Saturday, May 3, 2014

College Lacrosse: Loyola Proves its Mettle

Loyola wore down the Hopkins defense on Saturday (photo / T. Flynn)
by Boxer Journal May 3, 2014
Baltimore, MD - As the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays gathered before the game in the concourse beneath a sold-out Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, they began to loudly exchange pleasantries with the Loyola players gathered at the far end. If familiarity breeds contempt they sounded very familiar with the Greyhounds.

They are. Just over a mile apart on the city's Charles Street, the two schools were meeting for the 52nd time. But what was once a strictly Hopkins-dominated affair (JHU won 47 of the first 51 games) is now anything but as the Greyhounds (15-1) knocked off Hopkins (10-4) for the second straight year, 13-10.

The Blue Jays charged out from the concourse angry and turned it into an early advantage, as senior midfielder Rob Guida had a hat-trick by the end of the first quarter. After one, the Blue Jays led 4-2.

Johns Hopkins senior Rob Guida (photo / T. Flynn)
By half-time Loyola overcame some early game offensive miscues to move to an 8-6 advantage. Boys' Latin product Jeff Chase had two goals in the second quarter for the Greyhounds.

From there the game took on the familiar look of Loyola victories this season. A two-goal burst put them up by four and in the driver's seat of a contest that they eventually won by three. Senior Jack Runkel was solid in goal for Loyola with nine saves including some critical stops in the third quarter.

Although the Blue Jays will be moving to a newly-formed Big-10 men's lacrosse conference next year, the two teams have at least tentative plans to continue to play, although not on the first weekend in May.

"I wouldn't say this game [on this weekend] is in jeopardy. It's dead on this weekend. But we're going to play this game," Loyola head coach CharleyToomey told Inside Lacrosse after the game.

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