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No. 17 Loyola Maryland gets back to winning ways, beats Georgetown

Navy face-off man Brady Dove, center, can't come away with the ball against Loyola's Mike Orefice, left, and Loyola's Brian Begley, right, scoops it up in the second quarter. The Navy Midshipmen played the visiting Loyola Greyhounds in men's NCAA lacrosse Saturday.
Navy face-off man Brady Dove, center, can't come away with the ball against Loyola's Mike Orefice, left, and Loyola's Brian Begley, right, scoops it up in the second quarter. The Navy Midshipmen played the visiting Loyola Greyhounds in men's NCAA lacrosse Saturday. (By Paul W. Gillespie / Capital Gazette)

WASHINGTON — Playing a Wednesday afternoon men's lacrosse game against Georgetown proved to be the perfect remedy for what was ailing Loyola Maryland.

Just four days removed from a one-goal setback at No. 14 and Patriot League rival Navy that tagged the No. 17 Greyhounds with their first losing streak of the season, they beat the Hoyas 10-7 before an announced 1,354 at Cooper Field.

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The win was Loyola's first since a 10-9 decision at conference foe Holy Cross on March 5 and made the bus ride back to Baltimore a happier trip for the Greyhounds (5-3).

"It's huge," redshirt senior defenseman David Manning said. "We talked all week about responding in the right way, and even though this is game is out of the league, it's important for our psyche. Defensively, we held them to less than eight goals, which was huge for us although it could have been less. But the offense did their part. This is big for us."

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Coach Charley Toomey noted that with Bucknell (5-3) coming to Ridley Athletic Complex for another Patriot League showdown on Saturday at 1 p.m, a victory against Georgetown was gratifying.

"As I told the guys, we righted the ship, and we needed to get this one to get the next one because if you don't get this one, you probably don't have a chance at the next one because heads are going to be down for two days," he said. "So hopefully with two days of preparation, we can go back into league play and firm up some things defensively, continue to play a little bit faster offensively."

Loyola was led offensively by junior attackman Jordan Germershausen. Making his first start of the season in place of senior Zach Herreweyers (concussion), the Reisterstown resident and Calvert Hall graduate scored a career-high four goals on eight shots in the first half to help the team enjoy a 7-3 halftime advantage.

The 5-foot-6, 160-pound Germershausen may not be the shooter that Herreweyers is, but his ability to move off-ball to open gaps within the Hoyas defense sparked the Greyhounds.

"I was just doing my job and doing what [assistant] coach [Ryan] Moran told me to do all week," said Germershausen, who entered the game with two goals in his first seven games. "Just fill the backside and cut off my man and leave my guy. Just happened to be in the right place at the right time."

Germershausen was aided by two goals and two assists from freshman attackman Pat Spencer (Boys' Latin), one goal and two assists from junior midfielder Brian Sherlock, and two goals from junior midfielder Romar Dennis.

Loyola outshot Georgetown 45-24 including 34-9 in the first half. The offense's dominance was helped by a 14-for-20 effort on faceoffs and a 32-20 advantage on ground balls.

Junior Graham Savio won 14of19 draws and scooped up a game-best five ground balls. His teammates on the wings, sophomore midfielder Brian Begley and junior long-stick midfielder Ryan Fournier, collected four and three ground balls, respectively.

Defensively, the Greyhounds turned to freshman goalkeeper Jacob Stover, the son of former Ravens kicker Matt Stover. Making the first start of his career, the Hunt Valley resident and McDonogh graduate made nine saves including six in the second half to secure his first victory.

"It was fun," said Stover, who replaced sophomore Grant Limone for the final three quarters of Saturday's loss to Navy. "I got in the second quarter against Navy, and that was exciting. I had all of the pregame jitters like usual. Today, I was ready for the game. Put a lot of work in and seeing film with Coach and talking to a bunch of the senior defensemen and some of the other guys who have been helping me take reps and seeing the same shots that Georgetown was going to be shooting on me, it was a lot of fun."

Fifth-year senior midfielder Joe Bucci paced the Hoyas (1-7) with one goal and two assists, Chris Donovan had two goals and sophomore goalie Nick Marrocco made a game-high 11 saves. But it wasn't enough to prevent the team from dropping its fourth consecutive game.

Coach Kevin Warne, a former Maryland defensive coordinator, said Georgetown must now look to the Big East portion of its schedule, which opens Saturday at Marquette.

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"We've got a lot to work on because our season starts Saturday in Wisconsin," he said. "I see some things, I seem some bright lights of some guys who stepped up today. I thought Nick Marrocco had a very Nick Marrocco game, and we needed that from him. We've got to keep cranking away."

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