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Men's Lacrosse Returns To Ridley Wednesday To Host Georgetown

March 17, 2015

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Opponent Georgetown Hoyas
Date Wednesday, March 17, 2015
Time 7:15 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland returns to Ridley Athletic Complex to play its first home game of the month of March on Wednesday, March 18.
  • The Greyhounds will host fellow Jesuit school Georgetown University at 7:15 p.m. as part of a Loyola doubleheader that features the Greyhounds women taking on Bucknell University at 5 p.m.
  • A trio of Greyhounds won Corvias Patriot League Player of the Week honors on Monday following their performances Saturday in Loyola's win at Army. Pat Frazier (defense) and Zach Herreweyers (offense) were honored for the second time this season, and Grant Limone (goalkeeper) picked up his first career award.
  • Limone was then named the Select Sector SPDR/Inside Lacrosse National Player of the Week following his 18-save performance in goal.
  • Herreweyers is second in NCAA Division I with 3.86 goals per game, and his 27 total goals are tied for third.
  • With three assists at Army, Nikko Pontrello moved into the top-15 in career helpers at Loyola. He has 51 throughout his three-plus seasons and is 14th all-time.

Last Time Out
  • The U.S. Military Academy took a 7-5 lead less than five minutes into the second half last Saturday at West Point, but Zach Herreweyers scored a transition goal with 7:31 to go in the third quarter, and Nikko Pontrello added an unassisted tally less than four minutes later to even the score.
  • Although the Black Knights took the lead back shortly thereafter, Herreweyers and fellow Canadian Tyler Albrecht scored goals in the final 80 seconds of the period, and Loyola led, 9-8, going into the final stanza.
  • Army tied the game on Cole Johnson's fourth goal of the game, 40 ticks into the final frame, but Romar Dennis scored on a man-up possession 47 seconds later, and Loyola went on to a 12-10 Patriot League victory.
  • Herreweyers matched his career-high with six goals, and Grant Limone tallied a career-best 18 saves in the cage.
  • Pat Frazier caused three Army turnovers and picked up four ground balls defensively, and he was the primary defender for Army's John Glesener. Frazier held the Preseason Patriot League Player of the Year without a goal for the first time in 21 games.

In The Polls
  • Loyola is ranked 14th in the USILA coaches' poll and the Cascade/Maverick Inside Lacrosse ranking and 13th in Lacrosse Magazine's media polls as of March 16.
  • Georgetown enters Wednesday's contest receiving votes or consideration in all three rankings.

Series History
  • Georgetown and the Greyhounds will play for the 38th time in series history on Wednesday. The Greyhounds have a 31-6 advantage in the previous 37 meetings, thanks in large part to a 20-game winning streak from 1974-2001.
  • The Hoyas were victorious in five of six from 2002-2007, but the Greyhounds are currently riding a seven-game winning streak in the Jesuit-school rivalry.
  • Last season, Georgetown took a 9-8 lead by scoring the first two goals of the fourth quarter over the span of eight seconds. Reilly O'Connor's tally at 11:19 gave the Hoyas a one-goal advantage, but Nikko Pontrello used a Justin Ward assist to score with 7:55 left in regulation.
  • Pontrello then scored the eventual game-winner with the 30-second timer on and 52 seconds remaining int he game. Georgetown won the ensuing faceoff, but David Manning caused a turnover, and Joe Fletcher picked up the loose ball allowing Loyola to run out the clock for a 10-9 victory.
  • Pontrello had a game-high three goals for Loyola while Justin Ward, now a Hoyas assistant coach, tallied a goal and four assists for the Greyhounds.

Patriot League Network
  • All non-televised Loyola men's lacrosse home games, will be broadcast digitally in free HD on the Patriot League Network. Glenn Clark and Chris Gunkel will call the action against the Hoyas.
  • Powered by Campus Insiders, the Network started last year and provided one of the most comprehensive digital packages of any conference nationally. The link to each game can be found at LoyolaGreyhounds.com.

