Regular-Season Wraps Up Friday At Bucknell For Men's Lacrosse

April 15, 2015

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Opponent Bucknell Bison
Date Friday, April 17, 2015
Time 7:00 p.m.
Location Lewisburg, Pa. | Christy Mathewson Stadium
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds
  • Loyola University Maryland wraps up its 2015 regular-season schedule on Friday, April 17, with a 7 o'clock game at Bucknell University.
  • The Greyhounds are now 4-0 in games decided by two or three goals, but they are 0-4 in outcomes separated by only one goal.
  • Loyola has allowed 50 shots on two occasions this season, at the U.S. Military Academy and Boston University, but it has come out on top in both of those contests. The Greyhounds yielded 10 goals on 50 shots at Army West Point, six against the Terriers.
  • Grant Limone was named Corvias Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week for the second time in as many weeks Monday following a 30-save performance in two contests. He made 13 shots in Loyola's 11-10 loss at No. 3 University of Maryland and 17 at Boston University. He has now won three Goalkeeper of the Week awards this season.
  • Zach Herreweyers enters Friday's game ranked eighth in the nation in goals per game (3.08), and he is fourth in total goals (40). His 40 goals this year are tied for 14th most in school single season history.

Last Time Out
  • Loyola University Maryland used a 5-0 run in the first quarter to jump out to a 5-1 advantage in the first 14 minutes of Saturday's game at Boston University, and despite not scoring for the final 27-plus minutes of the contest, the Greyhounds defeated the host Terriers, 8-6.
  • Zach Herreweyers scored back-to-back goals nine seconds apart late in the first quarter, and his second score that came off a Jay Drapeau faceoff ground ball, put Loyola in front, 5-1, with 1:23 to play in the opening quarter.
  • The Terriers scored twice midway through the second stanza, and Greg Farris' unassisted goal at 6:42 made it a 5-3 Loyola lead. Herreweyers, however, used a Brian Sherlock pass to score his third of the game with 3:51 left in the quarter.
  • Loyola tallied its seventh goal of the first half when Johnny Guiffreda rolled the crease and fed Drapeau on the opposite side for a goal with 10.1 ticks before halftime, sending the teams to the locker rooms with Loyola up four.
  • Jack Carrigan picked up a ground ball and fed Zack Sirico for a goal with 12:38 to go in the third, but Boston University scored the game's final three goals.

In The Polls    
  • Loyola is ranked 16th in both the USILA coaches' poll and the Lacrosse Magazine rankings and 17th in the and Inside Lacrosse media poll.
  • Bucknell enters Friday's game receiving votes in the USILA poll.

Series History    
  • Loyola will play Bucknell for the fifth time in series history and the second as Patriot League opponents when the teams hit the field Friday night.
  • Last year's game, a 13-5 Loyola win on April 17, 2014, was the first game between the teams since April 2, 1983 when the Greyhounds defeated the Bison, 15-8.
  • Loyola is 3-0 all-time in the series that was played in 1981, 1982 and 1983; a fourth game was scheduled for the 1984 season, but it was postponed due to weather and not rescheduled.
  • Last year, Brian Schultz scored three of his career-high six goals against the Bison in the first half to help Loyola take a 5-1 halftime lead. Nikko Pontrello added three goals and an assist, as well, in the game.

Three With 40    
  • Loyola is one of only four programs in NCAA Division I with as many as three players who have scored 40 points or more this season through games of April 14.
  • 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, Duke University and the University at Albany are the other teams in Division I with similar threesomes this year.

Against The Nation's Best Defenses    
  • The University of Maryland entered last 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 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 eight goals in Loyola's last three games, Sherlock is now second on the team in goals scored (28) and points (42); his  14 assists rank third. 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 against Lafayette, Navy and Boston University, giving him eight hat tricks in 13 games this year and 11 games with two or more goals.
  • So far, he has scored his 40 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' 40 goals thus far in 2015 are fourth most amongst NCAA Division I players, and he is eighth in goals per game (3.08) through April 14.
  • His hat tricks against Virginia, Penn State, Towson, Lehigh, Army, Lafayette, Navy and Boston U. give him 13 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 13 so far in 2015 for a total of 24.
  • With 59 career goals in 24 games, he is averaging 2.46 goals per game and 2.75 points with 66 career points.

Pontrello Putting Up Points    
  • Nikko Pontrello has been held without a point just three times in the last 29 games, since the start of the 2014 season. Penn State held him scoreless Feb. 14, Boston University did so on April 11, 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 11 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 third 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' five top scorers through 13 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 (28) and second in points (42) 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 21 total goals and is fifth with 25 points. Dennis set a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- against the Midshipmen, and he has 16 goals and 11 assists so far this season. His 27 points are fourth on the team.
  • Of Loyola's 148 goals this season, 44.6 percent of goals (66 total), have come from this trio.

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 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 25 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 182-of-323 faceoffs this season, a 56.3 percent success rate, the No. 13 mark in Division I. Through 13 games, Savio is winning faceoffs at a 60.7 percent clip (145-of-239) in his sophomore campaign. Against Patriot League competition, he leads the League with a 68.0 percent mark and is tops in the conference with 8.2 ground balls per game against conference foes.

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 41 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers through 13 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 43 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 38 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.

Limone In The League    
  • Grant Limone has earned three Corvias Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week awards, most of any player, this season, and he has settled in as the Greyhounds' starting goalkeeper. Overall, he has a 9.72 goals against average and .551 saves percentage.
  • In Patriot League play, Limone' save percentage of .583 is best in the conference, and his 8.23 goals against average is second.

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 49, and he has continued to contribute on the offensive end of the field. Through 13 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 51-14 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 last season and 7-6 this year) for a .785 mark.
  • Duke has won 55 games during that time, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage (55-17, .764).