#8 Men's Lacrosse, #9 Hoyas Tangle Saturday At Ridley

April 14, 2010


Game Information
Opponent Georgetown
Date April 17, 2010
Time 12 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Television ESPNU | WMAR-TV/ABC-2
Radio WNST-AM 1570
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Game Data

  • Loyola takes on a Top 15 team for the second week in a row when Georgetown comes to Awalt Field at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 17, 2010, for a 12 p.m. faceoff.

In The Polls

  • Loyola moved up one spot in the USILA Coaches' Poll this week to No. 8, while Georgetown is one slot back at No. 9.
  • The teams are flipped this week in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Rankings with Georgetown at No. 8 and Loyola tied with Cornell in the No. 9 hole.
  • Eighth in the highest ranking for Loyola since the Greyhounds held the same position during the week of March 3, 2003, prior to a game at Duke.

Turn On The Television

  • Saturday's game will be televised live on a national and local level. WMAR-TV/ABC-2 will broadcast the game in the Baltimore area, and it will air nationally on ESPNU. Scott Garceau will handle the play-by-play, and Stephen McElduff will provide analysis.

Series History

  • Saturday's game will be the 33rd meeting in a series between Loyola and Georgetown that dates back to 1970. The Greyhounds hold a 26-6 advantage in the all-time series.
  • While Loyola has won three of the last four meetings, the Hoyas are 5-3 in the last eight contests. Georgetown won four-straight from 2002-2005.
  • This rivalry continues on the heels of two nail-biter wins by the Greyhounds. Loyola won 11-9 on April 12, 2008, when the Hoyas were ranked fourth nationally, and the Greyhounds left Multi-Sport Field with an 8-7 victory last season.

Slew Of Saves

  • Jake Hagelin has been at his best over the last several week in goal for the Greyhounds. He earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday after making 13 saves on 17 Fairfield shots on goal last weekend. Hagelin and the Greyhounds' defense held the Stags to a season-low four goals in the game.
  • The Fairfield game was Hagelin's third-straight with 13 or more saves, the longest such streak of his career.
  • Hagelin dropped his season goals-against average to 6.78 with his effort against Fairfield, the No. 2 mark in NCAA Division I. He is also fourth in the NCAA in saves percentage, making stops on .605 of the 148 shots on goal he's faced this year.
  • Hagelin and North Carolina's Chris Madalon (6.31) are the only goalies in Division I to post goals against averages of less than 7.00.

`D' Stands Tall

NCAA Scoring
Defense Leaders
Rank Name G GA GPG
1 North Carolina 11 70 6.36
2 Loyola 9 61 6.78
3 Virginia 11 81 7.36
4 Fairfield 9 68 7.56
5 Drexel 11 86 7.82
6 Quinnipiac 9 71 7.89
7 Syracuse 9 72 8.00
8 Bucknell 11 90 8.18
9 Cornell 10 82 8.20
10t. Notre Dame 10 84 8.40
10t. Hofstra 10 84 8.40

  • Loyola's defense held Fairfield to just four goals on Saturday, marking the third time this season the Greyhounds have limited opponents to five or fewer goals.
  • Loyola stymied the Air Force attack in an 18-3 win, and they held Quinnipiac to five. Only one Loyola opponent (Notre Dame) has scored more 10 or more goals. The Fighting Irish scored 11.
  • The Greyhounds are second in NCAA Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 6.78 goals per game.

Something Will Have To Give

  • Saturday's game pits a Top-10 defense against a Top-10 offense. The Hoyas enter the game ninth in scoring offense with an average of 11.9 goals per game, while Loyola is second defensively.

