|Loyola holds off Penn Charter for win in lacrosse opener|
Loyola built a three goal lead in the fourth quarter and held off a late surge by visiting Penn Charter as the Dons won their 2012 lacrosse opener, 8-7, Friday afternoon at Blakefield.
Conor Dalton scored three times for the Dons, including a pair of goals in the fourth quarter to help secure the win. Devin McNamara also scored three times for Loyola.
McNamara and Austin Stewart each scored twice as Loyola broke a 3-3 halftime tie with the first four goals of the third quarter, to grab a 7-3 advantage. Penn Charter battled back within 7-5 on goals by Shane Carr and Drew Murray, but Dalton fired a shot past Quaker goal Jackson Tamasitis, early in the fourth quarter to push the lead back to three.
Dean Roseman scored for Penn Charter with 10:16 to play and he added his third goal of the day, with 6:51 left, to make it a one goal game. Dalton's third score, with 2:43 left, re-established a two goal margin for the Dons. The Quakers made another run with a late goal from Kevin Murphy, but the Loyola defense was able to close out the win.
The visiting Quakers grabbed an early 2-0 lead on goals by Brent Gagne (7:02) and Roseman (6:08) before Kacy Kapinos scored for the Dons with a minute to go in the first period to cut the Quaker lead in half.
McNamara tied it at 2-2, at 3:57 of the second quarter, before Penn Charter's Shane Carr put the Quakers ahead 3-2 a minute later. Dalton then answered at 1:41 for the Dons to tie the game 3-3 at the half.
Tamasistis finished with 12 saves for Penn Charter, and Loyola's goalie Chris Thomas had 10 stops.
Last Updated (Friday, 09 March 2012 21:52)