied twice with less than two and a half minutes remaining to put the game out of reach at 8-5.

Ward scored the first, coming free off a screen by Mike Sawyer and beating Ohio State goalie Greg Dutton. Sawyer also had a pair of goals.

Lusby scored the second, notching his 27th goal of the season on an assist by Chris Layne.

Reid Acton had five ground balls and five caused turnovers to help the Loyola defense, with Hawkins and Reid also picked-up five ground balls.

Jack Runkel made eight saves between the pipes for the Greyhounds, while allowing seven goals.

The Greyhounds are next in action at ECAC opponent Fairfield on Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m.