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Toomey Wins 100th Of Career As Men's Lacrosse Downs Lafayette

Feb. 27, 2016

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BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland head coach Charley Toomey earned his 100th win at the helm of the Greyhounds program Saturday afternoon as Loyola defeated visiting Lafayette College, 12-8, to open Patriot League play.

Zach Herreweyers and Pat Spencer combined for six goals and four assists to lead the six-ranked Greyhounds' offensive effort, while Romar Dennis and Jay Drapeau each scored twice.

Toomey, who became Loyola's head coach in 2006, is the second coach in Loyola history to win 100 or more games, following his college coach, Dave Cottle who was 181-70 from 1983-2001 on the Evergreen campus.

Loyola caused 18 Leopards turnovers in the game, but Lafayette converted on 33 percent (8-of-24) shots in the game.

Spencer jumpstarted the Greyhounds' offense early, scoring their first two goals unassisted, dodging from `X' both times and scoring once from the left side and again from the right.

His second goal put Loyola (3-0 overall, 1-0 Patriot League) in front, 2-1, but Lafayette (1-2, 0-1) scored the next two to lead by one with 3:35 left in the first quarter after Connar Denhart scored on extra-man.

Spencer was involved in the next Loyola goal, as Jay Drapeau rolled the crease and caught a high-to-low Spencer pass to score on the doorstep, sparking a 4-0 Loyola run.

Lafayette came away with the next faceoff, but Brian Begley quickly caused a turnover and scooped up a ground ball. He fed Herreweyers on the right side, and Herreweyers found his fellow Canadian Ryan Fournier crashing the middle for a goal 26 ticks after Drapeau's.

Just 58 seconds into the second quarter, Dennis scored his first of the season, using a split dodge from midfield to create space and score with a left-handed rip from 15 yards.

Herreweyers added to the Loyola lead less than four minutes later when he caused a Lafayette turnover on a clear, picked up the ground ball and tiptoed on the crease to score the first of his game-high four. That put Loyola in front, 6-3, a lead it would carry into halftime.

Lafayette, however, broke a 19-minute, 30-second scoreless stretch when Eric Joseph scored 55 seconds into the third quarter, and Scott McAvoy added a goal 23 seconds later, scoring on extra man after catching a Denhart pass.

Loyola responded with three-straight goals, scoring at 9:01 as Sirico caught a Spencer pass to score on extra-man, and at 5:39 on an unassisted Herreweyers strike.

Herreweyers then one-timed a Sirico pass from behind over the shoulder of Lafayette goalkeeper Ben Falcone for his third goal of the game, putting Loyola in front, 9-5, at 3:35.

The Leopards got one back on a man-up possession when Jason Sands scored off a McAvoy pass at 11:22, but Loyola used the extra-man to score its next goal. Dennis hit from the high left side off a Spencer feed, pushing the advantage back to four at 10:08.

Joseph added his third goal of the game for Lafayette with 3:29 to play, but Drapeau and Herreweyers scored for Loyola in the final minutes.

Herrewyers finished with four goals and an assist, while Spencer scored twice and assisted on three Loyola goals.

The Greyhounds were credited with a season-high 12 caused turnovers, and they had a 31-18 advantage in ground balls.

Foster Huggins caused three turnovers, while Fournier, David Manning and Tyler Albrecht each had two. Jack Carrigan and Zac Davlikos both had four groundballs, while Fournier and Begley had three each.

Loyola plays its first midweek game of the season on Wednesday, March 2, when it hosts Towson University, at 4 p.m.