Month Of Defense

  • In the last month of action, Loyola has held five opponents to an average of six goals per game. Ohio State scored nine goals on April 3, and Duke tallied eight on March 13, but Air Force, Towson and Fairfield could manage just three, six and four, respectively.
  • The stretch of five games holding opponents to single-digits in the scoring column is the second longest during the five seasons Charley Toomey has been head coach at Loyola. Loyola held eight opponents to nine or fewer goals from May 6, 2006-March 24, 2007.
  • During the last five games, the Greyhounds have held opponents to a .199 shooting percentage, as they have scored on just 30 of 151 shots.
  • Loyola is 4-1 during the last five games.

Third Hat Trick

  • Eric Lusby tallied his third hat trick of the 2010 season on Saturday with three goals in the first two quarters against Fairfield. He scored the first two and then the fifth goal of the game for the Greyhounds.
  • The junior midfielder is third on the team with a career-high 15 goals, tops amongst Loyola midfielders.
  • Lusby now has four multi-goal games this season - he had two against Air Force - and he has at least one goal in eight of nine games. Lusby also has scored at least one point in all nine of the Greyhounds' games.

Two Pair

  • Cooper MacDonnell had two goals and two assists in the win over Fairfield last Saturday, his first two-assist game of the season.
  • The senior attacker assisted on Eric Lusby's first goal of the game, and he then scored Loyola's third and fourth goals to put the Greyhounds in front, 4-1, with 14:02 to go in the second quarter. Just over two minutes later, he assisted on another Lusby goal.
  • MacDonnell, who missed the Bellarmine, Notre Dame and Air Force games with a shoulder injury, returned to the starting lineup on March 27 against Towson. In six games this year, he leads the ECAC in goals per game (2.67) and is second in points (3.33).
  • The Preseason ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, MacDonnell has scored 71 goals and 87 total points in 43 career games.

Scoring Second Midfield

  • Loyola's second midfield line - Davis Butts, Taylor Ebsary and Chris Hurst - had a superb day against Ohio State, combing for three goals, three assists, six ground balls and a caused turnover.
  • Hurst scored his first two goals of the season, while Ebsary had a goal and three assists. Each of the three players picked up two ground balls.
  • The line then posted two goals and two assists last Saturday against Fairfield. Hurst had a goal and an assist; Butts scored once; Ebsary had an assist.

Ebsary's Everywhere

  • Taylor Ebsary was named the ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, April 5, sharing the honor with Fairfield goalkeeper Joe Marra.
  • In Loyola's 11-9 win over Ohio State, the senior co-captain scored a career-high four points on a goal and three assists. He also picked up two ground balls and caused a turnover.
  • Defensively, he had primary responsibility for marking Ohio State's Logan Schuss, the Buckeyes' leading scorer entering the game. Schuss was held without a goal. This season, Ebsary has put up great two-way numbers. He's second on the team with nine assists, and he has scored four goals. Ebsary is second on the squad with 25 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.

Another Attacker Shut Down

  • Fairfield's Sam Snow entered last Saturday's game as the Stags' leading scorer with 10 goals and nine assists, but he was limited to just one goal and one assist versus Loyola, thanks in large part to the defense of Steve Layne.
  • Layne leads the Greyhounds with 10 caused turnovers this season, and he is third on the team with 24 ground balls. While the statistics are nice, Layne's presence has been felt mostly in ways that don't show up on the scoresheet, namely in opponents' goals and assists.

Scoring Out Of The Locker Room

  • Loyola has outscored opponents 24-11 in the first quarter of games this season, helped in large part to a 15-3 advantage in the Greyhounds' last four games.
  • Loyola has been nearly as strong coming out of the locker room following halftime, scoring 25 third-quarter goals while holding opponents to just 13. In its last four games, Loyola has outscored opponents 9-4 in the third.

