Lehigh, Men's Lacrosse Meet Saturday In Bethlehem

April 7, 2016

Game Information
Opponent Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Date Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time 2:00 p.m.
Location Bethlehem, Pa. | Ulrich Sports Complex
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NOTE: Saturday's game has been moved to Ulrich Sports Complex because of the weather conditions. Please use the link above for directions.

Quick Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse plays its second-straight Patriot League road contest when they travel to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
  • The Greyhounds play at Lehigh University in a 2 p.m. faceoff.
  • Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all 10 games to start his collegiate career, and he has six multi-goal and seven multi-assist games.
  • Spencer earned Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday after scoring a career-high four goals to go with an assist at Colgate. He has also earned conference Rookie of the Week honors three times in 2016.
  • Zack Sirico has put up back-to-back three-point games after posting a goal and two assists against Bucknell and then matching his career-best with three goals at Colgate.
  • Loyola's defense has played to a 4.67 goals against average over its last three games, limiting Georgetown, Bucknell and Colgate to 14 combined goals.
  • After winning 43.8 percent of faceoffs in its first seven games, Loyola has won 70 percent in its last three games. It also has a 99-70 ground ball advantage in those games.
  • Last Time Out

    • Loyola scored the game's first three goals, and the Greyhounds allowed just one Colgate goal in each quarter to defeat the host Raiders, 12-4, on Sunday afternoon in Hamilton, New York.
    • Graham Savio went 13-of-17 on faceoffs, picking up seven ground balls, and Loyola won 15-of-19 restarts overall.
    • Pat Spencer scored a career-high four goals, while Zack Sirico matched his previous best with three goals. Brian Sherlock scored twice and had an assist, and Jordan Germershausen tallied a career-best two assists.
    • Jacob Stover made 10 saves between the pipes, while Loyola held its second-straight opponent to four goals or fewer.
    • Loyola jumped in front less than two minutes into the game when Tyler Albrecht beat his defender down the right alley and scored at 13:05. Spencer added his first of the game 2:26 later when he took advantage of his defender stumbling to get free topisde.
    • Sirico was on the receiving end of a Sherlock pass after the latter dodged hard down the middle, drew a slide and found Sirico waiting on the crease for his first of the day at 9:38.

    In The Polls    

    • Loyola checks in at No. 13 in the USILA coaches poll and 15th in the Inside Lacrosse media version after its win at Colgate.

    Series History    

    • Loyola and Lehigh will meet for the 11th time on the lacrosse field when the teams take the field Saturday, the second time in Patriot League regular-season play. The Greyhounds have won all 10 previous meetings, including two Patriot League regular-season games and the 2013 Patriot League Championship Game.
    • Prior to the teams' 2014 regular-season meeting at Lehigh on March 1, the Greyhounds, who are 9-0 all-time against the Mountain Hawks, last played Lehigh on April 15, 1998. Loyola won that game 20-2 at Curley Field in a season which the Greyhounds would reach the NCAA Semifinals.
    • In last year's meeting, Zach Herreweyers scored a career-high six goals, and Graham Savio went 16-of-21 on faceoffs with 12 ground balls as the Greyhounds beat the Mountain Hawks, 11-8, on February 28, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
    • Herreweyers broke a 3-3 tie with 8:41 to go in the second quarter, and he scored the next two, putting Loyola in front, 6-3, at halftime.
    • Lehigh would get within one, scoring the first two of the second half, but Herreweyers' fifth of the game came at 8:40 in the third quarter to push the lead to 7-5.
    • The Mountain Hawks tied the game at 8-8 on a Billy Oppenheimer goal with 73 seconds left in the third quarter, but that was the last goal they would score in the. Herreweyers broke the tie with a goal 2:29 into the third quarter, and Brian Sherlock would score twice in the final eight minutes to secure the win.

    Defense Digging In    

    • Over the last three games, Loyola's defense has allowed just 14 combined goals to Georgetown, Bucknell and Colgate, an average of 4.67 per game. In that span, the three opponents have taken 93 shots, but they have scored on just 15.1 percent of the attempts. As of April 7, Loyola's defense is ranked 11th in NCAA Division I in goals allowed per game (7.8).
    • Loyola has also forced 43 turnovers in the three games, 22 coming on caused turnovers. The Greyhounds have also played less defense, as they have controlled the possession game, winning 42-of-60 (.700) faceoffs during that time while picking up 99 ground balls to their opponents' 70.

