Men's Lacrosse Visit Towson Saturday In First Road Contest

Feb. 23, 2011

Game Information
Opponent Towson Tigers
Date Saturday, February 26, 2011
Time 12 p.m.
Location Towson, Md. | Johnny Unitas Stadium
Television WMAR/ABC2 (Baltimore area) | (Nationally)
Radio WNST-AM 1570
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Online Media Live Stats | ESPN3.comAudio
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Click here to read about the Loyola faceoff unit in a feature article and blog entry in Friday's Baltimore Sun.


Game Data

  • Loyola will play game two of the 2011 season when it heads four miles North to Towson its first road game of the season. The Greyhounds and Tigers will play on Saturday, February 26 at 12 p.m. The Greyhounds and Tigers will face-off at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
  • Towson enters the contest with a 0-1 record after falling, 10-6, to Johns Hopkins last Saturday.
  • The game will be broadcast live on the radio with Chris Gunkel and Chris McGovern calling the action on WNST-AM 1570.

On The Tube

  • Loyola and Towson will play in front of a television audience Saturday as the game will be broadcast live in the Baltimore area on WMAR/ABC-2. Fans around the nation can also view the action live on Scott Garceau will handle the play-by-play, and Mark Dixon will provide the analysis.

In The Polls

  • The Greyhounds moved up one spot in this week’s Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Rankings. After starting the year 14th in the preseason poll, Loyola is currently tabbed 13th. At the same time, the Greyhounds fell from 14th to 15th in the USILA coaches’ poll.
  • Towson is receiving votes in the coaches rankings.
  • Loyola started 2010 tabbed 15th in the coaches, and 16th in the media, poll. They rose as high as No. 6 nationally during the week of April 26, which was the highest Loyola has been ranked since it was fifth on April 8, 2002.

Series History

  • The Loyola-Towson rivalry is the most played series in the history of men’s lacrosse at both schools. Saturday’s game will be the 53rd all-time meeting between the teams, dating back to 1959, the first year of intercollegiate lacrosse at Towson.
  • Of Loyola’s opponents, only Towson (52) and Penn State (50) have played the Greyhounds 50 or more times. Johns Hopkins will play Loyola for the 49th time later this season, and Georgetown will meet the Greyhounds for the 34th time next month.
  • Towson holds a slight 27-25 advantage in the series, but Loyola has won the last three.

All The Way Back

  • Cade Norris scored for Navy with 5:53 to play in the second quarter, and Loyola stared down a 7-2 deficit. From that point, however, the Greyhounds went on a 6-0 run, holding the Midshipmen scoreless for 28-minutes, 5-seconds, to take an 8-7 lead. The Greyhounds completed the comeback, even after Navy tied the score at 8-8, to defeat the Midshipmen, 9-8.
  • It had been more 11 years since Loyola rallied from a five-goal deficit to defeat a team. The last time the Greyhounds accomplished the feat was on April 3, 1999, when Towson led Loyola, 12-7, with 8:56 to play in the third quarter. The Greyhounds scored nine of the game’s last 11 goals to defeat the Tigers, 16-14.

Ground Control

  • The Greyhounds’ comeback hinged on several factors, but one of the most impressive statistics came in the ground ball category. Loyola picked up 21 in the second half to Navy’s three.
  • Loyola finished the game with a 32-16 advantage in ground balls during the game. Josh Hawkins led all players with seven, while John Schiavone had five. Scott Ratliff and Mike Sawyer each picked up four.

Face-Off Facts

  • John Schiavone and the Loyola face-off unit won 8-of-9 restarts in the second half against Navy and 14-of-21 in the game.
  • In the postgame press conference, a humble Schiavone put the praise on his wings, long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff and short-stick middie Josh Hawkins. Hawkins picked up four ground balls on second-half faceoffs, while Ratfliff, Schiavone, Mike Sawyer and Dylan Grimm each grabbed one.
  • Schiavone’s 8-for-9 in the second half matched his second-half tally on April 4, 2009, at Rutgers and is topped only by his 10-for-11 first-half performance on March 14, 2009, against St. John’s.

Possession At A Premium

  • Thanks in large part to a 21-3 ground ball advantage and 24-7 lead in shots during the second half, Loyola controlled the ball most of the time after the break.
  • The Greyhounds had possession for more than 21 of the 30 second-half minutes, including for one 5-minute, 42-second stretch that culminated in Patrick Fanshaw’s eventual game-winning goal with 68 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Sawyer Honored

  • Sophomore attacker Mike Sawyer was named the ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after scoring three goals and picking up three ground balls versus Navy.
  • The 2009 ECAC Rookie of the Year was one goal off his career-high, and the ground balls established a new best.
  • Sawyer put Loyola on the board with an extra-man goal in the second quarter after the Midshipmen had built a 4-0 advantage. He then scored the second half’s first goal to make it a 7-4 Navy lead, and his 15-yard rocket gave Loyola its first lead of the game with 11:33 left.
  • The award is the first of his career after earning two ECAC Rookie of the Week nods in 2009.

