BALTIMORE – Zach Herreweyers scored a career-high six goals, and Graham Savio won 16-of-21 faceoffs for No. 14 Loyola University Maryland, and the Greyhounds defeated visiting Lehigh University, 11-8, Saturday afternoon in Patriot League play.
Herreweyers topped his previous high of five scored Feb. 18 at Towson University and now has 20 goals through five contests for Loyola (3-2 overall, 1-1 Patriot League).
He scored three-straight in the second quarter, breaking a 3-3 tie with a goal after Romar Dennis reversed the ball to him on the right side. Herreweyers then added his third of the game off a Zack Sirico assist at 6:34, and he added a one-handed goal after using Sirico’s feed and rolling the crease at 1:28.
His third goal in the series put Loyola in front, 6-3, a lead it would take into the locker room at halftime.
Lehigh (2-2, 1-1), however, came out with two goals in the first five minutes of the second half as Alan Henderson scored on an extra-man possession, and Kurtis Kaunas added one from the right side at 10:08 to draw the Mountain Hawks within a goal, 6-5.
Herreweyers tallied his fifth of the game after picking up the ground ball off a saved Greyhounds shot and scoring inside at 8:40, padding Loyola’s lead to two, 7-5.
Ian Strain, however, came back with a goal from the high left side at 7:03, cutting the Lehigh deficit back to one. Nikko Pontrello used a speed dodge from behind he cage to get topside and score for Loyola at 4;14.
Lehigh, however, used a goal from Dan Taylor at 1:51, and a man-up score by Billy Oppenheimer 38 seconds later to tie the score at 8-8 heading into the fourth quarter.
Herreweyers added his sixth 2:29 into the fourth quarter, using Sirico’s career-high fourth assist to score with a high shot and give the Greyhounds a lead they would not surrender.
Brian Sherlock scored the last two Loyola goals, the first coming with 7:19 left in regulation as he rolled off a check and into space to score with the 30-second clock on. He then added a man-down goal with 95 seconds left, scoring off a Pontrello assist to make it 11-8 Greyhounds.
Pontrello finished with two goals and an assist, and Dennis scored one and assisted on another.
Savio put together a 16-of-21 performance at the faceoff `X’ for the Greyhounds, picking up a career-best 12 ground balls.
Loyola had a 44-32 advantage in ground balls, as Ryan Fournier picked up six, and Tyler Albrecht and Zack Sirico each had four.
The Greyhounds hit the road for their next two games, first playing Saturday, March 7, at Duke University.