Defense Keys Offense In 13-8 Men’s Lacrosse Win Over Georgetown
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Loyola University Maryland caused 17 Georgetown University turnovers, and six of the Greyhounds’ goals came as a direct result of transition or unsettled situations in a 13-8 victory over the Hoyas on Wednesday night at Multi-Sport Field.
The Hoyas (3-4 overall) scored the game’s first goal with a 12-yard shot by Charles McCormick, but the Georgetown lead would be short lived.
Three minutes after McCormick’s goal at 13;07, Loyola (6-2) tallied its first goal, triggered by a Jack Runkel save. Pat Laconi ran the clear and sent a pass to Scott Ratliff who dodged a defender and scored from seven yards to tie the game at 1-1.
Chris Layne gave the Greyhounds the lead, which they would hold for the rest of the game, dodging down the left alley to score at 9:26.
Ratliff and Layne’s goals were the first two of an 8-0 Loyola run that would stretch into the second half, as the Greyhounds held Georgetown scoreless for a stretch of more than 32 minutes.
Another Runkel save led to the next Loyola goal. The Loyola goalkeeper sent an over-the-top pass to Ratliff who sent it behind the cage to Nikko Pontrello. Pontrello then found Phil Dobson for a nine-yard stepdown shot, and Loyola was up, 3-1, with 6:01 to play in the first quarter.
Zach Herreweyers scored the first of his four goals midway through the second quarter, stepping back after spinning past a defender for a shot off a Pontrello pass, and Harry Kutner tallied an extra-man goal at 4:30 following a Justin Ward skip pass at 4:30.
Laconi caused a turnover less than a minute later, and Ratliff came up with the ball before switching fields with a pass to Laconi who cleared it into the box. He played give-and-go with Ward, and Laconi scored Loyola’s sixth goal at 3:46.
With just over 30 seconds to play before halftime, Reid Acton caused a turnover, and a quick clear led to a Josh Hawkins goal off a Laconi assist 5.7 seconds before the break.
Loyola extended its lead to 8-1 2:02 into the third quarter when Herreweyers ran past his defender down the right alley and scored on a short jump shot.
Georgetown finally stopped the run with back-to-back goals by Travis Comeau and Reilly O’Connor at 11:00 and 10:16.
Herreweyers tallied his third of the game 16 seconds after O’Connor’s score by rolling off a check and firing an in-close sidearm shot.
Matt Sawyer then added to the lead, making the Loyola advantage 10-3, with an extra-man goal at 8:41 with a shot from within a yard after Ward fed a pass from the top.
O’Connor scored his second of the game at 7:37, slipping a shot inside the near post, but Kutner scored his second of the game at 5:20 by beating his defender down the right alley to make it 11-4 Greyhounds.
Just 10 seconds later, Loyola went up by eight when Ratliff won the ensuing faceoff. Hawkins grabbed the ground ball and got the ball to Ward. He fed Herreweyers who used a multiple shot-fake to score his career-high fourth goal.
Georgetown scored two in a row before Ward tallied the Greyhounds’ final goal after a Ratliff caused turnover and a Hawkins clear and assist.
Hawkins, Laconi and Fletcher each had three of the Greyhounds’ 17 caused turnovers, while Ratliff and Acton each tallied two.
Fletcher led Loyola with six ground balls; Hawkins and Ratliff both posted four.
Ward finished with a goal and four assists to lead the Greyhounds with five points, while Pontrello had a goal and two assists. Herreweyers tallied four goals, and Kutner had two, while Hawkins and Laconi each had a goal and an assist in transition.
Loyola steps back in to ECAC Lacrosse League action on Saturday, March 23, for its next game, a 3 p.m. game at the Unviersity of Michigan.