No. 11 'Hounds turn back Tigers, 7-6

March 27, 2010|By Rich Scherr | Special to The Baltimore Sun

There were times in Saturday's game against Towson when No. 11 Loyola threatened to blow away its crosstown rival. Then there were the final five minutes, when the Greyhounds all but imploded.

Greyhounds goalie Jake Hagelin (Boys' Latin) stopped a desperation one-hopper by Matt Lamon (St. Mary's) as time expired, however, and host Loyola had held on for a 7-6 win that injected more than a little anxiety into the announced 2,412 at brand new Ridley Athletic Complex.

"You never take a win in Division I for granted. We got a win, and that's the goal here," Loyola coach Charley Toomey said. "We have to clean a lot of things up to be the team we want to be. If we're truly a tournament team, we can't make those same mistakes later in the season."

Thanks to Collin Finnerty's hat trick and a pair of goals by fellow senior Cooper MacDonnell, Loyola (5-2) raced out to leads of 3-0 by early in the second quarter, and 7-3 by early in the fourth.

"I just got a lot of looks today," said Finnerty, who has eight goals and an assist in his past three meetings with Towson. "To be honest, I should have had a lot more. I had a lot more looks, but didn't finish my shot."

In the final minutes, however, the Greyhounds faded and began to lose the faceoffs and ground balls that had helped stake them to a lead. The Tigers, meanwhile, notched three goals in 3:05, culminating with Pat Britton's unassisted effort with 56 seconds left.

The Tigers' Carl Iacona then won the ensuing faceoff, giving his team a chance to tie, but they could not convert.

"How do you spell frustrated?" Towson coach Tony Seaman said.

The Tigers connected on just three of their first 26 shots, hitting four pipes on the day.

"They were quality places, but not good shots," Seaman said. "[Hagelin] must have been thanking everybody in the world for us shooting at him in the first half, because every shot we took was into his stick."

Several smaller mistakes also cost the Tigers, who are off to a 1-5 start for the second time in three years.

Finnerty's final goal, a solo effort with 10:41 left, came moments after a pair of Towson defenders failed to pick up a ground ball in front of the net. The goal extended Loyola's lead to 7-3 and ultimately wound up being the difference in the game.

"You can't dwell on the past. I don't know if I've been 1-5 in my life, but we haven't started [Colonial Athletic Association] conference play," said Towson goalie Travis Love (Winters Mill), who made 14 saves. "If we win the conference, we're in the tournament."

Said Seaman, "We're 0-0, and that's how we have to look at it."

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