Georgetown Hosts Men's Lacrosse In Wednesday Afternoon Faceoff

March 22, 2016

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Opponent Georgetown Hoyas
Date Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Time 3:00 p.m.
Location Washington, D.C. | Cooper Field
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland plays its final non-conference game of the regular-season on Wednesday, March 23, when it travels to Washington, D.C., to face Georgetown University.
  • The Greyhounds and Hoyas will faceoff at 3 p.m. at Cooper Field.
  • Loyola has played four teams ranked in the nation's top-11 at the time of the game, most by any team this season.
  • Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all seven games to start his collegiate career, and he has four multi-goal and five multi-assist games to date.
  • Loyola enters Wednesday's game leading the nation in fewest turnovers per game. The Greyhounds have averaged 10.4 per game through seven.
  • The Greyhounds are seventh nationally, and tops in the Patriot League, in clearing percentage. They have cleared at a 90.1 percent rate. In its last five games, Loyola has cleared the ball successfully 64-of-69 times (92.8).
  • After starting the season without an extra-man goal in its first two games, the Greyhounds have gone 6-of-8 in their last five games to raise their season percentage to 50.0, eighth in Division I.

Last Time Out

  • Jack Ray bounced a shot off the far post with 37.7 seconds left to give the U.S. Naval Academy a 10-9 Patriot League victory on Saturday afternoon, denying a furious Loyola comeback. The Greyhounds rallied from a 7-2 halftime hole to tie the game three times and take a fourth-quarter lead.
  • Loyola trailed 7-2 when Casey Rees scored on an extra-man possession for the Midshipmen 29.2 before the end of the first half.
  • The Greyhounds, however, came out strong in the second half and scored the third quarter's first goal 4:02 into the frame. John Duffy caught a Pat Spencer feed and scored his first collegiate goal at 10:58.
  • Zach Herreweyers converted on a man-up after catching a Spencer pass from point to score at the 1:45 mark, sparking a stretch of four Loyola goals before the end of the third quarter.
  • The Greyhounds then took their first lead of the game at 6:11 when Jared Mintzlaff scored his second in as many games. Navy, however, had the answer as Patrick Keena drew a slide at goal-line and shot a pass to Rees for his fifth goal of the game with 3:29 to play.

In The Polls    

  • Loyola checks in at No. 15 in the USILA coaches poll and 13th in the Inside Lacrosse media version.
  • Georgetown enters the game unranked.

Series History    

  • Georgetown and the Greyhounds will play for the 39th time in series history on Wednesday. The Greyhounds have a 31-7 advantage in the previous 38 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 Georgetown's win last season at Ridley Athletic Complex snapped a seven-game Loyola winning streak in the Jesuit-school rivalry.
  • Last season, 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, 13-12, on March 18 in Baltimore.
  • 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, 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. Gabriel Mendola won the ensuing faceoff for the Hoyas, and Reilly O'Connor fed Mendola crashing to the crease with less than two seconds left, and his goal pulled Georgetown within one, 5-4, entering the second quarter.
  • Devon Lewis nosed Georgetown ahead with a goal 3:15 into the fourth, and Joe Bucci tallied back-to-back goals at 10:45 and 8:26, giving the Hoyas a 12-9 pad. Tyler Albrecht scored on a one-timer off a Zack Sirico feed form behind at 5:33, and Herreweyers used a Sherlock assist 27 ticks of the clock later, closing the gap to one.
  • Eduardo White, however, dropped his hands after catching an O'Connor pass to score from nine yards in front of the goal, putting Georgetown ahead by two with 3:40 remaining in regulation.
  • Brian Sherlock matched his career-high with five points, scoring twice and dishing out a career-best three assists. Romar Dennis and Albrecht each scored three times, and Herreweyers added a pair.

Taking Care Of The Ball    

  • Through seven games this season, and national games as of Sunday, March 20, the Greyhounds are tops in NCAA Division I in fewest turnovers per game. Loyola has averaged just 10.43 miscues in its seven outings.
  • Loyola was charged with 15 turnovers in a season-opening win at Virginia, but since then, they have averaged just 9.7 per game. The Greyhounds had eight turnovers against both Johns Hopkins and Towson and a season-low seven versus Duke.

Finding The Extra Man    

  • Loyola's extra-man offense has scored on six of its last eight possessions after starting the season by going 0-of-4 in the first two games. The Greyhounds have raised their season average to 6-of-12, good for 50 percent and eighth-best in the nation this year.
  • Five different players have scored on extra-man, led by Zach Herreweyers' two goals. Pat Spencer, Zack Sirico, Romar Dennis and Jordan Germershausen have also scored on man-up for the Greyhounds.

Spreading The Wealth    

  • Nine players scored Loyola's 10 goals in the Greyhounds March 5 outing at Holy Cross, the most that have scored for the team in a game this year. Tyler Albrecht was the only player to tally more than one goal.
  • All but one player from Loyola's starting attack and first and second midfield units scored at least one goal, and long-stick midfielder Ryan Fournier added another.
  • The Greyhounds also had a season-high eight assists, and the 80 percent of assisted goals were their most since posting 88.9 percent (8-of-9) last season at Bucknell.

Hat Tricks For Herreweyers    

  • Zach Herreweyers, the 2016 Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, had nine hat tricks in 15 games a year ago and tallied two or more in 13.
  • With 11 goals so far this year, Herreweyers has scored 58 over the last two years, after topping the Patriot League in 2015 when he finished seventh in NCAA Division I with 3.13 goals per game.
  • His hat trick against Lafayette raised his career total to 16. Herreweyers has scored three or more goals in nearly half of his collegiate games (33). With 77 goals and 89 points, he is averaging 2.33 goals per game and 2.70 points in his career.
  • Herreweyers was named the Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on Feb. 22 after his three-goal, one-assist outing against Johns Hopkins.

