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Loyola Earns ACC M3 Captain's Cup!

03/12/2023, 6:15pm EDT
By Sheriff

Loyola Returns to ACC Hockey with a Commitment and the Championship

Loyola Hockey returned to the ACC after a four year absence with a purpose and commitment to rebuild the program.  The team had committed to the ACC, but did not receive final approval from the University until early September.  Team President and Captain, Jacob Vande Loo worked diligently to create an 18 game schedule for the team against ACC M2/M3 opponents, while simultaneously organizing a team roster.  The Greyhounds started the season with just 11 skaters, but by the end of October, had rostered a full bench.

Despite the late start, Loyola finished third in the season and entered the playoffs as the #3 seed.  Their first game against #2 Old Dominion found the Greyhounds down at the first intermission 3-1, due to a pair of short handed Monarch goals by Chad O'Leary and Nick Galitiviore.  Sean Jones scored for the Greyhounds.

The second period, the Monarchs held the lead with the only goal being the second by Nico Albano.  Old Dominion went into the locker room holding on to a 3-2 lead.

However, Nico Albano found the back of the net to tie the game with his second goal only 1 minute after taking the face 0ff for the third period.  The last 10 minutes of the game was all Loyola, finishing a 7-3 victory and their first playoff win in five years.

That set up a championship game with #1 seed and last year's champion, William & Mary.  The Tribe made every effort to defend their title behind a pair of goals from Ryan Kapalman (2 G, 1 A), but Loyola took advantage two first period goals by team captain, Jacob Vande Loo and a pair of power play goals by Nico Albano and Ian Jaresz.  In the end, the Greyhounds prevailed 6-4 (EN) in a game that could have went either way.  

Congratulations to the Loyola Greyhounds in your phenomenal return season to the ACC!  Jacob Vande Loo was named the Tournament MVP finishing with 4 points (2 G, 2 A).  Nico Albano finished with 3 goals and Sean Jones finished the tournament with 5 points (1 G, 4 A).

Loyola applied and has been accepted to move up and participate in the ACC M2 AAU Division next season.  

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