Hat Tricks For Herreweyers
  • Zach Herreweyers opened the season with three goals in each of the Greyhounds' first two games, and he then had scored five at Towson. He scored a career-best six against Lehigh that were bookended by two each against Holy Cross and Duke. The junior then matched his career-high with six last Saturday at the U.S. Military Academy, giving him five hat tricks in seven games this year and seven games with two or more goals.
  • So far, he has scored his 27 goals this season on 56 total shots for a team-best .482 shooting percentage.
  • Herreweyers' 27 goals thus far in 2015 are second-most amongst NCAA Division I players, and he is tied for third in goals per game (3.86) through March 16.
  • His hat tricks against Virginia, Penn State, Towson, Lehigh and Army give him 10 in his career with Loyola. Herreweyers has scored three or more goals in better than half of his collegiate games. He saw action in 10 games as a freshman in 2013, one last year and seven so far in 2015 for a total of 18.
  • With 46 career goals in 18 games, he is averaging 2.55 goals per game and 2.79 points with 49 career points.

Pontrello Putting Up Points
  • Nikko Pontrello has been held without a point just twice in the last 24 games, since the start of the 2014 season. Penn State held him scoreless Feb. 14, and Navy turned the trick in 2014, snapping a streak of 10-straight games to open last season in which he had two or more goals. He finished that year scoring at least one goal in every game but the contest at Navy, and he tallied two or more in 14-of-17 outings.
  • Since the Penn State game, Pontrello has totaled nine goals and 11 assists in games against Towson, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Duke and Army. He scored three goals and had two assists at Towson and then totaled a pair of goals versus Holy Cross to go with four assists. At Army, he finished with one goal and three helpers.
  • Pontrello finished his junior campaign ranked fifth nationally in goals per game (3.0), and he was tied for third in NCAA Division I in total goals with 51. His 51 goals last season rank third in school single-season history, three shy of Eric Lusby's 2012 record. His 63 points are tied for Mike Ruland (1988) for 10th.
  • He is second on the team this season with 23 points - 10 goals and a team-high 13 assists. Against Army, he moved into the top 15 at Loyola in career assists and sits in 14th place with 51.
  • Pontrello will move into the career top-15 with three more goals and six more points. With that, he will be one of eight players to appear in the top-15 list of both goals and assists.

From The Middle
  • Three of the Greyhounds' five top scorers through seven games have come from Loyola's first midfield unit of Tyler Albrecht, Romar Dennis and Brian Sherlock.
  • Sherlock is second on the team in goals (15) and third in points (21). Albrecht scored two goals in each of Loyola's first three games and logged a career-best four versus Holy Cross. He is third on the squad with 12 total goals and is fifth with 14 points. After tallying a goal and two assists at Army Dennis has nine goals and seven assists so far this season. His 16 points are good for fourth on the team, and his seven assists are third.
  • Of Loyola's 78 goals and 46 assists, 46.1 percent of goals and 34.7 percent of assists have come from this unit.

Scoring On The Run
  • Over the past several years, Loyola has thrived when scoring in transition with its long-stick midfielders getting involved on the offensive end. Saturday's win at Army demonstrated this, as freshman Zac Davliakos posted his first two collegiate points with a first-quarter goal and an assist on Zach Herreweyers' eventual game-winner in the fourth.
  • Ryan Fournier also had an assist in the game, bringing his scoring total to two goals and four assists this year. Meanwhile, Mike Kutzer and Brian Begley both have assists from the defensive midfield this year.

Great Start On Restarts
  • Graham Savio put up an excellent performance at the faceoff `X' to start the season, winning 19-of-28 restarts (67.9 percent) against a pair of Virginia faceoff specialists. His 19 wins and 28 faceoffs taken were both career-highs, and he picked up a team-best nine ground balls, a number that was three off his career-high.
  • In the game at Towson, Brendan Donovan came on to provide a needed spark on restarts. Donovan won 10-of-13 faceoffs, helping the Greyhounds win 18-of-30 in the game.
  • Savio then put up a new career-best in faceoffs won Feb. 21 against Holy Cross, winning 20-of-28 against the Crusaders, and he won 16-of-21 restarts versus Lehigh, tying his career-best with 12 ground balls.
  • Overall, Loyola has won 98-of-174 faceoffs this season, a 56.3 percent success rate, the No. 17 mark in Division I. Through seven games, Savio is winning faceoffs at a 60.9 percent clip (81-of-133) in his sophomore campaign. Donovan has won 17-of-32 he's taken (53.1 percent).

