Loyola overcomes slow start on road to top Army 13-9

April 20, 2019 | WNST Staff


WEST POINT, N.Y. – Loyola University Maryland trailed the U.S. Military Academy, 3-0, after the first quarter, but the eighth-ranked Greyhounds outscored the No. 17 Black Knights, 13-6 over the remainder of the game to post a 13-9 Patriot League victory on Saturday afternoon.

Pat Spencer scored twice in the first 2-1/2 minutes of the second quarter to get Loyola within a goal, and he finished with game-highs of four goals and seven points. His seven points moved him into sole possession of third-place in NCAA Division I history with 356 points, passing two Duke University players, Justin Guterding (351, 2015-18) and Matt Danowski (353, 2004-08) and Cornell University’s Rob Pannell (354, 2009-13) in the process.

Bailey Savio went 18 of 26 on faceoffs for the Greyhounds in the game, picking up 11 ground balls against the Black Knights (9-4 overall, 5-3 Patriot League). Savio set the Loyola single-season record for ground balls during the game and now has 107, one more than Peter Haas’ 1998 total of 106.

After Spencer’s two goals got Loyola within one at 12:41, Army West Point reeled off two in a row as Connor DeWitt scored unassisted and Tommy Marino tallied an extra-man score at 6:09, making it a three-goal game once again.

Spencer would score unassisted at 4:46, and P.J. Brown dodged underneath his defender and scored at 34 ticks of the clock later to make it 5-4. The Black Knights, however, made it a two-goal spread at halftime as Nicholas Garofano caught a Matt Manown pass and scored with 1:27 on the first-half clock.

Loyola (10-3, 6-1) came out clicking on offense in the third quarter, scoring the frame’s first four goals.

Chase Scanlan drifted from his defender who hedged to John Duffy, and Duffy found him on the low left-side wing for a low-to-low goal 62 seconds into the half. Kevin Lindley then converted a Scanlan pass for a goal at 11:18, and the game was tied for the first time since it was 0-0.

Scanlan added his second, this coming when Spencer beat his defender with an underneath roll, and he threw to Scanlan on the doorstep for a one-timer that put Loyola in front at 8:30, the first time in the game the Greyhounds had the advantage.

Duffy would tack on another goal at 7:15 off a Brown assist, and Loyola was in front for the remainder of the contest.

DeWitt halted the 4-0 Loyola run with a goal at 3:19, but Jacob Stover made a save on DeWitt who had his hands free from 12 yards out as time expired in the third quarter, and Loyola took an 8-7 lead into the fourth.

Spencer drew a double on the first possession of the quarter, and he threw to Lindley on an inside roll for a goal to make it 9-7, but Manown got underneath a defender to score at 13:19, making it a one-goal margin again.

Loyola then went on another 4-0 run as Stover had four fourth-quarter saves.

Brown, who had a season-high three points on two goals and an assist, used a Spencer feed to score sidearm at 11:47. Aidan Olmstead the scored two unassisted goals at 7:34 and 5:38 before Spencer tacked on an insurance goal at 1:17.

Stover finished the game with 12 saves, his 14th-straight game with 10 or more.

Olmstead, Scanlan and Brown each had two goals and an assist, while Lindley tallied a pair of goals and Duffy had one of each.

Loyola controlled a 33-27 margin in ground balls, thanks to Savio’s 11. Ryan McNulty had six, while three others had three each. Cam Wyers was one of those three, and he also caused two turnovers.

Spencer now has 90 points this season on a career-high 40 goals and 50 assists. He is the only Loyola player to reach 90 points in a season, a feat he first accomplished last year when he had 94.

The Greyhounds finish their regular-season on Friday, April 26, when they play at Lafayette College in a 7:30 p.m. game.