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Patriot League Championships Open Friday For Men's Lacrosse In Annapolis

April 27, 2016

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Opponent Bucknell Bison | Patriot League Championships Central
Date Friday, April 29, 2016
Time 7:30 p.m.
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse opens play in the Patriot League Championships on Friday, April 29, 2016 in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • The Greyhounds will be the No. 2 seed in the Championships and will take on third-seeded Bucknell University at 7:30 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
  • The Loyola-Bucknell winner will face the winner of the Navy-Army West Point semifinal on Sunday, May 1, at 1 p.m. in Annapolis.
  • Both semifinal games and the title contest will air live on CBS Sports Network.
  • Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all 13 games to start his collegiate career, and he has eight multi-goal and nine multi-assist games.
  • Spencer has posted 10 assists in the Greyhounds’ last two games, six against Boston University and four versus Army West Point.
  • Zach Herreweyers set a season-high with five goals on Friday night against Army West Point after scoring four goals April 16 against Boston University. Herreweyers has scored 12 in Loyola’s last three games to tie for the team-lead with 23 this season.

Last Time Out

  • Zach Herreweyers scored a season-high five goals, and Pat Spencer finished with six points as Loyola beat the U.S. Military Academy, 12-6, on Friday night.
  • Loyola never trailed in the game at Ridley Athletic Complex and built a 3-1 lead on the first of Tyler Albrecht’s two goals.
  • The Black Knights got back within one 2:58 into the second when Cole Johnson hit Nate Jones cutting to the crease.
  • Herreweyers, however, was the beneficiary of Spencer’s second assist when the latter initiated the offense with a strong dodge from `X,’ and hit the former on the crease for a one-timer at 8:32.
  • Army West Point bounced back with a goal 1:17 later when Connor Cook picked up a ground ball behind the cage after a missed Black Knights shot, rolled topside and snuck a low shot in to cut Loyola’s advantage to 4-3.
  • Albrecht came back with his second goal, this a 17-yard sidearm strike from the top of the box after Romar Dennis hit him with a rollback pass. His second goal of the evening put Loyola in front 5-3 with 6:27 to go in the first half and sparked a 4-0 Greyhounds run.

In The Polls    

  • Loyola checks in at No. 10 in the USILA coaches poll and 11th in the Inside Lacrosse media version after its win against Army West Point.
  • Bucknell is ranked 20th in the coaches poll and is receiving votes in the media.


Series History    

  • Loyola will play Bucknell for the seventh time in series history and the four as Patriot League opponents when the teams hit the field Friday night. It will be the first time the teams have met in the Patriot League Championships.
  • Loyola leads the all-time series, 5-1, after defeating the Bison, 14-3, on March 26, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • The Greyhounds scored the game’s first four goals and Bucknell University did not score it’s second until less than six minutes remained in regulation of the regular-season meeting.
  • Pat Spencer scored a goal and had a career-high six assists, as 12 players had goals or assists for the Greyhounds. Jordan Germershausen scored three goals, three days after tallying a career-high four on Wednesday at Georgetown University. Brian Sherlock and Ryan Fournier each added two goals, and Zack Sirico had one to go with two assists.
  • Graham Savio went 10-of-17 on faceoffs, helping Loyola win 13-of-21 overall, and Jacob Stover made 12 saves in goal while allowing just one Bison goal in more than 49 minutes of action.
  • The teams combined for 29 first-quarter shots -- Bucknell held a slim 15-14 advantage -- and both Klipstein and Loyola’s Jacob Stover made five saves in the opening 15 minutes.
  • Bucknell would break its scoreless stretch to open the game with 8:36 to go in the second -- Loyola held the Bison scoreless for 21 minutes, 24 seconds to start the game -- as Sean O’Brien scored on the mid-right side off a Tommy O’Connor assist, but Loyola won the faceoff and scored on the next possession.
  • The Bison won the 2015 meeting, 10-9, in an overtime contest in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Bucknell scored the final three goals of that April 17, 2015, game, and Sean Doyle’s goal 45 seconds into overtime gave the Bison the victory.


Patriot League Honors    

  • Pat Spencer became the first men’s lacrosse player in Patriot League history to earn the conference’s Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year awards outright in the same season when the honors and All-Patriot League teams were announced Monday. The U.S. Military Academy’s Tim Pearson was the Co-Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year in 1999.
  • Spencer was one of three Greyhounds to earn All-Patriot League First Team honors. Midfielder Brian Sherlock and he were unanimous picks, and they were joined in the recognition by defender Foster Huggins. Sherlock’s First Team award were his third in as many years.
  • Three Greyhounds were also named to the Second Team: attacker Zach Herreweyers, midfielder Romar Dennis and defender David Manning.
  • Loyola and Navy, the top two teams in the Patriot League Championships, had six players each named to the All-Patriot League.


