Loyola advances with a 16-9 defeat of Navy. The 16th Ranked Loyola Greyhounds (8-5, 4-3 PL) parlayed a huge first quarter to get the best of the the #15 Navy Midshipmen (6-3, 4-2 PL) in their quarterfinal battle.
Buoyed by tallies from Seth Higgins (1g,1a), Aidan Olmstead (5G,1a), Liam Bateman (1g), a second from Olmstead, and a single from Dan Wigly (2g,1a). Loyola seized control with the 5-0 lead after the first quarter. Navy would roll up their sleeves and counter. Max Hewitt(1g), Christian Daniel (2g,2a) were followed by a man-up goal from Nick Cole (2g,1a). This was all in the first 4:24 of the second. That would make it a 5-3 Loyola lead.
Wigly and Olmstead had an answer that changed the score to 7-3. Patrick Skalniak(2g,1a) stopped the run. Kevin Lindley (2g,1a) complimented by Evan James (2g.1a), and Olmstead hitting his 23rd closed the half with Loyola in control, 10-4. Goals from Bryson Rhee (1g) and Daniel would hit the net for the 16th time. This cut the lead to 10-6 with 7:51 to play.
That uprising was put to bed when Peter Swindell ( 1g) hit on the EMO. Riley Seay (1g) followed this, and Evan Jones gave Loyola a 13-6 advantage after three. Olmstead hit for the 34th of the season to all but put it out of reach at 14-6. The Middlies were not going quietly. Nick Cole and Michael Foster (1g) tallied 1:14 apart to close things to 14-8 but Lindley got goal 37 on his season. Olmstead assisted on a Jack Decker (1g) marker before Shalniak ended the scoring for the 16-9 event.
By the Numbers
“There’s a reason why Loyola is the class of the conference. They are the team everyone has been chasing,” said second-year Navy head coach Joe Amplo, who made his Patriot League Tournament coaching debut. “I thought we looked really nervous and timid and some of the mistakes we made were uncharacteristic of the way we’ve played this year. I need to do a better job of getting our team prepared and playing with confidence for a game like this.”
Loyola’s Bailey Savio went 21 of 28 from the “X” with 5 of his first six in the opening stanza. Turnovers had Navy with 14 and Loyola only 12. Ground balls showed Loyola with a 40-5 edge. Loyola advances on.