|Opponent||Boston University Terriers|
|Date||Saturday, April 16, 2016|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds
- Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse returns to Ridley Athletic Complex for two-straight home games to close the 2016 regular-season.
- The Greyhounds will host Boston University at 12 noon on Saturday, April 16, in the first game of a Loyola doubleheader. The women’s team hosts Lehigh University at 3 p.m.
- Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all 11 games to start his collegiate career, and he has seven multi-goal and seven multi-assist games.
- Spencer has posted his two highest goal totals in the Greyhounds’ last two games, scoring four times at Colgate and putting up three at Lehigh.
- Zach Herreweyers matched Spencer’s three goals and one assist Saturday at Lehigh, his first goals since returning from injury.
- Loyola’s defense has played to a 6.00 goals against average over its last four games, limiting Georgetown, Bucknell, Colgate and Lehigh to 24 goals total.
- After winning 43.8 percent of faceoffs in its first seven games, Loyola has won 67.9 percent in its last four. It also has a 129-100 ground ball advantage in those games.
Last Time Out
- Pat Spencer scored two-straight goals to stop a 6-1 Lehigh University run and spark a 4-0 Loyola University Maryland rally that pushed the 13th-ranked Greyhounds past the Mountain Hawks, 11-10, last Saturday.
- Lehigh (6-5, 4-3) scored the second half’s first three goals, taking a 9-7 lead when John Mehok slipped a pass to Billy Oppenheimer on the crease for a goal with the 30-second clock on at 5:55 in the third quarter.
- Oppenheimer’s goal was the final of a 6-1 Lehigh run that started midway through the second quarter and was spelled only with a Loyola goal at the halftime buzzer.
- Spencer scored with 64 seconds left in the third when he dodged from behind, bounced off his defender and stepped back to clear space before shooting a left-handed to bounce one inside the nearside post, drawing Loyola within one heading into the final quarter, and he added another goal 3:11 into the fourth.
- Jeff Chase scored the go-ahead goal with 8:19 to play, and Zach Herreweyers tallied another at 4:49 before Lehigh scored less than a minute later.
In The Polls
- Loyola checks in at No. 12 in the USILA coaches poll and 13th in the Inside Lacrosse media version after its win at Lehigh.
- Loyola and Boston University will meet for the third time in series history when the teams take the field on Saturday.
- Both schools are in their third years of Patriot League membership after becoming official members in July 2013. The Terriers are in their third 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.
- Last year, Loyola went up 5-1 in the first quarter, but Boston University rallied to cut its deficit to two more than midway through the fourth quarter, but the Greyhounds held on for an 8-6 victory on April 11, 2015, at Nickerson Field.
- The Terriers scored the game’s first goal on a Jack Wilson strike 1:09 into the contest, but Loyola reeled off five in a row as Tyler Albrecht scored twice, followed by one form Brian Sherlock and two from Zach Herreweyers to put the Greyhounds in front by four with just over a minute to go in the opening stanza.
- Boston University score two in the first 8:18 of the second quarter, but Herreweyers’ third made it 6-3 Greyhounds with 3:51 left in the frame. Jay Drapeau then scored off a Johnny Giuffreda pass with 10 ticks left in the half, and Loyola was up four at the break.
- Zack Sirico scored the second half’s first goal at 12:38 in the third quarter, but the Greyhounds would not score again in the remaining 27-plus minutes of the game.
- Boston University outshot Loyola, 15-2, in the fourth quarter and 30-12 in the second half, but the Greyhounds defense pushed most of the shots out to longer range, and Grant Limone made 17 saves in goal for the Greyhounds.
Defense Digging In
- Over the last four games, Loyola’s defense has allowed just 24 combined goals to Georgetown, Bucknell, Colgate and Lehigh, an average of 6.0 per game. In that span, the four opponents have taken 128 shots, but they have scored on just 18.8 percent of the attempts. As of April 13, Loyola’s defense is ranked 10th in NCAA Division I in goals allowed per game (8.0).
- Loyola has also forced 52 turnovers in the four games, 26 coming on caused turnovers. The Greyhounds have also played less defense, as they have controlled the possession game, winning 57-of-84 (.679) faceoffs during that time while picking up 129 ground balls to their opponents’ 100.
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. He posted his second-straight game with three or more goals on April 9 at Lehigh, scoring three and assisting on another.
- Through 11 games, Spencer leads Loyola in points (46), assists (25) and goals (21). He has scored two or more points in all 1 of the Greyhounds’ games. He has even multi-goal, and seven multi-assist, games. His 25 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 2.27 assists per game, a total that is tops among freshmen. His 4.18 points per game are tied for 12th 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 and he had 14 saves in an 11-10 win at Lehigh on April 9.
Taking Care Of The Ball
- Through 11 games this season, and national games as of Wednesday, April 13, the Greyhounds are fifth in NCAA Division I in fewest turnovers per game. Loyola has averaged just 11.09 miscues in its 11 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 eight wins, 60.6 percent (54-of-89) 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 14 goals so far this year, Herreweyers has scored 61 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 Lehigh raised his career total to 17. Herreweyers has scored three or more goals in nearly half of his collegiate games (35). With 80 goals and 92 points, he is averaging 2.29 goals per game and 2.63 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.
Begley Getting To Ground Balls
- Sophomore short-stick defensive midfielder Brian Begley has put up some of the best numbers of his young career in Loyola’s last four games, picking up 14 ground balls in the process. He scooped up four at Georgetown to set a new personal-best, and he equaled that at Colgate only to go one better with five at Lehigh.
- 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 105-52 since 2006 at the helm of the Greyhounds program.
- Toomey is ninth among active Division I coaches in winning percentage (.669).
- 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
- With his goal at the buzzer of the first half at Lehigh, Brian Sherlock scored his 100th point in a Loyola uniform. Last year, he 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 tied for second on the team in each.
- His second goal of the season was the 50th of his career. With 14 goals and nine assists through 11 games this year, Sherlock has 62 and 38 for 100 points in 43 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, twice versus Bucknell and at Lehigh to bring his career total to 14 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 85 occasions. With the win over Bucknell, Loyola has won 80 percent of those games (68-17).
- 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 59-18 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 in 2014, 7-8 in 2015 and 8-3 this season) for a .756 mark.
- Denver has won 65 games during that time and has a .783 winning percentage.
- The Greyhounds host a nationally-televised game to close the regular-season on Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m. against the U.S. Military Academy. The game will air live on CBS Sports Network.
- With its win at Lehigh, Loyola clinched a spot in the upcoming Patriot League Championships, as well.