Westervelt's goal in 2nd OT saves UMBC against Loyola

Greyhounds' playoff hopes are dimmed with 9-8 loss

College Lacrosse

April 20, 2005|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

Loyola College needed only two minutes to make a stunning comeback yesterday, but UMBC sophomore attackman Drew Westervelt required one shot to ruin the Greyhounds' day and most likely their season.

One minute into the second overtime period at Geppi-Aikens Field, after the visiting Retrievers had blown a three-goal lead late in regulation, Westervelt saved the day. Working with his back to the goal on the right side of the crease and Loyola defenseman Dan Gross covering him, he faked left, turned and hit a low, right-handed shot from four yards out to give the Retrievers a dramatic 9-8 victory.

UMBC (6-6), which won for the fifth time in seven tries, did it the hard way.

The Retrievers scored the game's first three goals in the opening six minutes, then managed two scores over the next 40 minutes. UMBC then watched an 8-5 lead evaporate when Loyola (4-6) scored three times over the final 2:31 of regulation, including a tying goal by sophomore attackman Dan Bauers with 37 seconds left.

And after UMBC backup goalie Chris Petrush stuffed a shot by Loyola sophomore midfielder Greg Leonard late in the first overtime period, Westervelt dealt a damaging blow to the Greyhounds' postseason hopes.

Loyola, which has not made the NCAA tournament since 2001, must sweep its final three games, including its regular-season finale at top-ranked Johns Hopkins, to achieve a winning record and a possible tournament berth.

UMBC, which is 4-0 and second in the America East, finishes with road league tests against Stony Brook (3-1) and Albany (5-0) before going after an automatic NCAA bid in the conference tournament.

"We've been in tough games and we haven't been able to finish, but we did today," said UMBC coach Don Zimmerman, who was trying to call a play before Westervelt ended the suspense. "I wanted to take the air out of the ball. [Westervelt] decided he had an opportunity and he won the game for us. That's the way the game should be played."

"I didn't even hear the call," said Westervelt, who had an assist and made his only goal count.

Bauers' last-minute goal to force the overtime was an eight-yarder.

"I thought we were going to take the momentum into overtime," Bauers said.

UMBC 3 2 0 3 0 1 - 9

Loyola 1 2 2 3 0 0 - 8

Goals: UMBC-Mundorf 2, Hyland 2, Westervelt, Tomczak, Cahill, Gallagher, Haworth; LOY-Monfett 2, Bauers 2, Halip, Coffman, Spack, Leonard. Assists: UMBC-Berdeguez, Cahill, Kiminer, Mundorf, Tomczak, Westervelt, Wojciechowski; LOY-Coffman, Halip, Koppens, Monfett. Saves: UMBC-Cepelak 9, Petrush 5; LOY-Fretwell 15.

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