BOSTON – James Burr score on a five-yard low-to-low look from the left side just over a minute into overtime, and Boston University rallied to beat visiting Loyola University Maryland, 12-11, in Patriot League action.
With today’s results, the winner of Loyola’s game at the U.S. Military Academy on Friday, April 21, will host the Patriot League Semifinals and Championship Game.
The Greyhounds (7-5 overall, 5-2 Patriot League) trailed 3-0 after the game’s first nine minutes, but it reeled off four-straight goals and seven of the next eight to lead 7-4 on a Jay Drapeau goal with 3:27 to play in the third quarter.
Boston University (10-3, 4-3), however, recorded seven of the game’s final 11 goals to claim the win and clinch a bid to the conference championships for the first time.
The Terriers took an 11-10 lead when Michael Laviano cut to the goal and finished a Jack Wilson pass from behind for a goal with 3:26 left in regulation, but Alex McGovern tied the game with a Greyhounds goal 1:15 later. Pat Spencer saw McGovern draw a short-stick behind the crease, and he flipped a pass to his teammate that sent him on a run topside. McGovern finished with a six-yard sidearm shot that went under the crossbar to tie the game at 2:11.
Loyola’s Graham Savio, who during the game became the Patriot League’s all-time leader in faceoffs won, gained possession for the Greyhounds on the ensuing draw, and Loyola ran significant time off the clock.
With the 30-second clock winding down, Brian Sherlock caught a Spencer feed and stepped down from 10 yards. His shot went opposite stick-side low, but it went off the pipe with just over 30 seconds left. The Greyhounds retained possession, and McGovern had a look that was deflected by Boston University goalkeeper Christian Carson-Bannister over the cage.
Savio won the clamp on the overtime faceoff and threw it out cleanly, but the Greyhounds could not come up with the ball deep in the Terriers’ offensive end. After both teams traded timeouts, Boston University had the ball behind the cage in the stick of Jack Wilson, and he found Burr on the left side for the game-winning goal.
The Terriers capitalized on early Loyola miscues to score the game’s first three goals. Wilson tallied a goal at 10:11, while Brendan Homire and Cal Dearth scored at 7:14 and 6:09 in the opening stanza to build the margin.
Drapeau put the Greyhounds on the board with a 10-yard sidearm strike off a Sherlock flip assist, and Zack Sirico then tallied a pair of goals to tie the game late in the first quarter.
Sirico finished with a career-high four goals, and Drapeau matched his best with three. Sirico added three assists in the game to finish one off his career-high with seven points.
Sirico scored his first with 89 ticks left in the frame, and he tallied another with 10 seconds on the clock. Both happened after he initiated from behind and beat his defender topside to score.
He then assisted on the first goal of the second quarter when he triggered a slide from behind and sent a pass to Sherlock for a 10-yard look on the run. His strike 1:38 into the second gave Loyola its first lead of the game, but Dearth scored at 10:46 to pull the Terriers even at 4-4.
Drapeau started a 3-0 Loyola run with his second of the day at 9:55, and Romar Dennis used a Spencer pass to score on a 18-yard rocket from the top of the box at 5:51. That goal was the last of the first half for either team, and they went to the locker room with Loyola leading, 6-4.
The score remained the same for the more than 11 minutes in the third quarter until Drapeau beat a defender from behind with the timer on to score his third of the day at 3:27.
Burr scored for the Terriers at 2:23 in the third, and Boston University won the faceoff cleanly thereafter. Joe Stucky, who went 17-of-27 at the ‘X’ with eight ground balls for the Terriers, raced into the box and uncorked a high-to-low shot that bounced in front of the crease and was saved by Loyola’s Jacob Stover.
Stover sent an outlet pass to Jared Mintzlaff who carried into the box. He fed McGovern on the right side, and he directed a pass to Sirico on the backside pipe for a goal 19 ticks after Burr’s.
Dearth, the Terriers’ leading scorer, scored twice in a row before the end of the period, his second coming in transition that allowed Boston University to draw within a goal, 8-7, at the start of the fourth.
Loyola went on extra-man less than two minutes into regulation’s final period as Sherlock took an illegal body check on a shot attempt, and McGovern converted a Sirico feed from behind to make it 9-7 Loyola with 12:57 on the clock.
The Terriers, however, tied it up 63 seconds later after Hayden Ruiz spun free from his defender and scored at 12:16, and Wilson got over the top from goal-line-extended to knot the game at 9-9 with 11:54 remaining.
Sirico recorded his fourth of the day with 9:11 showing after a hustle play by Dennis kept the play alive. His shot was blocked by a defender and deflected toward midfield; Boston University had three players converge on the loose ball, but Dennis came out of traffic with possession, and he found Sirico on the right side of the crease to score.
The Loyola lead did not last long, however, as Boston University won the ensuing faceoff, and Dearth logged his game-high fifth goal. Laviano and McGovern traded goals in the final four minutes, setting up the overtime winner for Burr.
Loyola had a 13-8 advantage in turnovers, but the Terriers controlled a 32-26 margin on ground balls, aided by Stuckey’s 17-of-27 mark on faceoffs.
Savio’s second faceoff win of the game gave him 665 in his career, eclipsing the 664 draws won by Colgate University’s Chris Eck from 2005-2008.
The Greyhounds travel to West Point, New York, for their regular-season finale on Friday. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. faceoff and will air live nationally on CBS Sports Network.