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

The Greyhounds withstood a flurry of Delaware shots to open the second half, and off a clear, Layne fed Scott Ratliff who was crashing to the crease. Ratliff dumped a shot over Herbert's shoulder.

Less than a minute later, Loyola had possession when a flag went down against Delaware. Before the penalty could be whistled, Nikko Pontrello dodged free and got the ball to Ward who went around the crease to score his game-high third.

Delaware got one back to make the Loyola lead 6-4 on a Diachenko shot from the hip with 6:13 on the clock.

The Greyhounds pushed their lead back to three, however, with 1:18 remaining in the quarter when Phil Dobson picked up a ground ball and caused an unsettled situation behind the cage. He worked the ball to Ward on goal-line extended left, and Ward sent a pass to Sawyer on the high left side. Sawyer buried the shot from eight yards out to make it 7-4.

Delaware, however, scored three in a row to start the fourth quarter, sending the game into a final frenzy.

Ward finished as the game's high scorer with three goals and two assists, while Layne had a three-point day (two goals and an assist). Sawyer and Butts each had a goal and an assist.

Reid Acton a game-high five caused turnovers, while Ratliff led the Greyhounds with six ground balls. Acton had five off the ground.

Jack Runkel made 11 saves in goal for the Greyhounds.

Loyola takes a brief rest before it next game, traveling up York Road to face Towson University at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20.

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