Patriot League Men's Lax Championships Open Tuesday At Loyola

April 20, 2015

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Opponent Army West Point Black Knights | Patriot League Quarterfinals
Date Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Time 4:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland opens play in the 2015 Patriot League Championships on Tuesday, April 21, when it hosts a quarterfinal game against the U.S. Military Academy.
  • Faceoff is slated for 4 o'clock at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • The Greyhounds are making their second all-time appearance in the Championships after officially joining the League prior to the 2013-2014 season.
  • Loyola finished the regular-season with a 7-7 record and was 5-3 in Patriot League action.
  • The winner of Tuesday's game will play in the Patriot League Semifinals on Friday, April 24, in Annapolis, Maryland. The U.S. Naval Academy will host both the semifinal and championship games, and depending on the outcome of the other quarterfinal contest (Lehigh University at Bucknell University), the winner of Loyola-Army West Point will play either the host Midshipmen or Colgate University.
  • Zach Herreweyers, Brian Sherlock and Pat Frazier earned All-Patriot League First Team honors, and two others -- Nikko Pontrello and Graham Savio -- were named to the second team.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola University Maryland took a 9-7 lead with 6:03 left in regulation on Friday evening at Bucknell University, but the Bison rallied to score twice in the last 90 seconds and force overtime.
  • Bucknell then forced a Greyhounds' turnover off the opening faceoff of overtime, and Sean Doyle hit the game-winner 45 ticks into the extra period to lift the Bison to a 10-9 victory.
  • The Greyhounds did not trail until the game-winning goal was scored in overtime, and they led by as many as three, 7-4. Nikko Pontrello's goal with 9:15 left in the third quarter gave Loyola that three-goal margin, one it held until David Dickson scored with 12:33 left in the fourth for Bucknell.
  • Zach Herreweyers recorded a hat trick with 31 seconds left in the first half, and Loyola's leading scorer finished with five goals.
  • Brian Sherlock recorded a career-best five assists for the Greyhounds as just one of Loyola's goals was of the unassisted variety.
  • The Bison won 7-of-8 faceoffs in the fourth quarter as they made a 5-2 run to tie the game, and they were successful on 13-of-23 overall.

In The Polls

  • Loyola is ranked 20th in the USILA coaches' poll and the Lacrosse Magazine rankings and it is receiving votes in the and Inside Lacrosse media poll.
  • Army West Point enters Friday's game receiving votes in all three polls.

Series History

  • Tuesday will be the fourth all-time meeting between the programs and the third as Patriot League foes.
  • Army West Point won the initial game between the teams, 9-3, at the end of the 1943 season, and it took 71 years for the teams to meet again.
  • Loyola won last year's meeting, 7-6, on March 15, 2014, at Ridley Athletic Complex, holding off the Black Knights after they pulled within a goal in the game's final three minutes.
  • The teams met during the regular-season on March 14, 2014, at Michie Stadium, and the Greyhounds put 18-of-25 shots on goal to defeat the Black Knights, 12-10.
  • Army West Point led 8-7 with 3:44 left in the third quarter before the Greyhounds received goals from Zach Herreweyers and Tyler Albrecht to go up one entering regulation's final 15 minutes. Cole Johnson tied the game at 9-9 40 seconds into the fourth quarter, but back-to-back goals by Romar Dennis and Herreweyers pushed Loyola up, 11-9, and Herreweyers added his career-high sixth of the game with 3:43 left in the game.
  • Grant Limone made a career-high 18 saves in goal for the Greyhounds, as Army West Point outshot Loyola, 50-25.

Five Earn All-Patriot League Honors

  • Three Loyola players -- Zach Herreweyers (attack), Brian Sherlock (midfield) and Pat Frazier (defense) -- earned All-Patriot League First Team honors when the teams were announced on Monday, and two other Greyhounds -- Nikko Pontrello (attack) and Graham Savio (faceoff specialist) garnered second team recognition.
  • The Greyhounds' three first team members tied Army West Point for most in the League, and those teams tied for high honors with five overall.
  • Herreweyers enters the Patriot League Championships leading all players in goals (45), while Sherlock is the top midfielder in goals (28). Frazier has been the Greyhounds' top defender this year and has 43 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. Pontrello is the team leader in assists (24), and Savio has won faceoffs at a 59.5 percent clip.

Against The Nation's Best Defenses

  • The University of Maryland entered the April 9s 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 West Point 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.

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 Army West Point. He had a trio of goals against Lafayette, Navy and Boston University and five more at Bucknell, giving him nine hat tricks in 14 games this year and 12 games with two or more goals.
  • So far, he has scored his 45 goals this season, tops in the Patriot League, on 117 total shots. His 45 goals are tied for sixth-most in Loyola's single-season history.
  • Herreweyers' 45 goals thus far in 2015 are third-most amongst NCAA Division I players, and he is eighth in goals per game (3.21) through April 19.
  • His hat tricks against Virginia, Penn State, Towson, Lehigh, Army West Point, Lafayette, Navy, Boston U. and Bucknell give him 14 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 14 so far in 2015 for a total of 25.
  • With 64 career goals in 25 games, he is averaging 2.56 goals per game and 2.84 points with 71 career points.

Sherlock Posting Goals And Assists

  • Brian Sherlock had a two-game stretch of scoring seven goals, tallying three on April 4 against Navy before setting a career-best four days later at No. 3 Maryland, and he has led Patriot League midfielders in goals scored (28) throughout the season. He is also in the top-10 nationally in goals scored by middies.
  • He has continued to show other dimensions to his game, and he set a career-high with five assists Friday night at Bucknell, four coming on goals by Zach Herreweyers.
  • Sherlock is now second on the team in both goals (28) and assists (19) this season, and his 47 total points are just two back of Herreweyers' team lead.
  • He has posted nine multi-goal games this year and 15 in his two seasons with the Greyhounds. He also has six hat tricks in 2015, seven as a collegian. His five multi-assist games this year bring his Loyola total to eight.
  • On Monday, Sherlock was named to the All-Patriot League First Team for the second time in as many seasons. He has 76 points, on 47 goals and 29 assists, in his two years for the Greyhounds.

Pontrello Putting Up Points

  • Nikko Pontrello has been held without a point just three times in the last 30 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 17 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.
  • 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 Bucknell game, he is tied for 11th in points (150), 11th in assists (61) and tied for 13th in goals (89). He will move into the top-10 with five more assists and four more points.

From The Middle

  • Three of the Greyhounds' six top scorers through 14 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 points (47) after tallying five assists Friday night.. 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 22 total goals and is sixth with 26 points. Dennis set a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- against the Midshipmen, and he has 16 goals and 12 assists so far this season. His 28 points are fourth on the team. Of Loyola's 157 goals this season, 42.0 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 27 points this year. His 18 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 Brendan Donovan going 11-of-19 (57.9).
  • Overall, Loyola has won 192-of-346 faceoffs this season, a 55.5 percent success rate, the No. 14 mark in Division I. Through 14 games, Savio is winning faceoffs at a 59.5 percent clip (153-of-257) in his sophomore campaign. Against Patriot League competition, he is second the League with a 65.0 percent mark and is tops in the conference with 7.33 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, Mike Sutton, to just one goal on two shots.
  • 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 43 ground balls and 14 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 44 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 1917 caused turnovers and has also picked up 39 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 9.73 goals against average and .552 saves percentage.
  • In Patriot League play, Limone' save percentage of .580 is best in the conference, and his 8.47 goals against average is third.

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 51-15 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 last season and 7-7 this year) for a .772 mark.
  • Duke has won 56 games during that time, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage (56-17, .767).