No. 18 Georgetown, No. 5 Men's Lacrosse Meet Midweek

March 20, 2012

Game Information
Opponent Georgetown Hoyas
Date Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Game Data

  • The Greyhounds play their only midweek game of the regular season on Wednesday night, March 21, when they host Georgetown University in a 7 o’clock face-off at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Series History

  • Georgetown and the Greyhounds will play for the 35th time in series history on Wednesday. The Greyhounds have a 28-6 advantage in the previous 34 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 four-game winning streak in the rivalry.
  • The last five meetings have been decided by a total of 11 goals with the largest margin of victory by either team coming two years ago when Loyola won, 11-6.
  • Last season, the teams needed four overtimes to settle the score. Loyola pulled out a 6-5 victory when Chris Palmer low shot to the far post found the net and ended the game in the 75th minute of action. It is the longest game Loyola has played since joining NCAA Division I in 1982.

In The Polls

  • Loyola checks in at No. 5 in the USILA Coaches’ Poll for the second week in a row, and the Greyhounds moved up to fifth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Rankings.
  • Georgetown is in the poll for the second week in a row at No. 18 in both the coaches and media rankings.

Ten Or More

  • The Greyhounds have scored at least 11 goals in each of their first six games of the 2012 season, marking the longest stretch of games with 10 or more goals they have put together since March 31-May 5, 2001. The Greyhounds went 5-2 during that 2001 stretch where they averaged 14.9 goals per game.
  • The last time Loyola opened the season with six or more games with 10-plus goals was the 2000 season when they reeled off 12 or more in seven-straight wins.

The Only Ones

  • Loyola is the only team to score 10 or more goals in its first six games of this season throughout all of NCAA Division I.
  • As of Monday, the Greyhounds were ranked fifth in Division I with a 13.33 goals per game average.

Second-Half Success

  • Loyola reeled off 10-straight goals over the first 28 minutes, 35 seconds of the second half Saturday against Air Force to dispense of a 7-4 halftime deficit.
  • The Greyhounds have now outscored opponents 26-9 in the third quarters of games and 46-23 overall this year in the second half.
  • The second-half scoring continues a trend from the last two seasons. Last year, Loyola outscored opponents, 69-52, after halftime (including two overtime goals), and 77-56 two years ago.

Getting Defensive, Too

  • Loyola’s offense hasn’t been the only unit to put up good numbers in the first part of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds’ defense has allowed no more than eight goals in a game this season, in fact they have allowed eight exactly to five teams.
  • Through six games, the Greyhounds’ defense is allowing an average of 7.67 goals per game to rank eighth in Division I in scoring defense.

Ratliff Honored For Second Time

  • Loyola long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named the ECAC Co-Specialist of the Week on Monday after turning in impressive numbers in last Saturday’s win over Air Force. Ratliff scored twice and had an assist while picking up seven ground balls against the Falcons.
  • Earlier this season, Ratliff earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week laurels after the Greyhounds’ opener against Delaware.
  • Ratliff is currently sixth among active long poles in career scoring. He has seven goals and five assists for 12 points. This year, he has three goals and two assists, as well as a team-leading 32 ground balls.

Butts Dishes Four

  • Davis Butts did not score a goal against Air Force, but he was a key component in the Greyhounds matching their season-high with 15 goals. He posted a career-high four assists in the game, eclipsing his previous best of two.
  • Butts’ game was the second this season where a Loyola player tallied four or more assists. Justin Ward had five against Towson.

Second Midfield Scoring

  • All three members of Loyola’s second midfield unit scored at least one goal against Air Force, and the unit combined for three goals and two assists. Pat Byrnes led the way with a goal and a career-best two assists. J.P. Dalton and Phil Dobson each added goals of their own.
  • This season, the trio has combined for 14 goals and five assists. Byrnes and Dobson each have five goals, and Dalton has four. Byrnes, meanwhile, has three assists, and Dalton has tallied a pair. The unit has already scored more goals than it did last year when it had 10 goals and two assists during the season.

