Regular-Season Starts Saturday For Men's Lacrosse At Virginia

Feb. 10, 2016

Game Information
Opponent Virginia Cavaliers
Date Saturday, February 13, 2016
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Charlottesville, Va. | Klöckner Stadium
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland kicks off its 77th season of intercollegiate men's lacrosse action on Saturday, Feb. 13,w hen the Greyhounds face the University of Virgina.
  • Saturday's opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m. at Klöckner Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • This game marks the third time in as many seasons that Loyola and Virginia have opened the year against each other. The previous two games were both one-goal Virginia wins.
  • Loyola returns eight starters from a year ago, losing only Nikko Pontrello and Pat Frazier to graduation. Of the players back in the fold for this season, the Greyhounds retained 85.7 percent (144-of-168) goals, 72.1 percent (75-of-104) assists and 82.1 percent (382-of-465) ground balls from the 2015 campaign.
  • Four players - seniors Zach Herreweyers and David Manning and juniors Ryan Fournier and Brian Sherlock - were named to the Face-off Yearbook Preseason All-America Team.
  • The Greyhounds were picked as the Patriot League favorites for the third season in a row since joining the league prior to the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Last Time Out

    • Loyola finished the 2015 season with a 7-8 overall record and 5-3 mark in the Patriot League. The Greyhounds were tied for third in the Patriot League standings and lost in the conference's quarterfinals to Army West Point.
    • Zach Herreweyers led the Patriot League and was seventh in NCAA Division I with 3.13 goals per game, a total of 47.
    • Brian Sherlock was the top goal-scoring midfielder in the Patriot League, logging 29 to go with 19 assists, both marks that ranked second on the team.
    • Both Herreweyers and Sherlock, along with now-graduated defender Pat Frazier were named to the All-Patriot League First Team, while Frazier and Sherlock garnered USILA All-America honorable mention.
    • Grant Limone took over starting duties in goal for the Greyhounds four games into the season. As a freshman, Limone  earned Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors three times and played to a 9.93 goals against average with nearly 700 minutes.
    • Graham Savio was an All-Patriot League Second Team honoree after winning 59.2 percent of faceoffs.

    In The Polls    

    • Loyola is ranked 11th in the Inside Lacrosse media poll, 12th in the Lacrosse Magazine rankings and 14th in the USILA coaches poll to open the 2016 season.
    • Virginia enters the game tabbed seventh in the Inside Lacrosse version, eighth in the coaches poll and ninth in the Lacrosse Magazine poll.

    Series History    

    • The Greyhounds and Cavaliers will meet for the 20th time when the teams take the field on Saturday. Virginia holds a 13-6 lead in the all-time series after winning each of the last two season by one goal.
    • Last season, the Cavaliers scored the second half's first four goals to break a 6-6 halftime deadlock and go up 10-6 with 6:32 left in the third quarter on a Ryan Lukacovic goal.
    • Loyola cut its deficit to one on two occasions in the fourth quarter. Romar Dennis tallied two in a row, the second coming unassisted at 4:30 to make it 12-11 Virginia, but Zed Williams responded for the Cavaliers with an unassisted score at 3:11.
    • Zach Herreweyers, who matched Dennis for team-high honors with three goals, scored his third with 2:04 left in regulation, and Virginia led 13-12. Loyola won the ensuing possession but had two shots go off cage before turning the ball over with 29 seconds left. Virginia was unable to clear the ball, turning it over twice, but Loyola could not score the tying tally.
    • Graham Savio won 19-of-28 faceoffs for Loyola in the game and picked up nine ground balls. Herreweyers and Dennis each scored three, and Tyler Albrecht had a pair.
    • In the 2014 contest, Virginia used an 8-0 run that covered the second and third quarters to build a 12-4 lead on a Rob Emery goal with 1:23 left in the third. The Greyhounds, however, had a run of their own, scoring nine unanswered in the fourth quarter.
    • Brian Schultz started the rally with a man-up tally 23 ticks into the fourth, and Dennis' second unassisted goal of the game tied the score at 12-12 with 2:30 remaining. Albrecht then scored his second of the game with 17.9 on the clock, giving the Greyhounds a one-goal lead.
    • Virginia won the ensuing faceoff and the officials ruled Ryan Tucker scored before the final tenths of a second elapsed on the clock, sending the contest to overtime. In the extra period, James Pannell scored 1:44 into the extra period, ending the contest 14-13 in the Cavaliers' favor.

