May 10, 2010
CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Loyola University Maryland junior faceoff specialist John Schiavone was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in two weeks following another double-digit ground ball performance over the weekend.
Schiavone won 12-of-19 (.631) faceoffs on Saturday afternoon against Johns Hopkins, picking up ground balls in 10 of those restart wins.
His 10 ground balls elevated him to eighth all-time at Loyola in single season grounders. He now has 83 in 2010, and he will tie P.T. Ricci's 2008 mark of 84 for seventh all-time with his next pick-up.
Schiavone and Loyola learned on Sunday night they will travel to Ithaca, N.Y., for a 2:30 p.m. game on Saturday, May 15, against Cornell in the first round of the NCAA Division I Championships. The bid to the tournament is the Greyhounds third in four years.
Saturday's game against the Blue Jays marked the third time this season that Schiavone has picked up 10 or more ground balls. He had a career-high 12 on March 13 against Duke and 10 on April 24 at Hobart. He was named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week after the Hobart game, too.
This season, Schiavone has won .600 (150-of-200) of the faceoffs he's attempted. He is ranked fifth in the nation in both face-off winning percentage and ground balls per game (6.31).
As a unit, Loyola's faceoff team is third in Division I, winning .595 of restarts in 2010.
The honor is the second of Schiavone's career and the 12th ECAC weekly honor this season for a Loyola player. The Greyhounds have earned six Defensive Player of the Week awards, five Offensive Player of the Week nods and one Rookie of the Week honor.