No. 3 Syracuse overwhelms Loyola

No. 12 Greyhounds suffer worst loss in 5 years, 17-6

College Lacrosse

April 06, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Loyola men's lacrosse coach Bill Dirrigl had an idea about how well his team would have to play to upset No. 3 Syracuse yesterday.

But after a humbling 17-6 loss to the Orangemen before 3,922 at Curley Field, Dirrigl admitted that there were some things for which his 12th-ranked Greyhounds couldn't prepare.

"They shot the ball a lot harder than we've seen all year," Dirrigl said. "I played at Syracuse and I've played against them 10 straight seasons, and today they were very clean offensively. They shot the ball very hard and very well."

Tewaaraton Trophy winner Michael Powell tallied three goals and four assists, and senior attackmen Mike Springer and Liam Bank each had two goals and two assists as the Orangemen (6-2) dealt the Greyhounds (5-3) their most lopsided loss since a 19-8 setback to Maryland in the 1998 final four.

It also marked the first time the Greyhounds, who were beaten by Towson last weekend, have lost two consecutive home games since 1985.

"We came out ready to play," said Powell, a junior. "They were playing with a lot of emotion and we had to match it. We did a good job of that early and it kind of took them out of their game a little bit."

Seemingly getting any shot they wanted, the Orangemen scored the game's first six goals, with Powell having a hand in three of them.

Loyola didn't score until the 8:16 mark of the second quarter, when senior midfielder Jim Fink beat Syracuse sophomore goalie Jay Pfiefer (eight saves) for an extra-man goal.

But less than three minutes later, Sean Lindsay scored, followed by goals from Steve Vallone and Banks, who shoveled a nifty pass from Jarett Park past Greyhounds goalie Mark Bloomquist (six saves). That made the score 9-1 at halftime.

Lindsay then scored the first two goals of the second half to make it 11-1.

"We wanted to eliminate our turnovers and get some real good execution offensively, and I think we did that," said Syracuse coach John Desko.

Greyhounds attackmen Stephen Brundage, Gunnar Goettelmann and Chris Summers, who was slowed by a deep thigh bruise, had little room to operate. And Loyola's midfield, thinned by likely season-ending knee injuries to Parker Adams and Mike Alfone, lacked the depth and offensive spark.

Sophomore Pat Shek led Loyola with two goals and Ryan Radonis, the nation's top faceoff man at 70.4 percent, won 16 of 25 faceoffs.

"It's tough to create offense with just stick skills, picks and things like that," said Dirrigl, whose team plays undefeated Georgetown on Saturday. "We thought we'd do a better job but with the way they scored, we could never get into the things that we wanted to do. It was quick and to the point."

Syracuse 4 5 7 1 -- 17

Loyola 0 1 2 3 -- 6

Goals: S--Powell 3, Lindsay 3, Springer 2, Banks 2, Nee 2, Vallone 2, Rommel, Wallace, Crockett; L--Shek 2, Goettelmann, Brundage, Fink, Baxter. Assists: S--Powell 4, Banks 2, Springer 2, Nee, Olson, Park; L--Brundage, Goettelmann. Saves: S--Pfeifer 8, Donatelli 3; L--Bloomquist 6, Rodgers 2. A: 3,922.

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