|Opponent||Army West Point Black Knights|
|Date||Friday, April 21, 2017|
|Location||West Point, N.Y. | Michie Stadium|
|Television||CBS Sports Network | Channel Finder|
Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland plays its 2017 regular-season finale on Friday, April 21, when it travels to the U.S. Military Academy for a 7 p.m. game.
- The Greyhounds and Black Knights will square off in a game broadcast live by CBS Sports Network.
- Dating back to March 23, 2016, Loyola is averaging 12.5 goals over its last 22 games. The Greyhounds have scored less than 10 just three times in that time.
- Through 12 games this year, 10 Greyhounds have scored seven or more goals and seven have 11 or more.
- Loyola is averaging 12.83 goals per game this season having scored 154 in 12 contests. Its goals per game average ranks 11th in NCAA Division I.
- Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all but one of his 30 games to start his collegiate career, and he has 18 multi-goal and 21 multi-assist games.
- Graham Savio has won 168-of-282 faceoffs this year and is 11th in NCAA Division I with a 59.6 faceoff winning percentage; his 7.25 ground balls per game rank 10th.
- Savio became the Patriot League’s all-time leader in faceoffs won (674) at Boston University.
Last Time Out
- James Burr score on a five-yard low-to-low look from the left side just over a minute into overtime, and Boston University rallied to beat visiting Loyola, 12-11, on Saturday.
- The Greyhounds trailed 3-0 after the game’s first nine minutes, but it reeled off four-straight goals and seven of the next eight to lead 7-4 on a Jay Drapeau goal with 3:27 to play in the third quarter.
- Boston University, however, recorded seven of the game’s final 11 goals to claim the win.
- The Terriers took an 11-10 lead when Michael Laviano cut to the goal and finished a Jack Wilson pass from behind for a goal with 3:26 left in regulation, but Alex McGovern tied the game with a Greyhounds goal 1:15 later. Pat Spencer saw McGovern draw a short-stick behind the crease, and he flipped a pass to his teammate that sent him on a run topside. McGovern finished with a six-yard sidearm shot that went under the crossbar to tie the game at 2:11.
- Loyola won the ensuing faceoff, and the Greyhounds had two shots in the final minute, but neither found the net and the game headed to overtime.
In The Polls
- Loyola is ranked receiving votes in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Maverick/Inside Lacrosse rankings.
- Army West Point is ranked 11th in the coaches poll, 12th in the media version.
- Friday will be the seventh all-time meeting between the programs and the sixth as Patriot League foes.
- Army West Point won the initial game between the teams, 9-3, at the end of the 1943 season, but it took 71 years for the teams to meet again.
- Loyola won the first meeting as Patriot League opponents, 7-6, on March 15, 2014, at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds held off the Black Knights after they pulled within a goal in the game’s final three minutes.
- The teams met at West Point on March 14, 2015, and the Greyhounds put 18-of-25 shots on goal to defeat the Black Knights, 12-10. The teams then met in the Patriot League Championships Quarterfinals on April 21, 2015 at Loyola, and the Greyhounds took an 10-5 lead into the game’s fourth quarter. Army West Point, however, scored six-straight goals and took a 12-11 lead with 5.7 seconds left in regulation on a John Glesener tally. Loyola won the ensuing faceoff but could not get off a shot, and Army West Point advanced to the semifinals.
- In last year’s regular-season finale, Loyola never trailed on April 22, 2016, at Ridley Athletic Complex, building an 8-4 halftime lead. Zach Herreweyers then scored the first three goals of the second half -- he finished the game with a season-high five. Pat Spencer added six points on two goals and four assists for Loyola.
- The sides met again eight days later in the Patriot League Championship Game in Annapolis, Maryland, on Sunday, May 1. Graham Savio won 15-of-23 faceoffs, and Pat Spencer finished with a Championship Game record with 10 points, as Loyola punched its ticket to the NCAA Championships with a 14-6 victory.
- The game did not start as decisively in Loyola’s favor, however, as Savio won the opening faceoff cleaning only to have it checked from behind by Army West Point’s Dan Grabher. The Black Knights’ faceoff specialist got the groundball and scored on a 13-yard shot just eight seconds into the contest. Army West Point’s lead would be both short-lived and its only one of the game.
