Loyola College rallied for four goals in the fourth period, including two by midfielder Fred Haas, as the No. 3 Greyhounds defeated fifth-ranked Princeton, 10-9, yesterday in the championship game of the Loyola/George Transfer Tournament at Curley Field.
Loyola (3-1) was led by midfielder Gary Miller's three goals. Attackmen Kevin Beach, Jim Blanding and Haas each had two. Attackman Justin Tortolani paced Princeton (4-1) with three goals.
Princeton had taken an 8-6 lead after a third period in which the Tigers outscored the Greyhounds, 5-0. The Tigers also had freshman goalkeeper Scott Bacigalupo (St. Paul's), who had starred until that point with 20 of his 24 total saves.
But then, Loyola attackman Chris Colbeck scored on a blistering shot that barely slid underneath Bacigalupo's stick with 10 minutes, 58 seconds left in the game that cut the lead to 8-7.
Nearly three minutes later, Miller, a transfer from Essex Community College, scored off a set play on an extra-man opportunity to tie the score at 8-8.
Then it was Haas' turn. Another transfer from Essex, Haas took a pass from midfielder Sean Smith on the right side of the goal to put Loyola ahead, 9-8, with 7:47 left. Then, with 6:13 remaining, Haas dodged two defenders outside the crease then scored while going to his right.
"Yeah, our season did kind of flash before my eyes," said Loyola coach Dave Cottle. "With our [relatively easy] schedule, I'm not sure we could have come up with enough to make up for two losses.
"But we needed a game like this against a team that is probably a playoff team. This year, we haven't shown that we're able to win a close game. This one helps."
But the victory also proved that despite having most of its talent back from last year's team that lost to Syracuse in the championship game, Loyola has a lot of room for improvement.
The Greyhounds blew another lead yesterday, this one 6-2 late in the second quarter. Sometimes when they needed to run, the Greyhounds couldn't. And when they had to slow it down late in the game, they took poor shots and made bad passes.
But the Greyhounds rode well, forcing numerous turnovers at midfield. And Cottle, who has been searching for an offensive leader this season, may have found one in Haas.
"One thing that we know is nobody is going to quit," said Smith, the tournament Most Valuable Player who had four goals and two assists and won numerous ground balls during the two-day tournament. "We were just going to play and play until we fell out."
% Loyola 3 3 0 4 -- 10
Princeton 0 3 5 1 -- 9
Goals: L--Miller 3, Beach 2, Blanding 2, Haas 2, Colbeck; P--Tortolani 3, Thompson 2, Singer, Calkins, Moe, Lowe. Assists: L--Beach 2, Blanding, Haas, Smith; P--Lowe 3, Simmers 2,
Thompson. Saves: L--Dunnigan 5; P--Bacigalupo 24.
Penn State 14, Ohio W'sleyan 7
Senior midfielder Rob Strasberg scored three goals and attackman Ted Peddy and Chris Lehman each scored two, as Penn State (2-2) defeated Ohio Wesleyan (0-3) in the consolation game. Rich Flynn had 22 saves for the losers.
Penn State 5 4 4 1 -- 14
Ohio Wesleyan 4 1 1 1 -- 7
Goals: PS--Strasberg 3, Peddy 2, Lehman 2, Laverty 2, Guarton, Gerrato, Makover, Quinn, Fisher; OW--Arfin 2, James 2, Troggler, Franz, Ringers. Assists: PS--Marcus 2, Brous, Laverty, Lehman, Gilhool, Strasberg, Peddy, Kutufaris, Rolewicz; OW--Bishop 2, Ringers, Mott, Franz. Saves: PS--Morse 15; OW--Flynn 22.