Patriot League Play Commences Saturday For Men's Lacrosse Versus Leopards

Feb. 25, 2016

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Opponent Lafayette Leopards
Date Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland plays its first Patriot League contest of 2016 on Saturday, Feb. 27.
  • The Greyhounds will host Lafayette College in a 1 p.m. faceoff at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • Loyola is the only team, thus far in 2016, to post two wins over teams ranked in the top-10 nationally at the time of the game.
  • Zach Herreweyers was named the Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after scoring three goals and assisting on another versus Johns Hopkins. Both of his second-half goals came when the Blue Jays had trimmed Loyola's advantage to one.
  • Herreweyers and fellow Preseason All-Patriot League player Brian Sherlock were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List earlier this week.
  • Pat Spencer is second among freshmen nationally in assists and assists per game.
  • Loyola's second midfield - Jeff Chase, Jay Drapeau and Johnny Giuffreda - scored three goals versus Johns Hopkins.
  • 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

    • Grant Limone made a save with 52 seconds left on a step-down, 15-yard shot by Patrick Frazer, and Loyola ran out the clock to defeat then-No. 7 Johns Hopkins University, 9-8, Saturday.
    • The Blue Jays drew within a goal four times in the second half after Loyola (went up 5-2 at halftime, but the Greyhounds denied them the opportunity to tie the score.
    • Johns Hopkins made it a one-goal game with 8:43 left in regulation as John Crawley scored unassisted after getting topside from behind the cage.
    • Zach Herreweyers scored the last of his game-high three goals just 44 seconds into the fourth, and Brian Sherlock added a goal less than 90 seconds later to make it a 9-6 lead.
    • Loyola went up by as many as three, scoring three-straight during the first and second quarters. Johnny Giuffreda broke a 2-2 tie with his first collegiate goal late in the first, and the Greyhounds held Johns Hopkins scoreless on nine second-quarter shots.
    • Jeff Chase scored two, and Pat Spencer matched Herreweyers' four points with a goal and three assists. Limone made 10 saves in goal.

    In The Polls    

    • Loyola moved up to No. 6 in the Inside Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine media and USILA coaches polls after the Johns Hopkins' win.
    • Lafayette enters the game unranked.

    Series History    

    • Loyola and Lafayette will play for the fourth time in series history and third time as Patriot League opponents. Saturday's game will be the just the third meeting since Loyola's opening game of the 1939 season. In that contest, the Greyhounds beat the Leopards, 15-1, to open their second year of varsity lacrosse.
    • The Greyhounds have won both meetings between the teams since joining the Patriot League prior to the 2013-2014 academic year and hold a 3-0 lead in the overall series.
    • Last year, Lafayette took a 5-2 lead against Loyola 5:59 into the second quarter, but the Greyhounds scored seven-straight goals as part of a 10-1 run en route to a 19-10 Patriot League victory.
    • Less than a minute later, though, Brian Sherlock shook his defender and fed Zach Herreweyers for a goal that sparked a 7-0 Loyola run. Sherlock finished with three goals and three assists, while Nikko Pontrello tallied five and two. Zack Sirico added three goals and five assists, while Herreweyers scored three and assisted on another.
    • In 2014, the teams met for the first time as Patriot League counterparts, and Loyola defeated the Leopards, 21-4, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
    • Nine Greyhounds scored at least one goal, while Nikko Pontrello, Brian Schultz and Justin Ward all tallied four. Fifteen of Loyola's 21 goals were assisted.

    Tewaaraton Twosome    

    • Zach Herreweyers and Brian Sherlock were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List earlier this week as early-season contenders for the honor that is presented by Under Armour.
    • The duo were two of 50 named to the watch list, and Loyola is one of 11 schools to have two or more players on the docket. Herreweyers was a mid-season addition to the watch list last season.

    Three In A Row A First    

    • Loyola won its third-straight game against Johns Hopkins last weekend, marking the first time in the 53-game series that the Greyhounds have won three in a row versus the Blue Jays. The Greyhounds' senior class is also the first two register three wins in the series.

    Cleaning Up Miscues    

    • In its first game of the year, at then-No. 8 Virginia, the Greyhounds committed 15 turnovers. Loyola, however, nearly cut that number in half Saturday versus Johns Hopkins with only eight turnovers.
    • The eight turnovers were Loyola's fewest since committing just seven in a March 19, 2014, win at Georgetown University.

    Reversing A Bad Trend    

    • Last year, Loyola lost six games by one goal, but the Greyhounds did not let that get in the way versus the Blue Jays. After stepping out to a 5-2 halftime lead, Loyola saw Johns Hopkins cut its advantage to just one on four second-half occasions.
    • Each time, however, the Greyhounds responded and did not allow the Blue Jays to tie the contest. Zach Herreweyers twice scored goals that put Loyola ahead by two, and Jeff Chase had another.

    Getting Back In The Flow    

    • After missing the 2015 season with a knee injury, Jeff Chase made his return to competition in the season-opener against Virginia. The midfielder did not score against the Cavaliers, but he broke out against Johns Hopkins with a pair of goals.
    • Chase also missed his freshman year in 2012 with an injury, but he was a solid scorer in 2014 for the Greyhounds, tallying 10 goals and five assists.

    Limone Locked In    

    • Grant Limone earned Corvias Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week on Feb. 15 after making 14 saves 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.
    • He then made 10 saves versus 18 Johns Hopkins shots on goal, including four in the fourth quarter. The Blue Jays had two possessions in the fourth after pulling within one, 9-8, at 8:43, but Limone made three saves in that span, the last coming with just over 50 seconds left.

    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 and three versus Johns Hopkins, Herreweyers has scored 52 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 hat trick against the Blue Jays raised his career total to 15. Herreweyers has scored three or more goals in better than half of his collegiate games (28). With 71 goals and 79 points, he is averaging 2.54 goals per game and 2.82 points in his career.
    • Herreweyers was named the Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on Feb. 22 after his three-goal, one-assist outing against Johns Hopkins.

    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. He then added another goal and an assist versus Johns Hopkins, bringing his career total to 51 and 32 for 84 points in 34 career games.

    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 had a season-consecutive four-point game, scoring once and assisting on a game-high three versus Johns Hopkins.

    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 unit came out strong again on Feb. 20 against Johns Hopkins, yielding just two goals in the first half and eight overall.
    • Blue Jays All-American Ryan Brown scored the first two Johns Hopkins goals, but Loyola switched Foster Huggins onto him for primary marking responsibility, and Brown had just one assist for the remainder of the game.
    • Jack Carrigan made his return from injury to lead Loyola with five ground balls and three caused turnovers against Johns Hopkins.

    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.

    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.

    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 best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 53-16 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 in 2014, 7-8 in 2015 and 2-0 this season) for a .768 mark.
    • Duke has won 61 games during that time, but the Greyhounds have a slight edge in winning percentage (61-19, .763).

    Up Next    

    • The Greyhounds play a pair of games over the next week. First, they wrap-up a three-game homestand with a 4 p.m. contest on Wednesday, March 2, against Towson University. Loyola then heads to Worcester, Massachusetts to face College of the Holy Cross on Saturday, March 5.