    Against The Cavaliers    

    • Loyola has a host of players on its roster who have seen action against Virginia over the last two years. Romar Dennis leads the way offensively having scored five goals, while Tyler Albrecht has tallied two in each game. Brian Sherlock contributed a goal in two assists in both the 2014 and 2015 contests, and Zach Herreweyers tallied three last season.
    • Defensively, David Manning made his first career start against the Cavaliers in 2014, while Jason Crane and Jack Carrigan did the same in 2015.
    • Ryan Fournier posted two goals and seven ground balls from the defensive midfield last year. He scored seven seconds into the game after picking up the opening faceoff and scoring.
    • Graham Savio has been the Greyhounds' primary faceoff specialist in both games, winning a combined 30-of-46 (65.2 percent). Last year, he was 19-of-28 after going 11-of-18 in his collegiate debut in Charlottesville.

    Preseason Patriot League Prognostications    

    • Loyola was picked as the Patriot League Preseason favorites for the third time in as many seasons since the school joined the conference prior to the 2013-2014 academic year. The Greyhounds garnered 12 of a possible 18 first-place votes in the preseason poll to tally 122 points. The U.S. Naval Academy was second with 108 points and five first-place nods, and Colgate University was right behind with 105 and one.
    • The U.S. Military Academy and Bucknell University were fourth and fifth, while Boston University, Lehigh University, College of the Holy Cross and Lafayette College rounded out the nine-team poll.
    • Zach Herreweyers was selected as the Preseason Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year. He was joined on the Preseason All-Patriot League team by Brian Sherlock.

    More Preseason Honors    

    • Four Loyola players were named to the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America Team. Senior defender David Manning, senior attacker Zach Herreweyers, junior long-stick midfielder Ryan Fournier and junior midfielder Brian Sherlock were all given honorable mention by the publication.

    Trio Of Captains    

    • Senior David Manning and juniors Jack Carrigan and Brian Sherlock were named team captains by Head Coach Charley Toomey at the end of fall practice.
    • Last season, Sherlock was the first sophomore to be named a captain during Toomey's head coaching tenure at Loyola, and this year, he and Carrigan are the second and third juniors to draw the nod (also Scott Ratliff in 2012).

    Manning, Chase Return To Lineup    

    • Two key players from Loyola's 2014 team that went 15-2 and won a Patriot League title will return to the field this season for the Greyhounds. Jeff Chase and David Manning both missed the 2015 campaign with knee injuries suffered during preseason practice, but they will be back in the lineup this year.
    • Manning started all 15 games for the Greyhounds on close defense in 2014, helping anchor a side that allowed just 7.47 goals per game. Manning added a chemistry minor to his biology major and will graduate in the spring.
    • Chase was a member of Loyola's second midfield unit and scored 10 goals to go with five assists during the year. He received his bachelor's degree last May and is now a graduate student in Loyola's Emerging Media master's program.

    More To The MLL    

    • Three Loyola seniors were selected in January's Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft, bringing the number of Greyhounds selected over the last four seasons to 13.
    • Tyler Albrecht was the first Loyola player selected, going 15th overall to the expansion Atlanta Blaze in the second round.
    • David Manning was tabbed 43rd overall by the New York Lizards in the fifth round, and Zach Herreweyers went 47th to the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the sixth.

    Hat Tricks For Herreweyers    

    • Zach Herreweyers, a mid-season addition to the 2015 Tewaaraton Watch List, opened the season with three goals in each of the Greyhounds' first two games, and he then scored five at Towson. He scored a career-best six against Lehigh, and the junior matched his career-high with six at Army. He had a trio of goals at Lafayette, three more versus Navy and five against Bucknell, giving him nine hat tricks in 15 games last year and 13 games with two or more goals.
    • In all, Herreweyers scored his 47 goals this season on 126 total shots. He also had a career-high three assists versus the Midshipmen, all coming in transition on goals scored by long poles.
    • Herreweyers' 47 goals in 2015 were tops in the Patriot League, and he was seventh in goals per game (3.13).
    • He had nine hat tricks last year to give him 14 in his career with Loyola. Herreweyers has scored three or more goals in better than half of his collegiate games. He saw action in 10 games as a freshman in 2013, one in 2014 and 15 in 2015 for a total of 26.
    • With 66 career goals in 26 games, he is averaging 2.54 goals per game and 2.81 points with 73 career points.

