Loyola’s 9-3 victory over Maryland in Monday’s NCAA Championship Game
The Greyhounds were looking for their first ever Championship when they took the field against Maryland in the final. The early going belonged to the goalkeepers. Maryland keeper Niko Amato made two tremendous saves and Loyola Goalkeeper Jack Runkel was just as good. The game’s first goal was created by a Loyola turnover. Jesse Bernhardt finished on the other end on the fast break and the Terps had a 1-0 lead. Turnovers would be a key in the first half and they would haunt the Terps. Maryland controlled the face-off X in the first half holding a 9-1 edge, but Terp turnovers and Runkel would limit the Maryland offense and Loyola used five different goal scorers to build a 5-3 halftime lead. The Greyhounds methodically put the Terps away in the second half. Greyhounds Attackman Justin Ward netted the only goal of the third quarter, and Eric Lusby scored a hat trick in the fourth quarter to seal the deal. Lusby was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and broke the all-time goal scoring record with 17 goals, breaking the mark set by Duke Attackman Zach Greer, and Virginia Attackman Matt Ward. All that was left was the celebration. The Loyola defense held Maryland without a goal for the last 40:40 of the game. Kevin Cooper gave Maryland a 3-2 lead at the 4:20 mark of the second quarter and that was the end of the scoring for Maryland the rest of the day. Two days after the Terps shot 16-29 against the Blue Devils and set an NCAA tournament record for shooting accuracy the Terps mis-fired on their last 20 shots against Loyola.
Best non-sports event of the weekend
The New Romance at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Baltimore
I have seen the band many times and they were at their best on Saturday night. It was a great night down at the harbor and the crowd was fantastic. It was great to see G-Marsh again. I Can’t wait for him to be a part of the show this week.