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Ugly second half ends Griffs' run

Canisius College's dream season ended in disappointment against top-seeded Loyola (Md.).

The Golden Griffins closed a four-goal deficit down to one just before halftime but the Greyhounds responded with 13 unanswered goals in the second half to down Canisius, 17-5, in the opening round of the NCAA men's Division I lacrosse tournament Saturday.

Loyola plays Denver, who defeated North Carolina on Saturday, 16-14, in next Saturday's quarterfinals in Annapolis, Md.

Canisius had won four straight and captured the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament last week, but lost that momentum early in the first half against the Greyhounds, whose only loss this season came against powerhouse Johns Hopkins in overtime.

The Greyhounds took an early 4-0 lead in the first period and held that lead after 15 minutes but the Golden Griffins bounced back in the second quarter. Travis Gibbons scored once and Jimmy Haney added back-to-back goals to trim Loyola's lead to 4-3 with 2:48 remaining in the half. Junior Mike Moran (Orchard Park) won all four of his faceoffs in the quarter and 13 of 20 in the game.

But Loyola (15-1), which won its first NCAA tournament game since 1998, scored five goals in the third quarter and the first eight in the fourth to take a 17-3 advantage. Haney and Brandon Bull scored the game's final two goals for the Griffs (6-8).

The Greyhounds created took 47 shots compared to 22 by the Golden Griffins. Canisius goalie Sean Callahan (Orchard Park) made 11 saves. Although Canisius held a 14-12 advantage on faceoffs, Loyola had a 39-30 edge on ground balls.

Haney's three goals led Canisius while Loyola's Mike Sawyer scored five goals.