March 8, 2011
Duke Blue Devils
|Date||Friday, March 11, 2011
|Location||Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
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- Loyola men's lacrosse will make its first trip outside the State of Maryland this week when it travels to Durham, N.C., for a game on Friday against defending national champion Duke. The teams will face-off at 7 o'clock at Koskinen Stadium.
10 Quarters Of Defense
- Over the last 10 quarters and 150 minutes, of game action, Loyola has allowed just nine goals. Dating back to the second half against Navy in the season opener, the Greyhounds have played to a 3.60 goals against average.
- During the stretch, Loyola has outscored opponents 18-7, and the Greyhounds have held opponents to just 54 total shots.
In The Polls
- The Greyhounds remained ranked 10th in the USILA coaches poll and 12th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media rankings.
- Duke enters the game two spots back of Loyola, 12th, in the coaches poll and 15th in the media list.
- Loyola and Duke will meet for the 23rd time in series history on Friday with Duke holding a 13-9 lead in the previous 22.
- Last season, the Blue Devils left Baltimore with a 7-5 win in the first-ever intercollegiate game at Ridley Athletic Complex.
- Duke has won the last four meetings and eight of the last nine.
Defense In Denial
- Loyola's defense allowed just six goals last Saturday against Bellarmine, but its season goals against average went up to 5.33. The mark is tied for fifth in NCAA Division I after finishing the 2010 season third nationally with a 7.93 goals against average.
- Opponents have managed just 71 shots in three games, an average of 23.3 per contest. Bellarmine got off 26, the most Loyola has allowed in 2011.
- In the first three games of 2011, Loyola has continued a positive trend from a year ago. The Greyhounds have outscored opponents 9-2 in the third quarters of games and 14-5 overall in the second halves of games.
- Last season, Loyola outscored opponents, 41-24, in the third quarters of games, and 76-55, overall after the break.
Against The Champs
- Friday's game will mark the 13th time since Loyola joined Division I in 1982 that the Greyhounds have played the defending national champions. In the previous 12 games, Loyola has a 2-10 record.
- The Greyhounds last knocked off the reigning champions in 2001 when they defeated Syracuse, 14-13, in overtime on April 7. The Orange went on to lost to Princeton in the 2001 NCAA Championship Game.
Five For Number Four
- Mike Sawyer delivered the majority of Loyola's scoring in its ECAC Lacrosse League opener against Bellarmine. The sophomore attacker scored five goals, three during a 6-1 Loyola run that broke a 3-3 tie and put the Greyhounds up, 9-4 early in the fourth quarter.
- Sawyer's five goals set a career-high, eclipsing the four he scored at Rutgers during his 2009 ECAC Rookie of the Year campaign.
Langan Leads In Assists
- Matt Langan's career-high four assists against Bellarmine propelled him into the ECAC lead for assists per game with 2.33 (eight total in 2011). Langan is also tied for fifth in NCAA Division I in the category.
- With 36 career assists - Langan led the team with 18 assists a season ago - Langan is eight away from tying Chris Georgalas for 10th all-time at Loyola.
Keeping Up The Trend
- For the third game in a row, Loyola dominated its opponent in ground balls, particularly in the second half. The Greyhounds had a season-high 42 to Bellarmine's 30, and Loyola controlled a 23-13 advantage after halftime.
- This season, Loyola is averaging 34.0 ground balls per game (13th nationally), while its opponents are averaging just 21.0.
In The Lead Again
- Josh Hawkins led the Greyhounds for the third time in as many games in ground balls against Bellarmine, picking up seven. He now has 20 this season, an average of 6.67, the second-best total in the ECAC.
Creating Caused Turnovers
- Bellarmine had 21 turnovers against the Greyhounds last Saturday, 13 of which were caused by Loyola, a season-high.
- Reid Acton led all players with a career-high four caused turnovers, while Steve Dircks and Scott Ratliff each caused two. Acton, a first-year starter as a sophomore, now leads the Greyhounds with seven this season.
Trying Something New
- Loyola took a new path to victory against Bellarmine having never trailed against the Knights. The game, however, featured four ties before the Greyhounds used a 5-0 run to stay ahead for good.
- In its first two games of the season, Loyola used second-half comebacks to defeat its opponents. 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. Versus Navy, Loyola was down 7-4 at the half only to come back to win, 9-8.
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.
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.
Facing The Facts
- Loyola is 3-0 this season thanks in large part to the fact its face-off unit has won restarts at a 57.1-percent clip. John Schiavone has won 26-of-45 restarts in the three games.
Honors For Hagelin
- Jake Hagelin was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week on February 28 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.
- Loyola has cleared the ball successfully 43-of-44 times this season including perfect efforts against both Navy and Bellarmine. The only broken clear came with approximately 20 seconds left against Towson.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Loyola will play a pair of ECAC Lacrosse League games against teams from the State of Colorado next week. The Greyhounds host Denver at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, in the first men's lacrosse game to be played under the lights at Ridley Athletic Complex. They then travel to Colorado Springs for a Saturday, April 19, tilt against Air Force.