Loyola's 5-goal rally tops Towson, 13-12

April 03, 1994|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer

In the end, Loyola coach Dave Cottle respected his team's effort, but he all but said the best team lost.

No. 2 Loyola scored five goals to open the fourth period as the Greyhounds defeated No. 7 Towson State, 13-12, last night at Minnegan Stadium.

Loyola midfielder Del Halladay scored with 3:08 left to give the Greyhounds a 12-11 lead, and midfielder Zach Thornton scored with 2:11 left to push the lead to two goals.

Towson midfielder Stewart Crotty scored with 1:26 remaining, but that was not enough to offset Loyola (6-0), which trailed 11-8 at the end of the third period.

It was the second straight week Towson (3-2) has squandered a lead going into the final period. Last Saturday, the Tigers were ahead of Syracuse, 15-11, before losing, 17-16, in overtime.

"We're not demoralized," Towson defenseman Chuck Wohltmann said. "We've lost to the No. 2 team in the country by one goal, and the No. 4 team in the country by one goal."

"It will be harder to practice next week, but I think we'll pick it up and win the rest of our games," he said. "Why do we lose in the fourth period? I don't know. We haven't put our fingers on it yet."

Cottle said: "Loyola and Towson is a classic rivalry, and there's a lot of juice between the two teams. But I've never seen a team that deserved more of a better fate than Towson.

"They out-hustled us, outplayed us, and I never felt at any time we were in control of the game. But I've got to give our kids credit. They hung together, and got excited. I'm happy for them."

Going into the final period, Towson seemed to be one goal away from taking control of the momentum.

Instead, Halladay scored off a feed from Sean Heffernan. And Thornton raced the length of the field with goalie Tim McGeeney, taking the pass around midfield before scoring.

"Basically, I just let the shot go," Halladay said.

"A lot of teams are more talented than us, but we play as a team. We have no superstars."

Loyola made its move when midfielder Brian Duffy scored with 8:14 left to cut Towson's lead to 11-9, and Heffernan, despite being pushed around by a Towson defenseman, scored from the top of the crease with 6:22 remaining.

Duffy, behind a screen from left of the goal, tied the score at 11 with 4:10 left.

The ending was in contrast to the beginning, when Towson, controlling the faceoffs, dominated the first period for a 3-1 lead.

Towson attackman David Quinn beat Loyola's Bill Wilson to the left of the goal and scored with 11:12 left in the quarter to put the Tigers ahead 1-0.

Nearly five minutes later, Quinn fed fellow attackman Dudley Dixon at the top of the crease for a goal that pushed the Tigers' lead to 2-0.

Heffernan scored on a low shot with 3:58 left in the period, but Towson's Mark Goers, on a feed from Dixon, scored on a high shot with 2:05 remaining.

But as dominating as Towson was in the first period when the Tigers out-shot Loyola 10-6, the Greyhounds were just as dominant in the first five minutes of the second period, when they scored four straight goals.

Greyhounds attackman Kevin Lutz scored 19 seconds into the quarter, and nearly a minute later, attackman Derek Radebaugh found Duffy at the top of the crease for a goal to tie the score at 3.

Loyola, off a fast break, got a goal from Lutz with 13:00 left in the half and midfielder Brian Bacso, after beating two Towson defenders, scored with 11:23 remaining to give Loyola a 5-3 lead.

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