|Date||Wednesday, March 22, 2017|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
|Television||CBS Sports Network | Channel Finder|
|Online Media||Live Stats|
Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse opens a Greyhounds doubleheader on Wednesday, March 22, when it hosts Georgetown University.
- The Greyhounds and Hoyas will start the action at 3 p.m., an the school’s women’s teams will start at 7 p.m.
- Wednesday’s men’s game will air nationally on CBS Sports Network.
- Dating back to March 23, 2016, Loyola is averaging 12.8 goals over its last 18 games. The Greyhounds have scored less than 10 just twice during that stretch, a victory over Bucknell in the Patriot League Semifinals, and its March 11 loss at Duke.
- Through seven games this year, 10 Greyhounds have scored six or more goals and seven have 10 or more points.
- Loyola is averaging 14.0 goals per game this season having scored 98 in six contests. Its goals per game average ranks sixth in NCAA Division I.
- Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all 25 games to start his collegiate career, and he has 15 multi-goal and 18 multi-assist games.
- Graham Savio has won 106-of-178 faceoffs this year and is No. 7 in Division I with 8.1 ground balls per game.
Last Time Out
- Zack Sirico and Pat Spencer each scored three goals Saturday as two of 12 Loyola men’s lacrosse players who tallied scores in an 18-7 Patriot League win for the Greyhounds over the visiting U.S. Naval Academy.
- Spencer added four assists for a game-high seven points, while Sirico, Romar Dennis and Alex McGovern both had four points. Dennis scored twice and had two assists, while Alex McGovern scored once and had three assists. Mike Perkins added a career-best two goals, and Jordan Germershausen and P.J. Brown each tallied two assists.
- Defensively, the Greyhounds held the Midshipmen to 26 shots while forcing 11 turnovers.
- Loyola used a trio of 3-0 runs in the game’s first 31 minutes that helped it build a 10-3 lead when Spencer scored twice in the third quarter’s first 60 seconds. Navy scored three of the game’s next four goals to get within five, 11-6 on a Drew Smiley goal at 6:32 in the third, but Loyola reeled off six-straight to put the game out of reach.
- Graham Savio exited the game after going 15-of-22 at the ‘X,’ picking up six ground balls in the process.
In The Polls
- Loyola checks in at No. 17 in the USILA Coaches Poll, and the Greyhounds are 18th in the Maverick/Inside Lacrosse rankings.
- Georgetown is unranked entering the game.
- Georgetown and the Greyhounds will play for the 40th time in series history on Wednesday. The Greyhounds have a 32-7 advantage in the previous 39 meetings, thanks in large part to a 20-game winning streak from 1974-2001.
- The Hoyas were victorious in five of six from 2002-2007, but Georgetown’s win in 2015 at Ridley Athletic Complex snapped a seven-game Loyola winning streak in the Jesuit-school rivalry.
- Last season in Washington, D.C., Jordan Germershausen scored a four goals, doubling his previous career total, on Wednesday, and Greyhounds defeated the host Hoyas, 10-7, at Cooper Field.
- Germershausen made his first start since February 2015 and scored two goals in each of the first two quarters to help the Greyhounds take a 7-3 halftime lead. The junior entered he game with two previous goals in his career that came earlier this month against Towson University.
- Pat Spencer added two goals and two assists, and Brian Sherlock had a goal and two assists for the Greyhounds. Romar Dennis scored twice, as well. Jacob Stover made his first career start in goal for Loyola and finished with nine saves, six coming in the second half.
- Georgetown scored 31 seconds into the game as the Hoyas took the ball after a Loyola faceoff violation on the opening draw. Joe Bucci then hit a 12-yard stepdown from the top right off a Daniel Bucaro feed. The Hoyas’ lead was short-lived, however, as Germershausen scored his first 2:08 later. Sherlock used a hard dodge to free space for Germershausen on the low left side. Sherlock fed a pass to him, and he converted for Loyola’s first goal at 12:21 in the opening quarter.
- Germershausen then gave Loyola a lead it would not relinquish at 8:55, one-timing a Pat Spencer feed for a goal. Dennis made it 3-1 Greyhounds with 85 seconds left in the first quarter, using a big split-dodge to get away from a short-stick defender and shoot into the upper right corner.
- Loyola outshot the Hoyas, 45-24, but Georgetown had a 15-11 advantage in the second half. The Greyhounds also posted 32 ground balls to the Hoyas’ 20. Savio led the way with five ground balls, while Begley and Spencer each had four.
Turn On The Television
- Wednesday’s game will be the first of three regular-season appearances for the Greyhounds on CBS Sports Network. The game will air live on the Patriot League’s television partner.
