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Loyola midfielder Jeff Chase (12) celebrates his goal with teammate Pat Spencer (7) during the third quarter. It was Chase's second goal of the game. Loyola went on to beat Johns Hopkins 9-8 at Ridely Athletic Complex.
Loyola midfielder Jeff Chase (12) celebrates his goal with teammate Pat Spencer (7) during the third quarter. It was Chase's second goal of the game. Loyola went on to beat Johns Hopkins 9-8 at Ridely Athletic Complex. (Christopher T. Assaf / Baltimore Sun)

Jeff Chase's first career start for Loyola Maryland was a memorable one for the oft-injured fifth-year senior midfielder.

Playing for Tyler Albrecht, Chase scored two goals in the No. 13 Greyhounds' 11-10 win at Patriot League rival Lehigh on Saturday. The Monrovia resident and Boys' Latin graduate has endured three anterior cruciate ligament tears, and coach Charley Toomey said he was happy for Chase.

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"Jeff has been a glue guy for us for years," Toomey said Wednesday. "He filled in and got two goals. I will say that one of them was a no-no-yeah, meaning that as he was shooting the ball from 18 yards, we were going, 'No, no,' and then after it went in, we said, 'Yeah.' Jeff does everything that the coaches ask him to do. Sometimes he steps out of character and tries to make a play that might not be there, but he's done everything that we've asked him to do. Stepping in for Tyler last weekend and scoring two goals, it really gave the team and certainly the locker room a boost. He's a guy everybody roots for."

Chase was filling in for Albrecht, the senior who has notched 10 goals and one assist in 10 games for Loyola (8-3 overall and 5-1 in the Patriot League). Albrecht did not play because he broke an unspecified team rule, but Toomey said Albrecht should be available for Saturday's conference duel with Boston University (8-4, 3-3).

Chase, who has recorded five goals and one assist this season, had been bumped from the second to the third line and then started on Saturday. Toomey said the midfielder's play warrants consideration for more runs with the second unit.

"What you've seen from us is there is a constant rotation on that second line," Toomey said. "I don't know that we want to tinker a lot with the chemistry of that first line, but certainly Jeff has played on the second line. We tried to play a third line for a little bit. Still would like to kind of be able to do that, but Jeff's play on Saturday probably warrants him a look again with the second line and trying to find some more consistency there."

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