Loyola's Langan scores game-winning goal in 3-2 win over Towson

Greyhounds overcome offensive struggles to move to 2-0 on season

February 26, 2011|By Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun

Senior attackman Matt Langan scored on a low shot from the right of the goal just outside the crease with 3 minutes and 41 seconds remaining as No. 12 Loyola defeated Towson, 3-2, before a crowd of nearly 2,000 at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Langan ended the poorly played offensive game by taking a pass to the left of the goal. He then went across the back of the goal and to the right to beat a slow slide by Towson, and then squeeze an underhanded shot pass Tigers goalie Travis Love.

Loyola improved to 2-0 while Towson dropped to 0-2. Both coaches praised their defenses after the game, but neither was happy with the offensive production.

Langan, though, will worry about that next week. He was more concerned about gaining a victory against a neighboring rival.

"We were in our invert offense, they were in a zone," Langan said of the game-winner. "I got the pass on the back door of the goal, and was able to sneak one past the goalie near side. He kind of came out, and gave up the inside. I was able to drop my hands and get one on the inside."

There weren't many other times Loyola could beat Love. The senior finished with nine saves as the Greyhounds outshot Towson, 28-21. The Tigers stifled Loyola with their zone defense, much like they did to Johns Hopkins last week.

But also like their game against Hopkins, the Tigers didn't get much scoring from their midfield, except from senior Pat Britton. The Tigers' shooting was often wide and way off target.

"It was one of the best defensive efforts from any team I've ever coached and we got a great effort from our goalie," said Towson coach Tony Seaman, whose team is now 0-for-6 in extra-man opportunities. "You see the score was 3-2, so you have to say the same thing about [Loyola]. But I think this was the worst shooting effort from a team by us. Everything we shot was wide, and nowhere near the goal. I imagine [Loyola coach Charley Toomey] is feeling the same way."

And what about the midfield play?

"It's something that has to be figured out," Seaman said. "It's something I will ask my offensive coordinator today, tonight and tomorrow. Those are two good teams we played, but only eight goals in two games is a problem."

Neither team scored in the first quarter, even though Loyola had one extra-man opportunity. The Greyhounds got off just one shot in the first quarter.

Langan scored on an extra-man opportunity with 6:21 left in the first half for a 1-0 Loyola lead, but Britton scored with 2:40 remaining to force a 1-1 tie at the half. The Tigers took only three shots in the second quarter.

Towson long-stick midfielder Alec Jernstedt completed a fast break for the only goal of the third quarter with 10:08 remaining, setting the stage for the fourth-quarter rally by Loyola.

Loyola sophomore attackman Mike Sawyer finished off a fast break to the right of the goal to tie the score at 2-2. Towson was slow subbing from the sidelines, and the Greyhounds completed three nice passes across field to complete the transition goal.

A few minutes later, Langan finished off the Tigers.

"It was a heck of a defensive battle on both sides," Toomey said. "Both teams came in prepared, and knew how they wanted the game to be played defensively. Both goaltenders stepped up, and I'm proud of our young men. They hustled for 60 minutes."

But Toomey wasn't close to being satisfied.

"We feel that we want to run. We're athletic between the lines, and we can get over the top after the saves or off a faceoff," Toomey said. "But it is good to know that we can score in six-on-six or in a slow-down game."


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