Men's Lacrosse Meets Army West Point Sunday For Patriot League Title

April 30, 2016

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Opponent Army West Point Black Knights | Patriot League Championships Central
Date Sunday, May 1, 2016
Time 1:00 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 will play for its second Patriot League title in three years on Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • The second-seeded Greyhounds will take on the No. 4-seeded U.S. Military Academy at 1 p.m. in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
  • The game will be the Greyhounds' third in a row on CBS Sports Network.
  • Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all 14 games to start his collegiate career, and he has nine multi-goal and nine multi-assist games.
  • Ryan Fournier picked up a career-high eight ground balls in Friday night's semifinal win over Bucknell, helping the Greyhounds win 11-of-17 faceoffs.
  • Loyola's seven goals Friday night were its fewest in a winning effort since defeating the U.S. Naval Academy, 7-6, in overtime in the same stadium on April 5, 2014.
  • Zach Herreweyers set a season-high with five goals on April 22 against Army West Point after scoring four goals April 16 against Boston University. With two in the semifinal against Bucknell, Herreweyers has scored 14 in Loyola's last four games.
  • Last Time Out

    • Zack Sirico initiated from behind the cage and slipped a pass to Zach Herreweyers who hit a lefty look from inside six yards to give Loyola a 7-6 double-overtime win in the Patriot League Semifinals Friday night.
    • Jacob Stover preserved the tie with two spectacular saves for Loyola, gaining possession for Loyola with less than 30 seconds to play in the overtime period.
    • On Bucknell's final possession, he made a leaping save on a Sean Doyle shot from the doorstep after a pass from Will Sands came from behind the goal. Stover wheeled to Doyle, jumped, and the ball caromed off Stover's helmet away from harm with just over one-minute, 20-seconds left on the second-overtime clock.
    • Thoams Flibotte then had a shot go wide for the Bison (10-5), but Bucknell backed up the play to retain possession. Flibotte came to the crease on a wing dodge and fired a low shot that Stover saved with 30 ticks on the clock.
    • Sirico worked behind the goal, cutting to his right before reversing to Herreweyers' side. Sirico got the pass to Herreweyers, and he finished his shot with 5.3 seconds remaining.

    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 on April 22.
    • Army West Point is receiving votes in both polls.

    Series History    

    • Sunday will be the sixth all-time meeting between the programs, the second in 10 days and the fifth as Patriot League foes.
    • Army West Point won the initial game between the teams, 9-3, at the end of the 1943 season, but it took 71 years for the teams to meet again.
    • Loyola won the first meeting as Patriot League opponents, 7-6, on March 15, 2014, at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds held off the Black Knights after they pulled within a goal in the game's final three minutes.
    • The teams met during last year's regular-season on March 14, 2015, at Michie Stadium, and the Greyhounds put 18-of-25 shots on goal to defeat the Black Knights, 12-10.
    • The teams then met in the Patriot League Championships Quarterfinals on April 21, 2015 at Loyola, and the Greyhounds took an 10-5 lead into the game's fourth quarter. Army West Point, however, scored six-straight goals and took a 12-11 lead with 5.7 seconds left in regulation on a John Glesener tally. Loyola won the ensuing faceoff but could not get off a shot, and Army West Point advanced to the semifinals.
    • In this year's regular-season finale, Loyola never trailed on April 22 at Ridley Athletic Complex, building an 8-4 halftime lead. Zach Herreweyers then scored the first three goals of the second half -- he finished the game with a season-high five.
    • Pat Spencer added six points on two goals and four assists for Loyola.

    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.
    • Two days later, Huggins and Sherlock were named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team for their efforts on the field and in the classroom.

    Flipping The Script    

    • In 2015, as Loyola finished with a 7-8 overall record, the Greyhounds lost all six of the one-goals games they played. This year, Loyola is 11-3 entering the Patriot League Championship Game and has gone 5-1 in one-goal affairs.

    Wings Take Flight    

    • Loyola enjoyed success at the faceoff `X' Friday night against Bucknell as Graham Savio won 11-of-17 restarts. Much of the credit goes to the wing play of the Greyhounds' rope unit.
    • Ryan Fournier picked up a career-high eight ground balls, and Zac Davliakos was one off his previous-best with three.
    • Entering the game, Bucknell long-stick midfielder Alex Spring and faceoff specialist Jarett Witzel were averaging 5.21 and 4.07 groundballs per game, respectively, but the Greyhounds held them each without a single pickup.

    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 14 games, the Patriot League Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year leads Loyola in points (61), assists (36) and goals (24). He has scored two or more points in all 14 of the Greyhounds' games. He has nine multi-goal, and nine multi-assist, games.
    • In the Patriot League Semifinals, Spencer set the school freshman record for points, exceeding the 58 Dave Kasemeyer put up in 1984. Spencer's 36 assists are seventh-most in overall single-season history and are also a freshman record; he is three back of Sean Heffernan's fifth-place total of 38 in 1994. His 61 points rank 14th all-time.
    • Spencer is second nationally with 2.57 assists per game, and his 4.35 points per game are tied for eighth nationally. Both marks are tops amongst freshmen.

    Taking Care Of The Ball    

    • Through 14 games this season, and national games as of Friday, April 29, the Greyhounds are sixth in NCAA Division I in fewest turnovers per game. Loyola has averaged just 11.2 miscues in its 14 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 14 goals in the Greyhounds' last four games after missing two full contests and large chunks of two others due to injury. The 14 goals has raised his season total to a tie for the team-lead with 25.
    • With 25 goals so far this year, Herreweyers has scored 72 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 (38). With 91 goals and 104 points, he is averaging 2.39 goals per game and 2.74 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 11 wins, 60.3 percent (73-of-121) goals have been assisted. Conversely, only 39.1 percent (9-of-23) goals in its three losses came off assists.

    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. In the Patriot League Semifinals, he posted 11 saves, including two in the second overtime.
    • He also moved across the 50 percent of team minutes played against Army West Point to rank in Patriot League statistics. Through the semifinal game, he tops the League in save percentage (.608) and goals-against average (6.62).

    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 108-53 since 2006 at the helm of the Greyhounds program.
    • Toomey is ninth among active Division I coaches in winning percentage (.671).
    • 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 third on the team in goals, points and assists.
    • His second goal of the season was the 50th of his career. With 19 goals and 10 assists through 14 games this year, Sherlock has 67 and 39 for 106 points in 44 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.

    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 62-19 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 in 2014, 7-8 in 2015 and 11-3 this season) for a .765 mark.
    • Denver has won 67 games during that time and has a .788 winning percentage