Fitting Right In    

  • Pat Spencer was in the starting lineup on attack for his first collegiate game at Virginia, and he made an immediate difference on the Greyhounds' offensive side of the ball. The freshman from Davidsonville, Maryland, scored two goals and assisted on a pair, earning Corvias Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors after the fact.
  • He had a second-consecutive four-point game, scoring once and assisting on a game-high three versus Johns Hopkins. Following that outing, Spencer put up six points against Lafayette with the Greyhounds' first two goals before dishing out four assists.  He earned his second Patriot League Rookie of the Week award after scoring twice against Towson before posting a goal and season-high tying four assists at Holy Cross.
  • Through seven games, Spencer leads Loyola in both points (26) and assists (15), and he is tied for the team-lead in goals (11). He has scored two or more points in all seven of the Greyhounds' games. He has four multi-goal, and five multi-assist, games.
  • Spencer is tied for 12th nationally with 2.14 assists per game, a total that is second among freshmen, and his 3.71 points per game tied for third among freshmen and 32nd overall.

Century Mark    

  • Charley Toomey won the 100th game of his head coaching career Feb. 27 against Lafayette, becoming just the second coach in Loyola men's lacrosse history to do so. Toomey is in his 11th year at Loyola and is 101-52 since 2006 at the helm of the Greyhounds program.
  • Toomey is ninth among active Division I coaches in winning percentage (.656).
  • His collegiate coach, and current Loyola and Patriot League Network color commentator Dave Cottle, is the only other coach to win 100 or more at Loyola. Cottle was 181-70 from 1983-2001.

Little Of This, Little Of That    

  • Brian Sherlock was second on the Greyhounds in both goals (29) and assists (19) last year, and he showed in the 2016 season opener that he is on track to put up numbers again in both categories. The junior midfielder tallied two goals and had a pair of assists for the Greyhounds.
  • His second goal of the season was the 50th of his career. With eight goals and six assists through five games this year, Sherlock has 56 and 35 for 92 points in 39 career games.

Preseason Patriot League Prognostications    

  • Loyola was picked as the Patriot League Preseason favorites for the third time in as many seasons since the school joined the conference prior to the 2013-2014 academic year. The Greyhounds garnered 12 of a possible 18 first-place votes in the preseason poll to tally 122 points. The U.S. Naval Academy was second with 108 points and five first-place nods, and Colgate University was right behind with 105 and one.
  • The U.S. Military Academy and Bucknell University were fourth and fifth, while Boston University, Lehigh University, College of the Holy Cross and Lafayette College rounded out the nine-team poll.
  • Zach Herreweyers was selected as the Preseason Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year. He was joined on the Preseason All-Patriot League team by Brian Sherlock.

Tewaaraton Twosome    

  • Zach Herreweyers and Brian Sherlock were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List as early-season contenders for the honor that is presented by Under Armour.
  • The duo were two of 50 named to the watch list, and Loyola is one of 11 schools to have two or more players on the docket. Herreweyers was a mid-season addition to the watch list last season.

Quartet Of Captains    

More To The MLL    

  • Three Loyola seniors were selected in January's Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft, bringing the number of Greyhounds selected over the last four seasons to 13. With an even 20, Loyola is one of 12 schools to have 20 or more MLL Draft picks in the League's history.
  • Tyler Albrecht was the first Loyola player selected, going 15th overall to the expansion Atlanta Blaze in the second round. David Manning was tabbed 43rd overall by the New York Lizards in the fifth round, and Zach Herreweyers went 47th to the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the sixth.

Leading Transition Scoring    

  • A large part of Loyola's success over the past several years has been its ability to score in transition, and last year long-stick midfielder Ryan Fournier again led in that capacity. Fournier scored four goals and assisted on five last season, while picking up 58 ground balls, second on the team.
  • This season, he has scored against Virginia, Lafayette and Holy Cross to bring his career total to 11 goals and seven assists.

Get To Ten    

  • Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 81 occasions. With the win at Holy Cross, Loyola has won 79.0 percent of those games (64-17).

Since 2012    

  • Loyola has the third-best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 55-18 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 in 2014, 7-8 in 2015 and 4-3 this season) for a .743 mark.
  • Denver has won 63 games during that time and has a .788 winning percentage. Duke has won 65 games and has a .756 mark.

Fletcher Joins Staff    

  • Three-time All-American Joe Fletcher '14 joined the Loyola staff as director of operations in the fall after spending a year working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
  • Fletcher graduated from Loyola as the most decorated defensive player in school history, winning the 2014 William Schmeisser Award as the nation's top defender and earning All-America First Team honors in 2013 and 2014. He also was the Patriot League's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2013-2014 and was a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Today's Top Ten Award.
  • Last summer, Fletcher was named the Defensive Player of the Year in Major League Lacrosse after leading his New York Lizards to the MLL title. He narrowly edged his former Loyola teammate, Scott Ratliff '13, in the voting. Ratliff, who was a standout for the Boston Cannons before being traded last month to the Atlanta Blaze, was an All-Star alongside Fletcher, and they both played for the U.S. National Team in January's Team USA Spring Premiere.

Up Next    

  • The Greyhounds return to Ridley Athletic Complex for an Easter Saturday contest on March 26, at 1 p.m. against Bucknell University.