Loyola upsets Boston U. in OT, 1-0 Unbeaten run at 7


3rd ranked foe falls

October 18, 1992|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,Contributing Writer

Sophomore forward Bill Wnek took a crossing pass from Jim Garvey early in the second overtime period and rolled in the only goal of the game as Loyola College topped No. 13 Boston University, 1-0, at Curley Field yesterday.

Wnek's team-leading 10th goal of the season improved Loyola's record to 11-2-1 and provided the third victory of the season by the Greyhounds over a top-25 team.

"It was an extremely well-played game by both sides," said Loyola coach Bill Sento. "I'm very pleased with the outcome."

Sento has been encouraging his team to develop "a shooting mentality" -- to look for more shots. But the players didn't follow through until overtime against the Terriers (8-5) who rank first in New England.

With just over two minutes gone in the second 15-minute extra session, Wnek executed the Sento message and it paid off.

"We were trying to crash the goal all game," said Wnek, "but we really hadn't put many shots on goal until that second overtime.

"I saw Jim Garvey with the ball on the wing and he centered it out a little farther than I expected. I stepped out and hit a volley and it hit a guy's knee. The goalie was going the other way and the ball rolled into the corner."

"That's exactly what I've been telling them," said Sento. "When you take the shots a lot of things can happen."

The Loyola defense, which allowed just one goal in the just concluded seven-game homestand, was superb in extending the Greyhound unbeaten streak to seven games (6-0-1). Senior goaltender Shawn Boehmcke made a season-high nine saves on the way to his ninth shutout of the season and 38th of his career.

But maybe the biggest stop in the game came from sophomore back Mike Konopaski late in the second half of regulation. After Boehmcke had been drawn out of the goal mouth, Boston's Okereke Emesih centered a pass to Steve Walker in front. But Konopaski kicked away the scoring attempt at the right corner of the goal to preserve the shutout and set up the overtime heroics.

Loyola finished with a 15-10 shooting edge, but held an 8-2 lead during the two overtime periods.

With wins over three ranked teams Wnek is hoping the Greyhounds get some recognition after this victory. "We were pumped up for this game," Wnek said. "We think we deserve some respect and we're not getting any yet."

The Greyhounds close the regular season with five games on the road, starting with a MAAC game at Fairfield on Wednesday.

Boston Univ. 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Loyola 0 0 0 1 -- 1

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