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Home Schedule Opens Saturday For Men's Lacrosse Versus Johns Hopkins

Feb. 16, 2016

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Opponent Johns Hopkins Blue Jays
Date Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland opens its home schedule on Saturday, Feb. 20, against Johns Hopkins University.
  • The Greyhounds and Blue Jays will faceoff at 1 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • Three Greyhounds earned Corvias Patriot League Weekly honors on Monday after Loyola's season-opening win. Tyler Albrecht was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while Grant Limone and Pat Spencer earned Goalkeeper and Rookie honors.
  • 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 jumped out to a 5-0 lead and did not allow a University of Virginia goal for the game's first 25-plus minutes last Saturday as the Greyhounds defeated the host Cavaliers, 11-4.
  • Virginia's goal total was its lowest since a 17-2 loss in April 2005, a span of 172 games, and is snapped a three-game Virginia winning streak in the series.
  • Zack Sirico got the Greyhounds on the board 3:17 in, and Pat Spencer followed with his first of two goals 3:34 later. Tyler Albrecht scored in transition at 3:56, and Brian Sherlock tallied the next two Loyola goals to put the Greyhounds in front, 5-0, with 5:39 to play in the first half.
  • Virginia scored a pair on goals by Greg Coholan and Ryan Conrad to cut the halftime score to 5-2, but the Cavaliers would not draw closer than three.
  • Albrecht finished with a game-high three goals, while Sherlock and Spencer each tallied two goals and two assist. Zach Herreweyers added two goals, as well.
  • Grant Limone led the Loyola defense, making 14 saves while allowing a career-low four goals. Virginia outshot the Greyhounds, 40-33.

In The Polls    

  • Loyola moved up to No. 8 in both the Inside Lacrosse media and USILA coaches polls. The Greyhounds check in at No. 11 in the Lacrosse Magazine poll.
  • Johns Hopkins enters the game tabbed sixth in the Inside Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine versions and seventh in the coaches poll.


Series History    

  • The Greyhounds and Blue Jays will be meeting for the 53rd time in series history on Saturday when they take the field. Johns Hopkins holds a 47-5 advantage, but Loyola snapped a 13-game Blue Jays' winning streak in the series with an 8-4 win at Homewood Field on April 27, 2013. The Greyhounds then started a mini-streak of their own, winning, 13-10, on May 3, 2014, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • The teams took a one-year break from competition last year due to scheduling conflicts and conference changes.
  • Johns Hopkins is Loyola's second most-played opponent behind only Towson (56).
  • In the 2014 game, Loyola won 17-of-26 faceoffs and had a 19-ground ball advantage as it closed its regular-season with a win in front of a sold-out RIdley Athletic Complex. Graham Savio matched his season-high (and career-best at the time) with 17 faceoff wins, and he set a new personal-best with 12 ground balls.
  • Savio won two of the first three faceoffs in the game, but Johns Hopkins (10-4 overall) jumped out to a 3-0 lead 4:02 in as Rob Guida scored twice off the run and Brandon Benn added a transition goal. Twenty-four seconds after Guida's second goal made it 3-0, Brian Sherlock scored on a high bouncer from 10-plus yards, and he drew a flag for a Blue Jays late hit, giving Loyola another possession, this one a man up. Early in the one-minute man-advantage, Justin Ward reversed the ball to Matt Sawyer, and Sawyer scored from the top left for the game's fifth goal in 4:47 of play.
  • Guida responded for the Blue Jays, this time rolling the crease for his third goal of the game at 8:19, a score that would be the last of the first quarter for either team. Nikko Pontrello broke a stretch of more than nine minutes without a goal by either team when he stepped back off a check after getting topside on the left to score at 13:34 in the second quarter. Pat Laconi then tied the game for Loyola at 10:49, taking a short-stick defender behind the crease and rolling to the goal for this ninth of the year.
  • Jeff Chase put the Greyhounds in front for the first time with a right-to-left sweep at 8:49, but Connor Reed got one back for the Blue Jays at 6:57, knotting the score at 6-6. It was Chase again on the run at 6:26, as he got to the middle and scored his second on a high-to-low shot.
  • Benn scored his second at 4:40 off a Reed assist to tie the game for the third time, but Loyola used a fortuitous roll to take the lead back at 3:47. Sherlock took a Ward pass and shot from the right side, but Johns Hopkins goalkeeper Eric Schneider got a stick on it only to see it sneak past him. The ball took one bounce over the goal line before back-spinning out like a golf shot, but it put Loyola in front for what would be the rest of the game.
  • Just four seconds of game clock later, Savio won a faceoff cleanly, drove into the middle of the box and scored the first goal of his collegiate career to push Loyola up two, 8-6.
  • Prior to the 2013 game, the last seven games had been won by Johns Hopkins by a combined 13 goals, four of them by just one.


