No. 3 Loyola Withstands Furious Denver Rally, Wins in OT

Eric Law and Matthews, however, scored with 57 and 14 seconds, left in the half to pull the Pioneers within three, 8-5 going into the locker room.

Carraro scored quickly to start the second half, winning the faceoff to himself and scoring with just three seconds off the clock to make it a two goal game for the first time since early in the third quarter.

Loyola would use yet another run to break open the game. A tripping penalty on Denver gave the Greyhounds an extra-man opportunity with 12 minutes to go in the third, but Ryan was called for being in the crease, and the ball went over to the Pioneers.

Mike Sawyer, however, caused a Denver turnover, and Ward picked up the ground ball and fed Hawkins who used a hard left-to-right dodge and scored a man-up goal at 11:17 to start the run.

Denver had an extra-man opportunity just under two minutes later, but Jack Runkel saved a Matthews shot, and the Greyhounds killed thepenalty.

Sawyer added an unassisted goal, and Sean O'Sullivan let a deep rip go off a Lusby assist with 6:48 to go in the third. Lusby then wrapped around the crease from 'X' and slung a hard, sidearm shot past LaPlante to make it 12-6 Loyola with 3:32 still on the third-quarter clock.

Dobson's second gave the Greyhounds a seven-goal lead early in the fourth quarter before Denver started its comeback run.

Eleven players scored Loyola's first 11 goals of the game. Eric Lusby, Ratliff and Dobson each finished with two, and Justin Ward had three assists.

The Greyhounds picked up 34 ground balls to Denver's 30. Ratliff had a career-high nine, and Mike Sawyer picked up four. Dylan Grimmcaused three Pioneers turnovers.

Loyola had its lowest turnover game of the season, committing just seven, while Denver had 13.

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2012-05-02



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