Courtesy of Loyola Athletics
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland scored the game's first 14 goals and finished with an 18-3 ECAC Lacrosse League victory over the U.S. Air Force Academy on Saturday afternoon on Awalt Field at the Ridley Athletic Complex.
Patrick Fanshaw scored a career-high five goals and had six points, leading nine players who tallied goals for Loyola (4-2 overall, 3-0 ECAC).
Matt Langan added a career-best four goals and matched his career-high with six points, while Collin Finnerty scored a goal and tied his career-high with four assists. Eric Lusby and D.J. Comer each had two goals for the Greyhounds.
"We shared the ball very well today with assists on 12 of our 18 goals today," Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey said. "We shot almost 50-percent today, which is a great percentage."
Loyola also dominated the game's possession, winning 18-of-24 faceoffs. John Schiavone earned 12 faceoff wins in 14 restarts, while J.P. Dalton was 4-of-6 at the `X', and Michael Haight was 2-of-4. Schiavone and Steve Layne tied for team-high honors with five ground balls.
The Greyhounds made it difficult for Air Force to get into an offensive rhythm, breaking up eight Falcons' clears in 19 attempts.
Loyola got on the board in the game's first minute, as Taylor Ebsary fed a pass to Stephen Murray, and the midfielder ripped a low shot for a goal 58 seconds into the contest.
Fanshaw then scored from the left side at the 12:17 mark, and Chris Basler scored an extra-man goal with 8:58 remaining in the first quarter, making it a 3-0 Loyola lead.
Ebsary scored unassisted, followed by a Langan goal, putting the Greyhounds ahead, 5-0, at the end of the first quarter.
Less than three minutes into the second quarter, Langan threaded a pass to Finnerty, and the senior attacker ripped a low shot for a goal.
Langan and Fanshaw then scored a pair of man-up goals, both on Finnerty assists, at 10:54 and 8:02.
Lusby added his first goal of the game with 3:51 to go before the half. Fanshaw made it a hat trick with 50 ticks left on the first half clock, giving the Greyhounds a 10-0 advantage at the break.
Loyola picked up in the second half where it left off in the first. Lusby scored a man-up tally less than five minutes in before Fanshaw scored with 8:21 to play in the third.
Langan added his final two goals before Air Force broke through on a Vinny Sandtrov goal with 2:09 remaining in the third quarter.
Comer and Fanshaw scored for Loyola in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, extending the Greyhounds' lead to 16-1.
Adam Paranka and Ridge Flick scored for the Falcons (1-4, 0-1), wrapped around a Dalton goal. Comer tallied the game's final goal for Loyola.
Loyola scored a season-best five man-up goals in five extra-man opportunities.
The Greyhounds' 18 goals are their most in a game since beating Fairfield, 19-2, on April 21, 2007. The 15-goal margin of victory was also the most since that game against the Stags.
Loyola steps out of conference play for its next game. The Greyhounds take on Towson at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 at Ridley. The game will be broadcast live on WMAR/ABC-2, and it will be tape-delayed on ESPNU.