Navy, Men's Lacrosse Meet Saturday On American Sports Network

March 16, 2016

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Opponent Navy Midshipmen
Date Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland returns to Patriot League action on Saturday, March 19, at 1 p.m. when it travels to Annapolis, Maryland.
  • The Greyhounds will play the U.S. Naval Academy at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in a national broadcast on the American Sports Network.
  • Saturday's game will also air live on the Patriot League Network.
  • Loyola has played four teams ranked in the nation's top-11 at the time of the game, most by any team this season.
  • Nine different players scored goals for Loyola at Holy Cross, the most the Greyhounds have had score this year.
  • Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all six games to start his collegiate career, and he has four multi-goal games to date.
  • The Greyhounds committed a season-low seven turnovers Saturday against Duke University.
  • After starting the season without an extra-man goal in its first two games, the Greyhounds have gone 5-of-7 in their last four games, a 71.4 percent success rate.
  • Loyola has been successful on 49-of-54 (.907) clears in its last four games.
  • Last Time Out

    • Six players had two or more goals for No. 7 Duke University on Saturday, and the visiting Blue Devils went 19-of-24 on faceoffs to beat ninth-ranked Loyola University Maryland, 15-6, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
    • Myles Jones matched his career-highs with five goals and eight points, while Justin Guterding and Jack Bruckner each added three goals for Duke.
    • Kyle Rowe went 19-of-23 on restarts, winning 15 via his own ground ball pickups.
    • Duke got off to a quick start, scoring on the first possession of the game as a saved Jones shot was redirected right to the stick of Bruckner just below goal line. He hit Guterding in front of the cage 39 seconds in to put Duke in front.
    • Pat Spencer came from behind the cage to score and even the game at 1-1 with 5:32 to go in the frame.
    • Duke, however, would win the next two faceoffs and Jones and Bruckner scored goals to put the Blue Devils in front, 3-1, going into the second quarter. Bruckner's goal came with just 3.6 ticks left on the clock after Duke forced a Loyola turnover on the Greyhounds' offensive end.

    In The Polls    

    • Loyola checks in at No. 13 in the Inside Lacrosse media and No. 15 USILA coaches polls after falling to Duke last Saturday.
    • Navy enters the game receiving votes in both polls.

    Series History    

    • Loyola and Navy will meet for just the 11th time in series history despite being located less than 26 miles from each other (as the crow flies). The teams have met only four times during the regular-season since 1943. The all-time series is tied, 5-5, but all of Loyola's wins have come in the last five meetings.
    • The Greyhounds and Midshipmen played a two-game series to open the 2010 and 2011 seasons with Loyola coming away victorious in both.
    • Loyola has won each of those meetings by just one goal, 8-7 in 2010, 9-8 in 2011, before squeaking out a 7-6 double overtime win in 2014, the Greyhounds' first season as a member of the Patriot League.
    • Last year, Navy made the trip to Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex, and the Greyhounds had 6-0 runs in both the first and second halves to defeat the eventual regular-season championships, 17-7, on April 4, 2015.
    • Zach Herreweyers and Brian Sherlock each scored three goals for Loyola, while Herreweyers added a career-best three assists and Sherlock had one. Romar Dennis tallied a career-best four points with two goals and two assists, all coming in the first half as Loyola went up, 10-3 at the break.
    • Loyola outscored the Midshipmen, 11-2, during the second and third quarters of the 2015 game, and the 17 goals yielded by Navy were the most it had allowed since the 2003 season.
    • Brian Sherlock picked up the ground ball off the opening faceoff of the second overtime of the 2014 game, ran into the box and sent a pass to Justin Ward on the low left side, and he crossed the crease with a pass to Brian Schultz on the right. He scored the winner 12 seconds into the second extra period to give Loyola a 7-6 win.

    Turn On The Television    

    • Saturday's game is the second of two-straight nationally televised games for Loyola. The Greyhounds and Midshipmen will square off live on the American Sports Network.
    • Jason Knapp will call the play-by-play, while Steve Panarelli will handle the analysis.

    Century Mark    

    • 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 101-52 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.

    Taking Care Of The Ball    

    • Through six games this season, and national games as of Tuesday, March 15, the Greyhounds are tops in NCAA Division I in fewest turnovers per game. Loyola has averaged just 10 miscues in its six outings.
    • Loyola was charged with 15 turnovers in a season-opening win at Virginia, but since then, they have averaged just 9.0 per game. The Greyhounds had eight turnovers against both Johns Hopkins and Towson and a season-low seven last Saturday versus Duke.

    Spreading The Wealth    

    • Nine players scored Loyola's 10 goals in the Greyhounds March 5 outing 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 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). The Holy Cross effort was then tempered by the March 12 game against Duke when the Blue Devils picked up 40 to Loyola's 24.

    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 half of his collegiate games (32). With 76 goals and 88 points, he is averaging 2.38 goals per game and 2.75 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 tied for 13th nationally with 2.17 assists per game, a total that is tops among freshmen, and his 3.83 points per game third among freshmen, 27th overall.

    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 of the season was the 50th of his career. With six goals and five assists through five games this year, Sherlock has 54 and 34 for 89 points in 38 career games.

    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.

    Tewaaraton Twosome    

    • 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.

    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, 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).

    Since 2012    

    • Loyola is tied for the second-best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 55-18 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 in 2014, 7-8 in 2015 and 4-2 this season) for a .755 mark.
    • Denver has won 62 games during that time and has a .785 winning percentage. Loyola is tied with Duke for a .753 winning percentage.

    Fletcher Joins Staff    

    • Three-time All-American Joe Fletcher '14 joined the Loyola staff as director of operations in the fall after spending a year working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
    • Fletcher graduated from Loyola as the most decorated defensive player in school history, winning the 2014 William Schmeisser Award as the nation's top defender and earning All-America First Team honors in 2013 and 2014. He also was the Patriot League's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2013-2014 and was a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Today's Top Ten Award.
    • Last summer, Fletcher was named the Defensive Player of the Year in Major League Lacrosse after leading his New York Lizards to the MLL title. He narrowly edged his former Loyola teammate, Scott Ratliff '13, in the voting. Ratliff, who was a standout for the Boston Cannons before being traded last month to the Atlanta Blaze, was an All-Star alongside Fletcher, and they both played for the U.S. National Team in January's Team USA Spring Premiere.

    Up Next    

    • Loyola plays its final midweek game of the season on Wednesday, March 23, when it travels to Washington, D.C., for a game at Georgetown University.
    • The Greyhounds then return to Ridley Athletic Complex for an Easter Saturday contest on March 26, at 1 p.m. against Bucknell University.