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Men's Lacrosse Senior Day Set For Saturday In Doubleheader Game Two

April 1, 2015

Game Information
Opponent U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen
Date Saturday, April 4, 2015
Time 2:30 p.m. (following 12 noon women's lacrosse game)
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Compex
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland plays its final regular-season home game of 2015 on Saturday, April 4, when it hosts the U.S. Naval Academy at 2:30 p.m.
  • The game will be the second of a Greyhounds doubleheader with the Loyola women hosting Colgate University at 12 noon.
  • Loyola will honor its eight members of the Class of 2015 -- Jeff Chase, Pat Frazier, Mike Kutzer, Alex Kincewicz, David Manning, Pat McEnerney, Nikko Pontrello and Brett Williams -- with a pregame ceremony.
  • Graham Savio has continued his solid play on faceoffs, winning 13-of-19 last Saturday against Colgate. The sophomore has won restarts at a 60.6 percent clip (126-of-208) and has picked up a team-high 56 ground balls.
  • Loyola is outscoring teams in three of four quarters this season, but opponents have outscored the Greyhounds, 31-24, in the third quarters of games. That is a direct reversal of last season when Loyola outscored its foes, 57-28, in the third-quarter of 2014 contests.
  • Turnovers have been an issue in the team's five losses as Loyola has given up the ball 13.6 times to 11.8 in wins.

Last Time Out
  • Colgate University opened the game on a 4-0 run to start last Saturday's game, and the Raiders then used a 5-0 stretch during the third quarter to break open an 11-4 victory at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • Loyola committed 15 turnovers in the game, and the Raiders scored six of their goals directly off those miscues.
  • The Raiders' four goals in the first 11 minutes of the games all came after Loyola turnovers.
  • Zach Herreweyers scored the Greyhounds' first goal with just over 31 seconds left in the first quarter after Nikko Pontrello created space with a dodge from behind and fed Herreweyers on the crease.
  • The Raiders, however, scored with 9:05 and 6:22 on the second-quarter clock before Mike Kutzer took a Ryan Fournier pass to score with just over seven seconds left in the half.
  • After Kutzer's goal cut the deficit to 6-2, Colgate tallied five goals in the first 11:31 of the second half to lead 11-2 before Loyola tallied the game's last two goals.
  • Graham Savio won 13-of-19 faceoffs and picked up six ground balls.

In The Polls
  • Loyola is ranked 20th in the USILA coaches' poll and the Lacrosse Magazine rankings, and it is receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse media poll.
  • The U.S. Naval Academy is ranked 18th in the USILA and Inside Lacrosse polls and 17th in the Lacrosse Magazine version.

Series History
  • Loyola and Navy will meet for just the 10th time in series history despite being located less than 26 miles from each other (as the crow flies). The teams have met only three times during the regular-season since 1943. Navy leads the all-time series, 5-4, but Loyola has won each of the last four games.
  • The Greyhounds and Midshipmen played a two-game series to open the 2010 and 2011 seasons with Loyola coming away victorious in both.
  • Loyola has won each of the last three meetings by just one goal, 8-7 in 2010, 9-8 in 2011 and 7-6 in double overtime last season.
  • Brian Sherlock picked up the ground ball off the opening faceoff of the second overtime, ran into the box and sent a pass to Justin Ward on the low left side, and he crossed the crease with a pass to Brian Schultz on the right. He scored the winner 12 seconds into the second extra period to give Loyola a 7-6 win.
  • Navy led 3-1 after the end of the first quarter, and the Midshipmen led throughout the game until the Greyhounds scored three in a row during the third quarter. Kevin Ryan scored on an extra-man possession with 4:02 left in the stanza, and Ward scored at 2:53 to put Loyola in front, 6-5. Gabe Voumard, however, scored the only goal of the fourth quarter for Navy, tying the game with 9:32 left.

Patriot League Network
  • Saturday's game, as with the rest of the Greyhounds' regular-season Patriot League games, will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network. Brett Hollander will call the play-by-play, and Chris Gunkel '91 will provide the analysis.
  • Powered by Campus Insiders, the Patriot League Network was founded in 2013 and provides fans with one of the most powerful HD digital networks in the nation, all free of charge.

Two For The Tewaaraton
  • Zach Herreweyers was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List last month, 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 10 games this year and nine games with two or more goals.
  • So far, he has scored his 33 goals this season on 81 total shots for a team-best .407 shooting percentage.
  • Herreweyers' 33 goals thus far in 2015 are third-most amongst NCAA Division I players, and he is sixth in goals per game (3.30) through March 31.
  • 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 10 so far in 2015 for a total of 21.
  • With 52 career goals in 20 games, he is averaging 2.6 goals per game and 2.8 points with 56 career points.

Pontrello Putting Up Points
  • Nikko Pontrello has been held without a point just twice in the last 27 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 eight 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 36 points -- 15 goals and a team-high 21 assists. Against Lafayette, he moved into the Loyola's all-time top-15 in points (144), goals (86) and assists (58). 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 10 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 17 total goals and is tied with Dennis for fourth with 20 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 tied for fourth on the team, and his seven assists are fourth.
  • Of Loyola's 113 goals and 71 assists, 44.2 percent of goals (50 total) and 30.9 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 on March 21, 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 eight possessions in the last four games (62.5 percent).
  • The unit tallied three goals against Lafayette on March 21. 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 147-of-253 faceoffs this season, a 58.1 percent success rate, the No. 14 mark in Division I. Through 10 games, Savio is winning faceoffs at a 60.6 percent clip (126-of-208) 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 37 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 40 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 16 caused turnovers and has also picked up 29 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 with 42, 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 eight points with three goals and five assists through 10 games this season.

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 49-13 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 last season and 5-5 this year) for a .790 mark.
  • Duke has won 55 games during that time, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage (55-16, .775).

Up Next
  • Loyola will play its last non-conference game of the 2015 regular-season on Wednesday, April 8, when it makes the trip down Interstate 95 to face third-ranked University of Maryland at 7 p.m.
  • The Greyhounds will quickly step back into Patriot League play by making a visit to Boston University on Saturday, April 11.