    From The Middle    

    • Three of the Greyhounds' six top scorers last season came from Loyola's first midfield unit of Tyler Albrecht, Romar Dennis and Brian Sherlock.
    • Sherlock was second on the team in goals (29), points (48) and assists (19). Albrecht scored two goals in each of Loyola's first three games and logged a career-best four versus Holy Cross. He had a hat trick against Georgetown and finished fourth on the squad with 23 total goals and was sixth with 28 points. Dennis set a career-high with four points - two goals and two assists - against the Midshipmen, and he had 17 goals and 13 assists last season. His 30 points were fourth on the team.

    Great On Restarts    

    • Graham Savio put up an excellent performance at the faceoff `X' to start the season, winning 19-of-28 restarts (67.9 percent) against a pair of Virginia faceoff specialists. His 19 wins and 28 faceoffs taken were both career-highs, and he picked up a team-best nine ground balls, a number that was three off his career-high.
    • Savio then put up a new career-best in faceoffs won two weeks later against Holy Cross, winning 20-of-28 against the Crusaders, and he won 16-of-21 restarts versus Lehigh, tying his career-best with 12 ground balls. Savio then won 19-of-28 with 10 ground balls at Lafayette.
    • Against Navy, which entered the game ranked seventh nationally in faceoff percentage as a team, Savio won 15-of-26 (57.6).
    • Overall, Savio won 167-of-282 faceoffs last season, good for 59.2 percent. He earned All-Patriot League Second Team honors following the season.

    Defensively Minded    

    • All three of Loyola's close defenders slated to start the season against Virginia, and goalkeeper Grant Limone, return to the lineup having started a combined 58 games over the last two years.
    • Jack Carrigan and Jason Crane each started 15 games a years ago on close defense for the Greyhounds. Carrigan led the team with 20 caused turnovers and picked up 41 ground balls, while Crane registered 13 ground balls and caused six turnovers. David Manning missed last season, but he was a starter in 17 games during 2014.
    • Limone entered the starting lineup in late February and posted a .538 saves percentage and a 9.93 goals against average as a freshman.

    Leading Transition Scoring    

    • A large part of Loyola's success over the past several years has been its ability to score in transition, and last year long-stick midfielder Ryan Fournier again led in that capacity. He scored the first goal of the season, picking up the ground ball on the opening faceoff and sticking a shot seven seconds in against Virginia, and he set a career-high with two gaols against the Cavaliers.
    • Fournier was second on the team in ground balls with 58, and he continued to contribute on the offensive end of the field. Fournier posted a career-best two assists March 7 at Duke, and in 15 games, he has nine points with four goals and five assists.

    Fletcher Joins Staff    

    • Three-time All-American Joe Fletcher '14 joined the Loyola staff as director of operations in the fall after spending a year working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
    • Fletcher graduated from Loyola as the most decorated defensive player in school history, winning the 2014 William Schmeisser Award as the nation's top defender and earning All-America First Team honors in 2013 and 2014. He also was the Patriot League's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2013-2014 and was a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Today's Top Ten Award.
    • Last summer, Fletcher was named the Defensive Player of the Year in Major League Lacrosse after leading his New York Lizards to the MLL title. He narrowly edged his former Loyola teammate, Scott Ratliff '13, in the voting. Ratliff, who was a standout for the Boston Cannons before being traded last month to the Atlanta Blaze, was an All-Star alongside Fletcher, and they both played for the U.S. National Team in January's Team USA Spring Premiere.

    Get To Ten    

    • Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 78 occasions. Despite the loss in the season-finale, Loyola has won 78.2 percent of those games (61-17).

    Since 2012    

    • Loyola has the best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 51-16 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 in 2014 and 7-8 last year) for a .772 mark.
    • Duke has won 55 games during that time, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage (55-17, .764).