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Men's Lacrosse Makes Trip To New England To Face Terriers

April 10, 2015

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Opponent Boston University Terriers
Date Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Boston, Mass. | Nickerson Field
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland plays the second of a three-game roadtrip to close the 2015 regular-season when it travels to New England for its first-ever game at Boston University.
  • The Terriers will host the Greyhounds in a 1 p.m. faceoff on Saturday, April 11, at Nickerson Field.
  • The Greyhounds have played eight of their 12 games this season against teams that were ranked in the USILA Coaches' Poll at the time of the game, most of any program nationally.
  • Seven of Loyola's 10 goals Wednesday night at the University of Maryland came from the sticks of two players, Brian Sherlock and Zack Sirico. Sherlock set a career-high with four goals, while Sirico matched his previous best with three.
  • Sherlock moved within one of the team-lead in points, bring his 2015 total to 40 (27 goals, 13 assists). Nikko Pontrello and Zach Herreweyers remain tied for the top spot with 41 each.
  • The Greyhounds had a season-low nine turnovers in the game Wednesday night, but six came in the third quarter when the Terrapins outscored them, 4-2, to take a 10-7 lead.

Last Time Out
  • The University of Maryland went on a 3-0 run midway through the third quarter to lead, 10-7, after Bobby Gribbin scored with 5:27 left in the period, but Loyola rallied to score three-straight itself and tied the game with 5:45 remaining in regulation on Brian Sherlock's fourth of the contest.
  • Bryan Cole, however, cut across the middle and caught a high-to-low pass by Joe LoCascio, scoring with 3:05 on the clock to give the third-ranked Terrapins an 11-10 advantage.
  • Loyola had two possessions thereafter, but two Greyhounds shots were saved, and another two were wide, so Maryland held on for the non-conference home win.
  • Loyola's 10 goals, led by four from Sherlock and three by Zack Sirico, were tied for the most that Maryland has allowed this season. The Terrapins entered th game leading the nation in fewest goals allowed per game (4.8), nearly two goals better than second place.
  • The Greyhounds won 15-of-24 faceoffs in the game, led by an 11-of-19 performance by Brendan Donovan.
  • Grant Limone made 13 saves on the 24 shots on goal he faced.

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.

Series History    
  • Loyola and Boston University will meet for the second time in series history when the teams take the field on Saturday.
  • Both schools are in their second years of Patriot League membership after becoming official members in July 2013. The Terriers are in their second year, as well, of varsity men's lacrosse status.
  • The Greyhounds won the first meeting between the teams, 15-6, on April 12, 2014, at Ridley Athletic Complex. Loyola built a 3-1 first-quarter lead after Boston University opened the game with a score 58 seconds in, but the Greyhounds then scored the only goal of the second 15 minutes to lead 4-1 going into the locker rooms.
  • The Terriers got within a pair, 4-2, 1:04 into the second half, but Loyola reeled off four in a row to pad its lead to six midway through the third.
  • Nikko Pontrello scored a game-high five points with three goals and two assists, while Kevin Ryan had three and one.

Three With 40    
  • Loyola is one of only two programs in NCAA Division I with as many as three players who have scored 40 points or more this season through games of April 10.
  • Zach Herreweyers (37 goals, four assists (41 points) and Nikko Pontrello (17, 24, 41) lead the team with 41 points, and Brian Sherlock is one back (27, 13, 40).
  • The University of North Carolina is the only other team to have three players with 40 or more points. Jimmy Bitter (29, 32, 61), Joey Sankey (24, 30, 54) and Luke Goldstock (35, 14, 49) combine to form the highest-scoring threesome in Division I this year.

Against The Nation's Best Defenses    
  • The University of Maryland entered Wednesday night's game ranked No. 1 nationally in goals allowed per game, surrendering just 4.8 through its 10 previous contests. That total was nearly two goals per game fewer than the second-place team, the U.S. Military Academy.
  • Loyola has now faced both of those teams and put up point totals well above what Maryland and Army were averaging going into the contests. The Greyhounds scored 10 at Maryland, tying for the most the Terrapins have yielded this year; they tallied 12 in a March 14 win against the Black Knights, the most they have allowed in 2015.

Sherlock Scores Seven In Last Two    
  • After matching his career-high for the sixth time with three goals against Navy, Brian Sherlock went one better on Wednesday night at Maryland, scoring four to lead all players. The four goals marked his ninth multi-goal game of the season and 15th in two years with the Greyhounds. He also has six hat tricks this year, seven since 2014.
  • With seven goals in Loyola's last two games, Sherlock is now second on the team in goals scored (27) and third with 40 points and 13 assists. He is seventh amongst NCAA Division I midfielders in goal scoring.

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 12 games this year and 10 games with two or more goals.
  • So far, he has scored his 37 goals this season on 98 total shots. He also had a career-high three assists versus the Midshipmen, all coming in transition on goals scored by long poles.
  • Herreweyers' 37 goals thus far in 2015 are third most amongst NCAA Division I players, and he is ninth in goals per game (3.08) through April 10.
  • 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 12 so far in 2015 for a total of 23.
  • With 56 career goals in 23 games, he is averaging 2.43 goals per game and 2.74 points with 63 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 22 assists in 10 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, and he had three at Maryland. 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 tied for first on the team this season with 41 points -- 17 goals and a team-high 24 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 (149), 11th in assists (61) and tied for 14th in goals (88). He will move into the top-10 with five more assists and five more points.

From The Middle    
  • Three of the Greyhounds' six top scorers through 12 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 (27) and third in points (40) after tallying seven goals in the last two games. 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 19 total goals and is sixth with 23 points. Dennis set a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- against the Midshipmen, and he has 16 goals and nine assists so far this season. His 25 points are fourth on the team.
  • Of Loyola's 140 goals this season, 44.2 percent of goals (62 total).

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.
  • He then matched his goal-scoring high with three at Maryland, and he added an assist for four points to move into fifth on the team with 24 points this year. His 17 assists are second on the team.

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). Loyola was then 15-of-24 (62.5) at Maryland with Donovan going 11-of-19 (57.9).
  • Overall, Loyola has won 177-of-305 faceoffs this season, a 58.0 percent success rate, the No. 12 mark in Division I. Through 12 games, Savio is winning faceoffs at a 60.7 percent clip (145-of-239) 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 40 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers through 12 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 42 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 36 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.

Leading Transition Scoring    
  • A large part of Loyola's success over the past several years has been its ability to score in transition, and this year long-stick midfielder Ryan Fournier is again leading in that capacity. He scored the first goal of the season, picking up the ground ball on the opening faceoff and sticking a shot seven seconds in against Virginia, and he set a career-high with two gaols against the Cavaliers.
  • Fournier is second on the team in ground balls with 46, and he has continued to contribute on the offensive end of the field. Fournier posted a career-best two assists March 7 at Duke, and through 12 games, he has nine points with four goals and five assists.

Get To Ten    
  • Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 77 occasions. Despite the loss at Maryland, Loyola has won 79.2 percent of those games (61-16).

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 50-14 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 last season and 6-6 this year) for a .781 mark.
  • Duke has won 55 games during that time, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage (55-17, .764).