'hounds Roll To Victory

State Men

Loyola Clinches At Least Share Of Ecac Regular-season Title

April 26, 2009|By From Sun staff reports

Collin Finnerty scored four goals in the game's first 12 minutes, helping No. 19 Loyola take a six-goal lead en route to a 16-7 win over visiting Hobart on Saturday on Senior Day that clinched at least a share of the Eastern College Athletic Conference regular-season title for the Greyhounds.

Eric Lusby and D.J. Comer each added career highs of three goals for Loyola (9-4, 6-1), which won its fourth straight in a home finale. Comer's goals were the first of his career.

Massachusetts (8-5, 5-1) plays at Rutgers (4-10, 2-4) next weekend and could tie the Greyhounds at 6-1 in the league. The Minutemen hold the tiebreaker for the conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament by virtue of an 8-6 victory over the Greyhounds on March 21.

Before the game, 11 members of Loyola's senior class were recognized. And as they have so frequently during their careers, the group departed the field with a conference victory. The class leaves the Evergreen campus with a 22-6 record against ECAC opponents and a 29-23 mark overall.

"This week was all about our senior class," Loyola coach Charley Toomey said. "They came out and scraped today and have really made a tremendous impact on our program. They have been an excellent group of guys, both on and off the field, and it's great to send them out with a win."

Loyola, which came into the game third in the nation in ground-ball average, won the category 44-28 and outshot Hobart 40-28. Atkinson scooped a team-high six ground balls, and Schiavone had five.

The Statesmen fell to 6-5, 2-5.

The Greyhounds will close their regular season Saturday against Johns Hopkins.

"The Hopkins game is obviously very big, but we've played enough of those games this year that I think our guys will come prepared," said Toomey, looking for his third straight trip to the NCAA tournament. "We have to go out and play our game and not worry about anything else that's not in our hands."

NO. 10 UMBC 18, VERMONT 5:: Senior attackman Ryan Smith scored a season-high seven points on four goals and three assists as the host Retrievers (10-3, 4-1) captured a share of the America East regular-season title with a win over the Catamounts (4-10, 1-4).

UMBC has won or shared the league's regular-season crown in each of the past five seasons. The Retrievers will be the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament.

Trailing 2-1 midway through the first quarter, UMBC went on an 8-0 run over the half's final 22 minutes to take a 9-2 lead at intermission. Smith scored three times and classmate Alex Hopmann twice in the surge.

The Catamounts trimmed the deficit to 9-4 on scores by Geoff Worley and Derek Lichtfuss early in the third quarter, but senior midfielder Peet Poillon triggered a 7-0 run with an unassisted score at the 9:19 mark.

The 18 goals by UMBC are a season high and the most since a 20-11 win over the Catamounts in 2007.

Ten UMBC seniors were honored in pre-game ceremonies. Hopmann tied a career high with four goals and has a team-high 30 this season. Junior attackman Chris Jones posted his second career three-goal game, and junior defensive midfielder Jordan Pierce and senior attackman Eric Gurnsey each scored a career-high two goals.

Poillon added two goals and an assist for his 22nd multiple-point game in 29 college contests.

UMBC senior goalie Jeremy Blevins made four of his 10 saves in the first quarter and played 52:03.

MOUNT ST. MARY'S 13, WAGNER 3:: Jake Willertz and Cody Lehrer combined for five goals to help the host Mount (5-8, 5-3) defeat the Seahawks (1-15, 0-9) and earn a spot in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.

Willertz notched his first college hat trick, and Lehrer recorded two goals and an assist to propel the Mount to its first MAAC tournament appearance since 2006. The freshman duo scored three of the Mountaineers' first five goals to help the team take a 5-1 advantage after one period.

ST. MARY'S 18, CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT 7:: Sophomore attackman Chris Becraft had five points in leading the Seahawks (8-7, 5-2 Capital Athletic Conference) to a road victory over the Captains (8-7) in St. Mary's season finale.

Becraft paced the Seahawks' offense with a hat trick and two assists, and sophomore attackman Dennis Rosson contributed three points on a goal and two assists.

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