BALTIMORE- Defending national champion and fourth-ranked Loyola (3-1) broke open a tight contest with a 10-0 run in the second half and defeated UMBC, 21-9, in miserable conditions at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Cold, heavy rain and gusty winds persisted throughout the entire contest.
UMBC had its most productive first quarter of the season, scoring four goals on 11 shots. Loyola took leads of 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2, but Gregoire scored his second goal of the quarter, quickly converting a freshman attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) feed to knot the score at 3-all with 3:44 to play. Lewnes then gave UMBC its first lead when he finished a feed from junior midfielder Conor Finch (Westminster, Md./Boys Latin) with 23 seconds left and the Retrievers took a 4-3 lead into the second stanza.
After an early Retriever turnover led to a Loyola goal which tied the game at 4-4, Finch regained the edge for UMBC, scoring an unassisted score at the 2:02 mark of the period. But Loyola finished the quarter on a 4-1 run and went to the locker room with an 8-6 advantage.
The two teams exchanged scores early in the second half, with senior midfielder Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa./The Hill School) getting UMBC back to within 9-7 at the 12:19 mark of the third quarter.
But the Greyhounds scored eight times in the final 10:57 of the quarter and posted two more early in the fourth to decide the outcome.
Loyola outshot UMBC, 46-33 and won the battle at the X, 20-13. UMBC senior goalkeeper Adam Cohen (Arnold, Md./Severn) made six saves through the first 45 minutes of action.
UMBC faces No. 13 Fairfield in Connecticut on Saturday afternoon.