Syracuse knocks off Loyola

April 20, 1994|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Loyola College's road through No. 1 always gets blocked by Syracuse.

Syracuse turned in one of its most complete efforts of the season last night as the No. 3 Orangemen defeated No. 1 Loyola, 16-10, in the Carrier Dome.

Loyola has been ranked No. 1 only twice in the 55 years the school has played lacrosse, and each time the Greyhounds have been knocked from the top by the Orangemen.

The last time Loyola was No. 1 came during the 1992 season. The honor lasted only a few hours as Syracuse beat Loyola, 13-5, in the final of the Fleet Tournament.

"It seems like they're always taking us down," said Loyola goalie Tim McGeeney, who had 21 saves. "Maybe it's a sign or something."

It was another mismatch last night.

Syracuse (9-1) harassed Loyola's offense, which came into the game averaging 15.3 goals, with constant pressure. Loyola was also playing in the Carrier Dome for the first time, and it showed early.

And Loyola (8-1) tried to run and gun with the Orangemen, something only a few teams can do. One of them is not Loyola, which was the last undefeated Division I team.

"We played with our heart and soul in this game, but not with our heads," said Loyola coach Dave Cottle.

McGeeney said: "You can't run with them, not in their house."

Syracuse didn't give the nearly 9,000 fans showtime, but the Orangemen did have a 9-3 halftime lead over the Greyhounds, which came into the game allowing an average of 7.9 goals.

Syracuse scored every way possible, from garbage to transition, and had a vintage rally-stopping goal.

After Loyola midfielder Del Halladay scored three goals during a four-minute stretch in the second half to cut Syracuse's lead to 13-8 with 12:31 left in the game, Syracuse defenseman Ric Beardsley threw a behind-the-back pass to middie Roy Colsey at midfield.

Colsey then whirled a pass to fellow middie Dom Fin to the right of the crease.

Fin scored. End of rally with 9:24 left in the game.

"Those are the toughest goals, and they do it so well," said Loyola defenseman Bill Wilson. "They make a run, and you keep plugging away to get back in the game. Then, wham, they take you out emotionally.

"We had a great game plan, but we just broke down too many times," said Wilson. "A couple of times we just got caught watching."

That happened early.

Orange midfielder Paul Sullivan caught the rebound of a blocked shot and scored from in front of the crease 5:19 into the game.

Syracuse scored three more times. Attackman Casey Donegan, also from the top of the crease, took a pass from Fin and scored with 8:16 left in the first quarter.

Orange midfielder Roy Colsey then turned, spun and shot underhand past defenseman Jason Foley and McGeeney for another goal 53 seconds later.

Midfielder Brian Eisenberg scored with 2:54 left in the quarter and Syracuse led 4-0. Loyola defenseman Matt Dwan scored 14 seconds later to cut Syracuse's lead to 4-1 at the end of the quarter, but the tempo of the game had changed.

Advantage Syracuse.

"We came out and really weren't intense," said Cottle. "I think we shot just to shoot, and we put ourselves in the hole having to play catch-up.

"This is our first game ever here, and playing in the Dome is part of the Syracuse heritage," he said. "We'll learn from this."

Syracuse is 97-5 in 14 seasons in the Carrier Dome, and the Orangemen's style is entertaining. They seemed about ready to break the game open in the second period when midfielder Charlie Lockwood knocked down a Loyola clearing pass at midfield, then fed attackman Matt Doyle to the left of the crease for a goal with 12:34 left in the second period.

Loyola refused to quit. Midfielder Brian Bacso took a pass from behind the net at the top of the crease and scored with 11:57 left to cut Syracuse's lead.

Attackman Derek Radebaugh scored on an extra-man goal with 11:08 remaining to bring Loyola within 5-3.

But Syracuse went on another vintage goal run. Attackman Jim Morrissey (three goals) scooped up a loose ball and scored with 9:28 remaining. Fin (four goals) scored on a long shot 24 seconds later.

Fin scored again two minutes later, this time on an assist from Donegan. Donegan closed out the scoring in the first half with 20 seconds remaining and Syracuse led 9-3 at the half.

Loyola .... 1 .. 2 .. 4 .. 3 .. -- .. 10

Syracuse .. 4 .. 5 .. 4 .. 3 .. -- .. 16

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