    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 then-season-high tying four assists at Holy Cross.
    • Spencer received his third weekly rookie honor from the conference on March 28 after logging three goals and eight assists in wins over Georgetown and Bucknell. He set career-highs with six assists and seven points against the Bison.
    • He then was named Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on April 4 after scoring a career-high four goals to go with an assist in a 12-4 win at Colgate.
    • Through 10 games, Spencer leads Loyola in points (42), assists (24) and goals (18). He has scored two or more points in all 10 of the Greyhounds' games. He has six multi-goal, and seven multi-assist, games. His 24 assists rank third on Loyola's all-time freshmen lists; Dave Kasemeyer had 31 in 1984, and Gary Hanley tallied 28 in 1978.
    • Spencer is seventh nationally with 2.40 assists per game, a total that is tops among freshmen. His 24 assists are fourth in Division I. His 4.20 points per game are tied for 15th nationally and also lead all freshmen.

    Stover's First Starts    

    • Jacob Stover made his collegiate debut to start the second quarter March 19, when the Greyhounds played at the U.S. Naval Academy. He finished with four goals, four ground balls and five goals allowed in 45 minutes of action against the Midshipmen.
    • Stover then made his first start on March 23 against Georgetown, and the freshman finished with nine saves while allowing just seven goals. He continued his solid play by yielding only one goal in more than 49 minutes of action against Bucknell, making 12 saves against the Bison. For his efforts against Georgetown, Stover was named the Corvias Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week and USILA/Lids Team Sports National Defensive Player of the Week.
    • He followed those games with a 10-save, four-goals allowed performance on April 3 at Colgate.

    Stepping Up    

    • Jordan Germershausen made his first start on attack since the second game of the 2015 season March 23 at Georgetown, and the junior made the most of his opportunity. He scored twice in both the first and second quarters to help Loyola built a 7-3 halftime lead.
    • Germershausen scored on the first four shots he took against the Hoyas, scoring Loyola's opening two goals of the game, and he later put the Greyhounds in front, 7-3, late in the second quarter. The four goals tripled his career total to six. Germershausen entered the game having scored twice with both goals coming on March 2, 2016, against Towson University.
    • He followed that performance by recording his second-straight hat trick with three goals last Saturday against Bucknell, giving him nine on the season.

    Taking Care Of The Ball    

    • Through nine games this season, and national games as of Wednesday, April 6, the Greyhounds are sixth in NCAA Division I in fewest turnovers per game. Loyola has averaged just 11.13 miscues in its 10 outings.
    • Loyola was charged with 15 turnovers in a season-opening win at Virginia, but since then, they have averaged just 10.25 per game. The Greyhounds had eight turnovers against both Johns Hopkins and Towson and a season-low seven versus Duke.

    Spreading The Wealth    

    • With a season-high 10 assists on 14 goals March 26 against Bucknell, the Greyhounds continued their trend of posting high assist totals in games they have won this season. In Loyola's seven wins, 61.5 percent (48-of-78) goals have been assisted. Conversely, only 39.1 percent (9-of-23) goals in its three losses came off assists.
    • Against Bucknell, 10 players scored goals and another two recorded assists for the Greyhounds. Loyola had five goals from its attack, four from its first midfield, two from its second midfield, one from its third midfield and a pair by long-stick midfielder Ryan Fournier.
    • Earlier this season, in a March 5 win at College of the Holy Cross, nine players scored Loyola's 10 goals.

    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 (34). 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.

    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 104-52 since 2006 at the helm of the Greyhounds program.
    • Toomey is ninth among active Division I coaches in winning percentage (.667).
    • 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 has continued to put up solid numbers in both categories this year, ranking second on the team in each.
    • His second goal of the season was the 50th of his career. With 13 goals and nine assists through 10 games this year, Sherlock has 61 and 38 for 99 points in 42 career games.

    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, Holy Cross  and twice versus Bucknell to bring his career total to 13 goals and seven assists. His two goals against the Bison matched his career-best.

    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.

    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.

    Get To Ten    

    • Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 84 occasions. With the win over Bucknell, Loyola has won 79.8 percent of those games (67-17).

    Since 2012    

    • Loyola is tied for the second-best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 58-18 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 in 2014, 7-8 in 2015 and 7-3 this season) for a .753 mark.
    • Denver has won 64 games during that time and has a .780 winning percentage.

    Up Next    

    • The Greyhounds return to Ridley Athletic Complex for the first time in April when they host Boston University in the first of a Loyola doubleheader on Saturday, April 16. The men's lacrosse team will take on the Terriers at 12 noon, while the women's side hosts Lehigh University at 3 p.m.