BALTIMORE - Mike Sawyer scored five goals, and top-seeded Loyola never trailed in a 17-5 win over Canisius in the opening round of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament on Saturday.
Eric Lusby added three goals, and Scott Ratliff scored twice for the Greyhounds (15-1), who will face the winner of Saturday night's Denver-North Carolina game in next Saturday's quarterfinals round at Navy.
Loyola, which won its first NCAA tournament game since 1998, pulled away from Canisius (6-8) with authority by scoring the first 13 goals of the second half. That turned a 4-3 halftime lead into a 17-3 advantage with 6:29 left in the game.
With his five goals, Sawyer increased his total to 50, tying him for the school's single-season record.
Sawyer, who scored all of his goals in the second half, got Loyola back on track after a frustrating second quarter by scoring three of the Greyhounds' first four goals of the second half, as Loyola opened up an 8-3 lead with 3:49 left in the third quarter.
Loyola took a 4-0 first-quarter lead, but Canisius rallied with a 3-0 run in the second quarter.
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