Loyola turns it up, bruises Duke, 11-9

'Hounds get big effort from Bloomquist in goal, hold off No. 6 Blue Devils

College Lacrosse

March 10, 2002|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

For Loyola's men's lacrosse team, the preparations started immediately after it had put the finishing touches on a comeback victory over Hofstra eight days ago.

With the rest of the campus away on spring break, the Greyhounds followed suit and headed to Florida, but with Duke, not relaxation, on their minds.

Loyola's focus was on display yesterday as it ground out an impressive, 11-9 victory over the Blue Devils in front of 2,429 fans at windy Curley Field.

"It wasn't much of a vacation, which was good," said sophomore attackman Stephen Brundage. "We focused on what we had to do and it showed today."

Brundage scored two goals and had three assists, and junior midfielder Jim Fink contributed three goals as the seventh-ranked Greyhounds improved to 3-0. Junior Mark Bloomquist was also strong in net, making 11 saves amid intense late pressure from the Blue Devils (2-1).

No. 6 Duke, which was coming off a 9-8, double-overtime victory over Maryland last week, got two goals and one assist from preseason All-American Kevin Cassese.

"All the credit goes to the Greyhounds," said Duke coach Mike Pressler. "We were outplayed, outhustled and outcoached, and that's tough to swallow, but it's a fact.

"When we get beat, we're man enough here to admit it."

It didn't come easy for the Greyhounds, who scored the last three goals of the third quarter and the first of the fourth to take a 10-5 lead with just over 12 1/2 minutes to play.

Fink had two goals during the run, which culminated when junior attackman Chris Summers (St. Mary's) rolled on his defender and fired a rising shot over the shoulder of Duke senior goalie A.J. Kincel (10 saves).

The Blue Devils would answer with goals by Terrence Keaney, Matt Monfett and Cassese, who beat three Loyola defenders and then Bloomquist to cut the Greyhounds' lead to 10-8.

But Loyola got an insurance goal from junior midfielder Joey Case (Broadneck) to build its lead to 11-8 and then left it up to Bloomquist the rest of the way.

Bloomquist held the Blue Devils scoreless for 18 minutes, 28 seconds after Duke had scored the first goal of the second half to creep within 6-5. He came up especially big in the fourth period, when Loyola was outshot 19-5.

Junior midfielder Ryan Radonis, who won 80 percent of his faceoffs in the first two games, neutralized Cassese and a host of Blue Devils, taking 11 of 24 faceoffs, including the first four of the game.

Loyola came out strong and took a 6-2 lead when Brundage picked up a loose ball and sent a marvelous cross-field pass to senior Michael Sullivan, who beat Kincel high.

A hobbled Sullivan scored two goals and had an assist.

The attackman, who tore the ACL in his right knee in the Greyhounds' NCAA quarterfinal loss to Princeton last season, had surgery on both knees during the summer, and came back only to twist an ankle in Loyola's season-opening win at Delaware.

In last week's game against Hofstra, Sullivan led the Greyhounds' comeback with four goals, but while feeding Brundage for the game-winning assist, he reinjured his knee.

Loyola coach Bill Dirrigl said that Sullivan, who doesn't practice at all during the week, will have surgery "any day now" on his knee.

"He's an assistant coach during the week, but he's what this program is all about," said Dirrigl. "He was nothing short of miraculous."

Duke 2 2 1 4 - 9 Loyola 4 2 3 2 - 11

Goals: D-Cassese 2, Rewkowski 2, Keaney 2, Brennan, Monfett, Regan; L-Fink 3, Brundage 2, Sullivan 2, Case 2, Summers, Adams. Assists: D-Brennan 2, Lieske 2, Satyshur, Cassese, Chemotti; L-Brundage 3, Summers 2, Sullivan. Saves: D-Kincel 10, L-Bloomquist 11.

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