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No. 11 Towson holds off No. 5 Loyola for 10-8 win

By: Sean Smith

Tyler White recorded a season-high 16 saves as the No. 11 Towson Tigers upset the No. 5 Loyola Greyhounds, 10-8 in the Battle for Baltimore. Joe Seider led the way for the Tiger offense with five points (4G, 1A) as they snapped an eight game losing streak to the Greyhounds. Towson also improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1992.

“We had a great game plan,” White said. “We really focused on playing their tendencies and knowing what kid was going to do what based on who was guarding them.”

Tyler White made a season-high 16 saves to lead Towson to a huge win over No. 5 Loyola.

Tyler White made a season-high 16 saves to lead Towson to a huge win over No. 5 Loyola.

Both teams came into the game sitting at 3-0 with Loyola having played the tougher schedule to date. Pat Spencer broke the ice nearly six minutes into the game with an unassisted goal for the Hounds. Seven minutes later he buried another one to give Loyola an early 3-1 advantage. Towson’s defense shut down Spencer after this keeping him goalless for the rest of the game.

“He [White] played a heck of a game. He saved a lot of the shots that we thought were going to go in,” Spencer said.

Seider scored two of his four goals in the opening frame, netting his second with only six seconds remaining to keep Towson within one. The defenses on both sides really locked in during the second quarter, only allowing two goals on each side. Mike Lynch and Tyler Konen got their only goals of the game before halftime while Romar Dennis notched both of his goals for the other side. The Greyhounds went into the locker room clinging to a 5-4 lead.

“I thought we did well,” Towson’s Head Coach Sean Nadelen said in reference to the first half. “I didn’t feel like we were making as many mistakes or careless turnovers as we have in the past against Loyola.”

Towson shared the ball very effectively in the first half, assisting on all four of their goals. Loyola had a clear advantage on the ground, scooping 15 ground balls to Towson’s six.

The third quarter turned into the Ryan Drenner and Joe Seider show. Drenner, who connected with Seider for all three of his assists, found his running mate making cuts right in front of the cage twice for the only goals in the period. Towson’s defense dug in to shut out the potent Greyhound offense, helping the team take a 6-5 lead heading into the final quarter.

The scoring run continued for Towson, with Tyler Young and Ben McCarty getting in on the action with a goal apiece. Tyler Albrecht put a halt to the four goal run, answering for Loyola with his only goal of the game off of a feed from Brian Sherlock. Two minutes later, with just six minutes remaining, Jordan Germershausen put in his second goal past White to bring the Greyhounds back within one 8-7.

McCarty answered quickly with a dodge down the right alley and a nice move to the middle of the crease, bouncing in a low lefty shot.

“There was no sense in taking a risky or bad shot in that situation. Anything in front of the cage was really what we were looking for in the end,” McCarty said.

Sherlock attempted to bring his squad back once more off a slick assist of Dennis. With 3:25 left in the game Spencer Parks scored his only goal of the game to give Towson it’s 10th goal of the game, which was all they needed. After a furious attack by Loyola, Towson was able to take possession back and draw a crucial slashing penalty on David Manning with 58 seconds remaining.

Despite being a man down Loyola attempted to double team the ball carrier, pulling goalie Grant Limone out of the crease to run a full team ride. Towson took advantage of a man-up situation to keep the ball away from the Greyhounds. Loyola managed to work the ball free with just under 40 seconds remaining, but Ryder Harkins was called for a questionable hold, leaving the Greyhounds with just five total defenders. Towson ran out the final seconds, completing what many would consider and upset.

“Learners or losers,” Loyola Head Coach Charlie Toomey said. “We’re either going to learn from this or we’re going to be losers. I know my locker room and I know they’re going to come ready to fix things tomorrow.”

Both teams have quick turnarounds with games on Saturday. Towson stays at home to face another Baltimore area team in UMBC at noon; Loyola heads up north for their first Patriot League game against Holy Cross at 1 pm.

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