Freshman Mike Sawyer scored three of his career-high four goals in the first half and attackmen Shane Koppens and Collin Finnerty scored two apiece to lead No. 19 Loyola to a 12-9 win over Rutgers on Saturday at Yurcak Field.
Heading into the weekend, Loyola coach Charley Toomey emphasized the game's importance as the first of four consecutive conference matchups in April for the Greyhounds.
Loyola (6-4, 3-1 Eastern College Athletic Conference) responded by grinding out the win despite windy conditions. Success on faceoffs was a big part of the victory, with Loyola winning 18 of 24. Junior John Schiavone led the way with 16 of 19, one faceoff win short of his career-high 17, which he set this season against St. John's.
The victory puts Loyola over the Scarlet Knights (4-7, 2-2) into sole possession of second place in the ECAC.
"We went out and did what we were supposed to do today," Toomey said. "Wins on the road in conference play are always tough to come by, and I'm proud of our kids' efforts."
NO. 7 UMBC 13, BINGHAMTON 4: : Ryan Smith scored four goals and the host Retrievers (8-2, 2-0 America East) took a 5-1 lead after the first quarter. Andy Cook had a goal and an assist for the Bearcats (1-8, 0-2).
TOWSON 16, SACRED HEART 8:: Midfielder Will Harrington had a career-high four goals as the Tigers (5-5, 3-0 Colonial Athletic Conference) scored a season high in a win over the visiting Pioneers (3-7, 1-2).
SCRANTON 10, GOUCHER 9, 2OT:: Midfielder Thomas Kornobis scored as the final buzzer sounded in double overtime to give the Royals (5-5, 2-1 Landmark) the win over the visiting Gophers (6-4, 1-1).
GETTYSBURG 11, WASHINGTON COLLEGE 4:: The Shoremen (8-3, 3-2 Centennial) were outshot 40-19 in their loss to the host Bullets (7-3, 3-1).
SWARTHMORE 7, MCDANIEL 4:: The Green Terror (7-3, 1-2 Centennial) fell to the host Garnet (4-4, 3-2) behind Gavin Musynske's four goals.
ST. MARY'S 9, WESLEY 8:: Sophomore attackman Dennis Rosson scored with eight seconds remaining in regulation as the Seahawks (5-5, 3-2 Capital Athletic Conference) squeaked past the host Wolverines (8-4, 4-3).
NO. 1 VIRGINIA 11, NO. 11 NORTH CAROLINA 10:: The Tar Heels (8-4, 0-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) had two potential game-tying shots turned away in the final 30 seconds as they fell to the top-ranked Cavaliers (12-0, 2-0) in the inaugural Big City Classic at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
No. 5 PRINCETON 12, NO. 2 SYRACUSE 8:: The Tigers (8-1) never trailed in their win over the Orange (7-2) in the Big City Classic.