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No. 14 Hounds rout Lehigh for Patriot League win

Brian Sherlock led Loyola to a victory over Lehigh with a career-high six goals scored.

After an even start to the game, the No. 19 Loyola Greyhounds men’s lacrosse team pulled away from the visiting Lehigh Mountain Hawks in the second quarter and put them away in the third quarter as they earned a 14-5 victory to improve to 7-4 on the year and 5-1 in Patriot League play.

Loyola dominated possession throughout the game and ended up outshooting their opponents 45-19 and beat them on ground balls 38-16. At the faceoff X, Loyola as a team went 16-for-22 with Graham Savio leading the effort with a 14-for-17 performance.

Senior midfielder Brian Sherlock led the Greyhound offense with a career-high five goals while sophomore attackman Pat Spencer had six assists and seven points in the game.

Loyola scored the first goal of the game in the third minute of the game. Just 33 seconds before the score, Craig Chick was called for a push and had to exit the field. Before the Mountain Hawks got back even after the penalty clock drained, John Duffy found Zack Sirico for the shot and goal.

Lehigh would gain a lead, however, after scoring the next two goals, coming just 83 seconds apart from each other, but Alex McGovern tied the game with 5:18 remaining in the opening quarter off an assist by Jay Drapeau and it sparked Loyola on a 10-goal run over the next 35-plus minutes.

Loyola scored all five goals in the second quarter, three of which were by Sherlock as he completed his natural hat trick with 25 seconds left before halftime. A fast-break goal off a Savio faceoff victory immediately after that pushed the Hounds out to a 7-2 lead at the intermission. Loyola then closed the door on Lehigh by scoring all four goals netted in the third quarter to make it an 11-2 lead.

Lehigh ended a 41-plus minute scoring drought when Mickey Fitzpatrick opened the fourth quarter with a score. But just two minutes later Sherlock scored his fifth goal of the game and then after a lengthy possession, Duffy scored with the 30-second shot clock on to give Loyola a 10-goal lead at 13-3 with 7:40 remaining in the game.

Lehigh would only score two more goals afterward, though Mike Orefice scored his first career goal with 21.5 seconds left on the clock to close out the game.

Jack Carrigan led the Greyhounds defense with four caused turnovers to go with four ground balls. Loyola caused 11 turnovers as a team. Goalkeeper Jacob Stover made six saves in 52-plus minutes of action while Sam Beazell finished the game and made two saves.

Lehigh’s goalkeepers made 17 saves in the game with Donny Stires making 10 stops through the first three-quarters. Chris Keirnan made seven saves in the final quarter, but the constant peppering of shots by Loyola helped give them plenty of opportunities to make saves.

The game was Loyola’s final regular season game at Ridley Athletic Complex, though they could still host postseason games. Loyola will travel to Boston University next Saturday for a noon faceoff against the Terriers.

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