Syracuse lays 15-6 beating on Loyola

'Hounds get lesson in `valuing the ball'

April 07, 2002|By Ed Gonser | Ed Gonser,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Third-ranked Loyola found out yesterday that No. 2 Syracuse can rattle an opponent with defense as well as offense.

Syracuse's vaunted offense was at its best at the Carrier Dome, but its defense was also masterful in the second half as the Orangemen recorded a convincing 15-6 victory.

Syracuse's Baltimore connections did much of the damage in dealing the Greyhounds their first loss of the season before a crowd of 9,224 that included many Loyola fans.

Gilman graduate Jay Pfeifer, a redshirt freshman, started in goal for the Orangemen (8-1) and had five saves in the first half and two in the second. Brian Nee, from Boys' Latin, joined Josh Coffman and Spencer Wright with three goals each.

Syracuse senior defenseman John Glatzel, who also attended Boys' Latin, helped shut down Loyola (7-1) in the second half and contributed an assist.

"We knew that the strength of [Loyola] was their attack, so we had to go out and play well," said Glatzel, The Sun's 1997 Player of the Year. "Pfeifer played real well in goal. His ability to see the ball well allowed the rest of us to go out and put extra pressure on the guys out front."

Loyola fell behind 5-1 after 15 minutes and trailed 10-5 at the half.

"We learned a very valuable lesson today," said Loyola coach Bill Dirrigl, who captained Syracuse's 1988 national-championship team. "If you don't value the ball against your opponent in a tough environment against a very talented team, you're going to struggle. Syracuse beat us in every phase of the game today."

Both teams tightened their defenses in the second half. Nee and Wright had the only goals of the third quarter for Syracuse, scoring over Loyola junior goalie Mark Bloomquist's left shoulder.

"Syracuse shot well - they shot very well," said Bloomquist, who had nine saves.

Loyola had its first extra-man advantage in the quarter, but Pfeifer kicked out the only shot Loyola was able to get on goal.

"You have to pay attention to detail," Dirrigl said. "We care. We hustled - I think that was obvious today. But we don't have enough on the offensive end to run and gun with anyone."

Loyola was assessed four penalties in the game and Syracuse took advantage, scoring two goals with the extra attacker.

It was Loyola's sixth game on the road and third in a stretch of a five.

"We played a great game last week at Towson, but this week we didn't value the ball," Dirrigl said. "It's hard to believe we haven't given up a 4-on-3 or fast-break goal all year, but today we did and that's why we gave up 15 [goal].

"I don't want to say our attack didn't show up, but their defense played extremely well and made it very difficult."

Freshman Parker Adams scored two goals for Loyola.

The Greyhounds didn't score on Pfeifer until there was just a little over a minute remaining in the first quarter, Adams scoring from long range with a low shot.

Loyola sophomore and Syracuse native Stephen Brundage closed the gap to 5-2 with a goal 32 seconds into the second quarter, and Michael Sullivan made it 5-3 with 11:16 left in the half.

"To be on our home turf and play the No. 3 team in the nation and have the score we had and keep their goals down, we feel very good about that," Syracuse coach John Desko said.

Loyola 1 4 0 1 - 6

Syracuse 5 5 2 3 - 15

Goals: L-Adams 2, Brundage 2, Radonis, Sullivan; S-Coffman 3, Nee 3, Wright 3, Powell, Springer, Lindsay, Smith, Park, Hardy. Assists: L-Radonis; S-Coffman 3, Powell 2, Solliday, Glatzel. Saves: L-Bloomquist 9, Fretwell 1; S-Pfeifer 7, Donatelli 5.

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