Summers and Prout power Loyola past Hofstra, 17-12

They combine for 9 goals, rally 'Hounds in 2nd half

College Lacrosse

March 04, 2001|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Sophomore Chris Summers scored five goals and senior Gavin Prout added four as Loyola downed Hofstra, 17-12, yesterday before 2,150 at Curley Field.

The Greyhounds (2-0) scored 11 goals in the second half, including five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter, while their stingy defense held the Pride (0-2) to only four goals.

"This is a big win for our kids. We had a lot of young players that haven't scored a lot of big goals step up for us," Loyola coach Dave Cottle said.

The victory also marked the return of junior captain Michael Sullivan to the Greyhound starting lineup. Sullivan, who had been sidelined with a knee injury to begin the season, didn't practice all week. The middie took his aggression out on Hofstra's defense as he scored two fourth-quarter goals and added two assists.

"It [knee] feels good. It feels even better that we won," Sullivan said. "It was tough last week watching a close game. I was just excited to play today."

The Greyhounds started slowly as Hofstra scored twice in the opening four minutes for a 2-0 lead.

"We have tremendous amount of respect for Hofstra's offense. We knew they were going to come out strong and they did," Cottle said. "We got down [early] but that's because Hofstra played well. We hung in there and knew we didn't want to dig a hole."

Jim Fink scored Loyola's first goal at 10:56 and Prout (four goals, two assists) followed 38 seconds later to tie the game at two.

Hofstra took a 3-2 lead into the second quarter after junior Tom Kessler (one goal, four assists) scored past Loyola sophomore goalie Mark Bloomquist (North County).

The Greyhounds answered and grabbed their first lead of the day as junior Gunnar Goettelmann scored his second goal in 11 seconds off the faceoff to give Loyola the 4-3 advantage.

Hofstra scored four unanswered goals, two of which came on man-up opportunities, and went into halftime with an 8-6 lead.

"I told our kids at halftime that we are only down 8-6. If we begin the third quarter 3-0 we are right back in it," Cottle said.

Cottle's players responded. Sullivan fed Summers (five goals, two assists) on the right side 2:12 into the third to make it 8-7. Loyola won the following faceoff and long-pole Mike Stromberg found Summers (St. Mary's) again to tie it at 8.

Cottle also made a change in goal to start the second half as he brought in senior Jason Born (Mount St. Joe's) to help solidify the defense.

"I thought Jason's communication in practice last week has been really clarifying what we are trying to do defensively. It wasn't a move because Mark played poorly. I just really needed a senior in the goal," Cottle said.

Loyola outshot Hofstra 28-12 in the second half, 51-25 for the game and netted seven goals in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Hofstra 3 5 1 3 -- 12

Loyola 2 4 4 7 -- 17

Goals: H - Shanahan 4, Dooley 2, Kostolansky 2, Clash, Barile, Tierney, Kessler; L - Summers 5, Prout 4, Sullivan 2, Goettelmann 2, Tempone, Horsey, Fink, Brundage. Assists: H - Kessler 4, Clash 2, Tierney, Walker. L - Prout 2, Summers 2, Sullivan 2, Brundage, Horsey, Stromberg. Saves: H - Brazel 13. L - Bloomquist 3, Born 4.

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