Lafayette Hosts Men's Lacrosse Saturday At 4:30 p.m.

March 20, 2015

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Opponent Lafayette Leopards
Date Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time 4:30 p.m.
Location Easton, Pa. | Fisher Stadium
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse returns to Patriot League action on Saturday, March 21, when it takes on Lafayette College
  • Faceoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. in Easton, Pennsylvania.
  • Zach Herreweyers was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List on Thursday, joining fellow attacker Nikko Pontrello.
  • Herreweyers is third nationally in total goals scored this season with 29 through games of March 18. His 3.63 goals per game rank fifth in NCAA Division I.
  • After matching his career-high with four assists Wednesday night against Georgetown, Nikko Pontrello increased his career total to 54, one shy of tying Stephen Brundage for 13th place in school history. He also is three points away from moving into 15th-place at Loyola in career points. Pontrello currently has 135.
  • Brian Begley scored his first collegiate goal against the Hoyas, and he also had an assist to go with a career-best three ground balls.
  • Brian Sherlock matched his previous best with five points.

Last Time Out
  • Georgetown University used a 5-1 run during the first and second quarters and a 5-0 stretch during the second half to propel itself past Loyola University Maryland, 13-12, Wednesday night.
  • The Greyhounds took a 5-2 lead when Brian Begley picked up a ground ball off a Graham Savio faceoff win, raced into the box and scored his first career goal with 8:19 left in the first quarter. Begley's tally came just 10 seconds after Romar Dennis scored his first of the game with a split dodge and shot.
  • Georgetown (5-3), however, slowed the pace of the first quarter that saw seven total goals in less than seven minutes, and Bo Stafford tallied his third of the game with 15.7 seconds left in the stanza, and the Hoyas added another before the end of the first.
  • Loyola scored the first two goals of the third quarter to lead, 9-7, but Georgetown scored five in a row to lead, 12-9, with 8:26.
  • The Greyhounds got back within a goal on scores by Brian Sherlock and Zach Herreweyers, but Georgetown scored at 3:40 to go back up two. Romar Dennis scored his third with 52.9 seconds left, but Loyola could not tie the score.

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.

Series History
  • Loyola and Lafayette will play for the third time in series history, but Saturday's game will be the just the second meeting since Loyola's opening game of the 1939 season. In that contest, the Greyhounds beat the Leopards, 15-1, to open their second year of varsity lacrosse.
  • Last season, the teams met for the first time as Patriot League counterparts, and Loyola defeated the Leopards, 21-4, on March 22, 2014, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • Nine Greyhounds scored at least one goal, while Nikko Pontrello, Brian Schultz and Justin Ward all tallied four. Fifteen of Loyola's 21 goals were assisted.

Patriot League Network
  • All non-televised Loyola men's lacrosse home games, will be broadcast digitally in free HD on the Patriot League Network.
  • 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

Two For The Tewaaraton
  • Zach Herreweyers was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List on Thursday, joining his ` Nikko Pontrello who was a member of the preseason list. The award is given yearly to the top player in NCAA lacrosse.

Hat Tricks For Herreweyers
  • Zach Herreweyers opened the season with three goals in each of the Greyhounds' first two games, and he then 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 eight games this year and eight games with two or more goals.
  • So far, he has scored his 29 goals this season on 65 total shots for a team-best .446 shooting percentage.
  • Herreweyers' 29 goals thus far in 2015 are third-most amongst NCAA Division I players, and he is tied for fifth in goals per game (3.63) through March 20. He is the only player in the top-50 nationally in points who has not recorded an assist.
  • 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 eight so far in 2015 for a total of 19.
  • With 48 career goals in 18 games, he is averaging 2.53 goals per game and 2.68 points with 51 career points.

Pontrello Putting Up Points
  • Nikko Pontrello has been held without a point just twice in the last 25 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 15 assists in games against Towson, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Duke, Army and Georgetown. 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 matched his career-high with four assists against the Hoyas.
  • 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 were tied for Mike Ruland (1988) for 10th.
  • He is second on the team this season with 27 points - 10 goals and a team-high 17 assists. Against Army, he moved into the top 15 at Loyola in career assists and sits in 14th place with 55.
  • Pontrello will move into the career top-15 with three more goals and two` 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 (17) and third in points (26) after tying his career-best with five points against Georgetown. Albrecht scored two goals in each of Loyola's first three games and logged a career-best four versus Holy Cross. He had a hat trick against the Hoyas and is third on the squad with 15 total goals and is fifth with 18 points. Dennis tied his previous high with three goals against Georgetown and has 12 goals and seven assists so far this season. His 19 points are good for fourth on the team, and his seven assists are fourth.
  • Of Loyola's 90 goals and 55 assists, 48.8 percent of goals (34 total) and 34.5 percent of assists (19) 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, and Begley has scored a goal off a faceoff win.

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 111-of-202 faceoffs this season, a 55.0 percent success rate, the No. 21 mark in Division I. Through eight games, Savio is winning faceoffs at a 58.4 percent clip (94-of-161) 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 23 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 34, 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 eight 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 74 occasions. Despite the loss to Georgetown, Loyola has won 79.7 percent of those games (59-15).

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 48-12 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 last season and 4-4 this year) for a .800 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 returns to Ridley Athletic Complex for a 2:30 p.m. Patriot League game against Colgate University on Saturday, March 28. The game will be televised live nationally on CBS Sports Network.