Fairfield, Men's Lacrosse Battle On Saturday

April 6, 2011

Game Information
Opponent Fairfield Stags
Date Saturday, April 9, 2011
Time 1 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Maryland | Ridley Athletic Complex
Radio WNST-AM 1570
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Game Data

  • Loyola University Maryland returns to Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday to host ECAC Lacrosse League foe Fairfield University. The Greyhounds and Stags will face-off at 1 o’clock on Alumni Day at Ridley.

Series History

  • Fairfield and Loyola will meet for the 12th time in series history on Saturday and sixth time as members of the ECAC Lacrosse League.
  • The Greyhounds have won four-straight in the series and 10-of-11. Fairfield defeated Loyola, 13-12, in 2006.
  • Last season, the Stags entered the game ranked 14th nationally, and Loyola was ninth. The Greyhounds jumped out to a 5-1 second-quarter lead and finished with a 9-4 victory in Connecticut.
  • Jake Hagelin made 13 saves in the game, and Eric Lusby led with three goals.

Palmer’s Points

  • Chris Palmer returned to the starting lineup for the first time since an injury at Duke on March 11, and he immediately produced on offense. The graduate student scored a career-high five goals to lead all players at Ohio State.
  • Palmer has now scored seven goals, all coming in the Greyhounds’ last two games after tallying two at Mount St. Mary’s on March 26.
  • The two goals at The Mount matched his previous career high set on several occasions during his first three collegiate seasons at Bucknell.
  • Palmer’s seven goals have come on just seven shots. He currently leads the Greyhounds with a.582 shot percentage.

Scorers Shut Down

  • Ohio State’s Logan Schuss entered Saturday’s game tied for 14th in NCAA Division I with a 2.5 goals per game average. Schuss, however, was held scoreless for the first time this season against the Greyhounds.
  • Loyola’s Reid Acton had primary marking responsibilities for his fellow Canadian and held him to just one shot. Schuss also had four turnovers.
  • Meanwhile, Schuss’ teammate Jeff Tundo had just one goal against the Greyhounds despite averaging 2.13 per game prior to the contest.

Early Pick-Ups

  • Loyola set the tone for last Saturday’s game early by dominating the ground-ball battle. The Greyhounds doubled up Ohio State, 38-19, in the game, but their largest margin came in the first half. Loyola picked up 21 first-half ground balls to Ohio State’s six.

Langan In The Lead

  • Matt Langan had his second-straight five-point game on Saturday, scoring three goals to go with two assists. The week before, he had two goals and three assists at Mount St. Mary’s, and the senior now leads Loyola with 26 points this season.
  • Langan’s 16 assists are tops in the ECAC Lacrosse League, and his 2.0 assists per game mark is tied for fourth in Division I.

Unsettled Scoring

  • Loyola used its transition game to trigger offensive production for the second-straight game last Saturday at Ohio State. The Greyhounds scored four goals in transition, matching the total it put up at Mount St. Mary’s.
  • Short-stick defensive midfielder Josh Hawkins scored Loyola’s second goal of the game and then added assists on two second-half goals that came on transition. Scott Ratliff also scored an unassisted goal off the opening face-off of the second half.
  • In the last two games, Loyola has scored eight unsettled goals. Ratliff has been involved in four, and Hawkins in three others.

Fierce On Face-Offs

  • Loyola doubled up Ohio State in ground balls, thanks in part to the Greyhounds’ success in face-offs. John Schiavone had his best performance of the season at the ‘X,’ winning 17-of-24 (.680). Schiavone also had a game-high eight ground balls against the Buckeyes.
  • In the last two seasons against the Buckeyes, Schiavone has won 33-of-47 restarts (.702) and picked up 17 ground balls.
  • During last Saturday’s game, Schiavone crossed the 200-ground ball and 400-face-off win plateaus. He now has 207 and 406, respectively.

Penalty Killing Prowess

  • The Greyhounds’ man-down unit has been one of the best in the nation this year, killing penalties at an 82.8-percent success rate. Loyola has allowed just five extra-man goals in 29 opportunities.

Extra-Man Success

  • Meanwhile, Loyola continued to have a potent extra-man attack, scoring two EMO goals against Ohio State. Both goals – one each by Patrick Fanshaw and Matt Langan – came on the same two-minute non-releasable penalty in the third quarter.
  • The Greyhounds are 17-of-35 (.486) on extra-man opportunities this season, the sixth-best percentage in Division I.
  • Fanshaw and Mike Sawyer lead the Greyhounds with five extra-man goals each, while Stephen Murray has four, and Langan three.

Ratliff Puts Up Points

  • Loyola long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff recorded his first career assist just over 10 minutes into the game against Mount St. Mary’s, and then he did not waste any time in picking up his second. The sophomore, who dished a pass in transition to Mike Sawyer who scored with 4:23 to go in the first frame, carried the ball into the box and found Patrick Fanshaw who scored off the opening faceoff of the second quarter.
  • Ratliff was not done on the offensive end with his two first-half assists. In the third quarter, he cleared took a Jake Hagelin outlet pass, cleared the ball to the offensive end and buried a shot with 6:26 to go in the quarter for his second career goal.
  • He earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday after the scoring output. Against The Mount, Ratliff also picked up a career-high six ground balls. Ratliff’s three points were the most by a Loyola long-stick midfielder since P.T. Ricci scored a goal and had two assists against Bryant on March 10, 2009.
  • He added his second goal of the season against Ohio State, picking up the ground ball and scoring 13 seconds into the second half.

