Spurred by Zach Thornton, sixth-ranked Loyola scored early and often as it rolled to a 21-5 victory at UMBC last night.
Thornton, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior midfielder, scored three of the game's first four goals, firing bullets from in close. UMBC goalie Chris Brown had almost no chance against any of them.
The Greyhounds (8-1) next play at home Tuesday against No. 4 Syracuse. The next game for UMBC (4-6) is at home against Towson State next Saturday.
Thornton opened the night's scoring unassisted when he dodged past two defenders and fired one over Brown's right shoulder 2:49 into the game.
Thornton then scored Loyola's second goal, again unassisted, from 8 yards out with 10:28 left in the first period.
After long-stick midfielder Matt Dwan went coast-to-coast and scored Loyola's third goal, Thornton came back with a blazer into the upper right-hand corner that drew gasps from the 678 spectators at UMBC Stadium.
The game was only 6:09 old and Loyola was ahead, 4-0, led by Thornton's hat trick.
Mark O'Brien was Loyola's leading goal scorer with four. Thornton and Del Halladay finished with three goals each, while the Greyhounds' Brian Duffy had two goals and five assists.
"Thornton was scoring those early goals, but the key guy was [Loyola goalie] Tim McGeeney," said UMBC coach Don Zimmerman. "We had a lot of good shots early and McGeeney turned away all of them, and that kept up from getting in the game."
McGeeney finished with 16 saves. Brown had 20 for UMBC.
O'Brien scored his first goal on an assist from Duffy with 7:01 left in the first period and then scored again on another feed from Duffy with 13 seconds left in the quarter to give Loyola a 6-0 lead.
After Halladay put the Greyhounds ahead, 7-0, UMBC finally got its first goal from Joe Wojciechowski with 10:36 left in the second period.
Halladay picked up a loose ball near the crease and scored to make it 8-1, and then Loyola scored twice within six seconds to increase its lead to 10-1 at halftime.
Loyola 6 4 5 6 -- 21
UMBC . 0 1 4 0 -- 5
Goals: L--O'Brien 4, Halladay 3, Thornton 3, Duffy 2, O'Shea 2, Georgalis 2, Bacso, Dwan, Gervais, Vizcarrondo, Bowers; UMBC--Shearer 2, Cherry, Wojciechowski, Reilly. Assists: L--Duffy 4, Hanford, Thornton, Georgalis, Vizcarrondo, O'Brien; UMBC--Lloyd, Belford. Saves: L--McGeeney 16, Gaiser 1, Castillo UMBC--Brown 20, Gorski 1.