Men's Lacrosse Hosts Air Force In Televised ECAC Game

March 17, 2010

Game Information
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Opponent Air Force
Date March 20, 2010
Time 1 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Television MASN | ECAC Television
Radio WNST-AM 1570
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Game Data

  • Loyola hosts its first ECAC Lacrosse League game of the 2010 season on Saturday, March 20, when the U.S. Air Force Academy comes to Awalt Field and the Ridley Athletic Complex. The teams are set to faceoff at 1 p.m.

Turn On The Television

  • The Greyhounds play the first of five games slated to be on television when they take on the Falcons. The Loyola-Air Force contest is a part of the ECAC Lacrosse Game of the Week package and will be broadcast nationally to over 60 million homes.
  • Fans in the Mid-Atlantic region can tune in to the game on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). Click here for a complete list of stations carrying the game.

A Grand Opening

  • Although the outcome on the field was an 8-5 loss to Duke, Loyola University Maryland celebrated the opening of a project over 12 years in the making. Last Saturday, Loyola President Fr. Brian Linnane, S.J., joined the Archbishop of Baltimore, Edwin O'Brien, and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in dedicating and blessing the Ridley Athletic Complex, the new home of Loyola men's and women's lacrosse and soccer.
  • Heavy rain fell on the Baltimore area throughout the day, but fans poured into Ridley, nonetheless, making the first game a sellout with an attendance of 6,000 fans.

Schiavone's Success

  • John Schiavone won 13-of-17 faceoffs for Loyola last Saturday against Duke, picking up a career-high 12 ground balls in the process. Schiavone did so against a pair of Preseason Second Team All-Americans, Sam Payton and C.J. Costabile.
  • The performance against the Blue Devils was Schiavone's best of the season and raised his faceoff percentage to .541 (53-of-98) for the year. He also leads Loyola with 28 ground balls this year.

Finnerty Keeps Scoring

  • Collin Finnerty tallied a three-goal game on Saturday versus Duke, marking the third time in as many games that the senior attacker has scored three or more goals. He recorded five at Bellarmine on March 3 and a trio of goals versus Notre Dame, March 6.
  • Finnerty now leads Loyola with 12 goals and 15 points through five games. Last season, he scored 24 goals, and he had 16 as a sophomore for the Greyhounds in 2008.
  • He is now fourth in the ECAC in goals per game and ninth in points per game.

In The Polls

  • Loyola slipped to No. 16 in the USILA Coaches' Poll and No. 14 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll following the Duke game.

Series History

  • Loyola and Air Force will meet for the first time as ECAC Lacrosse League foes and the fourth time overall when they take the field on Saturday. Loyola has won all three of the previous meetings.
  • Loyola hosted Air Force in the 1983 Loyola Invitational, and the Falcons came to Curley Field for the 1988 NCAA First Round, a game Loyola won 19-8. The Greyhounds then opened the 1997 season with a 16-7 win in Baltimore over Air Force.

Lusby Steps Up Production

  • Eric Lusby has stepped up his offensive production during the month of March, scoring three goals at Bellarmine and versus Notre Dame. The three-goal games tied 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 five 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.

Listen In

  • The Loyola-Air Force 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

Second-Half Success

  • Loyola has outscored its opponents 31-19 this season after halftime (including one overtime goal). The Greyhounds hold a 16-9 scoring advantage in the third quarter and a 14-10 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 five 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 140 shots (28 per game), and just 80 of those have been on goal.

Two-Way Talent

  • 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 scored at least one point in a three-game stretch, turning in a goal and an assist at Quinnipiac, two assists at Bellarmine and a goal versus Notre Dame.

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 and Duke, finishing with a season-high three caused turnovers versus the Fighting Irish and five ground balls and two caused turnovers against Duke.
  • Dircks earned All-ECAC Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2008 after becoming a starter early in the season.

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.

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 five through two games. He is also second in the league in ground balls per game with 5.5.

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.

Preseason Prognostications

  • 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.

Designation Change

  • 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.

Up Next

  • Loyola plays the third of a four-game homestand when it hosts Towson at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 27. The game will be broadcast live on ABC-2/WMAR.