Patriot League Play Opens Saturday For Men's Lax Versus Crusaders

Feb. 19, 2015

Game Information
Opponent Holy Cross Crusaders
Date Saturday, February 21, 2015
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse opens its second season in the Patriot League on Saturday, Feb. 21, when it hosts College of the Holy Cross at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • The Greyhounds completed their first season in the conference with an 8-0 regular-season record and then went on to win the Patriot League Tournament title to earn the League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
  • Loyola is one of three teams nationally (along with Massachusetts and Villanova) to play three ranked teams to open the 2015 season.
  • Five players – Zach Herreweyers (11), Brian Sherlock (6), Tyler Albrecht (6), Nikko Pontrello (4) and Romar Dennis (4) – have combined to score 88.6 percent of Loyola’s 35 goals this season, a total of 31 through three games.
  • Loyola has won 60 percent of faceoffs this year following an 18-of-30 performance against Towson. Graham Savio was won 35-of-61 (57.4), while Brendan Donovan had a 10-of-13 performance (76.9) against the Tigers.
  • Jay Drapeau and Zack Sirico both scored their first collegiate goals at Towson.

Last Time Out
  • Loyola scored the game’s first four goals in a span of just 5:21, and it took a 6-2 advantage into the second quarter on Wednesday afternoon against Towson, en route to a 15-11 victory against the 14th-ranked Tigers.
  • The Greyhounds eventually built a 15-8 lead before Towson scored the final 3:03 of regulation.
  • Zach Herreweyers scored the game’s first goal 41 ticks into the contest, and his second goal on an extra-man opportunity at 9:29 bookended two Brian Sherlock unassisted tallies 59 seconds apart, giving Loyola a 4-0 lead.
  • Herreweyers would record his third-straight hat trick by the end of the first quarter, and he finished with a career-high five goals.
  • Sherlock, Nikko Pontrello and Jay Drapeau scored three-straight to open the second half, and Loyola led by six 5:13 into the third quarter.
  • Pontrello and Sherlock each scored three goals, and Tyler Albrecht had two goals and an assist. Pontrello and Romar Dennis both tallied two assists.
  • Brendan Donovan sparked Loyola’s faceoff unit in the second quarter, winning 10-of-13 restarts in the game.

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.

Series History   
  • Loyola will meet Holy Cross for the second time on Saturday when the Crusaders make their first trip to Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • In last year’s meeting between the teams, Holy Cross took a 3-2 lead on a Clay Haarman goal with 6:36 to go in the first quarter, but Nikko Pontrello scored the game’s next goal 56 seconds into the second quarter, sparking a 14-0 Loyola run that would see the Greyhounds to a 16-4 win in their first-ever Patriot League game.
  • Pontrello finished with six goals, including four in a row to start the third quarter, and Brian Schultz tallied seven points on three goals and four assists. Justin Ward added an extra-man goal and assisted on five others, and Kevin Ryan scored three times for Loyola.

Digging In On Defense   
  • Loyola’s defense had two stretches of holding Penn State without a goal for better than 20 minutes in last 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.
  • In Wednesday’s win over Towson, the Greyhounds also put together a stretch of better than 15 minutes without yielding a goal. After the Tigers drew within four, 12-8, with 3:53 left in the third quarter, Loyola did not allow another goal for 15:50.

Hat Tricks For Herreweyers   
  • Zach Herreweyers has opened the season with three goals in each of the Greyhounds’ games, scoring his 11 this season on just 23 total shots. He recorded his hat trick against Towson in less than 15 minutes of game time, and he finished with a career-high five goals.
  • His hat tricks against Virginia, Penn State and Towson give him eight 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 last year and three so far in 2015 for a total of 14.
  • With 30 career goals in 14 games, he is averaging 2.14 goals per game and 2.36 points with 33 career points.

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 National & League Honors   
  • Senior co-captain Pat Frazier earned a pair of awards after the Greyhounds’ 8-6 victory over Penn State. He drew Corvias Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Feb. 16, and just before the Towson game, he was honored as the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) National Defender of the Week.
  • 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 34 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.

From The Middle   
  • Three of the Greyhounds’ five top scorers through three games have come from Loyola’s first midfield unit of Tyler Albrecht, Romar Dennis and Brian Sherlock.
  • Sherlock is tied for the team-lead in assists (4), and he is tied with Albrecht for second on the squad with six goals. Albrecht has scored two goals in each of Loyola’s first two games, and Dennis has four goals and three assists after dishing out a career-best two assists versus the Tigers..
  • Of Loyola’s 35 goals and 17 assists, 45.7 percent of goals and 52.9 percent of assists have come from this unit.

Doing A Little Of Everything   
  • While providing 12 combined goals and 18 overall points, two members of Loyola’s first midfield line, Tyler Albrecht and Brian Sherlock, give the Greyhounds much more than just offensive firepower.
  • The duo are regulars on faceoff wings for the Greyhounds and often drop back onto the defensive end of the field as short-sticks. Albrecht is fourth on the team with 10 ground balls, while the two have helped Loyola win 60 percent of faceoffs.

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.
  • In the game at Towson, Brendan Donovan came on to provide a needed spark on restarts. Donovan won 10-of-13 faceoffs, helping the Greyhounds win 18-of-30 in the game. Overall, Loyola has won 45-of-75 (60 percent) of faceoffs this year.

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 two of the Greyhounds’ top players in the ground ball category. Fournier leads the team with 14, while Savio is tied with defender Pat Frazier for second with 12.

Pontrello Putting Up Points   
  • Nikko Pontrello has been held without a point just twice in the last 20 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 2014 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. His 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 once and had two assists in the 2015 opener against Virginia, and he then put up five points with three goals and two assists versus Towson.

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 70 occasions. Following the win against Towson, Loyola has won 81.4 percent of those games (57-13).

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 46-9 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 last season and 2-1 this year) for a .836 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).

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. Glenn Clark and Chris Gunkel ’91 will call the action against Holy Cross.
  • Powered by Campus Insiders, the Network started last year and provided one of the most comprehensive digital packages of any conference nationally. The link to each game can be found at