The number 7 ranked Towson Tigers pulled out the win over the top ranked Loyola Greyhounds in one of the most highly anticipated games of the season, by a score of 11-10. The Tigers did exactly what they needed to and used their defensive power to hold Loyola and light their own offense.
Brendan Sunday led the Tigers with 5 points (4G,1A) in the win. Timmy Monahan and Brody McLean also helped lead the offense with 2 goals each. In goal Tyler Canto made 13 saves to help lead that Tigers defense. Alex Woodall dominated the faceoff dot going 20-26.
Kevin Lindley led the Greyhounds with 6 goals on the night. Pat Spencer had 5 points (1G,4A), while Chase Scanlan tallied 3 points (1G,3A). Jacob Stover made 14 saves in cage for the Greyhounds.
It was all Towson in the first as they got out to a 2-0 lead early on with goals coming from Grant Maloof and Brendan Sunday. Loyola was finally able to break the Towson defense with a man-up goal from Kevin Lindley via Pat Spencer with 6:55 in the first. Towson continued their dominance on both ends of the field as they went on a two goal run before Loyola scored with 48 seconds left in the first. In the first Kevin Lindley recorded a hat trick for Loyola.
With Koby Smith locking down Pat Spencer and the Towson offense being able to get a lot of shots off, and run by the Loyola defense, Towson held a 4-2 lead heading into the second quarter of play.
It was a very tight second quarter with Brendan Sunday getting the scoring started with his third of the day to make it a 5-2 Towson lead. After a quick answer from Loyola, and then Towson again it was a 6-3 Towson lead with 9:05 in the second.
The Greyhounds started to find themselves late in the second as they went on a two goal run to make it a 6-5 one goal Towson lead at the half. The Loyola defense was able to force Towson to make mistakes and give up turnovers as they switched to a zone in the second. It was a much stronger end to the half for Loyola than the start was.
Coming out of the half Towson held a one goal 6-5 lead over Loyola. Kevin Lindley notched his 5th goal of the game for Loyola to tie it up at 6 with 13:44 in the third. After that Lindley goal the rest of the quarter was very defensive heavy with a lot of transition and possession changes. The goalie play from Jacob Stover for Loyola and Tyler Canto for Towson was fantastic as well.
Brendan Sunday scored his fourth goal of the game late in the third to give Towson a 7-6 lead with just under a minute left in the quarter.
Both offenses started to come back to life in the fourth as Towson score twice and Loyola scored once in the first two minutes of the quarter. That offensive streak made it a 9-7 Loyola lead with 13:00 in the fourth. After nearly six minutes of aggressive defensive stands and great goalie play Pat Spencer scored his first goal of the game to cut it to a one goal 9-8 Towson lead.
It wasn’t long until Towson answered back as they got twi quick goals from Timmy Monahan and Brody McLean to make it a two goal 11-8 lead with 5:36 in the fourth. A man-up opportunity led to Pat Spencer finding Chase Scanlan open on the crease to cut the Towson lead back down to two goals, 11-9, with 2:13 in the fourth.
After a Loyola stop the Greyhounds were able to get a transition long pole goal from Alex Johnson to make it a one goal game, and give Loyola a late game energy boost. Towson threw in the dagger with an empty netter in the final seconds of the game to seal the 12-10 win over the top ranked Loyola Greyhounds.