Men's Lacrosse Takes On Fairfield In ECAC Semifinals

May 4, 2011

Game Information
Opponent Fairfield Stags
Date Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time 4 p.m. (Mountain) | 6 p.m. (Eastern)
Location Denver, Colo. | Peter Barton Stadium
Radio WNST-AM 1570
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Game Data

  • Loyola University Maryland begins play in the first-ever ECAC Lacrosse League Championships on Thursday when the No. 2 seed Greyhounds play No. 3 seed Fairfield on a neutral field at Peter Barton Stadium in Denver, Colo. Face-off is slated for 4 p.m. (Mountain)/6 p.m. (Eastern).
  • The winner of the Loyola-Fairifeld game will play the winner of the second semifinal that pits No. 1 seed Denver versus No. 4 seed Ohio State in the ECAC Championship Game on Saturday at 11 a.m. (Mountain)/1 p.m. (Eastern). The Championship Game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU

In The Polls

  • Loyola held steady at No. 18 in the USILA Coaches Poll, while it rose one spot to No. 16 nationally in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Rankings. The Greyhounds are also 16th in this week's version of the NCAA's RPI.

ECAC Honors

  • Three Loyola players were named to the All-ECAC Lacrosse League teams on Tuesday by the conference's coaches. Mike Sawyer and Steve Dircks earned First Team honors, while John Schiavone was tabbed to the second team.
  • Sawyer, who was the ECAC Rookie of the Year and Second Team honoree as a freshman in 2009, leads Loyola with 27 goals and 32 points. He is second in the conference and 15th nationally with 2.25 goals per game and has scored three or more goals four times this year.
  • Dircks earned Second Team honors in 2008 and has continued to be one of the top defenders in the nation since returning last year from a serious knee injury that caused him to miss the 2009 campaign. He is second on the team with 14 caused turnovers, and he anchors a defense that has allowed just eight goals per game this year.
  • Schiavone is a three-time All-ECAC honoree having earned Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2009 and First Team plaudits as a junior last season. He has won 55.2-percent of his face-offs this year and leads Loyola with 69 ground balls.

Series History

  • Loyola and Fairfield will meet for the 13th time in series history and first time in postseason play on Thursday with the Greyhounds holding a 11-1 lead in the previous 12 meetings.
  • As schools that are members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in other sports, they are no strangers to one another in postseason play.  The schools have faced each other 32 times in MAAC Championships action in four other sports with the Greyhounds holding a 20-12 advantage: men's basketball, 3-0; women's basketball, 2-3; men's soccer, 8-3; women's soccer, 7-6.

Last Meeting

  • D.J. Comer scored 49 seconds into overtime, and Loyola defeated visiting Fairfield, 7-6, on April 3 at Ridley Athletic Complex. (Complete box score on page 13 of notes)
  • Max Trunz scored for Fairfield to put the Stags in front, 6-5, with 4:39 to go in regulation, but Chris Palmer dove from goal-line extended on the right side of the cage and scored the tying goal with 2:50 to play.
  • Matt Langan and Comer each scored twice for Loyola, while Mike Sawyer had a goal and two assists. John Schiavone won 10-of-17 face-offs for the Greyhounds, and Jake Hagelin made 10 saves.

Reverse A Trend

  • Loyola will look Thursday to reverse a trend started in May 2010. Prior to then, the Greyhounds had never played in the State of Colorado, but in two games - 2010 against Denver and 2011 at Air Force - Loyola is 0-2 in the state.

Second Half Scoring

  • Loyola has outscored opponents 66-46 after halftime this season (including two overtime goals) despite being outscored 50-35 in the first halves of games.
  • The Greyhounds have scored 33 third-quarter goals to their opponents' 24. Last year they outscored opponents 41-24 in the third quarters of games and 76-55 overall after halftime.

After Halftime At Hopkins

  • Loyola continued that trend at Johns Hopkins last Saturday when it outscored the then-No. 2 Blue Jays, 4-2, after halftime. The Greyhounds outshot Johns Hopkins, 15-4, in the second half, and they won the ground ball battle, 15-9. Loyola also won 5-of-8 second-half face-offs.

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.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola trailed Johns Hopkins, 6-3, at halftime, but Mike Sawyer cut the deficit to just one, 8-7, with a rip from 15 yards out with 1:53 on the fourth quarter clock. Despite having two possessions thereafter, the Greyhounds could not tie the game, and Sawyer's shot at the buzzer slipped just wide right.

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.

Extra-Man Success

  • Loyola did not score on two extra-man opportunities against Johns Hopkins last Saturday, but the Greyhounds are still ranked eighth in the NCAA in man-up offense. They have scored on 40.4-percent of EMOs this year.
  • 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 against Hobart. Murray responded with two 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 7.78 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 4-of-5 one-goal decisions in 2011, and they are 4-2 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 75.0-percent success rate. Loyola has allowed just 11 extra-man goals in 44 opportunities, the No. 13 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.