Layne's Game-Winner at 0:04 Lifts No. 1 Loyola Over Delaware

Loyola regained the lead at 8-7 just two minutes later as Sean O'Sullivan scored off a feed from Sawyer with 8:20 left.

A tripping penalty on Loyola's Joe Fletcher with 43 seconds left to play gave the Blue Hens another man-up opportunity and they took advantage 17 seconds in. Keane took a pass from from Smith on the right side and fired a shot past Runkel with just 26 seconds left to tie the score at 8-8.

Delaware's Barbarich won the ensuing faceoff, but Loyola's Brendan Donovan forced a turnover and Sawyer picked up the loose ball. Loyola called a timeout with 15 seconds left, setting up the game-winner score by Layne just 11 seconds later.

Delaware will return to action next Saturday, Feb. 23, when the Blue Hens head to Mt. St. Mary's for a 12:00 p.m. match-up against the Mountaineers.

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NEWARK, Del. - Chris Layne took the ball after a Loyola University Maryland timeout, went to midfield and dodged down the middle of the field, beating his defender. He sent a high-to-low shot into the right side of the goal with 4.4 seconds left to provide the game-winner for the top-ranked Greyhounds in a 9-8 victory over host University of Delaware.

Delaware (1-2 overall) rallied from a 7-4 deficit at the end of the third quarter to tied the score at 7-7 with three goals in the first five minutes of the final stanza on a snowy Saturday afternoon. Eric Smith scored on an extra-man possession with 10:28 remaining to knot the score at 7-7.

The Greyhounds (1-0) took an 8-7 advantage with 8:20 on the clock as Mike Sawyer dodged to the and was doubled. He flipped a behind-the-head pass to Sean O'Sullivan on the left side, and O'Sullivan ripped a six-yard shot to put Loyola up one.

Loyola's advantage nearly held as the Greyhounds fended off several Blue Hens challenges through the final eight minutes.

Delaware, however, took possession after a Loyola turnover with just over a minute to play, and the Blue Hens drew a flag on Loyola to go man-up.

Smith was again involved for Delaware, feeding a pass form goal-line extended on the left side to Dan Keane on the doorstep of the crease. Keane one-timed a shot, redirecting Smith's pass from right to left and inside the far post with 26.0 seconds left.

Delaware won the ensuing faceoff, but Brendan Donovan caused a turnover, and the Greyhounds picked up possession. Sawyer stepped into the box, and Head Coach Charley Toomey called timeout with 15.4 seconds left to set up Layne's winner.

The Blue Hens opened up a 2-1 lead with a pair of goals around Layne's first of the day, but Justin Ward scored the first of his three to tie the game at 2-2. Davis Butts picked up the ground ball on the faceoff, ran to the crease and dumped a pass to Ward on the right side.

The pair connected again a few minutes later to give the Greyhounds their first lead of the game. This time it was Butts picking up a ground ball off a failed Blue Hens clear, and he sent it to Ward who ran it down the right side of the box. Ward fed it back to Butts who scored from five yards out to make it 3-2 Greyhounds.

Ward scored his third point in as may Loyola goals with 2:38 left in the first quarter, rolling from X around the right side of the crease. He felt his defender on his back, spun free toward the goal and beat Delaware goalkeeper Chris Herbert high-to-high.

Loyola carried that lead into the second quarter, but Delaware cut it to a goal when Alex Diachenko slipped a shot inside the far post from the right side with 8:13 remaining before the half, and the teams went to the locker room with the Greyhounds holding a 4-3 advantage.

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