April 25, 2014
Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Championship Central
BALTIMORE, Md. - The top-seed will face the two-time defending champion in the title game of the Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Tournament on Sunday at 1 p.m. after both Loyola University Maryland and Lehigh advanced with semifinal victories on Friday at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The No. 1-ranked Greyhounds (13-1) remained perfect since their season opener by going on a trio of three-goal runs to methodically pull away for a 12-6 win over fourth-seed Colgate (9-6).
The nightcap had more drama, as third-seed Lehigh (13-4) and second-seed Army (9-4) were tied six times before the Mountain Hawks earned the win on a goal by Reid Weber with 3.7 seconds to play.
Lehigh makes it to the Patriot League title game for the third year in a row as the Mountain Hawks will be going for a three-peat. Loyola is the sixth straight No. 1 seed to advance to the Patriot League Championship, and ninth in 11 seasons of the League Tournament.
Lehigh is the third No. 3 seed to make the League title game, and the last two won the crown as Colgate topped fourth-seed Bucknell in 2008 and Navy won at the top-seed Bison in 2009. The No. 1 seed has won six of the previous 10 League Tournaments, and three of the last four.
Loyola won 14-7 at Lehigh in the teams' regular-season meeting back on March 1.
The championship game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network, which also telecast both semifinals on Friday.
More information is available at Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Championship Central.
2014 Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Tournament
Semifinals - Ridley Athletic Complex - Baltimore, Md.
at #1 Loyola 12, #4 Colgate 6
- Top-seed Loyola (13-1) put together three separate three-goal runs in an impressive 12-6 win over fourth-seed Colgate (9-5) in the first semifinal of the Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Tournament on Friday at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Greyhounds move on to the Patriot League Championship where they will host Lehigh on Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
After giving up the first goal to Colgate's Ryan Walsh, Loyola got scores from Justin Ward, Kevin Ryan and Jeff Chase in the first three-goal run for a 3-1 first-quarter lead that it would never relinquish. Cameron Williams scored for Colgate to cut the lead to 3-2 at the end of the period, but Brian Schultz scored twice and Nikko Pontrello once as Loyola had all three second-period goals for a 6-2 lead at the break.
Schultz opened the second half scoring to make it 7-2, but goals by Walsh and Williams brought Colgate back within 7-4 entering the final quarter. The Greyhounds put it away from there with another three-goal stretch from Ward, Schultz and Ryan Fournier for a 10-4 lead with 11:59 left on the way to the 12-6 win.
Schultz was the scoring star on the night for the Greyhounds with four goals and an assist, while Ward also had five points with two goals and three assists. Ryan had two goals, while Pontrello, Chase and Brian Sherlock each had a goal and an assist. Jack Runkel had a strong night in goal with 11 saves and Loyola was successful on 24-of-26 clear attempts.
Walsh led Colgate with three goals while Williams added two. Brandon Burke had 10 saves for the Raiders, who fell in the semifinal round for the second year in a row.
#3 Lehigh 12 vs. #2 Army 11
BALTIMORE, Md. - Reid Weber scored off a pass from Dan Taylor with 3.7 seconds left to send third-seed Lehigh (13-4) to the Patriot League Championship for the third year in a row with a dramatic 12-11 win in a back-and-forth game with second-seed Army (9-4) in the semifinals of the League Tournament on Friday at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The Mountain Hawks will go for the three-peat on Sunday at 1 p.m. when they face top-seed and host Loyola on CBS Sports Network.
In a game that was expected to be a defensive battle, both teams came out firing in the first quarter. John Glesener scored less than a minute into the game for Army, but Kurtis Kaunas tallied twice and Weber scored once as Lehigh built a 3-1 lead. Glesener halted the run with a goal, but Taylor and Dylan O'Shaughnessy put the Mountain Hawks ahead 5-2 before Glesener scored again to close the quarter.
The second quarter was all Army as the Black Knights held a 5-1 advantage to take an 8-6 lead at the half. After Army's Connor Cook and Weber exchanged goals, the Black Knights got the final four goals of the half including a pair from Glesener who finished with five goals and an assist before intermission.
Lehigh evened the score with goals by Taylor and Patrick Corbett in the first half of the third quarter, and neither team led by more than one goal again. Army went back ahead 9-8 with a score by Will Mazzone before Taylor converted a length of the field pass with less than a second remaining in the quarter to tie the score at 9-9.
Cole Johnson put up Army up 10-9 early in the fourth quarter, but Taylor and Corbett tallied consecutive goals to give Lehigh its first lead since the second quarter at 11-10 with 5:13 left. Jimbo Moore scored to tie the game again with 3:29 left. Army won the ensuing face-off, but Lehigh forced a turnover and was able to maintain possession for more than three minutes before Weber's game-winner.
Taylor had an eight-point night for the Mountain Hawks with four goals and four assists, while Weber had three goals and Kaunas and Corbett each had a pair. Matt Poillon also keyed Lehigh's win with 10 saves, including eight while allowing only three goals in the second half. Lehigh beats Army in the Patriot League semifinals for the second time in three years, and becomes the first No. 3 seed to top the No. 2 since 2009.
Glesener finished with the five goals and an assist, while Mazzone had two goals and an assist and four other players scored a goal for the Black Knights. Army lost in the 2/3 game of the Patriot League semifinals for the fourth year in a row.