Loyola won the intra-state championship beating Maryland 9-3
In a combination of good defense, and team offense, the Hounds carried the #1 seed throughout the tournament and took home the championship trophy. While Eric Lusby carried the team on his back as he recorded the most goals in a tournament with 17 (4 goals this game), there were also 5 more goal scorers on the team as they spread out the scoring.
Loyola goalie Jack Runkel also had a great game stopping 6 of 9 shots. The low shot total could be attributed to a combination of tight Loyola defense and poor Maryland shooting.
Maryland shooters seemed off the whole game. If they weren’t shooting direct at Runkel’s feet, they were shooting way high and sailing it over the goal. Maryland only had 29 total shots, and of that only 10 on goal.
On defense for Loyola, they caused 8 turnovers, and held Maryland attack of Owen Blye and Billy Gribbin to (0 on goal). This tight defense force Maryland’s shots to come from their middies which they seemed uncomfortable with today.
For Maryland, there is no questioning Niko Amato. He didn’t get the support he needed yet still looked solid out there in cage for Maryland. Statistically he onl stopped 8 of 17 shots, but many were tough ones.
Loyola’s team play proved, you don’t need to win Face-offs to win championships. During Final Four weekend they only won 4 of 29 face-offs. (13.8%). The defense forced outside shots, which hey knew Runkel would be able to save and they’d get a counter attack.
Congratulations to the Loyola Greyhounds for a solid performance from the whole team.