On The Ground

  • Loyola picked up a season-high 45 ground balls against Air Force, grabbing 16 more than the Falcons. Scott Ratliff and Reid Acton led the way with seven each, while J.P. Dalton had six.
  • Josh Hawkins grabbed five ground balls for the second game in a row since returning from an injury that held him out of Loyola’s first four games of the year.

Sharing The Rock

  • No Loyola player has more than nine assists (Justin Ward) through six games, but seven players have at least four assists, and 12 have two or more. In addition to Ward’s nine, Eric Lusby has eight assists, Davis Butts seven, Sean O’Sullivan six and Mike Sawyer five.
  • The Greyhounds lead Division I with 9.5 assists per game this season.

Man-Up Success

  • Loyola leads the nation in extra-man success this season, converting on 75-percent (12-of-16) man-up opportunities in six games. Four players – Eric Lusby (4), Mike Sawyer (3), Davis Butts (2) and Sean O’Sullivan (2) – have scored two or more man-up goals this year.
  • Last season, the Greyhounds extra-man unit was seventh nationally with a .420 (21-of-50) conversion percentage in 2011.

Toomey Wins 50th

  • Head coach Charley Toomey earned his 50th-career win Wednesday, March 7, as Loyola beat Michigan, 15-8.
  • Toomey, who is in his seventh season, has led Loyola to eight-plus wins in each of the last three seasons and has had the Greyhounds finish .500 or better in all seven seasons since coming to the Evergreen campus.

Big Runs

  • Loyola used runs of three-plus goals at important junctures of its first six games, helping the Greyhounds to wins each time. They scored five-straight in the second quarter against Delaware to take a 5-3 lead and never trailed again in the game, and the Greyhounds turned a 6-2 advantage against Towson into an 11-2 lead with a run of five-straight that stretched from the second quarter to the third quarter. 
  • Loyola rattled off four-straight against Bellarmine in the fourth quarter, turning a 7-6 advantage into an 11-6 lead with less than six minutes to go, and it scored eight-straight against Michigan between the first and second quarters to claim an 8-1 lead
  • Loyola used four three-goal runs against Duke, including one three-goal streak that put Loyola up 4-1 at the beginning of the second quarter. The Greyhounds never trailed after that initial three-goal run and extended their lead to 13-5 after its fourth three-goal spurt of the game.
  • The Greyhounds had their longest run in almost two years against Air Force, scoring 10 in a row to open the second half. The last time Loyola scored 10 or more in a row was on March 20, 2010, when it had 14 straight against Air Force.

Sawyer Shows Same Form

  • Mike Sawyer has picked up where he left off a year ago, leading the team with 21 goals and 26 points through the first six games. Sawyer led Loyola last season with 31 goals and 36 points.
  • Sawyer tied a then-career-high with five goals in the team’s, 15-8, win at Michigan, before scoring a new personal-best six goals against Duke. 
  • After scoring three goals against Air Force, he now has 15 career multi-goal games and the 18 multi-point effort of his tenure at Loyola.
  • He is currently ranked fourth nationally with 3.5 goals per game and tied for fifth with 4.50 points per game. 
  • Before the season, Sawyer was named to the Preseason All-ECAC Team and was named to the Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America Honorable Mention.

Hasn’t Lost A Step

  • Eric Lusby returned to game action in the season-opener after missing all but two games of the 2011 season. Now a graduate student, Lusby tore his right ACL in the 2010 NCAA First Round game against Cornell. He attempted to come back last year, but he saw limited action against Navy and Towson and was shut down to rehab the injury for the remainder of the season. 
  • Lusby burst back onto the scene against Delaware, scoring the Greyhounds’ first goal of the game on an extra-man opportunity, and the 2010 All-ECAC First Team member tallied three more in the second half. 
  • Lusby reset his career-high at Bellarmine, tallying five goals in the victory to go with one assist, and added two more at Michigan.
  • Through Loyola’s first six games, Lusby is second on the team with 16 goals and ranks 17th nationally with 2.67 goals per game and 15th with 4.0 points per.

