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Hounds upset No. 11 Army, clinch top seed

Jay Drapeau led Loyola with four goals and two assists as the Greyhounds won the Patriot League regular season championship with an upset in West Point, NY.

On the road against the No. 11 team in the country, but with everything to play for, the Loyola Greyhounds men’s lacrosse team came up with their biggest victory of the season as they pulled away from the Army Black Knights in West Point, New York to win the Patriot League regular season title and clinch home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs.

Jay Drapeau scored four goals and had two assists to lead the Greyhounds with six points as they overpowered the Black Knights in the second half. Loyola led 8-5 at halftime but put things away with a 6-1 scoring advantage in the second half of the game to secure the 14-6 victory.

After a quick exchange of goals between Army and Loyola, there was a nine-minute lull in action where neither team could convert. However, Zack Sirico scored his first of three goals to break the tie and gave the Greyhounds a 2-1 lead with 4:37 left in the first quarter.

But the lead was short-lived as Army netted two goals within the next minute and a half. Cole Johnson assisted both Nate Jones and Conor Glancy to put Army up 3-2 with just a second more than three minutes left in the opening period.

Loyola would punch back with their quick spurt of goals, however. Romar Dennis scored 50 seconds later to re-tie the game and with only 13 ticks of the clock left in the opening quarter, Drapeau would dish off his first assists of the game on a feed to Alex McGovern, which put Loyola back in front, 4-3.

Loyola would not lose that lead as Drapeau would contribute to two more goals to open the second quarter to push the Loyola lead up to three at 6-3. Drapeau would first go unassisted with 11:29 left in the second quarter before feeding Brian Sherlock with 7:18 left.

Army would respond a minute later with a goal by Johnson, but they would not string together multiple goals in the game after the back-to-back goals in the first quarter.

Sirico scored in response to Johnson’s goal. While Johnson could notch his fourth point of the game on his second goal just over a minute later, Drapeau scored his second goal with 2:51 left in the half to put Loyola back up 8-5.

Still, just a three goal lead was far from safe against Army, but the Black Knights were shut down in the second half. Loyola limited Army’s possessions with long and length ones of their own. But it wasn’t a long and lengthy possession that led to Loyola’s first goal of the second half. Army won the opening faceoff, but Foster Huggins caused a turnover. Zac Davliakos picked up the ground ball and just 26 seconds later Sherlock scored his second goal of the game.

Army was able to score once more with 10 minutes left in the third quarter, but that would be it for them. Army was allowed only five shots on goal in the entire second half but Jacob Stover stopped the other four and finished with 12 saves in the game.

Loyola finished the game with a five-goal run over the last 23 minutes. Two of the goals came with the 30-second clock on as they pulled away for the win.

While Drapeau led Loyola with six points and Sirico had a hat trick and four points, Pat Spencer also had four points on two goals and two assists. Defenseman Jack Carrigan had a team-best seven ground balls and three caused turnovers. The Greyhounds overall caused to of Army’s 13 turnovers and edged them in shots, 36-30, and ground balls 33-30. Loyola went 16-for-19 on clear attempts while Army went 9-for-11.

Loyola will receive a bye into the semifinals of the Patriot League tournament and will host the lowest remaining seed on Friday, April 28, at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Army is the second seed and will play in the other semifinal game. The two first round games will be No. 3 Boston University vs. No. 6 Lehigh and No. 4 Navy vs. No. 5 Holy Cross.

The semifinal games will be played at 4:30 and 7:30 pm on Friday. The Championship game will be played on Sunday at 1 pm.

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