Loyola beats Syracuse in final, 14-13 in OT Beach's 6 include tying, winning goals

October 14, 1991|By Bob Clark

Loyola College's Kevin Beach scored the tying goal against Syracuse with 19 seconds left in regulation and then powered his way to the game-winner 83 seconds into overtime, as the host Greyhounds captured the Loyola Fall Lacrosse Classic, 14-13, at Curley Field.

Beach, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound junior from Mount St. Joseph, scored six goals and had four assists, as he led Loyola's uphill battle against the Orangemen, who had a 7-3 lead after one quarter.

"Syracuse is really quick," said Loyola coach Dave Cottle. "They play at a faster speed than we do. And that put us in a hole early."

The Greyhounds pulled even at 12 on an unassisted goal by senior Gary Miller (three goals) with less than six minutes left in regulation. But the Orangemen regained the lead 40 seconds later on attackman Matt Riter's fourth goal of the day.

That set the stage for Beach's heroics.

Beach, who had checked the ball out of a Syracuse stick to regain possession for Loyola with 31 seconds to play in the fourth quarter, beat Syracuse goalie Chris Surran high to pull the Greyhounds even at 13 with 19 seconds left.

"I shot it and it hit the top and kind of trickled in," said Beach.

Syracuse called time with five seconds to go and set up a play for senior midfielder Rick Cramer, who raced toward the goal and beat Loyola freshman goalie Tim McGeeney with the apparent game-winner. But the goal was disallowed by the officials, who said time had expired.

Not so, said Syracuse coach Roy Simmons.

"I really did think it beat the clock," he said. "Even with the crowd noise, I thought he was well within the limits because I was counting it down to myself. It's a lousy way to walk out of here, when you led all day and canned the goal at the end. It's very disheartening."

Cottle had a different opinion, saying: "I thought the whistle blew before it went in. But then I didn't agree with a lot of calls today, either. We lost last year at Syracuse in the same kind of disputed sudden-death situation, but it doesn't make any difference. It's only fall ball."

Syracuse threatened first in overtime, but McGeeney, who had 11 saves while playing the second half and overtime, stopped a point-blank shot by Syracuse freshman Roy Colsey and the Greyhounds moved to the other end.

Then Beach got the ball behind the goal and powered his way to the crease with defenseman Rick Beardsley hanging on and fired in a one-hand shot for the win.

"We're not supposed to shoot behind the back or one-handed. I might be running around the reservoir tomorrow," said Beach. "But it went in."

Cottle said: "Kevin has had the best fall of all his years here. The only problem he's been having is with his shooting, but that wasn't a problem today. He shot the ball very well."

Syracuse had taken a 2-0 lead in 31 seconds at the game's outset and led by 3-0 before three minutes had been played. After Loyola closed the gap to 4-3 with under six minutes to go in the first quarter, Syracuse scored on goals by Riter, Tom Marachek (three goals) and Steve Bellinger to open a 7-3 lead after one quarter.

Extra-man situations for Loyola in the second quarter allowed the Greyhounds to get close. Kevin Jedlicka, Miller and Gene Ubriaco (on a pass from Mark Nugent) scored after Syracuse penalties in the second quarter, and Loyola closed the deficit to 8-6 by halftime.

In the consolation game, Division III Nazareth broke a 4-4 halftime tie with five third-quarter goals and went on to a 12-6 victory over Navy.

Tim Cox scored six goals and Ronnie Davis had four assists to lead Nazareth. Matt Pawlikowski and Jamie Slough each scored twice for the Midshipmen.

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