Loyola hands top-ranked Duke its first setback

The Baltimore Sun

Top-ranked Duke suffered its first loss, falling to No. 20 Loyola, 8-7, last night at The First 4 Lacrosse Invitational before 5,132 at the University of San Diego.

Duke (4-1) came back from an early deficit to take the lead with less than five minutes remaining in regulation before Loyola (2-2) scored two unanswered goals in the final minutes.

Ned Crotty of Duke led all scorers with three goals.

"It was a tough game. The trip out west had too many distractions for us," Duke coach John Danowski said. "Loyola deserves this win. If we won, we would have stole a victory."

Duke's 2006 season was aborted after eight games after three teammates were accused of raping an exotic dancer at a team party.

No. 7 Navy 9, Lehigh 5 -- A 7-0 second-quarter run by the Midshipmen (4-0, 2-0 Patriot League) propelled them to victory over the Mountain Hawks (2-3, 1-1). "I thought that we struggled to finish off some of our shots today, but I was impressed with our players keeping their composure and battling back," Navy coach Richie Meade said. "Defensively, we did a pretty good job. Colin Finnegan had another solid game in goal for us, and Jordan DiNola did a great job of covering Alec Hooff, who was a first-team All-Patriot League midfielder last year."

No. 19 UMBC 11, Pennsylvania 10 -- Cayle Ratcliffe scored his sixth goal of the game with 14 seconds to play in the second overtime, as the Retrievers nipped the visiting Quakers before 1,160 at UMBC Stadium. UMBC won its second overtime game of the year, as it opened with a 12-11 overtime win over another Ivy League opponent, Brown. The win avenged last season's 12-11 overtime loss to Penn in Philadelphia. The six goals by Ratcliffe ties a UMBC Division I freshman record. Jason Smith scored six and added an assist against Marist in the opener of the 1991 season. Ratcliffe has 12 goals in his past four outings. The Quakers won the draw to open the four-minute overtime but did not get any quality chances. On the winning goal, Ratcliffe, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, worked his way from behind the net to the right side of the goal, and bounced a left-handed shot past goalie Chris Casey.

Bucknell 14, Mount St. Mary's 2 -- Bucknell (5-0) pulled away from the host Mountaineers (0-2) for a victory. Tim Brandau had four goals and two assists to pace Bucknell while Joe Bello and Geery Grant each scored in the loss for the Mount.

Villa Julie 10, St. Mary's 8 -- Jimmy Daily was the top scorer for the Mustangs (4-0, 3-0 Capital Athletic Conference) with four goals, as they beat the host Seahawks (2-2, 1-1).

Goucher 13, Drew 10 -- An extra-man goal by Brent Shea 15 seconds into the third quarter broke a 7-7 tie and provided the host Gophers (1-2) with a lead they would never relinquish on the way to a triumph over the Rangers (0-1).


No. 8 Syracuse 14, No. 2 Georgetown 9 -- The Orange (2-2) took an early lead on the Hoyas (2-1) and never looked back, handing Georgetown its first loss. Syracuse scored five goals in each of the first two periods, and the 14 tallies is the most it has had in one game this season. The win ended a two-game losing streak for the Orange and avenged losses to the Hoyas in the past two seasons. Steven Brooks led the Orange attack with a career-high four goals, three coming in the first half. Brooks' previous career high was three goals, which he achieved twice last season.

No. 3 Cornell 7, No. 12 Army 4 -- Two late goals by Brian Clayton helped to seal a victory for the Big Red (4-0) as it defeated Army (4-1) at Michie Stadium. Despite never trailing in the game, the Big Red also never led by more than two goals until Clayton scored his second of the game with 1:46 remaining.

No. 5 Virginia 7, No. 6 Princeton 6 -- Ben Rubeor scored with 25.4 seconds remaining to propel Virginia to a hard-fought win over the Tigers before 4,143 at Klockner Stadium. The win was the Cavaliers' fourth in a row and they improved to 4-1 overall this season. It is also the second year in a row they have defeated the Tigers by a 7-6 score. Virginia ran its winning streak to three in a row in the series.

No. 13 Albany 13, No. 9 Delaware 7 -- Merrick Thomson recorded a season-high five goals to lead the host Great Danes (3-0) over the Blue Hens (5-1). Thomson scored three goals in a 7-0 run that spanned the final two quarters and put Albany ahead 12-6 with 5:30 left in the game. Tommy Scherr went the distance in goal for Delaware, making 13 saves.

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