Schiavone Still Shining

  • After winning 16-of-23 faceoffs against Ohio State, Loyola had won 70.9-percent of faceoffs (56-of-79) in its last four games, it's best four-game success rate since winning 68.8-percent (55-of-80) from March 6-27, 2004, in games against Hofstra, Duke, Notre Dame and Brown.
  • John Schiavone was even better, winning 72.5-percent (50-of-69) of the restarts he's taken against Duke, Air Force, Towson and Ohio State. In that stretch Schiavone has picked up 32 ground balls, as well.
  • Schiavone grabbed nine ground balls and also scored a goal on a fast-break off a faceoff win against Ohio State. He is winning restarts at a .581 clip this season, good for 12th in NCAA Division I. He is also 11th in the nation with 5.44 ground balls per game.
  • This season, Steve Vaikness' faceoff unit is winning restarts at a rate 57.6-percent, the sixth-best mark nationally by a team.

Killing Penalties

  • Loyola's man-down defense has been a critical part of the Greyhounds' success this year. Loyola is holding opponents to just a 25-percent success rate on extra-man opportunities, the ninth-best mark in the NCAA.
  • The Greyhounds have held Bellarmine, Notre Dame and Towson scoreless on EMOs, and only one opponent (Navy) has scored more than one man-up goal this season.

Dircks' Defense Solid

  • After missing the entire 2009 season with a knee injury, Steve Dircks has come all the way back, earning his first insertion to the Greyhounds' starting lineup in 2010. Dircks was back in the starting lineup for the fist time against Notre Dame, finishing with a season-high three caused turnovers versus the Fighting Irish He then had five ground balls and two caused turnovers against Duke.
  • He earned All-ECAC Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2008 after becoming a starter early in the season.

Defending Home Turf

  • Whether in previous years at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field or this season at the new Awalt Field at Ridley Athletic Complex, Loyola has been outstanding at defending its home field in ECAC Lacrosse League games.
  • Since joining the conference in 2005, Loyola is 18-1 against league foes at home.

Listen In

  • The Loyola-Georgetown game will be broadcast live in the Baltimore area on WNST-AM 1570 with Chris Gunkel `90 calling the play-by-play action. For those outside of the WNST listening area, the broadcast can also be heard for free on

ECAC Honors

Fanshaw's Five

  • Patrick Fanshaw became the first Loyola freshman in 15 years to score five goals. The Glyndon, Md., native scored five times and added an assist for a career-high six points on March 20 against Air Force.
  • Chris Georgalas was the last Greyhounds' player to accomplish the task as a freshman, scoring five goals twice during his first season, April 7, 1995, against Hofstra, and April 22, 1995, versus Delaware.

Multiple Multi-Point Games

  • Collin Finnerty had just one goal against both Ohio State ad Fairfield, breaking a string of six-straight games with three or more points.
  • The senior attacker leads Loyola with 18 goals and 25 points this season and had scored three or more points in seven of the Greyhounds' nine games this year.

Teawaaraton Watch List

  • Collin Finnerty was named to the 2010 Tewaaraton Award Watch List in March. The award is presented annually to the top collegiate lacrosse player across all NCAA divisions.

Preseason Prognostications

  • Loyola received accolades - as a team and individually - from several outlets before the season started. The Greyhounds were picked to win the ECAC Lacrosse Conference by the league's coaches, while senior attacker Cooper MacDonnell was tabbed the ECAC Preseason Player of the Year. Senior defender Steve Layne joined MacDonnell on the Preseason All-ECAC team.
  • Inside Lacrosse tabbed Loyola to win the ECAC, as well, and three Greyhounds earned Preseason All-America honors from the publication. Junior faceoff middie John Schiavone was named to the Third Team, while MacDonnell and Layne earned honorable mention.

Designation Change

  • As of September 25, 2009, Loyola is officially known as `Loyola University Maryland.' Since its founding in 1852, it was recognized as `Loyola College,' but it was approved for a designation change by the Maryland Higher Education Council in September.

Up Next

  • Loyola is back on the road to close out ECAC play with an April 24 game at Hobart and a May 2 contest at Denver. The Greyhounds return to Ridley on May 8 for a nationally-televised game against Johns Hopkins.