- John Duffy skipped a pass through traffic to Spencer on the left side, and Spencer shot a low-to-low bullet into the lower right corner at 11:46. Spencer was then on the feeding end of the Greyhounds’ second goal, a Tyler Albrecht goal that came as he was pushed into the crease with 10:50 left in the first.
Turn On The Television
- Friday night’s game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. Brent Stover will call the play-by-play, while Steve Panarelli handles the color analysis.
Conference Championships Implications
- The winner of Friday night’s Loyola-Army West Point game will host the Patriot League Semifinals and Championship Game as the top seed. A Loyola win would slot the Black Knights as the No. 2 seed
- If Army West Point wins, and College of the Holy Cross beats Boston University, Loyola will be the No. 2 seed. If the Black Knights and Terriers are both victorious, the Greyhounds would be the No. 3 seed and host a Patriot League Quarterfinal on Tuesday, April 25.
Taking The Top Spot
- Graham Savio became the Patriot League’s lead in career faceoffs won with his first win from the ‘X’ during the first quarter at Boston University. He surpassed the 664 faceoff wins compiled by Colgate University’s Chris Eck from 2005-2008.
- With 673 faceoffs won, Savio is 15th all-time in NCAA history and Loyola’s all-time leader in faceoffs won.
- Savio has been the Greyhounds’ primary face-off specialist since his freshman campaign in 2014, and he opened his senior year with a career-high effort. Savio won 19-of-35 restarts and tied his career-best with 12 ground balls and Virginia and then went 19-of-31 with 10 ground balls versus Johns Hopkins. In less than three quarters of action, he was 12-of-19 at Lafayette with 10 ground balls.
- He tied his career-best against Holy Cross, going 20-of-28 with 10 ground balls, and against Duke All-American Kyle Rowe he was 12-of-22 with seven ground balls. In a March 18 game against Navy, Savio went 15-of-22 with six ground balls against a team that entered the game winning 64.4 percent of faceoffs. Later, he went 14-of-17 against Lehigh.
- He also set a new career-best with two goals against Virginia, and he scored another at Johns Hopkins. He tallied his fourth of the year versus Lehigh. Prior to the 2017 season-opener, he had scored just once in his career, a goal versus the Blue Jays in 2014.
- Through 12 games this season, Savio is winning a career-best 59.6 percent (168-of-282) faceoffs with 87 ground balls (7.25 per game). He is 11th nationally in faceoff winning percentage and 10th in ground balls per game.
- The native of Greenwich, Connecticut, is fourth among active Division I players in career face-offs won (674), and his 325 career ground balls are sixth. He is also third in Patriot League history in career ground balls.
Spreading The Wealth
- Loyola has averaged 9.08 assists in its nine games and are fourth in Division I in assists per game through games of April 18. Of Loyola’s 154 goals this year, 70.7 percent (109 total) have been assisted this season.
- In Loyola’s 14 wins last year, 59.6 percent (96-of-161) goals were assisted. Conversely, only 41.6 percent (15-of-36) goals in its four losses came off assists. This season, it has assists on 75.6 percent (65-of-86) goals in its wins.
- This season, the Greyhounds are assisting on 75 percent of goals (75-of-100) in wins, 62.9 percent (34-of-52) in losses.
Lots of Options
- Seven players – Pat Spencer (23), Alex McGovern (20), Brian Sherlock (18), Zack Sirico (14), Romar Dennis and Jay Drapeau (13, each) and John Duffy (11) – have scored 10 or more goals this season, while three others – Jordan Germershausen (9) and Brian Begley, and Mike Perkins (7, each) – have seven or more. Loyola leads the Patriot League in goals per game (12.8), but only Spencer ranks in the top-10 of individual goals per game.
- Pat Spencer was in the starting lineup on attack for his first collegiate game at Virginia last season, and he made an immediate difference on the Greyhounds’ offensive side of the ball. The sophomore from Davidsonville, Maryland, scored two goals and assisted on a pair, earning Corvias Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors after the fact.
- Honors were a large part of his freshman campaign for the Greyhounds, one in which he was named to the USILA All-America Second Team. He also became the first player in Patriot League history to outright win the conference’s Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year honors.
