No. 2 Loyola Survives Rally by Denver to Reach the Final Four

After getting down early, the Pioneers regained the momentum to take a 3-2 lead on a goal from Noble at the 8:46 mark in the second quarter. Following a pair of goals from the Greyhounds, Flint posted an unassisted goal with just 5:05 left before the half to tie the game at 4-4.

The Greyhounds continued to put the pressure on and netted two in the final seconds of the half to take a 6-4 lead heading into the locker room.

After Loyola opened the third quarter with a goal just two minutes in, the Pioneers recorded a pair of goals in the third quarter from both Flint and Berg. However, the Greyhounds netted two to end the third quarter to hold a 9-6 advantage. Loyola scored its final goal of the game with 10:29 left in the fourth quarter.

The Pioneers' late rally started with 8:42 remaining as Matthews netted his 47th of his career, third of the game of a long pass from Miketa. Noble and Berg provided the final two goals of the game, getting the Pioneers to within one of Loyola. However, stingy defense and key saves by Loyola keeper Jack Runkel sealed the win for the Greyhounds.

Eric Lusby led the way for Loyola with seven points off five goals and two assists, while Runkel finished with 11 saves.

Pioneer Notes

- With his three goals, Matthews finished his career with 30 hat tricks. The attackman finished his career at Denver with 155 goals, 61 assists for 216 points. Matthews also finishes his career with the fifth longest active point streak in the nation with a point in 45 straight games.

- With his assist, Demopoulos finished his career with the second longest point streak in the nation with a point in 51 straight games. The senior finished his career with 94 points, 82 assists for 176 points.

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2012-05-19



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