#7 Men's Lacrosse Visits Hobart In ECAC Play

April 21, 2010


Game Information
Opponent Hobart
Date April 24, 2010
Time 1 p.m.
Location Geneva, N.Y. | McCooey Field
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Radio WNST-AM 1570
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Game Data

  • Loyola returns to ECAC Lacrosse League action on Saturday, April 24, when it travels to Geneva, N.Y., for a 1 p.m. game at Hobart. The game is the first of two-straight conference road contests for the Greyhounds.

In The Polls

  • Loyola’s win over then-No. 9 Georgetown last Saturday helped the Greyhounds move up to No. 7 in both the USILA Coaches’ Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Rankings.
  • Loyola’s No. 7 ranking is its highest since the Greyhounds were tabbed seventh on March 1, 2004.

Series History

  • Saturday’s game will be the 13th all-time meeting between Loyola and Hobart and the sixth time they’ve met as members of the ECAC. The Greyhounds hold a 9-3 advantage in the previous 12 games.
  • Loyola had a string of eight-straight wins over the Statesmen snapped on April 26, 2009, when Hobart knocked off the Greyhounds, 10-6. That game was also Loyola’s last visit to Geneva.
  • The Greyhounds closed its ECAC schedule with a 16-7 victory over the Statesmen last season in Baltimore on April 25, 2009.

Top Defense

  • Following the Greyhounds’ 11-6 victory over then-No. 9 Georgetown last Saturday, Loyola’s goals allowed average dropped to 6.69 for the season. That, coupled with North Carolina allowing 14 goals to Robert Morris, allowed the Greyhounds to move up to No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense.

Goalie Tops, Too

  • Jake Hagelin moved into the number one position, individually in goals against average after holding Georgetown to six goals. Hagelin leads the NCAA with a mark of 6.69. Through 10 games, Hagelin has allowed 64 goals in just under 575 minutes of action between the pipes.
  • Hagelin is third nationally in saves percentage, stopping .619 of the shots on goal he’s faced this season.
  • The junior posted 14 saves against the Hoyas, earning ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in as many weeks. Hagelin has posted 13 or more saves in each of the Greyhounds’ last four games.
  • Last week, Hagelin was named a semifinalist for the 2010 Tewaaraton Award.

Something Had To Give

  • Loyola entered last Saturday’s game against Georgetown as the No. 2 scoring defense in the nation, and the Hoyas were ninth nationally in goals per game.
  • The Greyhounds got the better of that match-up, holding Georgetown’s offense, which averaged 11.9 goals per game in its first 10 contests, to just six goals. The output was Georgetown’s lowest of the season and just the second time this year the Hoyas were held under 10 goals.

MacDonnell’s Back

  • Cooper MacDonnell earned ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring four points on three goals and an assist versus Georgetown. Despite missing three games with a shoulder injury, the senior has scored 19 goals and has four assists this year.
  • MacDonnell, the Preseason ECAC Player of the Year, leads the league in goals per game (2.71) and is second in points per game (3.43).
  • Beginning next week, MacDonnell will qualify in the NCAA statistics – players must participate in at least 75-percent of their team’s games to be ranked. Currently, he would stand 12th in goals per game and 29th in points per game.

Locked Down

  • Georgetown’s vaunted offensive quarter of Craig Dowd, Travis Comeau, Andrew Brancaccio and Scott Kocis entered last Saturday’s game averaging 5.4 goals and 3.9 assists per game, but they were held to just two goals (one each by Dowd and Comeau) and two assists (one each by Comeau and Kocis).
  • Loyola’s defenders won their defensive matchups against the Hoyas: Steve Layne vs. Dowd; Kyle Cottrell vs. Comeau; Steve Dircks vs. Kocis and Josh Hawkins/Michael Crimmins vs. Brancaccio.

Six Weeks Of Defense

  • In the last five weeks of action, Loyola has held six opponents to an average of six goals per game. Ohio State scored nine goals on April 3, and Duke tallied eight on March 13, but Air Force, Towson, Fairfield and Georgetown could manage just three, six, four and six, respectively.
  • The stretch of six games holding opponents to single-digits in the scoring column is the second longest during the five seasons Charley Toomey has been head coach at Loyola. Loyola held eight opponents to nine or fewer goals from May 6, 2006-March 24, 2007.
  • During the last six games, the Greyhounds have held opponents to a .188 shooting percentage, as they have scored on just 36 of 192 shots.
  • Loyola has won five in a row and is 5-1 over its last six.

Clean Clears

  • Loyola finished the Georgetown game a perfect 24-of-24 in clearing attempts, the first time this year it has been 100-percent in the category.
  • The last time the Greyhounds accomplished the feat was April 4, 2008, when they were 11-of-11 against Rutgers.

More From The Midfield

  • During the Greyhounds’ five-game winning streak, the midfielders have stepped up their scoring production. They have tallied 24 goals and 15 assists during that stretch of games.
  • On Saturday against Georgetown, both the first and second midfield lines combined had four goals and four assists.
  • Eric Lusby leads midfielders, and is third on the team, with 17 goals this season. Taylor Ebsary is second on the Greyhounds, tops amongst middies, with 11 assists.
  • During the last five games, Lusby has scored nine goals, and Ebsary has eight assists.

Back On The Scoring Track

  • During the absence of Cooper MacDonnell due to an injury, Eric Lusby stepped up his scoring from the midfield. He tallied eight goals in those three games, including three against both Bellarmine and Notre Dame.
  • With MacDonnell back in the lineup, however, against Duke, Towson and Ohio State, Lusby had just two goals and an assist in the three games.
  • Over the last two games, Lusby has returned to his earlier scoring form. The left-hander scored three – his third hat trick of the season – at Fairfield on April 10, and he had two goals in the win over Georgetown.
  • This season, Lusby has scored 17 goals, more than the 15 combined he had during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He has five multi-goal games and has scored at least one point in all 10 of Loyola’s games this year.

