Sawyer, Lusby Lead #1 Loyola in Wire-to-Wire Win at Hobart

GENEVA, N.Y.-Hobart senior midfielder Bobby Dattilo broke the Hobart Division I career ground balls record this afternoon, but top-ranked Loyola put a damper on the celebration, leaving Boswell Field with a 17-6 victory. In addition to winning 15 of 24 faceoffs, Dattilo collected a game-high 13 ground balls to raise his four-year total to 274.

The Greyhounds clinched the ECAC's regular season title with a perfect 6-0 record, improving to 12-0 overall. Junior attackman Mike Sawyer recorded a game-high five points on four goals and an assist. Senior attackman Eric Lusby added three goals and an assist, while junior midfielder Davis Butts (2g, 1a) and junior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff (1g, 2a) each chipped in three points. Ratliff also caused a game-high four turnovers.

The Statesmen (3-9, 1-4) got a hat trick from sophomore attackman Alex Love and sophomore attackman Cam Stone added a goal and two assists. Junior long-stick midfielder and sophomore defenseman Peter Bolte each caused two turnovers.

Loyola starting goalie, sophomore Jack Runkel, stopped eight of the 14 shots he faced to earn the win. Hobart sophomore goalie Peter Zonino recorded eight saves as well.

The Greyhounds started strong, firing home three goals in less than three minutes early in the first quarter. Josh Hawkins, Lusby, and Pat Byrnes hit the back of the net with successive unassisted goals. Butts and Sawyer added goals midway through the frame to push the lead to 5-0.

Love got the Statesmen on the board at the 3:05 mark, but Loyola got two more goals before the end of the frame to carry a 7-1 lead into the second quarter.

Hobart regrouped in the second quarter, outscoring the Greyhounds 3-1. Zonino recorded four saves and the Statesmen enjoyed the advantage in shots (13-8), ground balls (6-5) and committed just a single turnover. Senior midfielder Chris Pedersen set up Stone's extra-man goal at the 12:16 mark. Loyola got the goal back 3:49 before the half, but Love scored unassisted with 2:00 to go and Stone fed junior midfielder Jake Silberlicht, who found the back of the next four seconds ahead of the break.

Loyola led 8-4 at halftime.

Like the first quarter, the 'Hounds started the second half with a quick burst of goals. Ratliff, Sean O'Sullivan, and J.P. Dalton scored in a span of just 2:27 to stretch the lead to 11-4. Lusby made it four straight for Loyola, scoring an extra-man goal at the 4:18 mark.

Hobart stopped the run with tallies 48 seconds apart by first-year Branden Kessler and Love. The Statesmen trailed 12-6 heading into the final 15 minutes.

Another flurry of goals to start the fourth quarter put the game out of reach. Butts, Dalton, and Sawyer registered back-to-back goals in just 64 seconds to put Loyola in front 15-6 with 12:36 remaining in the game.

The Greyhounds outshot the Statesmen 42-36, enjoyed a 31-28 advantage in ground balls, and committed six fewer turnovers.

Hobart will close out the season on Saturday, April 28, when Air Force visits Boswell Field for an ECAC game televised by Time Warner Cable Sports. The opening faceoff is slated for 7:06 p.m. Loyola will return home to host crosstown rival Johns Hopkins at 1:00 p.m. on April 28.

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GENEVA, N.Y. Mike Sawyer and Eric Lusby combined to score seven goals, and top-ranked Loyola lead wire-to-wire on Saturday afternoon, finishing its ECAC Lacrosse League regular-season schedule undefeated with a 17-6 win at Hobart.

Sawyer finished with four goals and an assist, while Lusby tacked on three goals and an assist. Fellow Tewaaraton Award candidate Scott Ratliff scored a goal, assisted on two, caused four turnovers and picked up two ground balls. Davis Butts added two goals and an assist, while J.P. Dalton scored two.

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