Chris Colbeck scored eight goals, including the 100th of his career, and helped Loyola set a record for goals in a quarter, as the eighth-ranked Greyhounds defeated Delaware, 21-8, yesterday before 1,625 at Curley Field.
Loyola (7-3), which is hoping to make its fourth straight NCAtournament appearance, exploded for 10 first-quarter goals. Colbeck scored four as the Greyhounds bbroke the previous team record of nine, set last year at Delaware (4-8).
Colbeck (Calvert Hall) scored his four a during 5-minute, 35-second span of the period. His fourth, and Loyola's seventh, came with 6:59 still remaining in the opening quarter.
"This is a big game for the seniors," said Colbeck, one of 10 making his final appearance at home. "You think about four years, your ups and downs on the field, [and] you get choked up a little bit."
Gene Ubriaco [two goals] scored the record-setting goal with an assist from Jim Blanding [two goals, five assists] with 1:34 left in the quarter. The Greyhounds cooled off after that, but a 10-1 lead after one quarter was more than enough.
"I think we played very well in the first quarter," said Loyola coach Dave Cottle, whose team scored eight in the first quarter last week in a victory over the University of Maryland Baltimore County. "We're a pretty good first-quarter team. It's the rest of the time that we stink. We're trying to figure out what we do [in] the first quarter that we don't do in the rest of them."
Colbeck, who also had an assist, kept on going. Goal No. 100 came with 4:41 left in the third quarter. Colbeck took a Kevin Beach (two goals, three assists) pass at the edge of the crease and put it past Delaware goalie Chris Burdick (20 saves).
"It's something I really wanted," said Colbeck, who became the fifth player in Loyola history to score 100 goals. "I was more concerned about us playing well as an offensive unit heading into the playoffs."
Burdick was peppered with shots all day and had to make seven saves in the first quarter alone. Several of those came from within five yards of the goal. Loyola fired 24 shots in the opening quarter and 17 were on goal.
Loyola outshot the Blue Hens, 62-25, overall. Forty-three Loyola shots were on goal while Delaware managed only 18.