Loyola College's lacrosse team bounced back yesterday from a thrashing at the hands of Syracuse four days earlier and did some thrashing of its own, routing Delaware, 19-6, before 1,112 at Curley Field.
BTC The sixth-ranked Greyhounds (9-2) scored the first seven goals, and led 13-1 at halftime and 17-2 after three quarters against the unranked Blue Hens (4-7). It was Loyola's final home game of the regular season.
"Usually when you've been embarrassed, you come back and play better, and we were embarrassed by Syracuse," said Loyola coach Dave Cottle. "We just made too many mistakes that day. We had good practices the rest of the week and we played much better in this game."
Loyola's offense was led by senior midfielder Del Halladay and freshman attackman Chris Georgalas. Each scored five goals.
Delaware coach Bob Shillinglaw was disappointed with his team's lack of emotion but impressed with Loyola.
"We fell behind early," said Shillinglaw, "and all of a sudden the ball was square for us and round for them."
Georgalas, from Mahopac, N.Y., opened the day's scoring with an unassisted goal 1:48 into the first period.
He scored two more goals in that period, another to open the second quarter and give Loyola a 10-1 lead, and got his final score with four seconds left in the third period to put the Greyhounds ahead by 15 goals.
"We have some great feeders," said the modest Georgalas, who also scored five goals this year against Hofstra. "Brian Duffy and Brian Bacso put the ball right in your stick."
Duffy had four assists and two goals. Bacso had three assists and one goal.
Halladay, a Victoria, British Columbia, native, scored all of his goals before halftime. His fifth, which put Loyola ahead 13-1, was a behind-the-back dazzler after a feed from Bacso.
"We had to turn it around after the way we lost to Syracuse," said Halladay. "We had a lot more spark in this game."
Loyola senior goalie Tim McGeeney, who had the worst game of his career against Syracuse, was his usual excellent self in this game and made 12 saves. He left the game after three periods, having given up two goals.
Delaware didn't score its first goal until 11:59 had gone by, when attackman Andy Ward hit from the crease.
Ward, a freshman from Mount Hebron High in Howard County, scored Delaware's first three goals.