Fairfield tops No. 18 Loyola men, 10-9, in ECAC semifinals

Despite four goals by Sawyer, Greyhounds are knocked out by Fairfield

May 06, 2011|By From Sun Staff Reports

Mike Sawyer's four-goal performance wasn't enough as No. 18 Loyola fell to Fairfield, 10-9, Thursday in an ECAC semifinal at Denver University's Peter Barton Stadium.

Sawyer scored the game's opening goal just eight seconds in after John Schiavone won the faceoff and fed a waiting Sawyer for a goal.

Fairfield, however, rebounded quickly, as Marshall Johnson tied it at 1-1 with 9:20 to play in the first quarter, and Brent Adams added the Stags' second goal less than two minutes later, giving Fairfield the lead, 2-1.

The Stags face host No. 5 Denver, an 11-4 winner over Ohio State, in Saturday's championship at 1 p.m.

WOMEN American Lacrosse Conference

No. 14 Ohio State 14, No. 20 Vanderbilt 13: Annie Carruthers made 15 saves, including a stop in the final seconds, to preserve the Buckeyes' (10-6) lead and win in a quarterfinal.

The host Commodores fell to 8-8. Ohio State faces No. 3 Florida in a semifinal today at 4 p.m.

No. 17 Penn State 17, Johns Hopkins 11: Jen Steadman (Century) scored four goals and the Nittany Lions (10-7) beat the Blue Jays (9-8) in another quarterfinal.

Penn State took an 8-2 lead in the first half, before Hopkins matched them goal for goal, 9-9, in the second half. Colleen McCaffrey led Hopkins with four goals.

Penn State faces No. 2 Northwestern in a semifinal today at 6:30 p.m.

America East

No. 5 Albany 18, New Hampshire 7: Jodi Battaglia and Ariana Parker each scored five goals to power the host Great Danes (16-0) past the Wildcats (8-9) in a semifinal.

UMBC 12, Boston U. 11, OT: The Retrievers (11-6) scored six of the final seven goals, including the game-winner by Emily Coady (Westminster) 20 seconds into overtime, to beat the Terriers (8-9) in a semifinal in Albany, N.Y.

UMBC advances to its second straight title game, where it will face the top seed, No. 5 Albany (16-0), Saturday at 1p.m. The Great Danes defeated UMBC, 12-11, on the same field just a week ago.

No. 8 Loyola 12, No. 15 Syracuse 11: Big East Attacker of the Year Grace Gavin (St. Paul's) scored three of her four goals in the first half and the Greyhounds (15-2) held off a late rally by the Orange (10-8) in a semifinal at Georgetown.

Notre Dame 15, No. 18 Georgetown 12: Shaylyn Blaney scored four goals to lead the Fighting Irish (10-8) past the host Hoyas (9-8) in the other semfinal.

Colonial Athletic Association

No. 10 James Madison 11, William & Mary 9: Ariel Lane scored a game-high four goals and redshirt sophomore Alisa Konishi made four saves in relief in the final 14:19 to lead the second-seeded Dukes (14-3) past the Tribe (10-7) in a semifinal at Towson.

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