Loyola overcomes slow start to top Lafayette

March 22, 2015 | WNST Staff


EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette College took a 5-2 lead against No. 14 Loyola University Maryland, 5:59 into the second quarter, but the Greyhounds scored seven-straight goals as part of a 10-1 run en route to a 19-10 Patriot League victory on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium.

Morgan Westby scored his second of three goals with 9:01 to go in the second quarter, staking the Leopards (1-7 overall, 0-5 Patriot League) to a three-goal advantage, but less than a minute later, Brian Sherlock shook his defender up top and fed Zach Herreweyers in front from eight yards out to get Loyola within a goal.

Sherlock scored three goals and assisted on two, and Herreweyers tallied three and one.

The goal was the first of five goals in the span of two minutes, 43 seconds that saw Loyola (5-4, 3-1) tie the game at 5-5 when Zack Sirico used a quick restart to get topside and score unassisted.

He finished with a career-best three goals and added two assists for a personal-best five points.

Tyler Albrecht and Sherlock played a two-man game at the top of the offensive zone with Sherlock slipped a pass from left-to-right and Albrecht scored on a 12-yard rip. His lone goal of the game put Loyola in front for the first time, 6-5, with 5:39 left in the half.

Nikko Pontrello tallied his third of a game-high five goals with 3:57 left in the frame, also restarting from behind and getting to the crease for a goal.

Pontrello scored a career-best nine points and also matched his personal-best with four assists for the second game in a row.

He tacked on another goal, this time rolling the crease with a dodge from behind and firing a one-handed shot past Lafayette goalkeeper Matt Cortese.

Loyola tallied its seventh-straight goal with 98 seconds left in the first half as Grant Limone made one of his 10 saves in goal, and Pat Frazier picked up the ground ball. He ran a one-man clear and fed the ball behind the goal to Sirico.

Sirico then saw Frazier alone on the crease, and the defender scored his second career goal to put Loyola up, 9-5.

Lafayette would score with 15 seconds to go in the half, sending the teams to the locker room with the Greyhounds up three, 9-6, but Loyola scored the first three of the third quarter and five of the next six goals to lead, 14-7, on Romar Dennis’ man-up goal 19 ticks into the final quarter.

Loyola posted 67 shots in the game to Lafayette’s 32. Thirty of the Greyhounds attempts came in the second quarter.

Graham Savio won 19-of-28 faceoffs and picked up 10 ground balls, and Mike Orefice was successful on all four of his restarts, as the Greyhounds were 23-of-32 at the `X.’

Led by Pontrello’s five and three each from Sherlock , Sirico and Herreweyers, nine Greyhounds scored goals. Dennis, Albrecht, Frazier, Ryan Fournier and Matt Cunningham each scored one.

Pontrello had four assists, while Sherlock and Sirico had two each. Jordan Germershausen, Jared Mintzlaff and Herreweyers each had one.

The Greyhounds take a week off before hosting Colgate Unviersity on Saturday, March 28, at 2:30 p.m. in a nationally televised game from Ridley Athletic Complex on CBS Sports Network.