Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/16/13
From Press Release
Chris Layne (Malvern Prep) took the ball after a Loyola University Maryland timeout, went to midfield and dodged down the middle of the field, beating his defender. He sent a high-to-low shot into the right side of the goal with 4.4 seconds left to provide the game-winner for the top-ranked Greyhounds in a 9-8 victory over host University of Delaware.
Delaware (1-2 overall) rallied from a 7-4 deficit at the end of the third quarter to tied the score at 7-7 with three goals in the first five minutes of the final stanza on a snowy Saturday afternoon.
Eric Smith scored on an extra-man possession with 10:28 remaining to knot the score at 7-7.
The Greyhounds (1-0) took an 8-7 advantage with 8:20 on the clock as Mike Sawyer dodged to the and was doubled. He flipped a behind-the-head pass to Sean O’Sullivan on the left side, and O’Sullivan ripped a six-yard shot to put Loyola up one.
Loyola’s advantage nearly held as the Greyhounds fended off several Blue Hens challenges through the final eight minutes.
Delaware, however, took possession after a Loyola turnover with just over a minute to play, and the Blue Hens drew a flag on Loyola to go man-up.
Smith was again involved for Delaware, feeding a pass form goal-line extended on the left side to Dan Keane on the doorstep of the crease. Keane one-timed a shot, redirecting Smith’s pass from right to left and inside the far post with 26.0 seconds left.
Delaware won the ensuing faceoff, but Brendan Donovan caused a turnover, and the Greyhounds picked up possession. Sawyer stepped into the box, and Head Coach Charley Toomey called timeout with 15.4 seconds left to set up Layne’s winner.
The game was the first at Loyola for new assistant coach David Metzbower, who coached Malvern Prep the past two years. Metzbower is a Delaware grad and former Blue Hens assistant.
Loyola has a lot of talent,” said Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw, whose team is one of the youngest in the nation and is playing without its top two midfielders in Dom Sebastiani and Garrett Johnson due to injuries. “We are certainly disappointed to lose this one but we will use this as a stepping stone to come back and get better. We have really emphasized working hard in practice and this group comes out everyday and works hard.”
Scoring Summary (Goals-Assists)
Loyola – Justin Ward, 3-2; Chris Layne, 2-1; Davis Butts, 1-1; Mike Sawyer, 1-1; Sean O’Sullivan, 1-0; Scott Ratliff, 1-0; Nikko Pontrello, 0-1.
Delaware – Nick Diachenko, 2-0; Eric Smith, 1-1; Sean Finegan, 1-1; Danny Keane, 1-0; Ian Robertson, 1-0; Brian Kormandy, 1-0; Tom Holland, 1-0; Connor McRoy, 0-2.
Shots: L – 36, D – 38; Saves: L – 11 (Jack Runkel), D – 14 (Chris Herbert, 59:25 min., 9 goals, 14 saves; Conor Peaks, 0:35 min., 0 goals, 0 saves); Groundballs: L – 34, D – 36; Faceoffs: L – 7, D – 14; Turnovers: L – 13, D – 19; Clears: L – 21 of 22, D – 16 of 18; Penalties: L – 5 for 4:00, D – 2 for 1:30; Extra Man Goals: L – 0 for 2, D – 2 for 5; Attendance: 1,150.