Even though third-ranked Loyola College had an eight-goa lead at the half yesterday, Greyhounds coach Dave Cottle wasn't satisfied.
Two weeks ago his team nearly blew a seven-goal, first-half lead before holding off Rutgers. Last week, his team lost a five-goal, first-half lead and the game to Virginia.
"They thought they were going to get a pat on their backs for a fine halftime lead," said Cottle.
Instead, Cottle delivered a fiery halftime speech and the Greyhounds responded with 14 second-half goals to take a 24-4 victory over Ohio Wesleyan in the Loyola/George Transfer Tournament at Curley Field yesterday.
Loyola (2-1) will meet No. 5 Princeton (4-0) today in the tournament championship game at 3 p.m. Ohio Wesleyan (0-2) will play Penn State (1-2) in the consolation game at noon. Princeton defeated the Nittany Lions, 9-7, in the other first-round game yesterday.
Cottle watched his team take a 6-1 lead in the first period, and the Greyhounds were quite impressive as attackmen Chris Colbeck, Jim Blanding and Sean Smith each had two goals.
The Greyhounds kept the pressure on and opened a 9-2 lead with 4 minutes, 8 seconds left in the half, but their passing wasn't as crisp and the intensity wasn't as high as it was in the first quarter.
"It's like we go out there, jump on people, then say we're the best team and stop playing," said Cottle. "We have a tendency to sit down on leads. This time, though, we were able to pick it up again.
"This has been a tough week," Cottle added. "We went into the Virginia game not expecting to lose, yet we did and it was our own fault. We may have lost some confidence, so we needed a game bad."
Well, the Greyhounds didn't get too much of a game yesterday. Loyola outshot Ohio Wesleyan, 63-25, won 18 of 31 faceoffs and controlled 69 of 114 ground balls. Loyola also scored on four of eight extra-man opportunities.
Colbeck and Smith each scored four goals, and Blanding added three. Loyola attackman Kevin Beach scored four. Junior attackmen Rich Franz led Ohio Wesleyan with two goals and an assist. Attackman Bill Bishop had two assists and a goal for the Battling Bishops.
Any questions Cottle had about the third period were quickly erased in the first two minutes, as Smith, Colbeck and midfielder Gary Miller scored.
Loyola 24, Ohio Wesleyan 4
Ohio Wesleyan 1 1 2 0 -- 4
Loyola .. .. 6 4 8 6 -- 24
Goals: OW--Franz 2, Bishop, Mott; L--Smith 4, Colbeck 4, Blanding 3, Ervin 3, Radebaugh 2, Haas, Beach, Miller, Sloper, Nagle, Jedlicka, Roberts, Vaikness. Assists: OW--Bishop 2, Franz; L--Beach 4, Leahy, Blanding, Smith, Nagle, Heaney, Lutz, Nugent, Ervin. Saves: OW--Flynn 23; L--Dunnigan 9, manos 5, Foster 1.
Princeton 9, Penn State 7
Princeton 2 2 3 2 -- 9
Penn State 0 2 1 4 -- 7
Goals: P--Mos 2, Simmers 2, Singer, Tomeo, Tortolani, Thompson, Lowe; PS--Peddy 3, Makover 3, Bailer. Assists: P--Lowe 2, Thompson, McHugh, Marro, Tortolani; PS--none. Saves: P--Bacigalupo 16; PS--Pearl 13.