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. Spencer then 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.
  • On April 16 against Boston University, Spencer matched his season-high with six assists, providing the leading pass to the final three goals of Loyola’s comeback. He garnered his fourth weekly rookie nod on April 25 after posting two goals and four assists against Army West Point.
  • Through 13 games, the Patriot League Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year leads Loyola in points (58), assists (35) and goals (23). He has scored two or more points in all 13 of the Greyhounds’ games. He has eight multi-goal, and nine multi-assist, games.
  • Against Army West Point, Spencer moved into a tie for the school freshman record for points, matching the 58 Dave Kasemeyer put up in 1984. Spencer’s 35 assists are tied for seventh-most in overall single-season history and are also a freshman record, three back of Sean Heffernan’s fifth-place total of 38 in 1994.
  • Spencer is second nationally with 2.69 assists per game, and his 4.46 points per game are tied for eighth nationally. Both marks are tops amongst freshmen.


Taking Care Of The Ball    

  • Through 13 games this season, and national games as of Tuesday, April 26, the Greyhounds are fourth in NCAA Division I in fewest turnovers per game. Loyola has averaged just 10.92 miscues in its 13 outings.
  • On the flip-side of the statistical category, Loyola’s opponents are averaging 13.1 giveaways per game. They have had fewer than 10 just twice (Holy Cross and Lehigh).


Hat Tricks For Herreweyers    

  • Zach Herreweyers has scored 12 goals in the Greyhounds’ last three games after missing two full contests and large chunks of two others due to injury. The 12 goals has raised his season total to a tie for the team-lead with 23.
  • With 23 goals so far this year, Herreweyers has scored 70 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 Army West Point raised his career total to 19. Herreweyers has scored three or more goals in half of his collegiate games (37). With 89 goals and 102 points, he is averaging 2.41 goals per game and 2.76 points in his career. He hit the 100-point plateau in his career with his third goal against the Black Knights.
  • 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. He earned the honor again on April 25 after his five-goal performance against Army West Point.


Spreading The Wealth    

  • With seven assists on 12 goals April 22 against Army West Point, the Greyhounds continued their trend of posting high assist totals in games they have won this season. In Loyola’s 10 wins, 60.5 percent (69-of-114) goals have been assisted. Conversely, only 39.1 percent (9-of-23) goals in its three losses came off assists.
  • Earlier this season, in a March 5 win at College of the Holy Cross, nine players scored Loyola’s 10 goals.


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.
  • Stover picked up his second conference Goalkeeper of the Week honors on April 25 after making 12 saves and allowing only six goals against Army West Point. He also moved across the 50 percent of team minutes played to rank in Patriot League statistics. Entering the Championships, he tops the League in save percentage (.602) and is second in goals-against average (6.85).


Century Mark    

  • 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 107-52 since 2006 at the helm of the Greyhounds program.
  • Toomey is ninth among active Division I coaches in winning percentage (.673).
  • 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), and he has put up solid numbers in both categories this year, ranking tied for second on the team in assists and third in both goals and points.
  • His second goal of the season was the 50th of his career. With 18 goals and 10 assists through 13 games this year, Sherlock has 66 and 39 for 105 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, at Lehigh and against Boston University to bring his career total to 16 goals and seven assists. His two goals against the Bison matched his career-best.


Strong Second    

  • Loyola’s second midfield unit -- currently Jeff Chase, Jay Drapeau and John Duffy -- has been consistently providing offense to the Greyhounds this season. Combined, those three have 16 goals with Drapeau’s seven leading the way. Chase has added five goals, while Duffy, who moved onto the unit in mid-March, has four.


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 p in the sixth.
  • With rosters announced this week, nine former Greyhounds will start the year on MLL active rosters: Joe Fletcher (New York Lizards), Pat Frazier (Florida Launch), Josh Hawkins (Boston Cannons), Nikko Pontrello (Launch), Scott Ratliff (Atlanta Blaze), P.T. Ricci (Launch), Jack Runkel (Cannons), Mike Sawyer (Charlotte Hounds) and Justin Ward (Chesapeake Bayhawks). J.P. Dalton is also on the Bayhawks’ practice squad.


Get To Ten    

  • Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 87 occasions. With the win over Bucknell, Loyola has won 80.5 percent of those games (70-17).


Since 2012    

  • 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 61-19 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 in 2014, 7-8 in 2015 and 10-3 this season) for a .763 mark.
  • Denver has won 67 games during that time and has a .788 winning percentage.

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