May 14, 2016
BALTIMORE - Pat Spencer tallied eight points with three goals and five assists, Zach Herreweyers tied his career-best with six goals and Jacob Stover made a career-high 16 saves Saturday, as Loyola University Maryland raced past Duke University for a 16-11 victory in the NCAA Championships First Round at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Loyola (13-3 overall) will meet Towson University on Sunday, May 22, in Columbus, Ohio, for an NCAA Quarterfinal contest. The Tigers were 10-9 winners over second-seeded University of Denver on Sunday.
The seventh-seeded Greyhounds led wire-to-wire, scoring the game's first three goals in the opening seven minutes. Duke (11-8) got within a goal on three occasions, but Loyola had the answer each time to stretch its lead.
A pair of 3-0 runs in the second half gave the Greyhounds the padding they needed, and 19 Duke turnovers -- 14 that came via Loyola caused turnovers -- played a significant role. Stover came up with 16 saves, two more than his previous best, making four in both of the second-half quarters.
Loyola led, 9-6, at halftime after Herreweyers scored his third of the opening 30 minutes with 15.3 ticks left in the second quarter. He caught a Romar Dennis skip pass before sending a shot into the upper left corner.
Duke got on the board first in the third quarter when Myles Jones split to his left and skipped a pass to Deemer Class who scored on the right side form 12 yards out. Class' 50th goal of the season pulled the Blue Devils within two, 9-7, 48 seconds into the second half, but Loyola would go on to score the next three.
With the 30-second timer on, Zack Sirico restarted from behind the cage and quickly beat his defender topside to score between the goalkeeper's legs at 10:53, pushing the lead back to three. The Greyhounds tacked on two more goals in the next three-plus minutes, both coming off Spencer assists.
A Spencer split-dodge at the top of the box to get his hands free. He sent a pass to John Duffy on the right side who face-dodged his defender to get inside and score 2:04 after Sirico's goal.
Just over a minute later, Spencer drew a slide and slipped a pass to Dennis up high. He gathered his feet and stepped into a 12-yard shot to make it 12-7 Loyola with 7:38 to go in the third quarter.
Spencer's eight points moved his season total to 79 (33 goals, 46 assists), giving him sole possession of the Greyhounds' Division I record for points. He entered the game tied at 71 with Eric Lusby (2012) and Justin Ward (2014).
With his next point, he will become the second player in school history to record eight in a season, joining Gary Hanley who accomplished the feat three times from 1979-1981. He holds the single-season record with 89 points from his final year. Spencer's 79 points are also tied for second-most in Patriot League single-season history with Bucknell University's Justin Zackey (1993). Colgate University's Peter Baum had 97 points during his 2012 Tewaaraton Award season.
Duke mounted a comeback attempt to close out the third quarter after Dennis' goal put Loyola ahead by five. Class dodged hard down the right alley and threw a pass up high to Chad Cohan who stepped down for a Blue Devils' goal 51 ticks later.
The Blue Devils got within three, 12-9, when Tripp Transou scored off a Case Matheis pass with 40.2 seconds left in the stanza.
Loyola took possession again via a Duke faceoff violation, but the Greyhounds could not score before the end of the third. It did not, however, take long for Loyola to score in the fourth quarter as Graham Savio won the frame's opening faceoff to himself and flipped it over his head through traffic to Brian Begley.
Begley then sent a pass to Ryan Fournier at the top of the pass, and he hit his fellow Canadian, Herreweyers, on the low right side for a goal 18 seconds into the fourth. That goal was the first of three-straight for Herreweyers.
Neither team scored for the next six minutes -- Loyola was buoyed by three caused turnovers and a Stover stop in that stretch -- but Brian Sherlock found Herreweyers on the right side, and he scored on a mid-to-high rip from the hip at 8:36.
Herreweyers matched his career-high 2:57 later as Tyler Albrecht drew a slide at the top of the left alley with the timer on, and shot a pass to Herreweyers inside five yards in the middle of the field. Herreweyers' six goals matched a total he had twice posted for the Greyhounds, most recently on March 14, 2015, in a win at the U.S. Military Academy.
Loyola's win came despite Duke going 23-of-31 on faceoffs and controlling a 44-30 groundball advantage.
The Greyhounds' however, had 14 caused turnovers, their most since posting 17 on Feb. 14, 2015, against Penn State University.
Loyola also held Duke's Myles Jones -- who entered the game with 228 career points and had 33 goals and 34 assists prior to Saturday -- without a goal. Class, who entered with a team-high 49 goals this season, was limited to just one.
Jones was also charged with six turnovers. Five of the turnovers were caused: two by Fournier and one each by Zac Davliakos, Jack Carrigan and Mike Perkins. Carrigan finished the game with a team-high three caused turnovers.
In addition to Herreweyers' six and Spencer's three goals, Sherlock and Sirico each scored two. Dennis, Duffy and Jared Mintzlaff each had one. Fournier matched his previous career-high with two assists.
Duke was led by Jack Bruckner's six goals. The junior attacker scored all six of the Blue Devils' first-half goals, but Loyola held him without in the second half. Justin Guterding added two goals in the final four minutes of regulation.