- Ben Holden will call the play-by-play, while Sheehan Stanwick-Burch will add color commentary.
- The game is the first of two-straight televised games for Loyola. The Greyhounds’ game at Bucknell on Saturday, March 25, will air on the American Sports Network.
Spreading The Wealth
- Loyola has averaged 10.1 assists in its seven games despite recording just one last Saturday at Duke. The Greyhounds are third in Division I in assists per game through games of March 19. Of Loyola’s 98 goals this year, 72.4 percent (71 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 68.9 percent (20-of-29) goals in its wins.
Lots of Options
- Six players – Pat Spencer (13), Alex McGovern (10), Brian Sherlock (10), John Duffy (9), Jordan Germershausen (8) and Romar Dennis (8) – have scored eight or more goals this season, while four others – Brian Begley (7), Zack Sirico (7), Jay Drapeau (6) and Mike Perkins (6) – have five-plus.
- As a team, the Greyhounds are converting 34.1 percent of their shots this season, a mark that is good for 18th in the nation. Meanwhile, they are putting 58.9 percent of their shots on goal.
- 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 25 of his collegiate games. He has 15 multi-goal games and 18 multi-assist outings. He is the NCAA active career leader in assists per game (3.16) and is second in points per game (5.16).
- Against Lafayette (the 21st game of his career), he crossed the 100-point mark for his career and now has 50 goals, 79 assists and 129 points. Against Navy (just the 25th game of his career), he moved into a tie for fifth all-time at Loyola with 79 assists, matching the total of Shane Koppens. Through seven games this year, he is second in Division I with 3.86 assists per game and third in points with 5.71.
Anatomy Of A Record
- Pat Spencer tied the Loyola program record and set a Patriot League standard with nine assists on March 4 against Holy Cross. He matched the nine assists Gary Hanley posted on April 25, 1979, against Morgan State University and were two more than Brian Duffy’s Division I record of seven against Towson State University on April 1, 1995.
- Spencer posted assists on four of Loyola’s first five goals, and he had three in the third quarter as Loyola extended its advantage to 13-7. He earned USILA/BSN Sports National Offensive Player and Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors after tallying two goals and 13 assists between the Holy Cross game and Loyola’s 11-7 win at then-No. 13 Towson on March 1.
- His total represents the most by a Division I player this season and is tied for 10th most in Division I single-game history.
- 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 five 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, Graham Savio has scored three times after winning faceoffs forward to himself, tripling his career total from years prior. Jared Mintzlaff has three goals and two assists this year, and Zac Davliakos has two goals and two assists.
- Clearing has been a big part of the Greyhounds success on the run this year. They lead Division I with a 93.4 percent success rate.
Savio Starts Year Strong
- Graham Savio has been the Greyhounds’ primary face-off specialist since his freshman campaign in 2014, and he has 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; he now ranks sixth in NCAA Division I with 8.5 ground balls per game.
- 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.
- He also set a new career-best with two goals against Virginia, and he scored another at Johns Hopkins. Prior to the 2017 season-opener, he had scored just once in his career, a goal versus the Blue Jays in 2014.
- The native of Greenwich, Connecticut, is fifth among active Division I players in career face-offs won (612), and his 295 career ground balls are sixth.
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 (82) and is second in points (126). 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.
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 posted five points with 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. After scoring a goal and dishing out three assists versus Navy, he is second on the team with 24 points on 10 goals and 13 assists.
Davliakos Pick Up Slack (And Ground Balls)
- With Ryan Fournier sidelined to start the season, Zac Davliakos has played the majority of shifts as Loyola’s long-stick midfielder this season, and the junior has 22 ground balls in the first seven games of 2017, more than he’s had in any of his first three seasons, to go with three points on two goals and an assist.
- Davliakos picked up a career-high six in the opener against Virginia, and he matched what had been his career-best with four against Johns Hopkins. In helping Loyola go 113-of-195 at the faceoff ‘X’ through four games.
Fournier Makes Return
- Ryan Fournier made his season debut on March 18 against Navy after missing the first six games of the year due to injury, and he made an impact in limited duty. The senior co-captain had two ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.
Get To Ten
- Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 97 occasions. With the win over Lafayette, Loyola has won 79.4 percent of those games (77-20).
- 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 115-57 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.
- The Greyhounds return to Patriot League action after playing their final non-conference game of the 2017 regular-season against Georgetown. Loyola heads to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, for a 1 p.m. game at Bucknell University on Saturday, March 25.
- Following the contest against the Bison, Loyola will engage in two-straight home games, starting with an April 1 outing against Colgate University, followed by a date with Lehigh University a week later.