Baltimore, Md. (August 27, 2018) – Brian Saramago's hat trick propelled Loyola to a 3-1 victory over visiting Mount St. Mary's on Monday night in non-conference action at Ridley Athletic Complex.
After a scoreless first half that saw each team register just two shots apiece, Loyola struck for the first goal of the contest early in the second on a beautiful strike from Saramago. The junior forward worked his way to the top of the box and fired a shot to the upper 90 for his first goal of the season, giving Loyola a 1-0 advantage.
In the 53rd minute, the Greyhounds doubled their lead on Saramago's second of the match, this time coming on a perfectly-placed penalty kick inside the left post, just out of the reach of a diving Bobby Edwards.
Another foul in the box by Mount St. Mary's in the 65th minute gave Saramago his second penalty kick of the tilt. The junior converted once again to complete his hat trick and put the Greyhounds up by a 3-0 margin.
Under a minute later, the Mount capitalized for its first goal of the program's historic season. Jonathan Fawole blasted a tough-angle shot that caromed off goalkeeper Chase Vosvick, and Elias Ordonez picked up the rebound and trickled it past Vosvick to get the Mountaineers on the board. Fawole was credited with the assist, as he and Ordonez each picked up the first points of their careers on the play.
"Tonight was a tough result against a very experienced team," said Head Coach Bryan Cunningham. "We have to polish up a few things with this young group, but I feel confident that we are close to turning the corner."
With the victory, Loyola improved to 2-0 on the year, while the Mount dropped to 0-2. The Greyhounds outshot Mount St. Mary's 15-9 and held a 4-1 advantage on corners in the match.
Vosvick made a pair of saves to collect his second victory of 2018, and Edwards stopped five shots in net for the Mountaineers.
The Mount is back at home for a match against Rutgers on Friday, August 31 at 7 p.m.