- In 18 games, Spencer led Loyola in points (89), assists (52) and goals (37, tied), and against North Carolina in the NCAA Semifinals, Spencer tied Gary Hanley’s 1982 record for points in a season with 89. Hanley and Spencer are the only two players in Loyola history to score 80 or more in one year; Hanley did so three times in 1979 (83), 1980 (86) and 1981 (89). A week earlier versus Duke, Spencer eclipsed the school Division I mark of 71 shared by Eric Lusby (2012) and Justin Ward (2014).
- Spencer finished second in single-season assists with 52, just one behind the 2014 record of 53 set by Ward. Spencer was second nationally with 2.89 assists per game and 4.94 points per game.
- Spencer has recorded two or more points in all but one of his 30 collegiate games. He has 18 multi-goal games and 21 multi-assist outings. He is the NCAA active career leader in assists (3.20) and is second in points per game (5.20).
- Through 12 games this year, he leads Division I in assists per game (3.67) and is third in points (5.58). He is four points shy of tying Lusby and Ward for second in the school’s Division I history.
- Despite his relatively short career on the field for Loyola, Pat Spencer is already making a dent on the school’s and Patriot League’s career records charts.
- Against Lafayette (the 21st game of his career), he crossed the 100-point mark for his career and now has 60 goals, 95 assists and 155 points. Versus Bucknell (the 27th game of his career), he moved into sole possession of third at the school in career assists. In the Lehigh game, he moved into a tie for ninth with 155 points. His 95 career assists are 10th in Patriot League history.
- Meanwhile, on the single-season side, Spencer’s 44 assists are fifth at Loyola and sixth in the League, and his 67 points are tied for seven at the school.
Sirico, Drapeau Post Career-Highs
- Zack Sirico scored a career-high four goals April 15 at Boston University, and he combined that with three assists to finish one off his previous best with seven points.
- Despite missing three games this season due to an injury, Sirico is ninth in the Patriot League in points per game (2.78) with 14 goals and 11 assists. He has matching career totals of 44 goals and 44 assists in 54 games.
- Jay Drapeau added three goals to match his career-best set on March 22 against Georgetown. Drapeau increased his 2017 totals to 13 goals and 17 points.
- Loyola has emphasized scoring in transition and during unsettled situations for the last several years, and the Greyhounds have shown success in this area. Brian Begley has led the effort with seven goals and an assist in 11 games this season, including two outings (Virginia and Towson) in which he scored twice. Prior to 2017, Begley had two career goals (both in 2015).
- In addition to Begley’s scoring, Jared Mintzlaff has four goals and three assists, while Graham Savio has scored four times after winning faceoffs forward to himself, tripling his career total from years prior. Zac Davliakos has two goals and two assists, and Ryan Fournier scored his first goal of the year in his second game back from injury.
- Clearing has been a big part of the Greyhounds success on the run this year. They are first in Division I with a 92.1 percent success rate.
Little Of This, Little Of That
- With his goal at the buzzer of the first half at Lehigh in 2016, Brian Sherlock scored his 100th point in a Loyola uniform, and he is the program’s active career leader in goals (90) and is second in points (135). In 2015, he was second on the Greyhounds in both goals (29) and assists (19), and he was third in all three offensive categories in 2016 with 24 goals, 13 assists and 37 points.
- Sherlock is also the active leader in goals scored by NCAA Division I midfielders.
- The Long Island native earned his second Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honor this year on April 10 after recording a career-high five goals versus Lehigh.
McGovern Makes Impact In Debut
- Alex McGovern joined the Loyola program in January after transferring to the school from the University of North Carolina where he saw action in seven games last season. He made a start on attack for the Greyhounds against Virginia and two goals and three assists to lead the Greyhounds with five points.
- He followed that performance four goals and four assists over the next three games before putting up two and four versus Holy Cross. With two goals and an assist at Boston university, he is second on the team with 36 points on 20 goals and 16 assists.
Get To Ten
- Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 101 occasions. With the win over Lafayette, Loyola has won 79.2 percent of those games (80-21).
- Charley Toomey won the 100th game of his head coaching career Feb. 27, 2016, against Lafayette College, becoming just the second coach in Loyola men’s lacrosse history to do so. Toomey is in his 12th year at Loyola and is 118-59 since 2006 at the helm of the Greyhounds program.
- Toomey entered the season sixth among active Division I coaches in winning percentage. His collegiate coach, and current Loyola and Patriot League Network color commentator Dave Cottle, is the only other coach to win 100 or more at Loyola. Cottle was 181-70 from 1983-2001.