Towson Spoils Loyola’s Home Opener As Chesapeake Conference Gets Underway

It didn’t take long for Towson’s Peter Geier to reach mid-season form this past Saturday versus the Loyola’s Greyhounds.  The sophomore middie scored the first 3 goals of the game, all within 10 minutes, to get the Tigers 2020 campaign off to a furious start.

Mikey Herkert and Freshmen Jimmy Maher found the net soon after, and before the Hounds could get a shot on goal, the Tigers held a 5-0 lead. Maher comes to the Tigers from Anne Arundel County powerhouse Severna Park, where he racked up an amazing 109 points his senior year, including 69 assists, a school record.

For the Hounds, sloppy clears, unforced errors and late slides fueled their disastrous start. Sp after one quarter of play, Loyola looked to their attack to slow down the Tigers aggressive start.

Jake Bradley netted his first goal late in the 2nd quarter to get the Hounds on the board. Bradley would score again early in the 3rd quarter, off a feed from Chris Besgen to bring Loyola to within 3 goals at 5-2. Suddenly the Hounds had found some life.

But the Tigers responded with 3 unanswered goals, 2 from Kyle Hurley and another from Kevin Wynne to stretch the Towson lead to 8-2.

The Greyhounds did manage to shut the Tigers down offensively in the 4th quarter but could only muster 3 more goals (McCormick, Miley Vanaria, Bradley) eventually falling to Towson 8-5. Bradley ended the game with 3 goals for Loyola.

Despite the 2 consecutive losses, the Greyhounds managed to regroup and finished Saturday with a strong win over Chesapeake Conference foe, Morgan State, 13-4. Loyola used an 8-1 run to pull away from the Bears, who had the Greyhounds tied, 2-2 early in the 1st quarter. Chris Besgen lead the Hounds with 3 goals while Brian McCormick added a goal and 2 assists. Justin Mechetti grabbed 12 of 19 face-offs for Loyola.

On Friday evening the Greyhounds fell to the top ranked Midshipmen, 12-6. Brendan Jacobs, Jack Pollard and Jack Streeter all scored twice for Navy, who captured the D1 National Championship in 2019.

Loyola Team Captain Jake Mottola was able to pull the positives outta the Greyhounds 1-2 start. “We have some early season rust to shake to off, but at least now we know that we can play against the best of conference, with a good first half against Navy and a solid 2nd half against Towson. Once we settle in we are fine, but we took to long to adjust against the Tigers.”

The 3rd ranked Tigers will return to action on March 1st, when they host the Salisbury and Lehigh, while the Greyhounds travel to Philadelphia on March 15th to take on Saint Josephs.

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