April 14, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Following the a career-high performance on Saturday afternoon, Loyola University Maryland freshman faceoff specialist Graham Savio was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week.
Savio helped the top-ranked Greyhounds (11-1 overall, 7-0 Patriot League) control the possession game Saturday against Boston University in a 15-6 victory that clinched the Patriot League Regular-Season title and earned Loyola the right to host the 2014 Patriot League Championships, April 25-27, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
The freshman from Greenwich, Conn., won 17-of-25 restarts and picked up six ground balls. He did so against the Terriers' Sam Talkow who entered the game second in the League in faceoff percentage.
Savio's 17 faceoff wins and six ground balls were both career-highs. This season, Savio has won 55.6 percent of faceoffs he's taken (110-of-198), and he leads the Greyhounds with 55 ground balls.
He is the third Loyola player to win Rookie of the Week honors this season, joining midfielders Romar Dennis (February 10) and Brian Sherlock (February 24). Overall, the Greyhounds have won 17 weekly honors from the conference this season.
Loyola wraps up its Patriot League regular-season schedule on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. when it hosts Bucknell University. The game will air live on CBS Sports Network.