April 28, 2010
|Date||May 2, 2010|
|Time||1 p.m. (MDT) | 3 p.m. (EDT)
|Location||Denver, Colo. | Invesco Field at Mile High
|Getting There||Directions | Parking|
|Online Media||Live Stats | Audio|
|Game Notes||Complete Release in PDF Format|
- Loyola wraps up ECAC Lacrosse League play on Sunday, May 2, 2010, when it takes on Denver at 1 p.m. (Mountain time), 3 p.m. (Eastern). The game will be played at Invesco Field at Mile High, home of the NFL's Denver Broncos.
- The Greyhounds and Pioneers both enter the game with undefeated conference records, and the winner will receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
In The Polls
- Loyola and Denver both enter Sunday's game ranked in the national Top 20. The Greyhounds moved up a spot to No. 6 in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Rankings, while the Pioneers check in at 16th in both. The game marks the third time in four weeks that Loyola has played another ranked opponent (Fairfield and Georgetown).
- Loyola's No. 6 slot is the highest the Greyhounds have been ranked since they were fifth on April 8, 2002.
- Sunday's game will be the first meeting between Loyola and Denver. It is also Loyola's first game ever in Colorado.
- The Greyhounds are 4-0 all-time against teams from the State of Colorado with all four victories coming against Air Force in Baltimore.
- Loyola's defense is ranked No. 1 nationally in scoring defense for the second week in a row. The Greyhounds have allowed 7.18 goals per game this season to earn the distinction. Loyola has given up just 79 goals this year, the fewest in the nation. The next closest teams are Syracuse and Fairfield, which have each surrendered 89, although they have both played one additional game.
Finnerty Receives Top Honors
- Collin Finnerty was the 2010 recipient of the John R. Moller `50 Award at the Loyola Athletic Awards Banquet on Monday, April 26. Given annually to the top senior male student-athlete at Loyola who has excelled in areas of athletics, scholarship and character, the award is given to a student-athlete who holds at least a 3.0 grade point average.
- Through 11 games this year, Finnerty leads Loyola with 22 goals and 32 points, and he is third on the team with 10 assists.
- Three other men's lacrosse players were finalists for athletics' department awards: Taylor Ebsary (Rev. Francis McManamin, S.J. Unsung Hero Award), Nick Federici (Leadership) and Kyle Cottrell (Medal of Merit).
- Steve Layne was named the team's Most Valuable Player, and Ebsary garnered Most Dedicated honors.
- The Loyola-Denver 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 LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
Defense Isn't The Only Game
- While Loyola's defense has been ranked No. 1 in the nation each of the last two weeks, the Greyhounds' offense showed it's a force to be reckoned with at Hobart.
- The Greyhounds racked up 17 goals, one short of their season-high set against Air Force. Five different players scored two or more goals, and 10 total players tallied goals in the game. Another two added assists, as well.
- Matt Langan led all players with four goals and an assist, while Chris Basler chipped in with a career-high four assists.
- Loyola has won its last six games with a combination of high-scoring offense and a shutdown defense. Dating back to its win over Air Force on March 20, the Greyhounds have scored 73 goals (12.17 per game) and allowed just 40 (6.67) in their last six. During that stretch, Loyola is averaging 37.3 ground balls per game, 9.1 more than their opponents.
- The Greyhounds have won faceoffs at a .649 clip and cleared the ball at a .918 mark during the winning streak.
- Junior faceoff specialist John Schiavone was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week on April 26 after winning 18-of-28 faceoffs in last Saturday's win at Hobart.
- Schiavone also picked up 10 ground balls, and the 18 faceoff wins were a career-high.
- He entered last Saturday's game second in the ECAC in faceoff winning percentage, behind Hobart's Bobby Dattilo, but Dattilo was 11-of-29 in the game.
- Schiavone has won 77-of-117 (.658) restarts over the least six games.
- He leads the ECAC (for players with 10 or more faceoffs per game) and is seventh in the NCAA with a .605 faceoff winning percentage.
Clean Clears Again
- For the second week in a row, Loyola was perfect in clearing situations, going 15-of-15 against Hobart. A week earlier, the Greyhounds were 24-of-24 against Georgetown.
- After connecting on its last 20 clears at Fairfield on April 10, Loyola has cleared the ball successfully on their last 59 attempts. Its last failed clear came at 8:32 in the first quarter against the Stags, a stretch of 173-plus minutes.
- During the Greyhounds' six-game winning streak, the midfielders have stepped up their scoring production. They have tallied 32 goals and 21 assists during that stretch of games.
- After the first and second midfields combined for four goals and four assists versus Georgetown, they were even more prolific scoring eight goals and assisting on five more at Hobart.
- Chris Basler had a career-high four assists, and Taylor Ebsary and Stephen Murray each scored a career-best two goals against the Statesmen.
- Eric Lusby leads midfielders, and is third on the team, with 19 goals this season. Ebsary is second on the Greyhounds, tops amongst middies, with 11 assists.
Goalie Near The Top
- Jake Hagelin is second nationally in goals against average with a mark of 7.19. Through 11 games, Hagelin has allowed 76 goals in just under 635 minutes of action between the pipes.
- Hagelin is fourth nationally in saves percentage, stopping .598 of the shots on goal he's faced this season.
- The junior posted 14 saves against Georgetown, earning ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in as many weeks. Hagelin posted 13 or more saves for four consecutive games (Towson-Georgetown).
- Two weeks ago, Hagelin was named a semifinalist for the 2010 Tewaaraton Award.
- 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 (2.62) and is third in points per game (3.25).
- 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 37th in points per game.
- Georgetown's vaunted offensive quarter of Craig Dowd, Travis Comeau, Andrew Brancaccio and Scott Kocis entered the April 17 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.
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 three 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 against both Georgetown and Hobart.
- This season, Lusby has scored 19 goals, more than the 15 combined he had during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He has six 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 third 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 now scored two points in three of the last four.
- 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 six goals. Ebsary is second on the squad with 31 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.
Scoring Out Of The Locker Room
- Loyola has outscored opponents 29-15 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 34 third-quarter goals while holding opponents to just 16. Loyola used a 4-0 advantage in the third quarter to take control of the Georgetown game, and 5-3 tally at Hobart.
- Loyola's man-down defense has been a critical part of the Greyhounds' success this year. Loyola is holding opponents to just a 23.1-percent success rate on extra-man opportunities, the seventh-best mark in the NCAA.
- The Greyhounds have held Bellarmine, Notre Dame, Towson and Georgetown scoreless on EMOs, and only two opponents (Navy and Hobart) have 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.
- John Schiavone was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week after winning 18 faceoffs and picking up 10 ground balls at Hobart.
- The award is the 11th of the season for the Greyhounds: Cooper 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); Schiavone (Def., April 26).
- 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.
- Loyola is at Ridley Athletic Complex for the regular-season finale. The Greyhounds host Johns Hopkins at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 8.