Patriot League Network

  • Loyola's non-televised home games will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network. Powered by Campus Insiders, the Patriot League Network broadcasts hundreds of free games each season and is available on computers, mobile devices, tablets and many connected televisions (Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, XBOX 360, etc.)
  • Check LoyolaGreyhounds.com for links to broadcasts. WBAL Radio's Brett Hollander will call the play-by-play, and former Greyhounds midfielder Chris Gunkel '91 will add the analysis.


Limone Locked In    

  • Grant Limone earned Corvias Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week Monday after making 14 saves Saturday on 18 Virginia shots on goal. The sophomore yielded a career-low four goals in the game, and his 14 saves came up four shy of his career-best.
  • Limone was tested early in the game as Virginia took 16 shots in the opening quarter. A half-dozen of those went on goal, and Limone made saves on all six. The Greyhounds allowed two goals each in the second and third quarters, but Limone pitched shutouts in the first and last frames. He made four saves on the five total Virginia shots in the fourth quarter.


Albrecht Likes Seeing Orange & Blue    

  • Tyler Albrecht led all players with three goals Saturday afternoon, pacing the Greyhounds' scoring. In three career games against the Cavaliers, Albrecht has now scored seven goals after tallying two goals in both 2014 and 2015.
  • His three goals Saturday were one shy of his career-high of four that came last season against College of the Holy Cross.


Little Of This, Little Of That    

  • Brian Sherlock was second on the Greyhounds in both goals (29) and assists (19) last year, and he showed in the 2016 season opener that he is on track to put up numbers again in both categories. The junior midfielder tallied two goals and had a pair of assists for the Greyhounds.
  • His second goal, which put Loyola in front 5-0 in the second quarter, was the 50th of Sherlock's career. In 33 career games, Sherlock also has 31 assists for 82 points.


Fitting Right In    

  • Pat Spencer was in the starting lineup on attack for his first collegiate game Saturday, and he made an immediate difference on the Greyhounds' offensive side of the ball. The freshman from Davidsonville, Maryland, scored two goals and assisted on a pair, earning Corvias Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors after the fact.
  • Spencer, who was an All-American at nearby Boys' Latin School assisted on Zack Sirico's first goal of the game, and he then scored the Greyhounds' second in unassisted fashion.
  • He was one of two Loyola freshmen to see action in the game. John Duffy had a ground ball on a faceoff win as a short-stick midfielder on the wing.


Defense Digs In    

  • Loyola's defense put forth a terrific effort Saturday, holding Virginia to its fewest goals in 172 games since a 17-2 loss to Duke in April 2005. The Greyhounds gave up 40 shots to the Cavaliers, but the defense stretched the Virginia offense to deeper looks, giving goalkeeper Grant Limone better chances to make his 14 saves.
  • The starting trio of Jason Crane, Foster Huggins and David Manning gave up one goal and two assists to the starting Virginia attack of Ryan Lukacovic (Crane), James Pannell (Manning) and Mike D'Amario (Huggins). Ryan Fournier shut down Zed Williams, and the primary defensive short-sticks of Brian Begley and Jared Mintzlaff yielded only two goals to Greg Coholan and A.J. Fish.
  • The start was the first of Huggins' career, and he led the close defense unit with three ground balls, while Crane had two and a caused turnover.


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.


Quartet Of Captains    


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. With an even 20, Loyola is one of 12 schools to have 20 or more MLL Draft picks in the League's history.
  • 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, the 2016 Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, had nine hat tricks in 15 games a year ago and tallied two or more in 13.
  • With two in the 2016 opener at Virginia, Herreweyers has scored 49 goals over the last two years, after topping the Patriot League in 2015 when he finished seventh in NCAA Division I with 3.13 goals per game.
  • His 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 (27). With 68 goals and 75 points, he is averaging 2.52 goals per game and 2.78 points in his career.


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. Fournier scored four goals and assisted on five last season, while picking up 58 ground balls, second on the team.
  • This season, he opened the year with a goal in the season-opener at Virginia to bring his career total to nine goals and seven assists.


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.


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 79 occasions. With the win at Virginia, Loyola has won 78.5 percent of those games (62-17).


Since 2012    

  • Loyola has the second-best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 52-16 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 in 2014, 7-8 in 2015 and 1-0 this season) for a .765 mark.
  • Duke has won 61 games during that time, and the Blue Devils have a slight edge in winning percentage (61-18, .772).


Up Next    

  • Loyola opens Patriot League play on Saturday, Feb. 27, at home versus Lafayette.