Another Attacker Shut Down

  • Fairfield’s Sam Snow entered the April 10 game as the Stags’ leading scorer with 10 goals and nine assists, but he was limited to just one goal and one assist versus Loyola, thanks in large part to the defense of Steve Layne.
  • The following week, Layne matched up against Georgetown’s leading scorer, Craig Dowd, holding him to just one goal.
  • Layne leads the Greyhounds with 12 caused turnovers this season, and he is second on the team with 29 ground balls. In addition to his presence against Dowd, Layne tied his career-high with five ground balls against the Hoyas.

Hurst Hurting Opponents

  • A big reason for Loyola’s increase offensive output from its second midfield has been the emergence of senior Chris Hurst as a scorer. Prior to the Ohio State game on April 3, Hurst had scored just three goals in 38 career games. He tallied two goals against Ohio State, a goal and an assist at Fairfield and two more goals against Georgetown. After not having a multi-point game in his first 38 games, he’s not scored two points in each of the last three.

Ebsary’s Everywhere

  • Taylor Ebsary was named the ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, April 5, sharing the honor with Fairfield goalkeeper Joe Marra.
  • In Loyola’s 11-9 win over Ohio State, the senior co-captain scored a career-high four points on a goal and three assists. He also picked up two ground balls and caused a turnover.
  • Defensively, he had primary responsibility for marking Ohio State’s Logan Schuss, the Buckeyes’ leading scorer entering the game. Schuss was held without a goal. Against Georgetown, Ebsary had two assists and was key in the defensive and clearing efforts for Loyola.
  • This season, Ebsary has put up great two-way numbers. He’s second on the team with 11 assists, and he has scored four goals. Ebsary is third on the squad with 28 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.

Scoring Out Of The Locker Room

  • Loyola has outscored opponents 27-13 in the first quarter of games this season, helped in large part to an 18-5 advantage in the Greyhounds’ last five games.
  • Loyola has been just as good coming out of the locker room following halftime, scoring 29 third-quarter goals while holding opponents to just 13. Loyola used a 4-0 advantage in the third quarter to take control of the Georgetown game.

Positive Possession

  • Loyola’s effort and hustle showed up on the stat sheet last Saturday against Georgetown when the Greyhounds recorded a season-high 45 ground balls. Steve Dircks and John Schiavone each picked up six ground balls, while Steve Layne and Jake Haglein had five a piece.
  • The Greyhounds dominated possession versus the Hoyas, starting at the face-off ‘X.’ John Schiavone won 15-of-20 (.750) restarts, Loyola’s second-best face-off winning percentage of the season.
  • Schiavone moved up to No. 7 nationally in face-off percentage (.599) and 11th in ground balls per game (5.5). As a unit, the Greyhounds are third in Division I with a .593 face-off winning percentage.

Killing Penalties

  • Loyola’s man-down defense has been a critical part of the Greyhounds’ success this year. Loyola is holding opponents to just a 21.9-percent success rate on extra-man opportunities, the fifth-best mark in the NCAA.
  • The Greyhounds have held Bellarmine, Notre Dame, Towson and Georgetown scoreless on EMOs, and only one opponent (Navy) has scored more than one man-up goal this season.

Dircks’ Defense Solid

  • After missing the entire 2009 season with a knee injury, Steve Dircks has come all the way back, earning his first insertion to the Greyhounds’ starting lineup in 2010. Dircks was back in the starting lineup for the fist time against Notre Dame, finishing with a season-high three caused turnovers versus the Fighting Irish He then had five ground balls and two caused turnovers against Duke.
  • Versus Georgetown, Dircks had a career-high six ground balls and caused a turnover. He also held Georgetown’s Scott Kocis to just one assist without a goal in the game. He earned All-ECAC Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2008 after becoming a starter early in the season.

Defending Home Turf

  • Whether in previous years at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field or this season at the new Awalt Field at Ridley Athletic Complex, Loyola has been outstanding at defending its home field in ECAC Lacrosse League games.
  • Since joining the conference in 2005, Loyola is 18-1 against league foes at home.

Listen In

  • The Loyola-Hobart game will be broadcast live in the Baltimore area on WNST-AM 1570 with Chris Gunkel ‘90 calling the play-by-play action. For those outside of the WNST listening area, the broadcast can also be heard for free on

ECAC Honors

  • Jake Hagelin was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week after recording 14 saves against Georgetown, and Cooper MacDonnell earned Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors after tallying three goals and an assist.
  • The awards mark the ninth and 10th of the season for the Greyhounds: MacDonnell (Off., Feb. 22), Jake Hagelin (Co-Def., Feb. 22), Matt Langan (Co-Off., March 1), Collin Finnerty (Co-Off., March 8), Langan (Co-Off., March 22), Patrick Fanshaw (Rookie, March 22), Taylor Ebsary (Co-Def., April 5), Hagelin (Def., April 12); MacDonnell (Co-Off., April 19); Hagelin (Def., April 19).

Designation Change

  • As of September 25, 2009, Loyola is officially known as ‘Loyola University Maryland.’ Since its founding in 1852, it was recognized as ‘Loyola College,’ but it was approved for a designation change by the Maryland Higher Education Council in September.

Up Next

  • Loyola is back on the road to close out ECAC play with a May 2 contest at No. 20 Denver at Invesco Field. The Greyhounds return to Ridley on May 8 for a nationally-televised game against Johns Hopkins.