|Opponent||Duke Blue Devils|
|Date||Saturday, March 12, 2016|
|Location||Baltimore, Md.. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds
Last Time Out
- Nine different Loyola University Maryland players scored goals, and Mike Orefice had a career-best day on faceoffs last Saturday as Greyhounds posted a 10-9 victory on the road at College of the Holy Cross.
- Loyola used a 4-0 run in the third and fourth quarters to expand a 5-4 halftime advantage to 9-4, but the Crusaders scored the game's final three goals and five of the final six to make it a one-goal margin.
- Tyler Albrecht sored with 3:27 left in regulation, passing up a 12-yard shot to dodge and get free for one inside five, putting Loyola in front, 10-6. He was the only Loyola player to score more than once.
- Matthew Fischetti fed a left-to-right pass to Marc Buermann, and he scored with 33.4 on the clock, pulling the Crusaders within one.
- Holy Cross won the next faceoff and settled into on offensive possession with less than 30 seconds on the clock. The Crusaders isolated Kevin Lux on the left side, and he looked to back down Jared Mintzlaff, but Mintzlaff forced a Lux shot that went wide right with three-tenths of a second on the clock.
In The Polls
- Loyola checks in at No. 8 in the Inside Lacrosse media and No. 9 USILA coaches polls after the Lafayette win last Saturday. The Greyhounds are also ranked seventh in the Lacrosse Magazine poll.
- Duke enters the game ranked ninth in the Inside Lacrosse version, seventh in the coaches poll.
- Saturday will be the 29th meeting all-time between the Blue Devils and the Greyhounds, with Duke holding a 17-11 advantage in a series that dates back to 1946.
- Including this year, the teams have played during the regular-season for 17-straight (since 2000). Twice during that span, 2008 and 2013, the teams also met in NCAA Tournament action.
- In last season's meeting, Zach Herreweyers scored the second half's first two goals, giving Loyola University Maryland an 8-7 lead, but No. 5 Duke University reeled off seven unanswered goals to defeat the Greyhounds, 14-8, in Durham, North Carolina, on March 7, 2015.
- The Blue Devils led 5-1 early in the second quarter, but Loyola got within one, 7-6, at halftime. Loyola scored 46 seconds into the second half as Nikko Pontrello picked up a ground ball behind the cage off a missed shot and fired a pass to Herreweyers on the right side. Herreweyers danced on the crease and stuck a shot over the shoulder of Duke goalkeeper Luke Aaron, tying the game at 7-7. He added another shortly thereafter as Ryan Fournier made a transition run into the box before giving it up to his fellow Canadian for the go-ahead goal with 12:17 left in the third quarter.
- The goal, however, was the last that Loyola would score as Myles Jones tallied one of his game-high four 62 seconds later, starting a 7-0 run that came from goals by Jones and Deemer Class. The Greyhounds had only six shots and turned the ball over 10 times from that point.
- Class and Jones each scored four goals, and Case Matheis added three, for Duke. Brian Sherlock tallied three, while Dennis and Herreweyers each had a pair for Loyola.
- Duke had won five-straight over Loyola and eight of nine, before the Greyhounds defeated the Blue Devils, 13-8, on March 10, 2012, in Baltimore.
Turn On The Television
- Saturday's game is the first of two-straight nationally televised games for Loyola. The Greyhounds and Blue Devils will square off live on CBS Sports Network.
- Ben Holden will call the play-by-play, while Steve Panarelli will handle the analysis.
- Charley Toomey won the 100th game of his head coaching career Feb. 27 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 11-51 since 2006 at the helm of the Greyhounds program.
- Toomey is ninth among active Division I coaches in winning percentage (.664).
- 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.
Spreading The Wealth
- Nine players scored Loyola's 10 goals in the Greyhounds last outing, March 5 at Holy Cross, the most that have scored for the team in a game this year. Tyler Albrecht was the only player to tally more than one goal.
- All but one player from Loyola's starting attack and first and second midfield units scored at least one goal, and long-stick midfielder Ryan Fournier added another.
- The Greyhounds also had a season-high eight assists, and the 80 percent of assisted goals were their most since posting 88.9 percent (8-of-9) last season at Bucknell.
Better Off The Ground
- Loyola posted its highest ground-ball total of the season Saturday at Holy Cross, picking up 33 against the Crusaders. In its last three games, the Greyhounds have averaged 32 ground balls per game compared to their opponents' 22.3.
- In the first two games of the year, Loyola was outdone on the ground by Virginia (39-32) and Johns Hopkins (25-22).
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.
- Loyola enters Saturday's game ranked second nationally in fewest turnovers per game. The Greyhounds are giving the ball away 10.67 times per game, behind only Penn State's 9.67.
- Zach Herreweyers and Brian Sherlock were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List 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 10 goals so far this year, Herreweyers has scored 57 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 Lafayette raised his career total to 16. Herreweyers has scored three or more goals in better than half of his collegiate games (31). With 76 goals and 88 points, he is averaging 2.45 goals per game and 2.84 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 second-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. He earned his second Patriot League Rookie of the Week award after scoring twice against Towson before posting a goal and season-high tying four assists at Holy Cross.
- Spencer is first in the Patriot League and tied for fifth nationally with 2.60 assists per game, a total that is tops among freshmen, and his 4.2 points per game lead the League and are 19th nationally.
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. With five goals and five assists through five games this year, Sherlock has 53 and 34 for 88 points in 37 career games.
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.
- Through five games, Limone ranks ninth nationally in goals against average (7.62).
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
- Seniors Tyler Albrecht and David Manning and juniors Jack Carrigan and Brian Sherlock were named captains by Head Coach Charley Toomey at the end of fall practice.
- Last season, Sherlock was the first sophomore to be named a captain during Toomey's head coaching tenure at Loyola, and this year, he and Carrigan are the second and third juniors to draw the nod (also Scott Ratliff in 2012).
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, Lafayette and Holy Cross to bring his career total to 11 goals and seven assists.
Get To Ten
- Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 81 occasions. With the win at Holy Cross, Loyola has won 79.0 percent of those games (64-17).
- Loyola has the second-best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 55-17 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 in 2014, 7-8 in 2015 and 4-1 this season) for a .764 mark.
- Denver has won 61 games during that time and has a .782 winning percentage.
- Loyola heads to Annapolis, Maryland, for the first of two-straight road games. The Greyhounds face the U.S. Naval Academy at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.