Man-Down Momentum

  • After not scoring a man-down goal last season, the Greyhounds tallied three in two games. Jake Hagelin scored one at Air Force, and Scott Ratliff and Matt Langan added one each at Mount St. Mary’s.
  • The three man-down goals are the most by a Loyola team since the stats has been recorded in the Greyhounds’ archives, starting in 2001. Loyola tallied two in every year from 2007-2009 and one each in 2003 and 2004.

Sawyer Scoring

  • Mike Sawyer’s ability to score from just about anywhere in the offensive zone has meant big goal scoring numbers for the sophomore this season. He leads Loyola 20 goals and is second in the ECAC with a 2.63 goals per game average.
  • For the season time in as many games, sophomore attacker Mike Sawyer scored five goals for the Greyhounds last Friday against Duke. He ripped off a quintet of goals in the second half to match the total he put up on March 5 against Bellarmine.
  • Sawyer’s 10 goals mark the first time since April 2001 that a Loyola player has scored a combined 10 goals in a span of two games. Bobby Horsey was the last Greyhound to accomplish the feat, scoring six against Butler on April 14, 2001, and following a week later with four versus Villanova.

Halftime Adjustments

  • Loyola has continued a positive trend from a year ago when it outscored opponents 41-24 in the third quarters of games and 76-55 overall after halftime.
  • This year, the Greyhounds have tallied 50 second-half goals, while holding opponents to 33. In the third quarter of seven games this year, Loyola has outscored opponents, 26-17.

5 Since ‘05

  • Since joining the ECAC Lacrosse League in 2005, Mike Sawyer’s five-goal games are the 10th and 11th respectively by a Loyola player.
  • Just two players have scored four or more goals twice in the same season. Matt Monfett did it in 2005 against Wagner and Penn State, and Cooper MacDonnell did it twice, in 2008 versus Towson and Syracuse and 2009 against the Orange and Georgetown.

Getting To Ground Balls

  • Josh Hawkins set a career-high with nine ground balls against Denver, eclipsing his previous best of seven set twice earlier this season against the U.S. Naval Academy and Bellarmine.
  • Hawkins has 35 ground balls through seven games this season, an average of 4.86 per game, to lead the Greyhounds. Last year, Hawkins played in 12 games and finished the year with 31 ground balls.

10 Quarters Of Defense

  • During a span of 10 quarters and 150 minutes of game action, Loyola allowed just nine goals. Dating from the second half against Navy in the season opener to the end of the Bellarmine game on March 5, the Greyhounds have played to a 3.60 goals against average.
  • During the stretch, Loyola outscored opponents 18-7, and the Greyhounds held opponents to just 54 total shots.

How Low Can You Go?

  • While Loyola and Towson combined for only five goals, it was not the lowest scoring game in Greyhounds history.
  • Loyola defeated Ohio State by the same score, 3-2, on March 23, 1962, nearly 59 years before Saturday’s contest. That’s a span of 588 games since Loyola played a game with five or fewer combined goals.

More On 3-2

  • Three goals ties the school record for fewest goals in a Greyhounds’ victory. In addition to the game against Ohio State in 1962, Loyola also defeated Williams College by the same score in the first game of 1954.
  • The last time Loyola allowed two or fewer goals was just 38 games ago when the Greyhounds posted a 15-1 victory at Massachusetts on March 22, 2008.

All The Way Back

  • Cade Norris scored for Navy with 5:53 to play in the second quarter, and Loyola stared down a 7-2 deficit. From that point, however, the Greyhounds went on a 6-0 run, holding the Midshipmen scoreless for 28-minutes, 5-seconds, to take an 8-7 lead. The Greyhounds completed the comeback, even after Navy tied the score at 8-8, to defeat the Midshipmen, 9-8.
  • It had been more 11 years since Loyola rallied from a five-goal deficit to defeat a team. The last time the Greyhounds accomplished the feat was on April 3, 1999, when Towson led Loyola, 12-7, with 8:56 to play in the third quarter. The Greyhounds scored nine of the game’s last 11 goals to defeat the Tigers, 16-14.

Honors For Hagelin

  • Jake Hagelin was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week on February 28 for his role in the win over Towson.
  • The 2010 ECAC Goalkeeper of the Year made six saves and directed a Greyhounds’ defense that scattered 21 shots and allowed just eight on goal.
  • Hagelin, who is tied for sixth nationally with a 5.00 goals against average, has now won seven ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors during his career.
  • He is the second Loyola player in as many weeks to be honored by the conference. Sophomore attacker Mike Sawyer was named ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three times against Navy.

Ground Control

  • The Greyhounds’ comebacks have hinged on several factors, but one of the most impressive statistics came in the ground ball category. Loyola picked up 21 in the second half to Navy’s three.
  • Loyola finished the game with a 32-16 advantage in ground balls during the game. Josh Hawkins led all players with seven, while John Schiavone had five. Scott Ratliff and Mike Sawyer each picked up four.
  • Against Towson, Loyola controlled 9-of-15 fourth-quarter ground balls and had a 27-17 advantage overall.

Possession At A Premium

  • Thanks in large part to a 21-3 ground ball advantage and 24-7 lead in shots during the second half against Navy, Loyola controlled the ball most of the time after the break.
  • The Greyhounds had possession for more than 21 of the 30 second-half minutes, including for one 5-minute, 42-second stretch that culminated in Patrick Fanshaw’s eventual game-winning goal with 68 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Up Next

  • Loyola steps out of ECAC Lacrosse League action for its next game, a 7 o’clock contest on Saturday, April 16, in Washington, D.C., at Georgetown.