Back home, 2 help sting Loyola, 10-7

Glatzel, Ulrich goals give Notre Dame lift

College Lacrosse

March 19, 2001|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For Notre Dame lacrosse players and Boys' Latin alumni Tom Glatzel and David Ulrich, coming home to Baltimore is always fun. The trip becomes even more special when it includes a win.

Glatzel scored four goals and Ulrich had two goals and an assist as the undefeated, sixth-ranked Fighting Irish started strong and held on for a 10-7 win over No. 5 Loyola yesterday at Curley Field.

It was the second road win over a Top 10 team in a five-day span for Notre Dame (5-0). The Irish, who defeated No. 7 Virginia, 11-8, Wednesday, also ended Loyola's 18-game March winning streak.

"It's really nice to play well at home," said Glatzel, who also scored four goals and added three assists last year when the Irish upset the Greyhounds, 15-13, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. "It's great to win a game at home because you have family and friends around."

"They [Glatzel and Ulrich] play real well against everybody," Loyola coach Dave Cottle said. "That's why they're All-American candidates."

While Glatzel and Ulrich carried Notre Dame offensively, the undisputed star of the game was Irish goalie Kirk Howell. The senior made 18 saves, allowing Notre Dame to hold a lead it built in the first half.

"That's what you ask for as a goalie, to get a chance to do that," Howell said. "Our defense did a great job of keeping them outside."

Howell's biggest save came with seven minutes to play when he stood tall to stop crafty senior Gavin Prout -- Loyola's top scorer -- from point-blank range. The save, coupled with senior Steve Bishko's goal with 2 1/2 minutes to play, thwarted the Greyhounds' comeback.

"Kirk Howell was there to cover a lot of the mistakes we made," said Notre Dame coach Kevin Corrigan. "He was on the shots he had to be on."

Howell and Notre Dame also had some luck. At one point, Loyola senior Bobby Horsey warded off two defenders and got inside, but his shot, which beat Howell, caromed off the right post with five minutes to play and the Irish kept an 8-7 lead.

Still smarting from that NCAA loss 10 months ago, the Greyhounds were looking to jump on Notre Dame, but it was the Irish who got off to the quick start. Less than five minutes into the game, Notre Dame, on a goal by Bishko and two by Glatzel, led 3-0. Two of the three were extra-man scores.

"Coach talked about how they would come in ready to play with something to prove," said Glatzel, whose team was 5-for-8 on extra-man opportunities. "Luckily, we got the goals early and made the plays the rest of the way."

Said Cottle: "It wasn't about getting behind, it was fouling. They're a good extra-man team, and we didn't want to foul."

Sophomore Chris Summers and junior Michael Sullivan (team-high two goals and two assists) scored as Loyola trimmed the Irish's lead to one. However, Notre Dame closed the first half with three straight goals and led, 7-3.

The Greyhounds, spearheaded by sophomore Ryan Radonis' nine straight second-half faceoff wins, got back into the game on goals by Sullivan and sophomore midfielder Jim Fink.

After Glatzel fired his fourth goal past Loyola goalie Jason Born (six saves) to close the third period, Prout and Horsey scored to pull the Greyhounds to 8-7, but they got no closer because of Howell.

"He was unbelievable," Glatzel said. "He basically won the game for us."

"I don't think we played exceptionally well, but we played exceptionally hard," Cottle said. "We weren't ready to win a game like this right now."

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