Maryland Hosts Men's Lacrosse In Wednesday Night Contest

April 7, 2015

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Opponent Maryland Terrapins
Date Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location College Park, Md. | Byrd Stadium
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse plays its final non-conference game of the 2015 regular-season on Wednesday, April 8, when it makes the trip down Interstate 95 to the University of Maryland. Opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m. in Byrd Stadium.
  • Wednesday's game will be Loyola's seventh against teams ranked in the USILA poll at the time of the game, tied with Syracuse for most in the nation in 2015.
  • The Greyhounds entered Saturday game against the U.S. Naval Academy being outscored, 31-24, in the third quarter of games. However, the took the only quarter they were being outdone on the scoreboard and put up five goals to the Midshipmen's one.
  • Zach Herreweyers matched his career-high with six points and he set a new personal-best with three assists in the Navy game. All three of his assists came in transition and were on goals scored by long-poles.
  • Grant Limone was named the Corvias Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week on April 6 for the second time this season after posting nine saves against just five goals allowed in Loyola's victory over Navy.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola used a pair of 6-0 runs, on in each half, on Saturday, April 4, to go up by as many as 12 goals in what finished as a 17-7 victory over Navy at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • The Midshipmen scored the game's first goal 5:12 into the contest, but Loyola started a 3-0 run with Jay Drapeau's goal 38 seconds later. Navy would counter with a goal at 6:03 to reduce its deficit to 3-2, but Nikko Pontrello tallied his first of the game with 3:37 left in the opening quarter, spurring the first run of six-straight.
  • Navy again scored the first goal of the second half, drawing within 10-4, at 12:34 in the third, but three-straight transition goals by defenders or defensive midfielders were the start of the second 6-0 run that stretched into the fourth quarter.
  • Loyola finished with 51 shots to the Midshipmen's 31, and the Greyhounds picked up 37 of the game's 59 ground balls. Graham Savio won 15-of-26 faceoffs against a Navy team that was seventh in the nation in winning percentage entering the game.
  • Grant Limone made nine saves in goal for Loyola.

In The Polls

  • Loyola is ranked 19th in both the USILA coaches' poll and Inside Lacrosse media rankings. The Greyhounds are also tabbed 18th in the Lacrosse Magazine rankings, and it is receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse media poll.
  • Maryland comes into the game third in all three polls.

Series History

  • Loyola and Maryland will meet for the 23rd time in series history, but it will be just the third game between the program since 1999. The Terrapins hold a 20-2 advantage in the all-time series following a 12-10 win on Feb. 23, 2013, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • That game was the first regular-season meeting between Maryland and Loyola since March 19, 1989, when the Greyhounds scored their first win in the series, a 10-8 decision in the title game of the Loyola/George Transfer Invitational. Current Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey was the Greyhounds' starting goalkeeper in that game.
  • In the 2013 game, the top-ranked Greyhounds scored the first goal of each half, but No. 2 Maryland went on a 5-0 run in the first and 3-0 stretch in the second to take command of the game. Kevin Cooper put the Terrapins up, 10-4, with just under 11 minutes left in the third quarter, but the Greyhounds scored four of the next five to get within three, 11-8, on a Matt Sawyer strike with 2:53 left in the frame.
  • John Haus scored four goals and had an assist for Maryland to lead all scorers, while Chris Layne tallied two goals and an assist for the Greyhounds.
  • The previous meeting between the teams came on May 28, 2012, in the NCAA Championships Game, a 9-3 victory by the Greyhounds in Foxborough, Massachusetts, that gave Loyola its first-ever Division I title in any sport.
  • Maryland and Loyola first played on April 6, 1940. This game will be the Greyhounds' first in College Park since the 1958 season.

Getting To The Ground Balls

  • Loyola enters the game leading the Patriot League with 33.1 ground balls per game, a mark that stands ninth in NCAA Division I, as well. The number helps to demonstrate the difference between games won and lost, as well, for Loyola, as the Greyhounds have a seven-ground ball advantage in games won (34.5-28.5), while they pick up just 2.2 more (31.4-29.2) in the five games they have lost.
  • Entering last Saturday's game against Navy, the Midshipmen led the Patriot League and were ninth in Division I in the category, averaging 34.3 per game. Loyola, however, controlled a 37-22 advantage off the ground in the 17-7 Greyhounds win.

Hat Tricks For Herreweyers

  • Zach Herreweyers, a mid-season addition to the Tewaaraton Watch List, 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, and the junior matched his career-high with six at the Army. He had a trio of goals at Lafayette and three more versus Navy, giving him seven hat tricks in 11 games this year and 10 games with two or more goals.
  • So far, he has scored his 36 goals this season on 91 total shots for a team-best .396 shooting percentage. He also had a career-high three assists versus the Midshipmen, all coming in transition on goals scored by long poles.
  • Herreweyers' 36 goals thus far in 2015 are tied for third most amongst NCAA Division I players, and he is sixth in goals per game (3.27) through April 6.
  • His hat tricks against Virginia, Penn State, Towson, Lehigh, Army, Lafayette and Navy give him 12 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 11 so far in 2015 for a total of 22.
  • With 55 career goals in 21 games, he is averaging 2.5 goals per game and 2.82 points with 62 career points.

Pontrello Putting Up Points

  • Nikko Pontrello has been held without a point just twice in the last 28 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 16 goals and 19 assists in nine 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 is second on the team this season with 38 points -- 17 goals and a team-high 21 assists. Against Lafayette, he moved into the Loyola's all-time top-15 in points, goals and assists to become one of eight players to be in the top-15 in all three categories. Through the Navy game, he is 12th in points (146), 13th in assists (58) and tied for 14th in goals (88).

From The Middle

  • Three of the Greyhounds' five top scorers through 11 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 (23) and third in points (36) after tallying three goals and an assist versus Navy. 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 18 total goals and is fifth with 21 points. Dennis set a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- against the Midshipmen, and he has 15 goals and nine assists so far this season. His 24 points are fourth on the team.
  • Of Loyola's 130 goals and 81 assists, 43.0 percent of goals (56 total) and 30.9 percent of assists (25) 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. With two assists against Navy, he is second on the team with 16.

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 seven goals on 11 possessions in the last five games (63.6 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.
  • Against Navy, which entered the game ranked seventh nationally in faceoff percentage as a team, Savio won 15-of-26 (57.6)
  • Overall, Loyola has won 162-of-281 faceoffs this season, a 57.7 percent success rate, the No. 13 mark in Division I. Through 11 games, Savio is winning faceoffs at a 60.3 percent clip (141-of-234) in his sophomore campaign.

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 39 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers through 11 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 41 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 17 caused turnovers and has also picked up 33 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 44, and he has also contributed on the offensive end of the field. Fournier posted a career-best two assists March 7 at Duke, and through 11 games, he has nine points with four 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 76 occasions. With the win over Navy, Loyola has won 80.3 percent of those games (61-15).

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 50-13 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 last season and 6-5 this year) for a .794 mark.
  • Duke has won 55 games during that time, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage (55-17, .764).

Up Next

  • Loyola heads to Boston University on Saturday, April 11, for the first of two road games to close the regular-season. The Greyhounds will face the Terriers at 1 o'clock at Nickerson Field.
  • Following that game, Loyola wraps up regular-season play on Friday, April 17, with a 7 p.m. game at Bucknell University.