Midweek Tilt Takes Men's Lacrosse On Road To Towson

Feb. 16, 2015

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Opponent Towson Tigers
Date Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location Towson, Md. | Unitas Stadium
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse plays its first road game, and first mid-week contest, of the 2015 season Wednesday, Feb. 18, when it takes on nearby Towson University at 12 noon.
  • The game against the Tigers also marks the third-straight tilt versus a ranked opponent to start the year.
  • Loyola's defense forced 22 turnovers last Saturday against Penn State, the most by a Greyhounds' opponent since Hobart had 23 on April 20, 2013.
  • Zach Herreweyers posted his second hat trick in as many games to start the season with three against Penn State on Saturday. The hat trick was the seventh of his career.
  • Brian Sherlock boosted his team-high points total to seven through two games with two goals and two assists against the Nittany Lions. He has scored three goals and assisted on a team-best four this year.
  • Three days after its contest at Towson, Loyola opens its second season of competition in the Patriot League with a 1 o'clock home game against Holy Cross on Saturday, Feb. 21, at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Last Time Out
  • Loyola built a 7-2 lead Saturday when Zach Herreweyers scored his third of the game with 3:34 left in the third quarter against Penn State, but the 14th-ranked Nittany Lions put up four unanswered goals to close within one midway through the fourth.
  • Romar Dennis, however, tacked on an insurance goal for Loyola, scoring with 96 seconds left in regulation, and the Greyhounds edged Penn State, 8-6, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • Matt Florence scored 1:38 into the contest to put Penn State up a goal, but Brian Sherlock was on the scoring and assisting ends of the next two goals, feeding a pass to Herreweyers for a go-ahead goal with 6:05 left in the first. Tyler Albrecht then added a third goal with 8.5 ticks left in the first quarter.
  • Although Penn State struck first in the second stanza, Albrecht, Herreweyers and Sherlock scored three-straight in the span of 2:33 before halftime to send Loyola into the locker room up, 6-2.
  • Herreweyers' third made it 7-2, but the Nittany Lions then held Loyola scoreless for 16:58 until Dennis' rip.
  • Pat McEnerney made eight saves in goal for Loyola.

In The Polls   
  • Loyola is ranked eighth in the USILA coaches', Cascade/Maverick Inside Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine media polls as of Feb. 16. The Greyhounds began the season ranked seventh in the coaches and Inside Lacrosse versions and ninth in the Lacrosse Magazine version.
  • Towson is newly ranked in all three polls after a 7-5 season-opening win over Johns Hopkins on Feb. 10. The Tigers are 14th in the USILA version and 16th and 15th in the media polls, respectively.

Series History   
  • The Loyola-Towson rivalry is the most played series in the history of men's lacrosse at both schools. Wednesday's game will be the 57th all-time meeting between the teams, dating back to 1959, the first year of intercollegiate lacrosse at Towson.
  • Of Loyola's opponents, only Towson (56), Penn State (52) and Johns Hopkins (51) have played the Greyhounds 50 or more times.
  • With its seven-straight victory in the series, dating back to 2008, Loyola took a two-game lead in the all-time series record at 29-27 with a 20-4 victory on February 19, 2014 at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • The Greyhounds scored the first 10 goals of last year's game, going up double-digits on Pat Laconi's second goal in a row with 13:22 left in the second quarter. Kevin Ryan would score with 27 seconds left before halftime to make Loyola's advantage 11-1 at the break, and the Greyhounds added six-straight after halftime to lead, 17-1, early in the fourth period.
  • Nikko Pontrello scored four goals and had an assist to lead Loyola with five points, while Justin Ward and Brian each had two goals and two assists. Tyler Albrecht had his first career hat trick with three against the Tigers.

Digging In On Defense   
  • Loyola's defense had two stretches of holding Penn State without a goal for better than 20 minutes in Saturday's 8-6 victory, and the Greyhounds also buckled down on defense for the final 8:21 to preserve the win.
  • After yielding the game's first goal 1:38 into play, Loyola did not allow a Penn State goal for the next 20 minutes, 18 seconds, and the offense scored three in a row. Following a Nittany Lions score with 8:04 on the second-quarter clock, the Greyhounds held them without a goal for 20:59, stretching their advantage to 7-2 in the process.
  • Penn State did, however, score four unanswered over the course of 8:43 to draw within a goal, 7-6, with 8:22 left in regulation, but Loyola did not yield another score for the remainder of the game.

Causing Turnovers   
  • Penn State had 22 turnovers Saturday in its 8-6 loss to Loyola, 17 of which were the result of Greyhounds caused turnovers. The 22 turnovers were the most by a Loyola opponent since Hobart had 23 on April 20, 2013, in Geneva, New York.
  • Loyola's 17 caused turnovers were its high since posting the same number in a 13-8 victory on March 20, 2013, at Georgetown.
  • Six players were credited with two or more caused turnovers against the Nittany Lions led by three each from Pat Frazier and Ryan Fournier. Jack Carrigan, Jason Crane, Mike Kutzer and Jared Mintzlaff each had two.

Frazier Draws Weekly Patriot League Honor   
  • Senior co-captain Pat Frazier was named the Corvias Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Feb. 16, after posting an impressive performance Saturday in the Greyhounds' win over Penn State.
  • The senior from Montgomery County, Maryland, had career-highs of six ground balls and three caused turnovers to go, and he held his primary one-on-one matchup to just one goal on two shots. In the Nittany Lions' season-opener Mike Sutton had two goals and an assist, and last year, he averaged 2.3 goals per game.
  • Frazier is a starter for the third-straight season on the Greyhounds' defense and has nine ground balls and four caused turnovers through two games. The former walk-on began his career as a long-stick midfielder, but he made his first career start in the Greyhounds' third game of 2013, at Towson, and has started Loyola's last 33 games.
  • In addition to his work on the field, Frazier is one of 14 members of Loyola's Green & Grey Society, a group of students who are liaisons to the University's administration.

