Last night’s Maryland Vs Loyola Lacrosse game was something special. While this rivalry game is usually special, last night’s game was even more interesting because of both team’s positions in the polls, and because this game was a make or break contest for Loyola when it comes to getting an at-large bid.
With a win, Loyola was looking a lot more solid to make the NCAAs, but with a loss, Loyola would become destined to win the Patriot, or miss the NCAA tourney. In the end, this Maryland Vs Loyola tilt was a back and forth game that saw Loyola mount a furious comeback, with Maryland coming away with the big non-conference win, by an 11-10 score.
Photo Credit: Craig Chase
Maryland Vs Loyola Lacrosse Photos
When Loyola pushed the ball and played reckless Hounds lacrosse, I liked what I saw. When they slowed it down more, and went for possessions, I was a little less enthused. I still believe Loyola needs to push it more! And by it I mean the tempo of games. You can see highlights from the Maryland Vs Loyola game on TerpsTV.
The Terps were up 4-3 after one quarter of play, but Loyola tied the game up at six before the half and the teams entered the 3rd quarter knotted at six goals apiece. The Terps came out hot in the third quarter and after a little back and forth play, Maryland had a 10-7 lead over Loyola. The Hounds scored three straight goals to tie the game back up at 10 before Maryland’s Bryan Cole scored with under 4 minutes left to give Maryland their final lead of the game. Cole finished with a goal and two assists for the Terps.
Both teams pushed and pressed a bit (more so Loyola) in the final minutes and the Hounds had a good chance to tie the game up at 11, but the attempt was turned away and Maryland escaped with the big Baltimore rivalry win.
Jay Carlson had a hat trick, Matt Rambo and Joe LoCasio each went 2-1 for 3 points, and Bobby Gribbin had two goals on 3 shots. Kyle Bernlohr made 10 saves in net for UMD, and how’s this for an interesting stat: this is the first time all season that Bernlohr did not make more saves than goals allowed. That’s solid consistency!
Loyola was led by Brian Sherlock’s 4 goals on 7 shots. Zach Sirico also had a big day notching a hat trick and an assist to go for 4 points. Nikko Pontrello took six shots but didn’t score a goal. He made up for this with 3 big assists. Overall, Loyola had a rough day shooting the ball and keeping their shots on cage as Herreweyers, Pontrello, and Dennis combined for 18 shots but only 2 goals. Grant Limone had 13 saves on the day for Loyola, and played a great game.
Up next for Maryland is Big Ten opponent Rutgers. Loyola will play Patriot League for Boston University. Both could be excellent games, and for Loyola we are officially in MUST-win territory.