Greyhounds hand Red Storm its first loss

no. 14 loyola 10 no. 15 st. john's 7

March 15, 2009|By From Sun staff reports

Junior John Schiavone won a career-best 17 of 20 faceoffs, and senior attackman Shane Koppens had two goals and two assists as the 14th-ranked Greyhounds men overcame an early deficit to hand No. 15 St. John's (4-1, 1-1 Eastern College Athletic Conference) its first loss of the season, 10-7, yesterday.

Attackman Cooper MacDonnell and midfielder Mike Sawyer added two goals apiece, all coming in a 7-0 Loyola run that spanned the second and third periods. Attackman Collin Finnerty (three) and midfielder Chris Basler (two) each added career highs in assists.

Despite outshooting St. John's 9-8 in the first period, Loyola (5-2, 2-0) trailed 2-0 after two goals by Drew Schanen. The host Greyhounds led 6-0 at halftime.

Off the opening faceoff of the second period, MacDonnell converted a feed from Finnerty that sparked the run. Midfielder Taylor Ebsary scored his first goal of the season on an assist from Finnerty to tie the score 6:26 into the period. Twenty seconds later, MacDonnell beat goalie Gavin Buckley high for his second of the game to give Loyola a lead it didn't relinquish.

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