INDIANAPOLIS - Graham Savio won 65 percent of faceoffs for Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse last weekend at the Patriot League Championships, and on Wednesday, he was named the NCAA Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week.
Savio and the Greyhounds’ wings dominated draws in the semifinal against Bucknell University and the title contest versus the U.S. Military Academy, winning 26-of-40 overall.
Bucknell entered Friday’s semifinal ranked 13th in NCAA Division I in faceoff winning percentage (.581) this season, but Savio was 15-of-23 against the Bison. Ryan Fournier led the groundball effort at the ‘X’ off the wings, picking up a career-high eight.
Two days later, the Greyhounds faced the Black Knights who were ranked sixth nationally, winning 63.9 percent of restarts. Savio, however went 15-of-23 and had a season-best 11 groundballs in the Championship Game win.
The junior from Greenwich, Connecticut, was named the Patriot League Championships Most Valuable Player for his efforts.
Loyola is one of two teams to have clinched an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships as of May 2. The Greyhounds will find out their postseason fate on Sunday, May 8, during the NCAA Selection Show at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.