April 22, 2016
BALTIMORE - Zach Herreweyers scored a season-high five goals, and Pat Spencer finished with six points as ninth-ranked Loyola University Maryland beat the U.S. Military Academy, 12-6, on Friday night, securing a bye to next weekend's Patriot League Semifinals.
The Greyhounds will play Friday, April 29, in Annapolis, Maryland, in a 7:30 p.m. game that will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. Loyola will be the No. 2 seed and face the lowest-remaining seed in the semifinal.
The host U.S. Naval Academy is the No. 1 seed, followed by Loyola, Bucknell University, Army West Point, Lehigh University and College of the Holy Cross.
Loyola (10-3 overall, 7-1 Patriot League) never trailed in the game at Ridley Athletic Complex and built a 3-1 lead on the first of Tyler Albrecht's two goals. After Jay Drapeau and Spencer scored the Greyhounds' first two goals, Albrecht caught a Spencer feed and stepped into an 18-yard shot from the top right to score with six seconds left in the opening period.
The 20th-ranked Black Knights (8-5, 5-3) got back within one 2:58 into the second when Cole Johnson hit Nate Jones cutting to the crease.
Herreweyers, however, was the beneficiary of Spencer's second assist when the latter initiated the offense with a strong dodge from `X,' and hit the former on the crease for a one-timer at 8:32.
Army West Point bounced back with a goal 1:17 later when Connor Cook picked up a ground ball behind the cage after a missed Black Knights shot, rolled topside and snuck a low shot in to cut Loyola's advantage to 4-3.
Albrecht came back with his second goal, this a 17-yard sidearm strike from the top of the box after Romar Dennis hit him with a rollback pass. His second goal of the evening put Loyola in front 5-3 with 6:27 to go in the first half and sparked a 4-0 Greyhounds run.
John Duffy used a Spencer feed to score from 12 yards out at 5:17 and exactly a minute later, Herreweyers scored his second of the game. Spencer inverted and distributed from point, sending a pass to Zack Sirico on the right side of the crease, and Sirico immediately shot a pass to Herreweyers who was in the middle from seven yards out.
Brian Sherlock scored at 3:19 -- the Greyhounds' fourth goal in three minutes, eight seconds -- running from left-to-right to score unassisted.
Sherlock's goal extended the lead to 8-3 in Loyola's favor, but Army West Point trimmed its deficit to four at 1:59 when Jimbo Moore scored his first of two.
The Greyhounds did not shot any letup in the third quarter, charging out of halftime to score the first three goals of the half.
Herreweyers was responsible for all three goals, the first that came when he intercepted a pass on a Black Knights clear and drove the crease for his third of the day.
After that goal at 10:25, he scored Loyola's third of the day with the 30-second timer on, catching a Jeff Chase flip in traffic to drill a five-yard shot from the low left wing.
He then added his fifth of the game with 1:52 remaining in the third quarter, culminating the execution of a fake-flip on extra-man. Spencer faked a flip to Sherlock 15 yards out, and Sherlock ran to the middle for a shot-fake while Spencer hit Herreweyers with a pass inside six yards.
Herreweyers wheeled to his left and stuck a shot inside the near post to give Loyola an 11-4 cushion.
The Black Knights would score before the third quarter ended when Moore tallied an unassisted goal after slipping past two defenders on the left side, making it 11-5 Greyhounds with 55 ticks left in the frame.
Neither Loyola, nor Army West Point scored early in the fourth until Ted Glesener broke through for the Black Knights with an extra-man goal at 3:20.
Spencer tacked on a man-down goal with 26 ticks left to provide the final scoring for Loyola.
Loyola had a 41-36 shot advantage, but the Greyhounds used a wider margin in groundballs to help control possession. Graham Savio picked up seven from the faceoff `X,' as Loyola posted a 34-25 lead off the ground.
The Greyhounds also forced 12 Army West Point turnovers, including four on the Black Knights' 13 clearing attempts. Meanwhile, Loyola cleared the ball successfully 16-of-18 times and had only nine giveaways.
Jacob Stover made 12 saves, including six in the third quarter as Army West Point outshot Loyola, 19-10, in goal for the Greyhounds. A.J. Barretto had eight saves for the Black Knights.
With his two goals and four assists, Spencer tied the Loyola freshman record for points in a season with 58. He matched the 1984 total put up by Dave Kasemeyer. He also moved into a tie for seventh-place (Justin Ward, 2013) for single-season assists with 35.
Herreweyers crossed the 100-point threshold for his career. He now has 89 goals and 102 points in 37 career games. He has posted three or more goals 19 times.