The Temple Owls (2-1) welcomed the Loyola Greyhounds (3-1) to the Temple campus on what started as a beautiful Friday evening.
Loyola jumped out to a quick 2-0 edge when Bailey Sullivan (3g) and Mike Vanria (3g) found twine behind Owls freshman netminder Tim Davis. Temple answered off a nifty Brandan Feeney (1g) marker before the Greyhounds seized control with goals from Stephan Kolkka (1g) and Vanaria to boost Loyola to a 4-1 advantage after the first.
Owls midfielder Mike Montgomery (1g) buried a feed from Chris Koch (1a) making it 4-2 to open the 2nd quarter. Then Luke Brennan (1g 1a) and Bailey Haines (2g 1a) connected on a man up which brought the Owls back to within one at 4-3. The Hounds bit back thanks to Vanaria and seemed to be settling in. Temple seemed "on the ropes" and the combatants went to the half with a Loyola 5-3 edge.
Mark Romeo and Bailey Sullivan pushed the Hounds to a four goal lead, 7-3. Ryan Schmidt (2g 1a) stopped the run and the Owls were back in it. Owen Winters (1g) added a quick tally to cut the edge to 7-5 going into the 4th.
The teams would head to the final stanza and things got interesting, to say the least. Griffin Kolkka seemed to put the game away for Loyola making it 8-5. The Owls never got the memo though as they went on a 4-0 run to end the game. Tanner Haines (1g 1a) kicked it off followed by Ryan Schmidt (2g) but with 5:13 remaining, the skies opened and the officials decided to take a 30 minute "weather delay". Less than a minute after play would resume, the Owls got it even on a goal off the side pipe by Luke Brennan. With the game clock inside a minute. Owl Coach, Chris Berklebach called time-out. The play they wanted, worked! Bailey Haines notched the game winner off a feed from brother Tanner and Loyola would taste defeat for the first time.
Dis and Dat:
Ryan Arment was outstanding from the "X" for the Owls, going 17 of 22.
Temple senior goalie Jack Green entered the game in the 2nd quarter and made several outstanding stops, turning away 10 shots on the night.