Frazier Draws National & League Honors
  • Senior co-captain Pat Frazier earned a pair of awards after the Greyhounds' 8-6 victory over Penn State. He drew Corvias Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, Feb. 16, and just before the Towson game, he was honored as the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) National Defender of the Week.
  • The senior from Montgomery County, Maryland, had career-highs of six ground balls and three caused turnovers to go, and he held his primary one-on-one matchup to just one goal on two shots. In the Nittany Lions' season-opener Mike Sutton had two goals and an assist, and last year, he averaged 2.3 goals per game.
  • He received his second Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honor on March 16 following the win at Army. In that game, he picked up four ground balls and caused three turnovers while playing excellent one-on-one defense against Preseason Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year John Glesener. He held the Army All-American to just one assist, breaking his streak of 21-straight games with at least one goal.
  • Frazier is a starter for the third-straight season on the Greyhounds' defense and has 25 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers through seven games. The former walk-on began his career as a long-stick midfielder, but he made his first career start in the Greyhounds' third game of 2013, at Towson, and has started Loyola's last 38 games.
  • In addition to his work on the field, Frazier is one of 14 members of Loyola's Green & Grey Society, a group of students who are liaisons to the University's administration.

Carrigan Stepping Up In Starting Role
  • Sophomore Jack Carrigan made his first career start in the 2015 season-opener against Virginia after playing mostly on man-down during his freshman season a year ago. The Long Island native, who played high school lacrosse for Jack Moran, father of Loyola Assistant Coach Ryan Moran, at Chaminade High School, leads the Greyhounds with 10 caused turnovers and has also picked up 19 ground balls this year.
  • Carrigan has also done a nice job covering his primary match-ups this year, holding Virginia All-American James Pannell without a goal or assist in the first game of the year. He then matched up against Duke's Justin Guterding on March 7, a game in which Guterding entered leading the nation in goals scored with 26. Guterding did not score a goal in the game against the Greyhounds.

Doing A Little Of Everything
  • While providing 27 combined goals and 36 overall points, two members of Loyola's first midfield line, Tyler Albrecht and Brian Sherlock, give the Greyhounds much more than just offensive firepower.
  • The duo are regulars on faceoff wings for the Greyhounds and often drop back onto the defensive end of the field as short-sticks. Albrecht is fifth on the team with 20 ground balls, while the two have helped Loyola win 56.3 percent of faceoffs.

Waiting On The Wings
  • A large part of Loyola's success against in faceoffs this year has been its play on the wings, led by long-stick midfielder Ryan Fournier. The sophomore scored the season's first goal, picking up the ground ball off the opening faceoff and sticking a shot seven seconds into the Feb. 7 game against Virginia. He added a second goal in that game for a career-high two.
  • Fournier is second on the team in ground balls, six behind Graham Savio with 31, and he has also contributed on the offensive end of the field. Fournier posted a career-best two assists March 7 at Duke, setting up a transition goal by Zach Herreweyers and one by Nikko Pontrello in settled offense. He has six points with two goals and four assists through seven games this season.

Preseason Prognostications
  • For the second year in as many seasons in the conference, Loyola topped the Patriot League preseason poll by a vote of conference coaches, leading the nine-team rankings with 12 first-place votes and 123 points. The U.S. Military Academy garnered one top vote and 110 points, while Lehigh University received the other five top nods and 109 points. Bucknell University, Colgate University, the U.S. Naval Academy, Boston University, Lafayette College and College of the Holy Cross rounded out the poll.

Get To Ten
  • Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 73 occasions. With the win over Army, Loyola has won 80.8 percent of those games (59-14).

Since 2012
  • Loyola has the best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 48-11 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 last season and 4-3 this year) for a .813 mark.
  • Duke has won 55 games during that time, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage by nearly six percent (55-14, .797).

Up Next
  • Loyola steps back into Patriot League play on Saturday, March 21, when it faces Lafayette College at 4:30 p.m. in Easton, Pennsylvania.