No. 1 Maryland avenges NCAA title loss with win against No. 2 Loyola (Md.)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Senior John Haus tied his career high with four goals to lead No. 1 Maryland to a 12-10 victory against No. 2 Loyola in front of 5,781 fans at the Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday.
Maryland's first midfield of Haus, senior Jake Bernhardt and junior Mike Chanenchuk dominated the first half, scoring four of the team's first seven goals and combining for seven goals and nine points in the win.
The victory boosts the Terps to 3-0 on the season, while the Greyhounds drop to 2-1.
Loyola's Mike Sawyer gave the Greyhounds the early 1-0 lead with a hard low shot from the left alley at the 10:02 mark of the first quarter, but that would be the last lead Loyola would have for the game.
Haus got things rolling at the 8:30 mark when he went around Hound defender Kyle Duffy and beat Loyola goalie Jack Runkel into the top right corner to tie the score at one.
Chanencuk gave Maryland its first lead with an unassisted goal with 5:17 left in the first after ducking under a Loyola defender and finishing with a quick bounce shot.
The Terps' first midfield line made it three in a row when Jake Bernhardt lost his defender going around the left side of the goal and scoring on a bouncer into the top right corner to make it 3-1 in favor of Maryland. The lead jumped to 4-1 when sophomore Jay Carlson took a feed from Haus beat Runkel with another bouncer.
The five-goal run finished with just three seconds left in the first quarter. Junior Niko Amato made a terrific save, robbing Loyola's Kevin Ryan, which triggered Maryland's transition game. Senior Jesse Bernhardt picked up the groundball and moved it quickly up the field to senior Landon Carr, who beat Runkel with a low shot on the run.
Loyola opened the second quarter with an extra-man goal by Ryan. Amato stopped a shot by Briuan Schultz, but the rebound was scooped up by Ryan and he finished with a behind-the-back shot to make it a 5-2 game.
Sophomore Charlie Raffa won the ensuing faceoff and scored five seconds later to make it a 6-2 Terrapin lead. The fast-paced scoring continued as Loyola's Scott Ratliff scored on a big overhand shot five seconds after Raffa's goal to pull the Hounds to within three.
Maryland closed out the first half with Haus netting his second of the game with a great dodge down the left alley and a finish into the right side at the 3:21 mark.
Laconi started the third quarter off for the Hounds less than 30 seconds in, but Maryland went on a 3-0 run to open up a 10-4 lead. Chanenchuk scored on a quick rip from the right alley at the 13:39 mark. That was followed by Haus finishing his hat trick at 11:37 on an inside roll. Senior Kevin Cooper finished the run with his first goal of the day.
The Greyhounds then got their first back-to-back goals on unassisted scores by Justin Ward and Chris Layne to make it a 10-6 Maryland lead with 8:24 to go in the third.
Haus settled things down for the Terps, scoring his fourth of the game off of a feed from Bernhardt. Loyola pulled to within three with consecutive goals to close the period. Nikko Pontrello scored the first off an assist by Layne. Matt Sawyer then scored off a rebound with 2:53 to play. Amato saved the initial shot by Sean O'Sullivan, but the ball bounced too far in front of the crease for Amato to control and Sawyer picked it up and put it back in for the Hounds.
Maryland's man-down unit came up with a big stop to open the fourth quarter as Loyola had an extra-man opportunity thanks to an illegal body check call on Bernhardt after the third quarter buzzer sounded.
Neither team got on the board until late in the fourth, but it was the Terps who broke through and took a 12-8 lead when senior Billy Gribbin scored off of a feed from senior Owen Blye with 3:08 to play.
The Greyhounds got back-to-back goals from O'Sullivan and Layne in the final minute, but once again it was Amato coming up with a big save, his 13th of the game, on a shot by Davis Butts with 10 seconds to play.
The Terrapin defense was led by Bernhardt, who became the first Terp since 2010 to record 10 groundballs in a game to go along with four caused turnovers. Junior Michael Ehrhardt finished with five groundballs and two caused turnovers.