March 1, 2010
|Date and Faceoff||March 3, 2010 | 1 p.m. ET|
|Location||Louisville, Ky. | Owsley B. Frazier Field|
|Game Notes||Complete Release in PDF Format|
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- Loyola plays its lone mid-week game of the 2010 season on Wednesday, March 3, when it takes on Bellarmine at Owsley B. Frazier Field in a 1 o’clock contest.
- The Greyhounds will be making their first appearance in the Bluegrass State, although they have played a team from Kentucky in the past. Loyola hosted Bowling Green on three occasions in Baltimore, but never played the Falcons on their home field.
- Only Loyola’s two games against Duke in 2006 and 2007 at “The First Four” in San Diego have been played at a more Western location than Louisville. However, the Greyhounds will make a trip to Denver later this year for a May 2 date with the Pioneers.
- Loyola is in the midst of three games over an eight-day stretch. After returning from Quinnipiac on Saturday night, the Greyhounds practiced on their home field Monday morning before leaving for Louisville. Upon returning from Kentucky on Wednesday, they will take on Notre Dame in the Konica Minolta Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Classic, Saturday, March 6, at M&T Bank Stadium.
In The Polls
- Loyola remained 10th in both the USILA Coaches and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls as of Monday, March 1. The No. 10 ranking is the highest Loyola has ascended in the polls since March 1, 2004.
- Loyola and Bellarmine will meet for the first time when they faceoff on Wednesday.
- Matt Langan was named the ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after setting a career-high with six points on Saturday at Quinnipiac. (more later)
- The award was the first of Langan’s career and the third in the first two weeks of the season for the Greyhounds. Cooper MacDonnell earned Offensive, and Jake Hagelin nabbed Co-Defensive, Player of the Week honors after the first week.
On The Defensive
- Loyola’s defense has been outstanding through two games this season, allowing just 12 goals. Including the four-plus minutes of overtime the Greyhounds’ defense and goalkeeper Jake Hagelin have posted a 5.81 goals against average.
- Loyola’s defense has held Navy and Quinnipiac to just 47 shots in almost 124 minutes of lacrosse action to start the season.
- Of those 47 shots, just 23 have been on goal, an equivalent of one ever 5 1/2 minutes.
Three-And-Three For Langan
- Matt Langan recorded a career-high six points on Saturday at Quinnipiac with three goals and three assists. The three goals matched his career-high from a 2008 game against Rutgers, and the three assists set a new personal-best.
- Langan scored twice during a nine-second stretch in the fourth quarter, helping Loyola take a 10-4 lead with less than five minutes to play.
- Langan is second in the ECAC in assists, leading Loyola with five through two games. He is also second in the league in ground balls per game with 5.5.
- A pair of Loyola freshmen scored their first collegiate goals against the Bobcats on Saturday. Patrick Fanshaw scored in transition with seven seconds left on the first-half clock, giving Loyola a 5-3 lead at the break. Josh Hawkins then scored the Greyhounds’ next goal on a fast-break less than four minutes into the second half.
- Hawkins also picked up a ground ball off a John Schiavone faceoff win, raced into the offensive zone and fed Matt Langan for a goal with 4:55 to play.
- Hawkins also was second on the team with five groundballs and tied for team-high honors with two caused turnovers.
Upon Further Review
- After a review of game film following the Quinnipiac game, two assists were changed on Loyola goals. Collin Finnerty and Eric Lusby each assisted on goals where the helpers were originally credited to Kevin Moriarty and Cooper MacDonnell.
- As a result, Finnerty and Lusby each finished the contest with a goal and two assists.
Double Hat Trick
- Cooper MacDonnell tallied a career-high six goals on February 20 in the win over Navy, making him the first player since 2007 to record as many in a single game. Dan Bauers scored six in a 12-6 win on March 17, 2007, against St. John’s.
- MacDonnell’s seven total points were also a career-high and the most by a Loyola player since Shane Koppens scored three goals and had six assists for nine points on March 10, 2009, against Bryant.
- MacDonnell is currently ninth nationally in consecutive games with a point. He has tallied at least one goal or assist in the Greyhounds’ last 20 games dating to April 19, 2008.
Timing Is Everything
- Jake Hagelin made just three saves against the Midshipmen, but his direction of the defense throughout the contest was crucial. Not to mention the fact that his three saves came at opportune times for the Greyhounds.
- Tied 7-7 with less than three minutes to play, Hagelin turned away a pair of close shots in less than five seconds, preserving the tie in regulation.
- He then made a point-blank save as Ryan O’Leary broke free for a one-on-one opportunity with under a minute to go in overtime. After that save, Hagelin picked up the ground ball and started the clear that led to MacDonnell’s game-winning goal.
- Loyola’s defense held Navy to just 21 total shots in the February 20 game, and only 10 attempts on goal. The Greyhounds’ defense also did a good job of getting in passing lanes, making early checks and putting pressure on Navy players, leading to 24 Midshipmen turnovers.
Loyola Welcomes New Athletics Director
- Loyola University Maryland introduced Jim Paquette as Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics on Wednesday, February 17. Paquette comes to Loyola after 16 years at Boston College, most recently as Associate Director of Athletics for Development.
New Season, New Home Field
- 2010 will mark a new chapter in Loyola men’s lacrosse history, as the Greyhounds will open the Fr. Harold Ridley, S.J., Intercollegiate Athletic Complex when they host Duke on Saturday, March 13 at 3 p.m. The 6,000-seat venue will be one of the finest lacrosse and soccer complexes in the nation and provides Loyola with a state-of-the-art home.
- Loyola received accolades – as a team and individually – from several outlets before the season started. The Greyhounds were picked to win the ECAC Lacrosse Conference by the league’s coaches, while senior attacker Cooper MacDonnell was tabbed the ECAC Preseason Player of the Year. Senior defender Steve Layne joined MacDonnell on the Preseason All-ECAC team.
- Inside Lacrosse tabbed Loyola to win the ECAC, as well, and three Greyhounds earned Preseason All-America honors from the publication. Junior faceoff middie John Schiavone was named to the Third Team, while MacDonnell and Layne earned honorable mention.
Back For More
- Loyola returns 60-percent of its goal-scoring from last season and 58.7-percent of its assists. Senior attackers Cooper MacDonnell and Collin Finnerty were the teams’ top two goal scorers last season, recording 30 and 24, respectively, while Finnerty was second on the squad with 13 assists. Senior midfielder Chris Basler is back after finishing third a year ago with 10 assists.
- As of September 25, 2009, Loyola is officially known as ‘Loyola University Maryland.’ Since its founding in 1852, it was recognized as ‘Loyola College,’ but it was approved for a designation change by the Maryland Higher Education Council in September.
- Loyola returns from Kentucky and will play its third game in eight days on Saturday, March 6, against No. 4 Notre Dame in the Konica Minolta Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Classic. The Greyhounds and Fighting Irish will take the field at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, at 4 p.m.
- The Greyhounds then will have a one-week rest before one of the highlights of the 2010 season. Loyola will dedicate and open the state-of-the-art, 6,000-seat Ridley Athletic Complex with a 3 o’clock game against Duke on Saturday, March 13.