Greyhounds slowed, but win, 13-10

April 10, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

No. 2 Loyola once again showed that it's easier to contain the Greyhounds than defeat them.

Hofstra took Loyola out of its fast-break offense for three quarters, used the same one-on-one offensive set that it used to beat Loyola last year and had 11 man-advantage opportunities to keep the game at its slow tempo.

Scoring four straight goals in a 2:19 stretch late in the fourth quarter, Loyola turned away No. 14 Hofstra, 13-10, before 1,521 at Curley Field. With top-ranked Princeton losing yesterday, Loyola (7-0) is the only undefeated team in Division I and probably will move into the No. 1 slot today.

Del Halladay ignited the Loyola running game after its fast break had scored only one goal in the first 54 minutes. In less than a two-minute span after the Flying Dutchmen closed within one goal, the junior midfielder found the open man three times on the fast break as the Greyhounds opened a 12-8 lead with 4:38 left.

"We just got a couple of breaks going off our faceoffs," said Halladay, who led Loyola with two goals and three assists. "They did a good job of stopping that for most of the game, but it just seemed to open up at that point."

Nine players scored for the Greyhounds, with Halladay, senior attackmen Derek Radebaugh and Sean Heffernan and midfielder Mfon Ude scoring two apiece.

Hofstra (4-3) returned its top four scorers from last year's team that beat Loyola by one goal and used the same offensive set of isolating its players in one-on-one situations. But Loyola held senior attackmen Andy Carlson and Dave Donatello and midfielder Dom Dinardo to a combined two goals. They had averaged seven goals a game for Hofstra, which averages 11 goals.

"I felt going in that we had to take away their key players," Loyola coach Dave Cottle said. "We did a great job of doubling them to stop them, but a couple of guys scored for them that I didn't count on -- and I don't think they counted on, either."

The Loyola defense of Brendan Fry, Stan Ross and Matt Dwan drew the assignments for Hofstra's top scorers.

They also played an integral part in stopping the Flying Dutchmen, who had converted 43.6 percent of their man-advantage situations, in 10 of 11 extra-man opportunities. Loyola has given up six goals in 44 man-advantage situations (13.6 percent).

"They just have a great combination of good defense and a solid goalie," Carlson said. "They took away our strengths. We couldn't spring loose."

jTC Although it was a game of runs, the Greyhounds did not lose the lead. Loyola built a 4-0 lead with 5:22 left before halftime, and Hofstra scored three straight times.

The Greyhounds went ahead 6-3 midway through the third, and the Flying Dutchmen came back with two goals in a 30-second span. Loyola again built a three-goal advantage, but Hofstra scored two goals in the next minute to cut the lead to 9-8.

Then Halladay hit Udo twice and Brian Duffy once on the revived fast break, and Radebaugh added another as Loyola went ahead 13-8 with 2:46 remaining.

Loyola junior goalie Tim McGeeney continued to be impressive by stopping 22 of 32 shots to raise his save percentage to .660. He did not allow a goal beyond 10 yards.

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