Bellarmine Next Up On Saturday For Men's Lacrosse

March 2, 2011

Game Information
Opponent Bellarmine Knights
Date Saturday, March 5, 2011
Time 1 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
Radio WNST-AM 1570
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Game Data

  • The Loyola men’s lacrosse team opens ECAC Lacrosse League action on Saturday when it hosts the Bellarmine Knights at 1 o’clock at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • Saturday’s game marks the start of Loyola’s seventh season in the ECAC. The Greyhounds are 32-9 (.780) all-time in league games. The Loyola-Bellarmine contest is also the first ECAC contest of 2011.
  • Bellarmine enters Ridley with a 2-1 record after falling, 11-10, at Delaware last Saturday.
  • The game will be broadcast live on the radio with Chris Gunkel and Mike Ready calling the action on WNST-AM 1570. Fans not able to make it to Ridley can also catch audio and video on

Over The Hill

  • Charley Toomey won the 40th game of his collegiate coaching career last Saturday when the Greyhounds defeated Towson. In 71 career games, Toomey has a 40-31 (.563) record and 20-10 (.667) since the start of the 2009 season.

In The Polls

  • The Greyhounds moved up five spots in this week’s USILA coaches’ poll and are now tied for 10th with Princeton. Loyola also advanced a spot in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media rankings to 12th.

Series History

  • Loyola and Bellarmine will meet for the second time in series history on Saturday. The Knights led 4-3 at halftime in last year’s initial meeting, but Loyola scored five goals in the third quarter and six in the fourth to pull away for a 14-8 victory.
  • Collin Finnerty scored five goals, and Eric Lusby and Patrick Fanshaw each added three for the Greyhounds.

Six Quarters Of Defense

  • Over the last six quarters – dating back to the third quarter against Navy – Loyola has allowed only three goals. The Greyhounds gave up one in the fourth quarter against the Midshipmen and then allowed only two in 60 minutes at Towson. During the span of 90 minutes, Loyola has allowed only 19 shots.

Another Game, Another Comeback

  • For the second time in as many games, Loyola used a second-half comeback to defeat its opponent. The Greyhounds trailed Towson, 2-1, in the fourth quarter until Mike Sawyer scored with 5:43 to play in regulation, tying the game. Matt Langan then tallied the eventual game-winner with 3:41 on the clock.

How Low Can You Go?

  • While Loyola and Towson combined for only five goals, it was not the lowest scoring game in Greyhounds history.
  • Loyola defeated Ohio State by the same score, 3-2, on March 23, 1962, nearly 59 years before Saturday’s contest. That’s a span of 588 games since Loyola played a game with five or fewer combined goals.

More On 3-2

  • Three goals ties the school record for fewest goals in a Greyhounds’ victory. In addition to the game against Ohio State in 1962, Loyola also defeated Williams College by the same score in the first game of 1954.
  • The last time Loyola allowed two or fewer goals was just 38 games ago when the Greyhounds posted a 15-1 victory at Massachusetts on March 22, 2008.

Finding A Way

  • Matt Langan was the Greyhounds’ offensive player who broke through at critical times on Saturday at Towson. He scored the first goal for either team on a man-up possession with less than seven minutes to play before halftime.
  • Langan then curled around the back of the crease and went low-to-low to beat goalkeeper Travis Love with 3:41 remaining.

Consistently Assisting

  • Chris Basler tallied two assists for the second game in a row with a pair of helpers Saturday against the Tigers. The graduate student midfielder assisted on Matt Langan’s first goal, and Mike Sawyer’s score to tie the game in the fourth quarter.
  • Basler, who had two assists on February 19 against Navy tallied eight last season.
  • Langan is the active leader with 32 assists, and Basler has 25 in his career.

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.

Hawkish On Ground Balls

  • Josh Hawkins has used several methods to collect ground balls this season, tops among them speed and strength. He led the team again Saturday with six ground balls after picking up seven in the season-opener.
  • The sophomore short-stick had 31 ground balls in 12 games (missing two to injury) as a freshman in 2010.

Facing The Facts

  • Loyola is 2-0 this season thanks in large part to the fact its face-off unit has won restarts at a 66.7-percent clip. John Schiavone has been the man at the ‘X’ on every face-off, winning 20-of-30 this season.

Honors For Hagelin

  • Jake Hagelin was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for his role in the win over Towson.
  • The 2010 ECAC Goalkeeper of the Year made six saves and directed a Greyhounds’ defense that scattered 21 shots and allowed just eight on goal.
  • Hagelin, who is tied for sixth nationally with a 5.00 goals against average, has now won seven ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors during his career.
  • He is the second Loyola player in as many weeks to be honored by the conference. Sophomore attacker Mike Sawyer was named ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three times against Navy.

Clearing Out

  • Loyola has cleared the ball successfully 20-of-21 times this season, including 13-of-14 against Towson. The lone broken clear came with less than 20 seconds to go against the Tigers on a cross-field pass.

Ground Control

  • The Greyhounds’ comebacks have 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.
  • Against Towson, Loyola controlled 9-of-15 fourth-quarter ground balls and had a 27-17 advantage overall.

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 against Navy, 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.

Comer At The Right Time

  • D.J. Comer scored twice in the first half for Loyola against the Midshipmen, 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 versus Navy, 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

Halftime Adjustments

  • Last season, Loyola outscored opponents, 41-24, in the third quarters of games, and the Greyhounds continued the trend in the two games 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. The Greyhounds then outscored Towson, 2-1, in the second half.

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.

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.

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

  • The Greyhounds leave the State of Maryland for the first time in 2011 next week when they travel to Durham, N.C., to play the defending national champions, Duke. The Blue Devils will host Loyola on Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m.