Strong Schedule To Start   
  • With Towson jumping into the national rankings this week, Loyola will be one of three teams nationally to begin 2015 by playing ranked opponents in its first three games.
  • Villanova (Johns Hopkins, Penn State and Drexel) and Massachusetts (Army, North Carolina and Harvard) are the other two teams.

Hat Tricks For Herreweyers   
  • Zach Herreweyers has opened the season with three goals in each of the Greyhounds' games, scoring his six this season on just 12 total shots.
  • His hat tricks against Virginia and Penn State were the sixth and seventh of his career. 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 last year and two so far in 2015 for a total of 13.
  • With 25 career goals in 13 games, he is averaging 1.92 goals per game and 2.15 points with 28 career points.

From The Middle   
  • Three of the Greyhounds' four top scorers through two games have come from Loyola's first midfield unit of Tyler Albrecht, Romar Dennis and Brian Sherlock.
  • Sherlock is the team leader in points (7) and assists (4) after notching two goals and two assists versus Penn State. Albrecht has scored twice in both opening games and also had an assist against the Nittany Lions, and Romar Dennis has four goals and an assist, as well.
  • Of Loyola's 20 goals and 11 assists, 55 percent of both goals and assists have come from this unit.

Great Start 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.
  • He then battled to a 50 percent mark in the second game of the year against Penn State, winning 8-of-16.

Waiting On The Wings   
  • A large part of Loyola's success against Virginia in the faceoff game was the play of its wings. Long-stick midfielder Ryan Fournier tallied five of his seven ground balls on faceoffs, and he led the Greyhounds charge in transition.
  • Savio cleanly won the game's opening faceoff to the stick of Fournier who picked the ground ball, raced into the box and gave the Greyhounds a 1-0 lead just seven seconds into the season.
  • Fournier and Savio are the top two on Loyola in the ground-ball category. Fournier has picked up 14, and Savio has 11 through a pair of contests.

Plenty Of Fresh Faces   

Preseason Prognostications   
  • For the second year in as many seasons in the conference, Loyola topped the Patriot League preseason poll by a vote of conference coaches, leading the nine-team rankings with 12 first-place votes and 123 points. The U.S. Military Academy garnered one top vote and 110 points, while Lehigh University received the other five top nods and 109 points. Bucknell University, Colgate University, the U.S. Naval Academy, Boston University, Lafayette College and College of the Holy Cross rounded out the poll.

Honors Candidates   
  • Four Loyola players earned recognition on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team, and the same quartet garnered Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America honors.
  • Nikko Pontrello was named to the All-America Second Team, while Ryan Fournier, Pat Frazier and Brian Sherlock were received honorable mention.

Get To Ten   
  • Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 69 occasions. Despite the season-opening loss to Virginia, 13-12, Loyola has won 81.2 percent of those games (56-13).

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 45-9 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 last season and 1-1 this year) for a .833 mark.
  • Duke has won 50 games during the run, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage by nearly six percent (50-14, .781).

Pontrello Putting Up Points   
  • Nikko Pontrello has been held without a point just twice in the last 19 games, since the start of the 2014 season. Penn State held him scoreless last Saturday, and Navy turned the trick in 2014, snapping a streak of 10-straight games to open the year in which he had two or more goals. He finished the year scoring at least one goal in every game but the contest at Navy, and he tallied two or more in 14-of-17 outings.
  • Pontrello finished his junior campaign ranked fifth nationally in goals per game (3.0), and he was tied for third in NCAA Division I in total goals with 51.
  • Pontrello's 51 goals last season rank third in school single-season history, three shy of Eric Lusby's 2012 record. His 63 points are tied for Mike Ruland (1988) for 10th.
  • He scored just once, but he also had two assists, in the 2015 opener against Virginia.

Captain Trio   
  • By a vote of the Loyola players and coaches, three members of the team were named tri-captains for the 2014 season. Seniors Nikko Pontrello and Pat Frazier and sophomore Brian Sherlock were named captains at the conclusion of fall practices. Sherlock is the first sophomore to be so named during Charley Toomey's 10 seasons as Loyola head coach.

Not Just Defensive Midfield   
  • Ryan Fournier developed into one of the nation's top long-stick midfielders as the 2014 season progressed. The Canadian picked up 32 ground balls and caused nine turnovers while becoming an offensive weapon in transition.
  • Fournier, who was a short-stick midfielder at the beginning of the fall season his freshman year, scored four goals and assisted on two. He was named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team and a Preseason All-America candidate.
  • He showed his skills on the first possession of the 2015 season, picking up the ground ball off a Graham Savio faceoff win and scoring seven seconds into the game against Virginia. Fournier finished with a career-high seven ground balls and two goals, his first multi-goal output of his career. He matched that high with seven more ground balls against Penn State.

Patriot League Network   
  • All non-televised Loyola men's lacrosse home games, will be broadcast digitally in free HD on the Patriot League Network. WBAL Radio's Brett Hollander and Chris Gunkel '91 will call the action.
  • Powered by Campus Insiders, the Network started last year and provided one of the most comprehensive digital packages of any conference nationally. Check for links to each game.