Loyola Swoon Continues with Loss to Air Force
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USAFA, Colo. -- Air Force jumped out to a
five-goal lead in the second quarter and held off the 17th-ranked
Loyola men's lacrosse team, 8-6, in an ECAC Lacrosse League game on
Saturday afternoon at Falcon Stadium.
The Falcons (2-5 overall, 1-1 ECAC) scored the game's first three goals and held Loyola (3-3, 1-1) off the scoreboard for over 13 minutes to start the contest. It was Air Force's first ECAC win since joining the league in 2010 and its first win over a ranked team since defeating then ninth-ranked Notre Dame in 2006.
Adam Paranka and Vinny Sandtorv scored at 10:11 and 8:47 in the first quarter to put Air Force ahead, and Mike Crampton logged a goal 3:36 before the end of the frame.
Josh Hawkins broke the Greyhounds' scoring drought with his first goal of the season 1:53 before the end of the quarter.
Air Force picked up where it left off offensive, however, in the second quarter. Tommy McKee scored 1:21 into the frame, and Sandtorv tallied his second and third goals of the afternoon to push the Falcons' advantage to five, 6-1.
Loyola cut its deficit to four, 6-2, with 19 ticks left on the first-half clock as Davis Butts scored off a Mike Sawyer assist.
The Greyhounds pulled within three as Matt Langan took a Justin Ward pass and scored 2:14 into the third quarter, but Crampton scored back-to-back goals for the Falcons, extending their lead back to five, 8-3, with just under nine minutes to go in the third quarter.
Chris Basler tallied a goal for Loyola with 4:14 to go in the third, making it a four-goal game.
Loyola made it a three-goal Air Force lead after a strange sequence led to a man-down goal. Goalkeeper Jake Hagelin cleared the ball from the defensive end by himself and scored his first career goal with 4:44 to play.
Air Force won the next faceoff but a Sandtorv shot went wide, and Loyola had a chance on offense. Stephen Murray scored for the Greyhounds, pulling them within two.
The Greyhounds had an extra-man opportunity with less than 90
seconds remaining, but Air Force forced a turnover to secure the
Loyola outshot the Falcons, 32-23 and 19-8 in the second half. Brian Wilson made 10 saves in goal for the Falcons. The Greyhounds also had an 11-18 advantage at the faceoff "X", as J.P. Dalton won a career-high 10-of-16 restarts. Scott Ratliff led Loyola with five ground balls.
Crampton led the Falcons with three goals and an assist, while Sandtorv added three goals and Paranka registered a goal and an assist.
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