Eastern College Athletic Conference Loyola vs. Fairfield, Friday Loyola stormed out to a 7-2 lead and held a 13-6 advantage over Denver in the early fourth quarter of their semifinal. But Denver rallied, scoring seven straight goals to tie it. A collapse of this magnitude would have been catastrophic emotionally for the Greyhounds. But Scott Ratliff, a long-pole midfielder, scored off the opening faceoff in overtime. The win sends Loyola to the final today against Fairfield. It also ensures the 'Hounds a home NCAA tournament game May 12 or 13. Fairfield coach Andy Copelan is a former Maryland assistant under Dave Cottle. He is one of the sharpest young minds in the business. His Stags won a nail-biter with Ohio State on Wednesday night. The 'Hounds won the regular-season contest, 8-6.
Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun