No. 1 Loyola Comes Back But Falls to No. 10 Hopkins in OT

Johns Hopkins had the ball in the box with a stall warning on late, but Joe Fletcher caused a turnover, and Hawkins scooped up the ground ball, but his shot was saved by Johns Hopkins' Pierce Bassett on a transition chance.

Another Blue Jay turnover gave the Greyhounds possession with 40.9 seconds left after a timeout.

Loyola cleared the ball, and Ward took it behind. He could not find a teammate open for a pass, so he dodged around defender Gavin Crisafulli, whipping a hard shot past Bassett to tie the game and force overtime.

Butts and Lusby both scored twice for Loyola, and Layne had a goal and two assists, while Ward tallied a goal and an assist.

Hawkins had six ground balls, while Ratliff had five to go with two caused turnovers, and Dalton won 14 of 23 face-offs for the Greyhounds.

The loss was Loyola's first of the season, snapping a school-record tying 12-game winning streak. The Greyhounds earned the ECAC Lacrosse League Regular-Season title with a 6-0 mark in the conference and will start the ECAC Tournament as the top seed against No. 4 seed and host Denver University in a 5:00 p.m. (Mountain) game on Wednesday, May 2.

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BALTIMORE, MD Sophomore Rob Guida provided the emotional spark Johns Hopkins needed when he opened the scoring with an unassisted goal less than three minutes into Saturday's showdown at top-ranked Loyola. Guida did himself one better with 2.3 seconds remaining in overtime when he quick-sticked home a pass to the crease from junior Zach Palmer to lift the 10th-ranked Blue Jays to a 10-9 win before a capacity crowd of 6,000 at Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex.

In a game that saw the Blue Jays lead 9-5 with less than 13 minutes remaining in regulation, Guida netted his game-winner after Loyola hit the post with its second shot in overtime and the Blue Jays failed on an extra-man opportunity. With the clock winding down, Hopkins midfielder John Ranagan worked to an ally dodge, but was trail-checked nicely and the ball flew out to Palmer along the goal line. There, he threaded a pass to the crease, where Guida caught it for the briefest time and slipped a quick shot between the legs of Loyola goalie Jack Runkel. The goal completed Guida's first career hat trick and improved Hopkins' record to 19-9 all-time in overtime games under head coach Dave Pietramala.

A late goal in overtime didn't look like it would be necessary for the Blue Jays after Guida's extra-man goal early in the fourth quarter gave JHU a 9-5 lead. To that point, the 'Hounds hadn't been closer than three since the first quarter and the Blue Jays appeared to be in control.

It look less than two minutes for Davis Butts to answer Guida's tally and less than a minute after that before a Sean O'Sullivan strike made it 9-7 with more than 11 minutes remaining.

The 9-7 lead held for the Blue Jays (10-3) for more than eight minutes as Runkel and his counterpart, JHU goalie Pierce Bassett, traded saves. Still, the Greyhounds made it a one-goal game with 54 seconds remaining when Justin Ward found Pat Laconi alone in the high slot and Laconi picked the near post for his first goal of the season.

Loyola (12-1), which had its 12-game winning streak snapped, won the ensuing faceoff and worked the ball to Ward behind the goal. Hopkins senior Gavin Crisafulli bodied up with Ward along the goal line and appeared to be in solid position, but Ward worked topside just slightly and rifled home the equalizer to force the extra period.

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