Georgetown overruns Loyola

No. 3 Hoyas use pressure, two scoring outbursts to stay undefeated, 14-5

College Lacrosse

April 13, 2003|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON - Sometimes when you run into a buzz saw, the best way to explain what happened is to be brutally honest. That's what Loyola men's lacrosse coach Bill Dirrigl tried after watching his team get beat, 14-5, yesterday by third-ranked Georgetown.

"I think they bullied us around a little bit," Dirrigl said. "They have a lot of tremendous athletes, and I think they used their strength and athleticism to bully us."

To the Greyhounds' credit, things didn't start out that way. Loyola (5-4) fell behind 3-0 in the first period but battled back to within a goal after scores by Chris Summers and Stephen Brundage. Things unraveled from that point, however, as Georgetown (8-0) turned up the heat on defense, forced a succession of turnovers and scored four of the next five goals to take a 7-3 halftime lead.

"That was probably as good a first period as we've played all year," Dirrigl said. "But against an elite team like Georgetown, we have to play a perfect game if we want to have a chance. That's a lot of pressure to put on a young team."

That pressure was most evident on clears, where the Greyhounds converted just two of seven in the second period. Hoyas attackman Jordan Vettoretti scored twice off turnovers during that stretch, and Mike Hammer and Brice Queener also added goals to help give Georgetown breathing room. The Hoyas entered the game having won three straight one-goal games.

"I thought Loyola's goalie [Mark Bloomquist] played pretty darn well for a stretch there, because we were getting some good shots," said Georgetown coach Dave Urick. "One of the things we talked about at halftime was putting them away, not letting them hang around like we've let some teams do recently."

Five minutes after halftime, there was little doubt the Hoyas had taken Urick's words to heart. Georgetown scored five straight goals to open the third period - including two by Trevor Walker and two by Neal Goldman (Mount Hebron). Loyola never challenged after that and lost its third straight for the first time since the 1996 season.

"Those first five minutes, we really established what we wanted to do," Walker said. "We wanted to carry our intensity over from the end of the first half, and I think we did that."

Few defenders in the country can match the intensity of Georgetown's Kyle Sweeney, who made Loyola's attack grind to a halt in the third period. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior was relentless in his pursuit of the ball and handed out a few helmet-rattling hits in the process. Georgetown finished with a 41-25 advantage in ground balls, and won 13 of 21 faceoffs.

"When our defense gets in rhythm and we talk to one another, we feel we're one of the best in the country," Sweeney said. "A couple people have been saying we play a weak schedule and that we haven't beat anybody, but that just gives us more motivation to prove everyone wrong."

Hammer also had four assists for the Hoyas. Vettoretti and Walker had three goals each.

Bloomquist stopped 11 shots to lead the Greyhounds.

Loyola 1 2 1 1 - 5

Georgetown 3 4 6 1 - 14

Goals: L-Summers 2, Brundage 2, Goettelmann; G-Vettoretti 3, Goldman 3, Walker 3, Miaritis 2, Shooshan 2, Hammer 2, Queener. Assists: L-Summers, Brundage, Shek, White; G-Hammer 4, Goldman, Walker, Miaritis, Hajj, Collins, Boynton, Vincenti. Saves: L-Bloomquist 11; G-D'Andrea 5, Owen 1.

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