EASTON, Pa. – Twelve Loyola Unviersity Maryland men’s lacrosse players scored goals Saturday, led by five from Pat Spencer, and the Greyhounds opened their Patriot League schedule with an 18-5 victory at Lafayette College on Saturday afternoon.
Spencer matched his career-high with five goals, and he also added three assists, while John Duffy and Jordan Germershausen each scored twice. Four players – P.J. Brown, Wiley Bonham, Logan Devereaux and Nick Cunningham – scored the first goals of their Loyola careers, and Cole Boland posted his first point with an assist.
The Greyhounds (1-2 overall, 1-0 Patriot League) had a 57-34 advantage in shots and a 39-29 lead in ground balls. Loyola’s trio of goalkeepers – Jacob Stover (6), Grant Limone (6) and Sam Beazell (4) – combined for 16 saves, and Graham Savio was 13-of-20 with nine ground balls at the face-off ‘X.’
Romar Dennis got the scoring started with the game’s first goal just 69 seconds in. He ran left-to-right and ripped an opposite post right-handed shot for a goal to give the Greyhounds a lead they would not relinquish.
It was scoreless, however, for more than eight minutes until Foster Huggins stripped a Lafayette (0-3, 0-1) player and carried the ball over the midfield line for Loyola. He gave it up to Peter Swindell who drove and flipped a pass to a trailing John Duffy. Duffy slung a high-to-low shot that went in for his first of two goals, and the Greyhounds were up a pair at 5:33 in the first.
Lafayette, however, got back within one just 26 seconds later when Alex Mezey scored his first of three for the Leopards off a Connar Dehnert assist.
The Greyhounds won the faceoff after Mezey’s score, and Zac Davliakos ran into the box and dumped a pass to Spencer who scored at 4:48, sparking an 8-0 Loyola run.
Spencer scored unassisted 22 seconds later, and he assisted on an Alex McGovern strike with 1:30 left in the first quarter. Savio picked up the ground ball off the second quarter’s opening faceoff and dropped a pass to McGovern who fed Spencer for a goal eight seconds into the frame.
Germsershausen and Duffy scored back-to-back off assists by Jay Drapeau and Mike Perkins, respectively, and Loyola led 8-1. Drapeau and Spencer then scored unassisted tallies, staking the Greyhounds to a 10-1 lead with 6:32 to go before halftime.
Conor Walters broke the Loyola run with a Lafayette goal at 5:12, but Spencer scored at 3:58 to tally his fifth goal in less than 17 minutes of action. Brown ripped his first collegiate goal from 20 yards out at 3:19, and Spencer fed Bonhan on the crease for the first of his career just 15 seconds later, sending Loyola to the locker room up 13-2.
Mezey got Lafayette within nine, scoring the second half’s first goal at 12:35, but Perkins recorded a goal less than 40 seconds later, starting a 5-0 run for the Greyhounds. Brian Begley scored in transition, and Germershausen rolled to the crease and scored his second with 57 ticks left in the quarter.
Cunningham then used a Devereaux feed to score his first collegiate goal at 11:49 in the fourth quarter, and Devereaux went low-to-low off a Boland pass at 9:45 for his first.
Lafayette got two late goals from Scott McAvoy and Mezey to round out the afternoon’s scoring.
Loyola had a season-high 12 caused turnovers, led by four from Huggins. In addition to Savio’s nine ground balls, Matt Higgins had a career-high with five, and Jack Carrigan, Alex Johnson and Huggins each picked up three.
The Greyhounds step out of conference play for their next game, a Wednesday, March 1, contest at Towson Unviersity that will start at 7 p.m.