Men's Lacrosse Hosts Lehigh To Start Lax Doubleheader Saturday

Feb. 25, 2015

Game Information
Opponent Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Date Saturday, February 28, 2015
Time 2:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 28, to wrap up a slate of four home games in five outings to start the 2015 season.
  • The Greyhounds will host Lehigh University at 2 p.m. in a rematch of the 2014 Patriot League Championship game at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • Saturday’s game is the Greyhounds’ fourth at home in the month of February, and it precedes a stretch of three out of four on the road.
  • Through games of Tuesday, Feb. 24, Loyola has four players ranked in the top 76 of NCAA Division I in points per game: Brian Sherlock and Nikko Pontrello (T-55, 3.5) and Tyler Albrecht and Zach Herreweyers (T-76, 3.25).
  • Similarly three Greyhounds are in the top 71 of goals per game: Herreweyers (22, 3.25), Albrecht (44, 2.5) and Sherlock (71, 2.25). Pontrello is 20th nationally in assists per game (2.0).
  • In the possession game, Ryan Fournier (5.25) and Graham Savio (5.0) are 31st and 32nd nationally in ground balls per game, while Pat Frazier is 52nd (4.25).
  • Loyola is sixth nationally in ground balls per game (35.0).

Last Time Out
  • Holy Cross used a 7-1 run that spanned the three quarters last Saturday to build a 12-7 lead 58 seconds into the fourth period on a Terry McKenna goal.
  • The Greyhounds scored the next two, but Clay Haarmann tallied his fourth of the game for the Crusaders with 3:23 left in regulation to extend their advantage to four, 13-9.
  • Brian Sherlock bookended a Tyler Albrecht goal at 1:36 with two of his own at 2:35 and :43, making it a one-goal game with under a minute to play.
  • Loyola won the ensuing possession with a Graham Savio faceoff win, but its shot just before the buzzer was saved, and Holy Cross dealt the Greyhounds their first-ever Patriot League loss, 13-12.
  • Pontrello led all players with six points, scoring twice and logging a career-high four assists, while Albrecht scored a career-best four times and had an assist. Sherlock tallied three goals, all in the fourth quarter, and had an assist, while Zach Herreweyers scored twice and Zach Sirico recorded two assists.
  • Savio won 20-of-28 faceoffs for the Greyhounds, picking up eight ground balls, while Ryan Fournier had seven.

In The Polls   
  • Loyola is ranked 14th in the USILA coaches’ poll, 15th in the Cascade/Maverick Inside Lacrosse ranking and 13th in  Lacrosse Magazine’s 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 and Lehigh will meet for the 10th time on the lacrosse field when the teams take the field Saturday, the second time in Patriot League regular-season play.
  • Prior to the teams’ 2014 regular-season meeting at Lehigh on March 1, the Greyhounds, who are 9-0 all-time against the Mountain Hawks, last played Lehigh on April 15, 1998. Loyola won that game 20-2 at Curley Field in a season which the Greyhounds would reach the NCAA Semifinals.
  • In the teams’ 2014 regular-season game, Kevin Ryan scored a career-high five goals, and Jack Runkel made 13 saves. The Mountain Hawks tied the score, 3-3, with two goals late in the first quarter, but Loyola outscored them 4-0 in the second as part of an 8-1 run that covered both halves.
  • Loyola then hosted the Mountain Hawks in the Patriot League Championship Game on April 27, 2014, going on a 6-0 run after Lehigh scored the game’s first goal en route to a 16-7 victory.
  • Jack Runkel made 15 saves in the game and was named the Patriot League Championships Most Outstanding Player. Matt Sawyer scored four goals on six shots, and Nikko Pontrello tallied three goals and two assists, while Justin Ward scored one and had four assists.

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.
  • Savio then put up a new career-best in faceoffs won Feb. 21 against Holy Cross, winning 20-of-28 against the Crusaders.

From The Middle   
  • Three of the Greyhounds’ five top scorers through four 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 points (14), and he is third on the team with nine goals. Albrecht scored two goals in each of Loyola’s first three games and logged a career-best four versus Holy Cross. He is second on the squad with 10 total goals and tied for third with 13 points. Dennis has five goals and three assists so far this season.
  • Of Loyola’s 47 goals and 27 assists, 51.1 percent of goals and 40.7 percent of assists have come from this unit.

Doing A Little Of Everything   
  • While providing 19 combined goals and 27 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 13 ground balls, while the two have helped Loyola win 61 percent of faceoffs.

Hat Tricks For Herreweyers   
  • Zach Herreweyers opened the season with three goals in each of the Greyhounds’ fire three games, and he then had two versus Holy Cross. So far, he has scored his 13 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 four so far in 2015 for a total of 15.
  • With 32 career goals in 15 games, he is averaging 2.13 goals per game and 2.33 points with 35 career points.

Pontrello Putting Up Points   
  • Nikko Pontrello has been held without a point just twice in the last 21 games, since the start of the 2014 season. Penn State held him scoreless Feb. 14, 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.
  • Since the Penn State game, Pontrello has totaled five goals and six assists in games against Towson and Holy Cross, recording three goals and two assists versus the Tigers, two and a career-high four versus the Crusaders.
  • 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.
  • Through games of Feb. 24, Pontrello is 20th nationally in assists per game (2.0) this year.

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.

Causing Turnovers   
  • Penn State had 22 turnovers Feb. 14 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.

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 Greyhounds’ top two players in the ground ball category. Fournier leads the team with 21, while Savio is three ahead of close defender Pat Frazier with 20.

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 71 occasions. Despite the loss to Holy Cross, Loyola has won 80.2 percent of those games (57-14).

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 46-10 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 last season and 2-2 this year) for a .821 mark.
  • Duke has won 51 games during the run, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage by nearly six percent (51-14, .784).

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 Lehigh.
  • 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