Ratliff tallies OT winner to lift Loyola to ECAC title game

May 02, 2012 | WNST Staff

Ratliff Scores OT Winner To Lift Men’s Lacrosse To ECAC Title Game

DENVER – Scott Ratliff picked up the ground ball off the opening faceoff in overtime, raced down the right side of the middle of the box and sent a high-to-low shot past University of Denver goalkeeper Ryan Laplante to lift the third-ranked Greyhounds to a 14-13 win in the ECAC Semifinals on Wednesday night.

The No. 12/11 Pioneers (8-6 overall) staged a strong fourth-quarter rally, coming back from a 13-6 deficit to tie the game with 3:30 left in regulation, but Loyola (13-1) did not let the Pioneers have possession after that, winning both face-offs and holding onto the ball in their offensive zone.

Ratliff scored two goals, both of Loyola faceoff wins, and he had a game-high nine ground balls.

Loyola had its 8-5 halftime lead trimmed off the thirdquarter’s opening face-off when Chase Carraro grabbed the ground ball and scored himself three ticks in to the period.

The Greyhounds, however, scored the game’s next five goals to lead 13-6 when Phil Dobson took a Pat Byrnes pass and scored his second goal of the game with 13:14 left in regulation.

Denver scored seven straight from that point, capping its run when Cameron Flint found himself unmarked on the low left side and scored with 3:30 left.

Loyola’s first 11 goals were scored by 11 different players. Eric Lusby, Ratliff and Dobson each finished with two, and Justin Ward had three assists.