March 10, 2010
|Opponent||No. 10 Duke|
|Date||March 13, 2010|
|Time||Gates Open - 1 p.m. | Dedication - 2:45 p.m. | Faceoff - 3 p.m.
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
|Directions & Parking||Click Here|
|Online Media||GameTracker | Video | Audio|
|Game Notes||Complete Release in PDF Format|
- Loyola will begin a new chapter in its athletics history on Saturday, March 13, when the Greyhounds' men's lacrosse team hosts Duke at 3 p.m. in the Ridley Athletic Complex. Gates open at 1 p.m. for fans to check out the state-of-the-art facility that will be the home to Loyola men's and women's lacrosse and soccer. A dedication and field blessing ceremony will take place at 2:45 p.m., and the Greyhounds and Blue Devils will faceoff at 3 p.m.
Ridley Becomes A Reality
- It started as a dream by former Loyola President, Fr. Harold Ridley, S.J., nearly 15 years ago, and the facility has been almost 12 years in the planning. Ridley Athletic Complex will open its doors to host its first intercollegiate game between Loyola and Duke.
- The facility has a grandstand capacity of 6,000 and provides a top-notch venue for lacrosse fans to watch "The Fastest Sport On Two Feet."
Three In A Row
- Loyola attackers made it 3-for-3 to start the season in ECAC Player of the Week Awards. Senior Collin Finnerty received the ECAC Offensive honor on Monday after scoring a total of eight goals in two games last week.
- Finnerty is the third Loyola attacker to win the award in as many weeks. Matt Langan was rewarded on March 1 after a three-goal, three-assist game at Quinnipiac, and Cooper MacDonnell received the Week One honor after scoring six goals in an overtime victory at Navy.
In The Polls
- The Greyhounds rose a spot in this week's USILA Coaches Poll, moving up to No. 9, but they dropped two places to 12th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The Greyhounds' No. 9 ranking in the coaches poll is their highest since they were ranked eighth on March 3, 2003. Ironically, the next Loyola opponent that week was the Blue Devils.
- Duke is currently tied for 10th in the coaches poll and is ninth in the media rankings.
- Loyola and Duke will play for the 22nd time in series history when they face-off on Saturday. The Blue Devils hold a 12-9 advantage in the previous 21 meetings, and they have won three in a row, including an 11-9 victory a year ago.
- Duke has won seven of the last eight meetings between the teams. The Blue Devils' winning streak would have been eight games if not for Loyola coming from behind to beat the then-No. 1 Blue Devils, 8-7, on March 10, 2007.
Finnerty Finds Success
- After scoring a goal to go with three assists in Loyola's first two games of 2010, Collin Finnerty exploded for eight goals in the Greyhounds' next two contests. He set a career-high with five goals against Bellarmine, breaking his previous best of four set on three occasions last season.
- Finnerty then added three goals, all in the second half, against No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday. He is now seventh in the ECAC Lacrosse League in goals per game (2.25), but he's fourth in total goals (9).
Lusby Steps Up Production
- Eric Lusby is another Loyola player to step up his offensive production in the last two games. He tallied three goals against both Bellarmine and Notre Dame, tying the career-high he set against Hobart last season.
- Lusby also had a man-up goal in each of those games and leads the team with three EMO goals this year (he also had one in the season-opener at Navy).
- Lusby's eight goals through four games in 2010 are just three off his single-season career high of 11 set in 2009.
Teawaaraton Watch List
- Collin Finnerty was named last week to the 2010 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The award is presented annually to the top collegiate lacrosse player across all NCAA divisions.
- The Loyola-Duke 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.
- Loyola has outscored its opponents 27-16 this season after halftime (including one overtime goal). The Greyhounds hold a 14-7 scoring advantage in the third quarter and a 12-9 lead in fourth-quarter goals.
EMO Defense Gets Sharp
- After allowing three man-up goals in its first two games of the season, the Greyhounds shutout Bellarmine and Notre Dame in EMO opportunities. The Knights were 0-of-1 in the game last Wednesday, and the Fighting Irish were 0-of-6.
- More impressively, two of the Notre Dame EMO chances came when Loyola was two men down in the fourth quarter, but the man-down unit held Notre Dame to just three shots, and only one was on goal, during those penalties.
On The Defensive
- Loyola's defense has been solid through four games this season, holding opponents to under eight goals per game. The Greyhounds' defense has been most effective in limiting shot opportunities for their foes, and making those they have difficult to get on goal.
- Teams have taken just 112 shots (28 per game), and just 64 of those have been on goal.
- Senior co-captain Taylor Ebsary has been a major contributor for the Greyhounds on both ends of the field. He has scored two goals and assisted on three others this season, and he is second on the team in ground balls (15) and caused turnovers (5).
- Ebsary has scored at least one point in the Greyhounds' last three games, turning in a goal and an assist at Quinnipiac, two assists at Bellarmine and a goal versus Notre Dame.
Layne Locks Down Opponents
- Steve Layne has resumed his role as a premier defender for the Greyhounds. He has helped Loyola hold some top scorers below their season averages this season, and he leads the team with six caused turnovers.
Dircks A Starter Again
- After missing the entire 2009 season with a knee injury, Steve Dircks has come all the way back, earning his first insertion to the Greyhounds' starting lineup in 2010. Dircks was on the field nearly the entire game against Notre Dame, finishing with a season-high three caused turnovers.
- Dircks earned All-ECAC Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2008 after becoming a starter early in the season.
Freshmen Filling Roles
- A pair of freshmen, Patrick Fanshaw and Josh Hawkins, have stepped on their field in critical roles early in their young careers. Fanshaw has started Loyola's last two games on attack and scored a hat trick at Bellarmine. Hawkins is one of the Greyhounds' top short-stick midfielders and is tied for third on the team with 14 ground balls.
Three-And-Three For Langan
- Matt Langan recorded a career-high six points on February 27 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 nine through four games
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.
- Loyola plays the first of a four-game homestand when it takes on Duke, March 13 at the Ridley Athletic Complex.
- The Greyhounds are home for over a month as they host Air Force (March 20), Towson (March 27) and Ohio State (April 3) on successive Saturday at Ridley. All three games will be televised with the Air Force and Ohio State contests on the ECAC Game of the Week package, and the Towson game will be broadcast live on WMAR/ABC2 and tape delayed on ESPNU.