Air Force Hosts No. 17 Men's Lacrosse On Saturday

March 17, 2011

Game Information
Opponent Air Force Academy Falcons
Date Saturday, March 19, 2011
Time 1 p.m. (Mountain) | 3 p.m. (Eastern)
Location U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. | Falcon Stadium
Radio WNST-AM 1570
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Game Data

  • Loyola University Maryland will travel to Colorado Springs for its second ECAC Lacrosse League game this week and third overall of the season.
  • The Greyhounds will take on the U.S. Air Force Academy on Saturday at 1 p.m. (Mountain)/3 p.m. (Eastern) in Falcon Stadium.

In The Polls

  • The Greyhounds enter Saturday’s game against the Falcons ranked 17th in the USILA coaches poll and 15th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media rankings.

Series History

  • Saturday’s game will be the fifth all-time meeting between Air Force and Loyola and the second since the Falcons joined the ECAC a year ago. The Greyhounds have won all four previous meetings.
  • Last year, Patrick Fanshaw scored five goals and had an assist, and Matt Langan scored four to go with two assists, as the Greyhounds defeated the Falcons, 18-3, at Ridley Athletic Complex. Collin Finnerty added a goal and four assists for Loyola.

Tops In The Nation

  • After scoring 10 goals in the last two games against Bellarmine and Duke, Mike Sawyer vaulted into the national lead for goals per game. His four-goal performance on Wednesday against Denver only helped that average. The sophomore now has 18 goals in five games, an average of 3.6 that is tops in the country.
  • Matt Langan entered the week fourth in Division I in assists per game, and he now is averaging 2.0 per contest with 10 in five.

Getting To Ground Balls

  • Josh Hawkins set a career-high with nine ground balls on Wednesday night against Denver, eclipsing his previous best of seven set twice earlier this season against the U.S. Naval Academy and Bellarmine.
  • Hawkins has 31 ground balls through five games this season, an average of 6.2 per game, to lead the Greyhounds. Last year, Hawkins played in 12 games and finished the year with 31 ground balls.

Times Two

  • Loyola has played two games in a week just four times since Charley Toomey took over as head coach in 2006. The Greyhounds are 5-3 in those eight games, but they have won the second game three of five times. On the one occasion Loyola lost the mid-week contest, it came back in a big way, defeating Massachusetts, 15-1, on Saturday.

EMO Success

  • Through five games in 2011, Loyola is converting extra-man opportunities at a 50-percent clip. The Greyhounds have scored on 11-of-22 man-up possessions and are three goals short of tying the 14 they scored a year ago. Entering the week, Loyola was ranked eighth in NCAA Division I, scoring on 44.4-percent of EMOs, a number that went up after it went 3-of-4 against Denver.
  • Conversely, the Greyhounds held the Pioneers to just 1-of-6 on extra-man opportunities. This season, Loyola has allowed just three man-up goals in 21 chances, a 86.7-percent success rate for stopping opponents. That would rank fifth nationally in the rankings that came out Monday.

Scoring Five Again

  • For the season time in as many games, sophomore attacker Mike Sawyer scored five goals for the Greyhounds last Friday against Duke. He ripped off a quintet of goals in the second half to match the total he put up on March 5 against Bellarmine.
  • Sawyer’s 10 goals mark the first time since April 2001 that a Loyola player has scored a combined 10 goals in a span of two games. Bobby Horsey was the last Greyhound to accomplish the feat, scoring six against Butler on April 14, 2001, and following a week later with four versus Villanova.

5 Since ‘05

  • Since joining the ECAC Lacrosse League in 2005, Sawyer’s five goal games are the 10th and 11th respectively by a Loyola player.
  • Just two players have scored four or more goals twice in the same season. Matt Monfett did it in 2005 against Wagner and Penn State, and Cooper MacDonnell did it twice, in 2008 versus Towson and Syracuse and 2009 against the Orange and Georgetown.

Leading The League

  • Two Loyola players – Matt Langan and Mike Sawyer – lead the ECAC Lacrosse League in a pair of offensive categories. Sawyer is tops in the conference in goals per game (3.6), while Langan leads in assists per game (2.0).

Still Shooting

  • Loyola recorded more shots than its opponent for the fifth time in as many games this season. The Greyhounds took 25 shots to Denver’s 24.

Bound To Happen

  • For the first time in 2011, an opponent picked up more ground balls than Loyola in a game. Duke had 39 to the Greyhounds’ 27, including a 14-5 advantage in the first quarter.

10 Quarters Of Defense

  • During a span of 10 quarters and 150 minutes of game action, Loyola allowed just nine goals. Dating from the second half against Navy in the season opener to the end of the Bellarmine game on March 5, the Greyhounds have played to a 3.60 goals against average.
  • During the stretch, Loyola outscored opponents 18-7, and the Greyhounds held opponents to just 54 total shots.

Schiavone Shines

  • John Schiavone continued his top-level play at the ‘X’ this season, winning 14-of-23 face-offs against Duke’s combination of C.J. Costabile and Terrence Molinari.
  • Schiavone won most of the face-offs to himself, picking up a game-high nine ground balls against the Blue Devils. He also scored his first goal of the season and fourth of his career.
  • In four games against Duke during his career, Schiavone has won 39-of-64 (.604) face-offs and picked up 29 ground balls, an average of 7.25 per game. Over the last two seasons, he won 27-of-40 (.675) and had 21 ground balls.

Halftime Adjustments

  • In the first four games of 2011, Loyola continued a positive trend from a year ago. The Greyhounds outscored opponents 12-7 in the third quarters of games and 23-13 overall in the second halves of games.
  • Against Denver, however, the Pioneers outscored the Greyhounds, 6-3, after the break. Last season, Loyola outscored opponents, 41-24, in the third quarters of games, and 76-55, overall after the break.

Langan Leads In Assists

  • Matt Langan’s career-high four assists against Bellarmine propelled him into the ECAC lead for assists per game.
  • He maintained that status by assisting on two at Duke and one against Denver and now has an average of 2.0 per game.
  • With 39 career assists – Langan led the team with 18 assists a season ago – Langan is five away from tying Chris Georgalas for 10th all-time at Loyola.

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.

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.

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.

Ground Control

  • 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.

Preseason Accolades

  • 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.

Up Next
The Greyhounds stay on the road for their next game, but it will be much closer than the 1,700 miles they will travel to play Air Force. Loyola will visit Emmittsburg, Md., on Saturday, March 26, to take on Mount St. Mary’s at 1 o’clock.