Comer At The Right Time

  • D.J. Comer scored twice in the first half for Loyola, providing the Greyhounds offense at an opportune time. The former attacker who is now a member of Loyola’s second midfield unit, Comer scored with 10:36 and 00:33 on the second quarter clock for the third multi-goal game of his career.

Fanshaw Finishes

  • Patrick Fanshaw took five shots on Saturday, but his last two were the most meaningful. He took a Matt Langan pass and scored with three seconds left in the third quarter, tying the game at 7-7 and capping Loyola’s 5-0 run. He then was on the receiving end of a Chris Basler pass to score the eventual game-winner with 1:08 remaining in the fourth.

Balanced Offense

At It Again

  • Matt Langan and Chris Basler were the team’s top returning players in terms of assists. Langan led the team with 18 in 2010, while Basler was fourth on the Greyhounds with eight. The duo picked up where the left off in the season-opener against Navy. Langan assisted on three goals, and Basler tallied two.

Halftime Adjustments

  • Last season, Loyola outscored opponents, 41-24, in the third quarters of games, and the Greyhounds continued the trend in the first game of 2011. Loyola held Navy without a third-quarter goal and scored four of its own to take an 8-7 lead going into the fourth.

First Looks

  • Three freshmen made their collegiate debuts last Saturday versus Navy – short-stick midfielders Kyle Duffy and Pat Laconi and defender Joe Fletcher. Another player, graduate student Chris Palmer made his Loyola debut on the second midfield after playing his first three seasons at Bucknell.
  • Another three players – junior defender Dylan Grimm, sophomore defender Reid Acton and sophomore midfielder Davis Butts – all made their first starts for the Greyhounds.

Preseason Accolades

  • Five Greyhounds earned Preseason All-ECAC honors from the league’s coaches, and Loyola was picked to finish second behind Denver in the conference. Defender Steve Dircks, goalkeeper Jake Hagelin, midfielder Josh Hawkins, midfielder Eric Lusby and face-off specialist John Schiavone were all named to the team.
  • Dircks and Schiavone also earned Preseason All-America Honorable Mention from Face-off Yearbook.

Graduate School Guys

  • Three Greyhounds will take the field this season while enrolled in graduate programs at Loyola. Chris Basler and Nick Disimile both earned their bachelor degrees from the school in May 2010, two days before Loyola played Cornell in the NCAA First Round.
  • The third graduate student, Chris Palmer, joined the program in the fall of 2010 after playing three seasons and graduating last year from Bucknell University.

Looking Back At 2010

  • Loyola wrapped up the 2010 season with a 9-5 overall record and its 17th all-time bid to the NCAA Division I Championships.
  • The Greyhounds had a season-long six-game winning streak from March 20-April 24, and they finished second in the ECAC.
  • Jake Hagelin was named the ECAC Goalkeeper of the Year, and Cooper MacDonnell earned ECAC Offensive Player of the Year honors. The pair were two of a league-high six players to earn All-ECAC First Team honors, joining attacker Collin Finnerty, defender Steve Layne, midfielder Eric Lusby and faceoff specialist John Schiavone. Midfielder Taylor Ebsary earned All-ECAC Second Team laurels.


  • The Greyhounds’ May 15, 2010, game at Cornell in the NCAA Championships First Round marked the 17th time in school history that the Greyhounds have reached the NCAA Division I Championships and the 19th time overall that they have played in the postseason.
  • Loyola was the recipient of an at large bid to the tournament.
  • The appearance was Loyola’s third in the last four years to the NCAA Championships.

Faceoff Unit Success

  • Steve Vaikness’ faceoff unit had another outstanding season at the ‘X’ for the Greyhounds in 2010. Led by John Schivaone, Loyola won 59.5-perecnt of its faceoffs last year, third-best in NCAA Division I.
  • Schiavone won 166-of-277 faceoffs, a .599 clip good for first in the ECAC and sixth in the NCAA.
  • Over the last 10 games of the season (beginning March 13 against Duke), Schiavone won 126-of-196 restarts (.643), and the Greyhounds won 136-of-213 (.638) as a team.

Picking Up & Moving Up

  • With 17 ground balls in the final two games of 2010, John Schiavone moved into sixth-place on Loyola’s single-season chart with 90. He eclipsed his previous season-high of 76, which is now 10th in a single season. Schiavone is sixth in the NCAA and tops in the ECAC with 6.36 ground balls per game.
  • Schiavone came up one ground ball short of tying former teammate P.T. Ricci for fifth-place on the single-season list and three short of current Loyola Assistant Coach Matt Dwan’s 93 in 1995.

Defense Near The Top

  • Loyola’s defense finished the year by yielding just 7.93 goals per game to opponents. The mark was good for fourth-best in the nation, behind only Syracuse, Virginia and Notre Dame.
  • Jake Hagelin was sixth in the NCAA in goals against average at 8.25.

Getting Ahead

  • Loyola was most successful last season when building a lead. The Greyhounds were 7-1 when leading after the first quarter with the only loss coming against Notre Dame. They were 7-0 when in front at the half and 9-0 when on top at the start of the fourth quarter.

Up Next

  • Loyola opens ECAC Lacrosse League play on Saturday, March 5, when it hosts Bellarmine at Ridley Athletic Complex in a 1 p.m. game.