Greyhounds Close Regular Season Saturday At Hopkins

April 28, 2011

Game Information
Opponent Johns Hopkins Blue Jays
Date Saturday, April 30, 2011
Time 2 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
Radio WNST-AM 1570
Television WMAR/ABC-2 (Baltimore Area) | (Worldwide)
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Game Data

  • Loyola University Maryland wraps up the 2011 men’s lacrosse regular-season on Saturday when it travels just over one mile down the road to take on Johns Hopkins at 2 o’clock on Homewood Field.

On The Tube

  • Saturday’s game will be broadcast in the Baltimore area on WMAR/ABC-2 and nationally on
  • Scott Garceau will provide the play-by-play commentary, and Jamie Munro will handle the analysis.

In The Polls

  • Loyola moved up one spot in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media rankings this week and sits and 18th and 17th, respectively, on the charts.
  • Johns Hopkins enters the game second in the coaches’ version and third in the media’s.

ECAC Championships Bound

  • Last Saturday’s victory over Hobart secured the No. 2 seed to the first-ever ECAC Lacrosse League Championships for Loyola. The Greyhounds will take on third-seeded Fairfield in the semifinals on Thursday, May 5, at 4 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time).
  • The winner of the Loyola-Fairfield game will face the winner of Denver and either Ohio State or Air Force (the No. 4 seed it TBD) in the Championship Game on Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. (MDT) on ESPNU.
  • The Greyhounds and Stags played on April 9 at Ridley Athletic Complex with Loyola coming out on top, 7-6, on D.J. Comer’s goal in the first overtime.

Eight Is Great

  • Saturday’s win was the eight of 2011 for Loyola, marking the 20th time since the Greyhounds joined NCAA Division I in 1982 that they have won eight or more. It is also the third season in a row that Loyola has registered at least eight victories.

Balanced Attack

  • Seven Loyola players scored goals, and four tied for team-high honors with four each, as the Greyhounds defeated Hobart, 11-8. Patrick Fanshaw led Loyola with three points on two goals and an assist. Fanshaw, Matt Langan, Stephen Murray and Mike Sawyer each tallied two goals against the Statesmen.

Series History

  • Loyola and Johns Hopkins will meet for the 49th time on Saturday. The series is the third most-played in Loyola history. The Greyhounds have only faced Towson (53 times) and Penn State (50) on more occasions.
  • The Blue Jays hold a 45-3 lead in the all-time series.
  • Last season, Chris Hurst tied the game at 3-3 for Loyola with a goal 6:25 before halftime, but Johns Hopkins scored two in a row to close the half and then added a third goal 2:35 into the third quarter to go ahead 6-3, en route to a 9-6 victory.
  • Hurst scored three goals for Loyola, while Michael Kimmel tallied five for the Blue Jays.

Finish Strong

  • Hobart tied the game at 8-8 with eight second to go in the third quarter, but that was the last goal the Statesmen would get.
  • John Schiavone won the ensuing face-off to himself, ran into the box and passed to Mike Sawyer on the left side. Sawyer ripped a shot for his second goal of the game to put the Greyhounds ahead, 9-8, with four ticks left on the third-quarter clock.
  • Loyola held Hobart scoreless on eight fourth-quarter shots while scoring two of its own.

Second Half Scoring

  • Loyola has outscored opponents 62-44 after halftime this season (including two overtime goals) despite being outscored 44-32 in the first halves of games.
  • The Greyhounds have scored 32 third-quarter goals to their opponents’ 23. Last year they outscored opponents 41-24 in the third quarters of games and 76-55 overall after halftime.

Extra-Man Success

  • Loyola went 2-of-5 on extra-man opportunities against Hobart, continuing its success in man-up possessions. The Greyhounds are seventh in Division I by scoring on 42.2-percent of EMOs.
  • Patrick Fanshaw leads the team and is third in the ECAC with six man-up goals. Mike Sawyer and Stephen Murray each have scored five.

Ratliff Keeps Scoring

  • Long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff continued to key the Greyhounds’ transition game, scoring a goal and assisting on another against Hobart.
  • Ratliff now has three goals and three assists this season and is third on the team with 33 ground balls. He leads the Greyhounds with 16 caused turnovers.

Scorers Shut Down

  • Loyola has done a good job of shutting down opposing teams’ leading scorers in the last four games, all wins.
  • First, the Greyhounds held Ohio State’s Logan Schuss without a goal after he entered the April 2 contest averaging 2.5 per game.
  • The following week, Loyola limited Fairfield’s trio of Sam Snow, Doug Kuring and Eric Warden – a group that averaged three goals per contest – to one goal.
  • After that, Loyola held Georgetown leading scorer Davey Emala without a goal, and it then limited Hobart’s top gun Sam Miller to just one goal.

50 Spot

  • Matt Langan scored twice against Hobart, giving him 14 for the season and an even 50 for his career. With five more points, Langan will reach 100 for his career.

Stepping In

  • Stephen Murray returned to the first midfield for the first time since March 19, starting in place of the injured D.J. Comer. Murray responded with a pair of goals on four shots. He has scored seven goals this season, five coming on extra-man opportunities.

Make It A Quad

  • Sixty minutes was not enough to settle Loyola’s game at Georgetown, 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 was the longest the Greyhounds have played since joining Division I in 1982.
  • The game was the second-longer in Division I this season. Only Drexel and Bryant needed more time (69 seconds) to settle their game.

Two Straight OTs

  • For the first time in Loyola’s NCAA Division I history (since 1982), the Greyhounds played two consecutive overtime games (they defeated Fairfield in OT on April 9) 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, combined with holding Hobart to eight goals lowered his goals against average to 7.76 for the season, the No. 2 mark in the ECAC and 13th in NCAA Division I.

Palmer’s Points

  • Chris Palmer returned to the starting lineup for the first time since an injury at Duke on March 11 against Ohio State, 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.

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 4-1 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 376 shots to its opponents 303.

D.J. Delivers

  • 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.’ Comer made his third-straight start in the midfield against Fairfield.

Penalty Killing Prowess

  • The Greyhounds’ man-down unit has been one of the best in the nation this year, killing penalties at an 74.8-percent success rate. Loyola has allowed just 11 extra-man goals in 42 opportunities, the No. 15 mark in Division I.

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.

Up Next

  • The Greyhounds travel to Denver, Colo., for the ECAC Championships next week. Loyola will take on Fairfield in the semifinals on Thursday at 4 p.m. (Mountain)/6 p.m. (Eastern) at Denver’s Peter Barton Stadium.
  • The winner of that game will play in the ECAC Championship game on Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. (Mountain) on ESPNU.