March 5, 2010
|Opponent||No. 3 Notre Dame|
|Date and Faceoff||March 6, 2010 | 4 p.m. ET|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | M&T Bank Stadium|
|Game Notes||Complete Release in PDF Format|
- Loyola will make its first appearance in the Konica Minolta Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Classic on Saturday, March 6, 2010, when it takes on No. 3 Notre Dame at 4 p.m. The game will also be the Greyhounds' first in M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens and the 2010 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships.
- The Loyola-Notre Dame game will be the third of a tripleheader at M&T. Maryland and Duke get things started at 11 a.m., and Princeton takes on Johns Hopkins at 1:30 p.m.
- Loyola practiced at M&T Bank Stadium on Friday. Click here to see a photo of the team entering the field and junior midfielder Stephen Murray doing his best Ray Lewis impression.
Keeping Busy Over Spring Break
- The Greyhounds don't have classes this week with the University on Spring Break, but they have kept their schedule plenty full. Loyola will play its third game in eight days Saturday when they take on the Fighting Irish. The Greyhounds played at Quinnipiac on February 27 and were at Bellarmine on March 3.
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. Notre Dame is ranked third in the coaches' poll, fourth in the media version. The game will be the second for each against a ranked opponent this year.
- The Greyhounds and Fighting Irish will meet for the 19th time when they hit the turf on Saturday. Loyola holds a 13-5 advantage in the series that began in 1982, but Notre Dame has won the last three meetings.
- Last year, the teams also played on a neutral field when they met at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga. Notre Dame won that game, the season-opener for both teams, 10-9.
In The Big Houses
- Saturday's game will be Loyola's first at M&T Bank Stadium, but it will not be the Greyhounds' first in a stadium used by an NFL team. Loyola played Syracuse at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore on April 5, 1997, losing to the Orange, 13-6. The stadium was at the time home to the Baltimore Ravens. They played in "The Old Gray Lady On 33rd Street" in 1996 and 1997 before taking up residence downtown.
- Loyola will make at least one more appearance in an NFL stadium this season. Denver will host the Greyhounds on Sunday, May 2, at Invesco Field, home of the Broncos.
- At 3-0, Loyola is off to its best start since the 2003 season when the Greyhounds won a trio of home games against Delaware, Mount St. Mary's and Hofstra. That season, however, they lost their fourth game, 10-4, at Duke.
- Loyola's last 4-0 start came in 2002 when it beat Delaware, Hofstra and Duke, then turned in a 7-6 overtime win at Notre Dame.
- The Loyola-Notre game will be broadcast live in the Baltimore area on WNST-AM 1570 with Chris Gunkel `90 calling the play-by-play action. For those outside of the WNST listening area, the broadcast can also be heard for free on LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
- In the past two games, the Greyhounds have outscored their opponents, 17-4, in the second half. Loyola stretched a 5-3 halftime lead to 11-5 by the final horn at Quinnipiac, and they then outscored Bellarmine, 11-4, on Wednesday.
- Collin Finnerty scored a career-high five goals on Wednesday as the Greyhounds defeated Bellarmine, 14-8, on the road. He tallied Loyola's first two goals in the game's first 12 minutes and then added three more in the third quarter as part of an 8-2 Greyhounds' run.
- The five goals eclipsed his previous career-best of four, set on three occasions last season - vs. Notre Dame (2/14/09), Towson (2/21/09), Hobart (4/25/09). Finnerty has now scored five points on five occasions during his career.
Three For Two
- Eric Lusby and Patrick Fanshaw each recorded hat tricks for the Greyhounds against Bellarmine. Lusby matched his career-high set last season against Hobart (4/25/09). Fanshaw made his first career start against the Knights and tallied a trio of goals. He scored his first collegiate goal on Saturday against Quinnipiac.
Rejuvenated On The Restarts
- Loyola's second half spark could be attributed to controlling possession. After the team won just 3-of-9 faceoffs in the first half, the Greyhounds won 11-of-16 after the break.
- John Schiavone finished the game 12-of-20 from the `X', and he also led all players with seven ground balls against the Knights. In Loyola's last two games, Schiavone is 23-of-39 on restarts.
- 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 three games this season, allowing just 20 goals. Including the four-plus minutes of overtime the Greyhounds' defense and goalkeeper Jake Hagelin have posted a 6.53 goals against average.
- Loyola's defense has held its first three opponents to just 76 shots in almost 184 minutes of lacrosse action to start the season.
- Of those 76 shots, just 43 have been on goal, an equivalent of one ever five 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 Bellarmine game, a goal scorer and assist were changed from the original version. Patrick Fanshaw was scored three goals, while Michael Crimmins was initially credited with a goal. Also, Stephen Murray received an assist that was first given to Pat Byrnes.
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.
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.
- The Greyhounds will celebrate the dedication and grand opening of their new facility, the Ridley Athletic Complex, on Saturday, March 13, when they host the ninth-ranked Duke Blue Devils.
- Gates at Ridley open at 1 p.m., and the field dedication and blessing will start at 2:45 p.m. Faceoff is slated for 3 p.m. For tickets or more information, log on to www.loyola.edu/ridley athletic.
- The game is the start of a four-game homestand for Loyola. They take on Duke, Air Force, Towson and Ohio State on successive Saturdays.