No. 11 Loyola slips past Notre Dame


SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Freshman Craig Georgalas scored the first goal of his Loyola career with 41 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as the No. 11 Greyhounds escaped with a 9-8 men's lacrosse victory over ninth-ranked Notre Dame yesterday at the Loftus Sports Center.

With the game tied at 8 in the final minute, senior Chris Summers drew a double team near the right side of the Notre Dame goal. Summers then flipped a pass out in front of the goal to a waiting Georgalas, who shot point-blank past Notre Dame goalie Stewart Crosland.

The Irish (3-2) gained control of the ensuing faceoff and called timeout with 31 seconds left, but Loyola goalie Mark Bloomquist (14 saves) stopped Owen Mulford's shot in the final 10 seconds and time ran out as both teams scrambled for possession of a loose ball.

Notre Dame had tied the game with 2:35 left when Matt Howell scored on a one-on-one dodge from behind the goal.

Loyola (4-1), which defeated Notre Dame by one goal for the second straight year, broke a 2-2 tie when Stephen Brundage, Joey Case, Gunnar Goettelmann and Matt White each scored in a 4:17 span.

Notre Dame, which fell to 2-12 all time against the Greyhounds, outshot Loyola 39-25 but had just 33 groundballs to 44 for Loyola. Loyola also won 17 of 21 faceoffs.

Loyola 2 4 2 1 - 9

Notre Dame 2 1 3 2 - 8

Goals: L-Summers 2, Goettelmann 2, Brundage, Case, Halip, Georgalas, White; ND-Berger 3, Mulford 2, Walsh, Howell, Giordano. Assists: L-Summers 3, Goettelmann 2, Brundage 2; ND-Walsh 2, Howell 2, Ryan. Saves: L-Bloomquist 14, Crosland 8.

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