Holy Cross Hosts Men's Lacrosse Saturday Afternoon In Worcester

March 4, 2016

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Opponent Holy Cross Crusaders
Date Saturday, March 5, 2016
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Worcester, Mass. | Holy Cross Field
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland heads to Worcester, Massachusetts, for its first Patriot League road contest of the year.
  • The Greyhounds will play College of the Holy Cross in a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, March 5.
  • 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.
  • Romar Dennis has elevated his scoring over the Greyhounds’ last two games. After not scoring in the first two of the year, he has tallied a pair against both Lafayette and Towson, and he added an assist versus the Tigers.
  • Jordan Germershausen scored the first goal of his collegiate career Wednesday versus Towson in the first quarter, and he added his second in the fourth period.
  • Ryan Fournier had a season-high five ground balls against the Tigers. His five helped Loyola have its largest ground-ball margin of the year, picking up 32 to Towson’s 19.
  • 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

  • No. 11 Towson held No. 5 Loyola scoreless in the third quarter, the first time this season the Greyhounds have not scored during a period, and the Tigers used that momentum to capture a 10-8 non-conference win on Wednesday.
  • Romar Dennis scored back-to-back unassisted goals in the second quarter to give Loyola a 5-3 advantage, but Towson got within one when Mike Lynch scored off a Tyler Young feed 2:10 before halftime.
  • Joe Seider, who had a game-high four goals, then scored 3:21 into the third quarter and again with 7:46 left in the stanza, tying the game for Towson on the first and giving the Tigers a 6-5 advantage on the second. His two goals were part of a larger 5-0 Towson run that saw it eventually lead 8-5 when Ben McCarty scored his first of two fourth-quarter goals at 10:09.
  • The Greyhounds came out of an unsettled situation minutes later when Dennis picked up a ground ball. Zack Sirico fed Jordan Germershausen on the crease for his second goal of the game at 6:08, and Loyola was down just 8-7.
  • Dennis, Pat Spencer and Jordan Germershausen each scored two for Loyola.

In The Polls    

  • Loyola moved up to No. 5 in the Inside Lacrosse media and USILA coaches polls after the Lafayette win last Saturday. The Greyhounds are also ranked sixth in the Lacrosse Magazine poll.
  • Holy Cross enters this game unranked.

Series History    

  • Loyola will meet Holy Cross for the third time on Saturday when th Greyhounds make their second-ever trip to Worcester.
  • Last year, the Holy Cross used a 7-1 run that spanned the second and third quarters to build a five-goal advantage that was enough to hold off Loyola for a 13-12 snow-covered win. More than seven inches fell on Ridley Athletic Complex during the game.
  • The Greyhounds took a 6-5 lead with 7:23 to go in the first half when Zack Sirico fed Tyler Albrecht from behind the cage for a goal, but the Crusaders evened the score at 5:01 when Kevin Lux went one-on-one with a defender from behind and scored with the 30-second clock on.
  • Lux’s goal was his second of three in the game, and it opened a 9-2 Holy Cross run that put the Crusaders ahead, 12-7, less than a minute into the fourth quarter.
  • Loyola pulled within a goal on a Brian Sherlock strike with 43.6 seconds left, and the Greyhounds won the ensuing faceoff, but Holy Cross goalkeeper Michael Ortlieb saved a Nikko Pontrello shot at the buzzer to preserve the Crusaders’ win.
  • In the first meeting between the teams in 2014, Holy Cross took a 3-2 lead on a Clay Haarman goal with 6:36 to go in the first quarter, but Nikko Pontrello scored the game’s next goal 56 seconds into the second quarter, sparking a 14-0 Loyola run that would see the Greyhounds to a 16-4 win in their first-ever Patriot League game.

Century Mark    

  • Charley Toomey won the 100th game of his head coaching career Saturday against Lafayette, becoming just the second coach in Loyola men’s lacrosse history to do so. Toomey is in his 11th year at Loyola and is 100-51 since 2006 at the helm of the Greyhounds program.
  • Toomey is ninth among active Division I coaches in winning percentage (.662).
  • His collegiate coach, and current Loyola and Patriot League Network color commentator Dave Cottle, is the only other coach to win 100 or more at Loyola. Cottle was 181-70 from 1983-2001.

Tewaaraton Twosome    

  • Zach Herreweyers and Brian Sherlock were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List last 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.

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, three versus Johns Hopkins and four against Lafayette, Herreweyers has scored 56 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 Leopards raised his career total to 16. Herreweyers has scored three or more goals in better than half of his collegiate games (30). With 75 goals and 85 points, he is averaging 2.5 goals per game and 2.83 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.

Fitting Right In    

  • Pat Spencer was in the starting lineup on attack for his first collegiate game at Virginia, 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. Following that outing, Spencer put up six points against Lafayette with the Greyhounds’ first two goals before dishing out four assists.
  • Spencer is tied for 16th nationally with 2.25 assists per game, a total that is second nationally among freshmen, and his 4.0 points per game rank tied for 32nd overall.

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 versus Johns Hopkins with only eight turnovers. The Greyhounds matched the eight-turnover performance against Towson.
  • The eight turnovers against the Blue Jays and Tigers were Loyola’s fewest since committing just seven in a March 19, 2014, win at Georgetown University.

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.

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 and the same versus Towson, bringing his career total to 52 and 33 for 86 points in 36 career games.

Defense Digs In    

  • Loyola’s defense put forth a terrific effort in the season-opener, 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 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.

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 has scored against Virginia and Lafayette to bring his career total to 10 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 80 occasions. With the win at Lafayette, Loyola has won 78.7 percent of those games (63-17).

Since 2012    

  • Loyola has the third-best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 54-17 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 in 2014, 7-8 in 2015 and 3-1 this season) for a .761 mark.
  • Duke has won 61 games during that time, and Denver has 60 victories. The Pioneers and Blue Devils have slight edges in winning percentage, .779 and .768, respectively.