Born saves pay off big for Loyola

Goalie stops 21 shots in 11-9 win over Hoyas

May 13, 2001|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Coming into the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament, no goalkeeper had struggled as often as Loyola senior Jason Born. No one in the 12-team field had experienced as many problems stopping shots as Born, whose 48 percent save percentage ranked lowest among postseason goalies.

All Born did was play the game of his life yesterday at UMBC Stadium, where the Catonsville native and Mount St. Joseph graduate carried the Greyhounds to an 11-9 victory over Georgetown before 4,116.

Born produced a career-high 21 saves, including 12 in a huge fourth quarter, to push seventh-seeded Loyola (10-3) into a quarterfinal matchup against second-seeded Princeton on Saturday at Hofstra Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.

Born came up big in crunch time. During a one-minute stretch that began with 1:48 left in the contest, he stuffed five consecutive Georgetown shots, including two that hit him in the facemask. Then again, the Hoyas (11-3), who shot a miserable 9-for-47 and missed the net many times while doing it, hit Born in just about every other body part.

"I knew [the Hoyas] were going to be shooting high. It's been a weakness of mine," Born said. "It seems like every game, I have some sort of weakness.

"I was really concentrating on keeping my head and shoulders back. I'm bigger than most goalies, and I tend to crouch down. I didn't want to lose on this field again. I'm from Catonsville, and I didn't want to lose in Catonsville again."

Born was alluding to last year's first-round tournament flop here by Loyola against Notre Dame. That day, the Greyhounds suffered mightily in the faceoff circle and in goal. Born was pulled for backup Mark Bloomquist during a 15-13 loss.

With Born preserving their season yesterday, the Greyhounds took the unconventional route to victory, and now will try to advance past the quarterfinals for the first time since 1998.

Loyola took only 26 shots to Georgetown's 47, lost the battle of ground balls, 43-30, and sputtered in the pass-and-catch area.

The Greyhounds, who scored the game's first two goals and never trailed, were led by sophomore attackman Chris Summers (three goals, two assists) and got a lift from junior attackman Gunnar Goettelmann, who added two early goals and an assist. Goettelmann entered the game with 18 points on the season. Gavin Prout and Michael Sullivan had two goals each.

Loyola was far from smooth on offense, but it was good enough in transition to keep the Hoyas at bay.

"A lot of guys put forth a lot of effort, but we didn't execute," Prout said. "We didn't come up with loose balls. We dropped passes. Everybody was nervous. We have to play with more poise next week."

Between its own sloppy ball-handling, shaky shot selection and the poor play of goalie Scott Schroeder (four saves), the Hoyas did themselves no favors. Leading scorer Steve Dusseau (two goals yesterday) never got untracked against long-stick midfielder Mike Stromberg.

"Quite honestly, it was painful to watch," Loyola coach Dave Cottle said. "We've been on the downside of a lot of goalies getting hot on us. Today was a day when our goalie won the game for us. We held them to nine goals, and most of it had to do with Jason. I think you'll see us play a lot better next week, even though we play Goliath."

Georgetown 2 3 0 4 - 9 Loyola 2 4 2 3 - 11

Goals: G - Walker 2, Dusseau 2, Tamberrino 2, Goldman, Staab, Doyle; L - Summers 3, Goettlemann 2, Sullivan 2, Prout 2, Brundage, Horsey. Assists: G - Henehan; L - Summers 2, Goettlemann, Sullivan, Prout, Brasko. Saves: G - Schroeder 4; L - Born 21.

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