"We're starting to play a lot better together as a team," said Bill Sento, who is in his 16th year as Loyola coach. "I'm looking forward to these last five games and then the MAAC tournament."
Loyola, in winning its fourth straight, extended its record to 9-4 overall, 3-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Manhattan is 1-12 and 1-4 in the MAAC.
Senior midfielder Marc Harrison scored the first two goals of the game to give the Greyhounds a 2-0 halftime lead.
Bill Heiser, a senior forward, assisted on both of Harrison's goals, then scored one of his own 6:17 into the second half.
The home team's final goal came off the foot of freshman midfielder Bill Fuchs.
"This was the second time this year I've scored the first two goals," said Loyola's Harrison. "The same thing happened when we beat Vermont [2-0].
"At the start of this season, we had a lot of players in new positions and we lost our first two games to Wisconsin-Green Bay and San Francisco.
"But now we're starting to link up and complete a lot of short passes."
"Loyola has a very good club," said Manhattan coach Bo Shashkewych, "but I think they were a little stronger last year. They graduated an outstanding goalie in Zach Thornton.
"Our team lost three key players from '94 and we've lost two central defenders to injuries. The losses have taken a psychological toll on us. When you lose so many games, it becomes a pattern that's hard to break."
Loyola's Heiser sees the team going in the opposite direction.
"We have seven or eight seniors who have been together for a long time," said Heiser. "This is our last year to make a statement. We want to finish strong."