Second-Half Surge Powers Loyola Past Hopkins, 12-5
By Ernie Larossa
Associate AD/Director of Athletic Communications
Feb. 17, 2018
BALTIMORE, MD - The Loyola Maryland men's lacrosse team outscored visiting Johns Hopkins 7-1 in the second half to pull away for a 12-5 victory at the Ridley Athletic Complex Saturday afternoon. A crowd of 4,074 braved a cold day and steady second-half snow, while more than 193,000 watched the game on Facebook Live; it was the first-ever men's lacrosse game broadcast on Facebook Live.
The ninth-ranked Blue Jays trailed just 5-4 at the half before Aidan Olmtead got to the goal and scored from in tight after a defender slipped to ignite the second-half run for the 'Hounds. Loyola doubled its lead in the middle of the period as John Duffy and Brian Begley scored consecutive goals in a span of just over 90 seconds.
The 8-4 Loyola lead held for more than six minutes before Duffy and Begley teamed for Loyola's ninth goal. Begley dodged from behind the goal and drew a defender off Duffy, who had time-and-room from eight yards out on the wing to make it 9-4.
Johns Hopkins (1-1) freshman Jared Reinson scored off the ensuing faceoff off an assist from senior Hunter Moreland, but the Greyounds held the Blue Jays scoreless over the last 16:50 and got fourth-quarter goals from Jay Drapeau, Alex McGovern and Begley - all in the first seven minutes of the period - to account for the final scoring in the 12-5 victory.
Loyola (1-1), which entered the game ranked 14th, led 3-1 after one and 5-2 late in the second quarter before the Blue Jays got back-to-back goals from junior Alex Concannon and senior Shack Stanwick in the final 3:37 to make it 5-4 at the half. Four different players scored for the Blue Jays in the first half, including senior Brinton Valis and Moreland before the late strikes from Concannon and Stanwick, but Olmstead's early goal in the second half sparked the decisive run for Loyola.
Drapeau led Loyola with three goals, while Spencer (1g, 3a) and Begley (2g, 2a) totaled four points each. Goalie Jacob Stover posted 12 saves for the 'Hounds, who were also credited with 13 caused turnovers, seven of which were forced by Foster Huggins.
Moreland won 14-of-20 faceoffs, grabbed six ground balls and had the one goal and one assist. Senior Brock Turnbaugh has 11 saves for the Blue Jays, but Hopkins misfired on all five of its extra-man chances and committed 22 turnovers in the loss.
Johns Hopkins will return to action on Friday, February 23 when the Blue Jays welcome North Carolina to Homewood Field. Faceoff is set for 5 pm with a live national television broadcast on ESPNU.
Notes: Moreland's 14 faceoff wins push his career total to 308 - he is the 11th player in school history to win 300 career faceoffs o Stanwick's second-quarter goal extended his point-scoring streak to 50 games.
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