Hoyas, #20/19 Men's Lacrosse Clash In Nation's Capital

April 13, 2011

Game Information
Opponent Georgetown Hoyas
Date Saturday, April 16, 2011
Time 7 p.m.
Location Washington, D.C. | Multi-Sport Field
Radio WNST-AM 1570
Television Verizon FIOS 1
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Game Data

  • Loyola University Maryland takes a one-week hiatus from ECAC Lacrosse League action on Saturday when it heads down Interstate 95 for a 7 o’clock date with former conference foe Georgetown at Multi-Sport Field.

Series History

  • Georgetown and the Greyhounds will play for the 34th time in series history on Saturday. The Greyhounds have a 27-6 advantage in the previous 33 meetings, thanks in large part to a 20-game winning streak from 1974-2001.
  • The Hoyas were victorious in five of six from 2002-2007, but the Greyhounds are currently riding a three-game winning streak in the rivalry.
  • The last four meetings have been decided by a total of 10 goals with the largest margin of victory by either team coming last year when Loyola won, 11-6.
  • In that game, Cooper MacDonnell and Collin Finnerty each had three goals, and Jake Hagelin made 14 saves for the Greyhounds. John Schiavone won 15-of-20 face-offs and had six ground balls, as well.

Finishing Strong

  • Loyola trailed Fairfield, 6-5, when Max Trunz scored with 4:39 to play in regulation last Saturday. The Greyhounds, however, dominated possession for most the remaining minutes.
  • John Schiavone won all three face-offs from that point forward, and Loyola had the ball for over three minutes in the rest of regulation.
  • Chris Palmer scored the game-tying goal, diving from goal-line extended and managing to stay out of the crease, with 2:50 to play in regulation.
  • D.J. Comer then scored the game-winner 49 seconds into overtime to lift the Greyhounds to the victory.

D.J. Delivers

  • D.J. Comer had the fourth multi-goal game of his career on Saturday against Fairfield, scoring once in the third quarter and again in overtime.
  • Comer’s overtime goal was the first game-winner of his collegiate career and one he termed ‘the biggest of his life.’
  • The play started when John Schiavone won the overtime face-off and got the ball behind to Davis Butts. Butts sprinted from X to the left of Fairfield goalkeeper Charlie Cipriano. He threw a pass to Chris Basler up high on the left side, and Basler swung it to Comer on the right. Comer dodged past a Stags’ defender and beat Cipriano stick-side and high.
  • Comer made his third-straight start in the midfield against Fairfield.

Ground Balls Out Of The Gate

  • Loyola has set the tone for the ground ball battle during the first halves of its last two games. Two weeks ago, the Greyhounds picked up 21 ground balls in the first half to Ohio State’s six. Loyola finished the game with a 38-19 advantage in the win over the Buckeyes.
  • Last Saturday, the Greyhounds more than doubled-up Fairfield in the first quarter, 11-5, and they controlled 19 ground balls in the first half while the Stags got to 10. In the game, Loyola was aided by a 33-22 overall advantage.
  • This season, Loyola has averaged 32.6 per game, while holding its opponents to 24.1.

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 eight goals, all coming in the Greyhounds’ last three games after tallying two at Mount St. Mary’s on March 26 and one versus Fairfield 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 against Mount St. Mary’s and Ohio State came on just seven shots. He currently leads the Greyhounds with a.533 shot percentage.

Stepping Up His Game

  • Matt Langan had his second-straight five-point game against Ohio State, scoring three goals to go with two assists. The week before, he had two goals and three assists at Mount St. Mary’s.
  • He scored twice against Fairfield to raise his team-leading point total to 28. Over Loyola’s last three games, Langan has 12 points on seven goals and five assists. Langan’s 1.78 assists per game are tops in the ECAC Lacrosse League and tied for seventh in Division I.

Scorers Shut Down

  • Ohio State’s Logan Schuss entered the game against Loyola 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.
  • Last Saturday, the Loyola defense held Fairfield’s top three scorers – Sam Snow, Doug Kuring and Eric Warden – to just one goal and one assist. Entering the contest, the trio combined to average nearly three goals and 2.5 assists for the Stags.

Unsettled Scoring

  • Loyola used its transition game to trigger offensive production for the second-straight game 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 three 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 the Ohio State game, Schiavone crossed the 200-ground ball and 400-face-off win plateaus. He now has 215 and 416, respectively.

Penalty Killing Prowess

  • The Greyhounds’ man-down unit has been one of the best in the nation this year, killing penalties at an 77.4-percent success rate. Loyola has allowed just seven extra-man goals in 31 opportunities, the No. 7 mark in Division I.

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-38 (.447) on extra-man opportunities this season, the seventh-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.

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 54 second-half goals, while holding opponents to 37. In the third quarter of seven games this year, Loyola has outscored opponents, 28-19.

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.

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

  • The Greyhounds return to Ridley Athletic Complex for the final time in 2011 on April 23 to host Hobart at 12 noon. The game, which is also senior day at Loyola, will be broadcast live on WMAR/ABC-2 in the Baltimore area.