Dominant At The ‘X’

  • In his first year as the Greyhounds’ primary face-off man, senior J.P. Dalton has continued Loyola’s tradition of excellence at the ‘X’.
  • Through six games, Dalton ranks ninth nationally in face-off percentage, winning restarts at a .621 clip (87-of-140). As a unit, the Greyhounds are fifth-best in the nation at .608.
  • Dalton is second on the team with 30 ground balls, while one of his primary wings, Scott Ratliff leads the team with 32. Josh Hawkins, who returned from injury to make his season-debut on March 10 against Duke, has 10 in two games, and Pat Laconi has 11. Davis Butts has also seen time on the wing and has 16 ground balls this season.

Ward Dishes Five

  • Justin Ward played the role of feeder in Loyola’s 13-6 win over Towson, finishing the game with five assists. Just one week previously, the sophomore recorded his first collegiate assist against Delaware.
  • Ward became the first Loyola player to record five or more assists since Shane Koppens had six in a March 10, 2009, win over Bryant.

Scoring In Two Straight

  • Loyola posted 13 goals in back-to-back games to open the season, marking the first time since April 2007 that the Greyhounds scored 13 or more in two games in a row. The last time it happened, Loyola defeated Fairfield, 19-2, on April 21, 2007, and Hobart, 17-10, on April 28.
  • Through just two games, the Greyhounds rank eighth in NCAA Division I in goals per game (13.0).

Sawyer, Runkel Earns ECAC Honors

  • Mike Sawyer and Jack Runkel were honored as ECAC Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week on March 12 following wins at Michigan and against Duke.
  • Sawyer scored 11 goals and had 14 points, setting career highs in both categories. He scored five goals and had six points in Michigan’s first-ever home game, before breaking those personal records with six goals and eight points in a win over Duke. He also picked up a career-high six ground balls, finishing the week with nine ground balls.
  • Runkel made the first two starts of his collegiate career, posting an 8.00 goals-against average and .515 save percentage to help the Greyhounds in two wins. Playing less than three minutes between the pipes as a freshman last season, he started the Michigan game and held the Wolverines to eight goals, while making five saves. He then made a career-high 12 saves against a Duke team that has played in the last five Final Fours.

Bonitatibus, Runkel Both Win First Starts

  • Junior Michael Bonitatibus made his first collegiate start in goal for the Greyhounds against Delaware after having played less than two minutes prior to this season.
  • Bonitatibus, who played 65 seconds in his collegiate debut last year at Duke, made seven saves for the Greyhounds and allowed just eight goals. He also picked up five ground balls and caused two turnovers.
  • Bonitatibus became the first Loyola goalkeeper to win his starting debut in nearly 11 years. The last was Mark Bloomquist who also defeated Delaware, 8-7, on February 24, 2001.
  • Jack Runkel made his first career start against Michigan and also won his initial outing as a starter. He tallied five saves against the Wolverines, and he then posted a career-high 12 against Duke.

Greyhounds Picked Second In ECAC

  • The Greyhounds were picked to finish second in the ECAC Lacrosse Leagues by the head coaches of their peer schools. Loyola received 54 points in the poll, trailing only Denver University which had 61.

Record At Ridley

  • After going 4-1 at Ridley Athletic Complex last season, the Greyhounds opened their third year at the stadium with four wins at home. Loyola is now 12-3 all-time at Ridley.

What’s Next

  • The Greyhounds continue non-conference action on Saturday with the renewal of a local rivalry. Loyola will travel to Catonsville, Md. for a 7 o’clock face-off at UMBC.
  • Loyola will be meeting the Retrievers for the first time since April 19, 2005, in the 30th all-time game between the programs.