The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team has never defeated Loyola University (Maryland), and this game was not any different.
After tying the game at eight at the end of the third quarter, Lehigh was in a good position to take the lead and win the game. But Loyola pulled ahead and didn’t let Lehigh come back, winning the game 11-8 at the Ridley Athletic Complex.
Loyola now moves to 10-0 all-time against the Mountain Hawks and 3-0 against them since joining the Patriot League. Its last matchup came when Loyola beat Lehigh in the Patriot League Championship in 2014.
Lehigh drops to 2-2 on the season and 1-1 in the conference following the loss.
Senior attackman Dan Taylor led the offense, scoring three goals and assisting on seven shots. Taylor was forced to take on an even bigger role with the offense after senior attackman Patrick Corbett was injured early in the first quarter and did not return.
Junior midfielder Billy Oppenheimer added two goals and an assist, and senior midfielder Alan Henderson had a goal and two assists. Senior midfielder Kurt Kaunas and sophomore midfielder Ian Strain also each had a goal.
Senior goalie Matt Poillon recorded 16 saves in the game, his highest total of the season.
Loyola won in almost every major statistical category, winning 47-29 in shots, 44-32 in ground balls and 16-5 in faceoff wins.
Lehigh will return home to face Bucknell University on March 7 at 1 p.m.