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March 25, 2015

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Opponent Colgate Raiders
Date Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time 2:30 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Compex
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland returns to Ridley Athletic Complex for the first of its final two regular-season home games on Saturday, March 28.
  • The Greyhounds will host Colgate University in Patriot League action with a 2:30 opening faceoff.
  • Saturday's game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
  • Loyola took 67 shots in its 19-10 victory over Lafayette last Saturday, the most it has attempted during Charley Toomey's 10 seasons as head coach. It eclipsed the previous high of 56 set last year against Lafayette during the Toomey era.
  • The Greyhounds attempted 30 shots in the second quarter alone against the Leopards, five more than Loyola had in its March 14 win at Army.
  • Zach Herreweyers is tied for second nationally with 32 goals scored, and third with a 3.56 goals per game mark.
  • Nikko Pontrello leads the Patriot League and is 13th in Division I with 2.33 assists per game. His 4.0 points per game are second in the conference.
  • Pontrello (4.0, 25th), Herreweyers (3.67, 32nd) and Brian Sherlock (38th, 3.56) are all in the top 40 in points nationally.

Last Time Out
  • Lafayette College jumped out to a 5-2 second quarter lead last Saturday in Easton, Pennsylvania, but Zach Herreweyers scored with 8:14 left in the quarter to start a 7-0 Loyola run that saw the Greyhounds turn that deficit into a 9-5 advantage in less than seven minutes.
  • Nikko Pontrello scored three of his five goals during the 7-0 run, and he had three assists in the second half to record a career-high eight points.
  • After the Leopards scored with 15 seconds left in the first half, Loyola continued its run after halftime, scoring five of the second half's first six goals. Romar Dennis' man-up goal 19 ticks into the fourth quarter made it 14-7 Loyola, and after Lafayette scored three unanswered, the Greyhounds tallied the final five goals of the game.
  • Zack Sirico also had a career-high eight points with three goals and five assists (both bests, as well). Brian Sherlock matched his previous highs with three goals and three assists, and his six total points were a career-best.
  • Fourteen of the Greyhounds' 19 goals were assisted.
  • Graham Savio won 19-of-28 faceoffs and Mike Orefice was good on 4-of-4.

In The Polls
  • Loyola is ranked 15th in the USILA coaches' poll, 14th in the Lacrosse Magazine rankings and 16th in the Cascade/Maverick Inside Lacrosse media poll as of March 23.

Series History
  • Loyola and Colgate will play for the third time when the teams take the field on Saturday.
  • Both previous meetings came during the 2014 season, Loyola's first in the Patriot League. The Greyhounds won the regular-season contest, 10-8 in Hamilton, New York, and they defeated the Raiders, 12-6, at Ridley Athletic Complex in the Patriot League Semifinals.
  • Colgate scored with four seconds left in the first half of the March 29 regular-season tilt, sending the teams to the locker room knotted at 4-4, and Cameron Williams gave the Raiders a 5-4 advantage 2:46 into the third quarter. Jeff Chase scored for Loyola at 9:29, kicking off a 4-0 Greyhounds run that would put Loyola in front for the rest of the game. Nikko Pontrello scored three goals to lead Loyola's scoring effort.
  • In the Patriot League Semifinals, Loyola used a pair of 3-0 runs that sandwiched a 4-0 stretch to pull away from the Raiders for a 12-6 win. Brian Schultz scored the third of his game-high four goals on an extra-man possession with 5:22 to go in the third quarter, capping a 4-0 Greyhounds run that saw Loyola take a 7-2 lead. The Raiders scored twice in the final two minutes of the frame, but Loyola tallied three unanswered to start the fourth and five of seven in the quarter.

Turn On The Television
  • Loyola will make its season debut on CBS Sports Network Saturday against Colgate. The game can be seen nationally on the network that is the primary television partner of the Patriot League.
  • John Sadak will call the play-by-play action, and Sheehan Stanwick Burch will provide analysis.

Two For The Tewaaraton
  • Zach Herreweyers was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List last week, 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 matched his career-high with six at the U.S. Military Academy, and he had a trio of goals at Lafayette giving him six hat tricks in nine games this year and nine games with two or more goals.
  • So far, he has scored his 32 goals this season on 75 total shots for a team-best .421 shooting percentage.
  • Herreweyers'3229 goals thus far in 2015 are tied for second-most amongst NCAA Division I players, and he is third in goals per game (3.56) through March 26.
  • His hat tricks against Virginia, Penn State, Towson, Lehigh, Army and Lafayette give him 11 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 nine so far in 2015 for a total of 20.
  • With 51 career goals in 19 games, he is averaging 2.55 goals per game and 2.75 points with 55 career points.

Pontrello Putting Up Points
  • Nikko Pontrello has been held without a point just twice in the last 26 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 14 goals and 19 assists in seven games. 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.
  • He then tallied a career-best eight points with five goals and three assists at Lafayette.
  • 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 with Mike Ruland (1988) for 10th.
  • He leads the team this season with 35 points - 15 goals and a team-high 20 assists. Against Lafayette, he moved into the Loyola's all-time top-15 in points (144), goals (86) and assists (57). He is one of eight players to be in the top-15 in all three categories.

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 (20) and third in points (32) after tying his career-highs with three goals and three assists, setting new best in six points, at Lafayette. 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 Georgetown and is third on the squad with 16 total goals and is fifth with 19 points. Dennis tied his previous high with three goals against Georgetown and has 13 goals and seven assists so far this season. His 20 points are good for fourth on the team, and his seven assists are fourth.
  • Of Loyola's 109 goals and 68 assists, 44.9 percent of goals (49 total) and 32.3 percent of assists (22) have come from this unit.

Sirico Puts Up Big Numbers
  • Zack Sirico doubles his previous career-high in points with eight at Lafayette last Saturday, tallying new bests of three goals and five assists. Entering the game, he had a goal and seven assists this season with four of the assists coming in the Feb. 28 win against Lehigh.

Man-Up Unit Starting To Click
  • After starting the season by going 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) in the first six games, Loyola's extra-man unit has scored five goals on seven possessions in the last three games (71.4 percent).
  • The unit tallied three goals against Lafayette last Saturday. Entering the game, the Leopards were ranked third in Division I after having yielded goals on just 5-of-20 (25.0) extra-man opportunities for opponents.

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. Savio then won 19-of-28 with 10 ground balls at Lafayette.
  • Overall, Loyola has won 134-of-234 faceoffs this season, a 57.3 percent success rate, the No. 15 mark in Division I. Through nine games, Savio is winning faceoffs at a 59.8 percent clip (113-of-189) 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 33 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers through nine 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 39 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 14 caused turnovers and has also picked up 25 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.

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, 13 behind Graham Savio with 37, 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 seven points with three goals and four assists through nine 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 75 occasion. With the win over Lafayette, Loyola has won 80 percent of those games (60-15).

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 49-12 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 last season and 5-4 this year) for a .803 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 (55-15, .786).

Up Next
  • Loyola continues Patriot League play at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 4, with a 2:30 p.m. game against the U.S. Naval Academy. The game is the second part of a Loyola doubleheader with the women's side taking on Colgate at 12 noon.