April 20, 2011
|Date||Saturday, April 23, 2011
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
|Television||WMAR/ABC-2 (Baltimore Area) | ESPN3.com (Worldwide)
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|Online Media||GameTracker | Video | Audio|
|Game Notes||Complete Game Notes in PDF Format|
- The Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team returns to Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 23, for its final home game, and ECAC finale, of the season against Hobart.
- Loyola will honor its three graduate students – Chris Basler, Nick Disimile and Chris Palmer – and seven seniors – D.J. Comer, Joe Deane, Steve Dircks, Jake Hagelin, Matt Langan, Stephen Murray and John Schiavone – in a Senior Day Ceremony prior to the game. The event will start at approximately 11:45 a.m., and the game will face-off shortly after 12 noon.
On The Tube
- Saturday’s game will be broadcast in the Baltimore area on WMAR/ABC-2 and nationally on ESPN3.com.
- Scott Garceau will provide the play-by-play commentary, and Stephen McElduff will handle the analysis.
Make It A Quad
- Due to severe weather in the Washington, D.C., area on Saturday, fans had to wait an extra day to see Loyola and Georgetown play, but they got their money’s worth once it started.
- Sixty minutes was not enough to settle the game, nor was 68 or 72. Sunday’s contest went to four overtimes before Chris Palmer scored 74 minutes, 13 seconds after the game started to win it for Loyola.
- The game is the longest the Greyhounds have played since joining Division I in 1982. The game is the second-longer in Division I this season. Only Drexel and Bryant needed more time (69 seconds) to settle their game.
- Loyola will play Hobart for the 14th time on Saturday and seventh time as ECAC opponents. The Greyhounds lead 10-3 in the all-time series after defeating the Statesmen, 17-12, in Geneva, N.Y., last year.
- Loyola scored five in a row during the third and fourth quarters to extend a 9-8 lead to 14-8. Matt Langan scored four goals and had an assist as one of five Greyhounds who scored two or more goals.
Two Straight OTs
- For the first time in Loyola’s NCAA Division I history (since 1982), the Greyhounds have played two consecutive overtime games.
- It is also just the fourth time the Greyhounds have played two overtime games in the same season since 1982 (also 1982, 1987 and 2010). They have never played three in one year.
On Top Of His Game
- As a four-year starter in goal for Loyola, Jake Hagelin has had many standout games, but he took it to another level against Georgetown. The senior co-captain made a career-high 18 saves, including six in overtime.
- Hagelin topped his previous career-best 16 saves that came as a freshman in 2008 at Hobart.
- He earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday following his effort, marking the eighth time in his career that he’s won a weekly award from the league. Hagelin’s 18-save, 5-goals allowed performance lowered his goals against average to 7.74 for the season, the No. 2 mark in the ECAC and 12th in NCAA Division I.
- 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 four games after tallying two at Mount St. Mary’s on March 26, five at Ohio State and one each versus Fairfield and at Georgetown.
- The two goals at The Mount matched his previous career high set on several occasions during his first three collegiate seasons at Bucknell, a mark he quickly broke at Ohio State.
- Although he scored just once in the Fairfield and Georgetown games, they were critical scores for Loyola. His goal versus the Stags tied things up at 6-6, forcing overtime, and he scored the game-winner in the fourth overtime at Georgetown.
- Palmer has scored his nine goals on 24 shots, and he ranks 44th in the nation with a .375 shot percentage.
Keeping It Close Is A Good Thing
- It may lead to more gray hairs on the head of Head Coach Charley Toomey, but Loyola has been great in close games this season. The Greyhounds have won all four of its one-goal decisions in 2011, and they are 3-1 when the margin of victory is 2-3 goals. None of Loyola’s seven wins have been by more than three goals.
- The Greyhounds are also 4-0 when holding teams to seven or fewer goals this season.
Not Alone In Stopping Goals
- Jake Hagelin was not a one-man show in holding Fairfield and Georgetown to a combined 11 goals. The Loyola defense has been terrific in those games, as well.
- Steve Dircks caused three turnovers and had two ground balls at Georgetown, but three of his biggest plays did not show up in the stats. In the overtime periods, Dircks saved possession three times for Loyola. Twice, he beat a Georgetown attacker to the end line to win the ball for the Greyhounds after a Hoyas shot. He then flipped the ball off a Hoya player as it was going out of bounds – it would have been last touched by the Greyhounds and gone to Georgetown – to get Loyola the ball again.
For The First Time
- Georgetown was the first team this season to outshoot the Greyhounds in a game. The Hoyas recorded 51 shots to Loyola’s 35.
- This year, Loyola has taken 335 shots to its opponents 273.
- Loyola trailed Fairfield, 6-5, when Max Trunz scored with 4:39 to play in regulation. 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. Comer had the fourth multi-goal game of his career 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.
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 a three-game stretch from March 26-April 9, Langan had 12 points on seven goals and five assists.
- Langan’s 1.60 assists per game are second in the ECAC Lacrosse League and tied for 19th 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.
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.
Penalty Killing Prowess
- The Greyhounds’ man-down unit has been one of the best in the nation this year, killing penalties at an 75.7-percent success rate. Loyola has allowed just nine extra-man goals in 37 opportunities, the No. 11 mark in Division I.
- Meanwhile, Loyola continued to have a potent extra-man attack. The Greyhounds are 17-of-40 (.425) on extra-man opportunities this season, the eighth-best percentage in the NCAA this season. 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.
- 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 58 goals after halftime, while holding opponents to 40. In the third quarter of 10 games this year, Loyola has outscored opponents, 30-19.
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.
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.
- The Greyhounds close their regular-season on April 30 when they travel down Charles Street to face Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays, who are currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, host Loyola at 2 p.m.