Loyola, Duke Open NCAA Men's Lax Championships Saturday At Ridley

May 11, 2016

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Opponent Duke Blue Devils | NCAA Championships First Round
Date Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse will start play in the 2016 NCAA Championships on Saturday, May 14.
  • The seventh-seeded Greyhounds will host Duke University at 12 noon at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • The game will air live on ESPNU and digitally on ESPN3/WatchESPN.
  • Loyola and Duke have met twice previously in NCAA action with the Blue Devils winning 12-7 in 2008 and 12-11 in a 2013 double-overtime game. Both prior games were played in Durham, North Carolina.
  • Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all 15 games to start his collegiate career, and he has 10 multi-goal and 10 multi-assist games.
  • With his 10 points in the Patriot League Championship Game, Spencer moved into a tie for Loyola's NCAA Division I points record with 71 this season. He is also tied for fourth all-time in program history.
  • Graham Savio was named the Patriot League Championships Most Valuable Player after winning 15-of-23 faceoffs with 11 ground balls against Army West Point. In two games, he went 26-of-40 at the faceoff `X.'
  • Last Time Out

    • Graham Savio won 15-of-23 faceoffs, and Pat Spencer finished with a Patriot League Championship Game record with 10 points, as Loyola University Maryland earned the League's NCAA automatic bid with a 14-6 victory over the U.S. Military Academy on May 1.
    • Spencer had two goals and two assists in the first quarter as Loyola went ahead, 6-3, when he scored a one-handed goal with three seconds left in the first quarter.
    • Defensively, the Greyhounds yielded 32 shots and just six goals, but just three in settled six-on-six offense.
    • The game did not start as decisively in Loyola's favor, however, as Savio won the opening faceoff cleaning only to have it checked from behind by Army West Point's Dan Grabher. The Black Knights' faceoff specialist scored on a 13-yard shot just eight seconds into the contest.
    • John Duffy skipped a pass through traffic to Spencer on the left side, and Spencer shot a low-to-low bullet into the lower right corner at 11:46. Spencer was then on the feeding end of a Tyler Albrecht goal at 10:50, putting Loyola in front for good.

    In The Polls    

    • Loyola checks in at No. 7 in both the USILA coaches poll and the Inside Lacrosse media version after its Patriot League title.
    • Duke is eighth in the coaches poll, ninth in the media rankings.

    Series History    

    • Saturday will be the 30th meeting all-time between the Blue Devils and the Greyhounds, third in NCAA Championships play. Duke holds a 18-11 advantage in a series that dates back to 1946.
    • Including this year, the teams have played during the regular-season for 17-straight (since 2000). Twice during that span, 2008 and 2013, the teams also met in NCAA Tournament action.
    • Six players had two or more goals for then-No. 7 Duke on March 12, and the visiting Blue Devils went 19-of-24 on faceoffs to beat then-No. 9 Loyola, 15-6, at Ridley Athletic Complex.
    • Myles Jones matched his career-highs with five goals and eight points, while Justin Guterding and Jack Bruckner each added three goals for Duke.
    • Kyle Rowe went 19-of-23 on restarts, winning 15 via his own ground ball pickups.
    • Duke got off to a quick start, scoring on the first possession of the game as a saved Jones shot was redirected right to the stick of Bruckner just below goal line. He hit Guterding in front of the cage 39 seconds in to put Duke in front.
    • Pat Spencer came from behind the cage to score and even the game at 1-1 with 5:32 to go in the frame.
    • Duke, however, would win the next two faceoffs and Jones and Bruckner scored goals to put the Blue Devils in front, 3-1, going into the second quarter. Bruckner's goal came with just 3.6 ticks left on the clock after Duke forced a Loyola turnover on the Greyhounds' offensive end.

    NCAA Championships History    

    • Loyola is making its 23rd all-time appearance in the NCAA Championships, 21st in Division I history (since 1982). The Greyhounds are 12-21 all-time in the tournament, 12-19 at the Division I level.
    • The Greyhounds made their last appearance in the NCAA Championships in 2014 when they were knocked off in the first round by the University at Albany, 13-6.
    • In 2013, the Greyhounds played in the NCAA First Round at No. 8-seed Duke University in a game that was touted by many to be the best in collegiate lacrosse of 2013. The Blue Devils rallied to send the game to overtime, and Case Mathias scored the game-winner in the second extra frame for a 12-11 Duke win that helped send the Blue Devils on to the national title.
    • The Greyhounds won the first NCAA Division I Championship, in any sport, in 2012, when they defeated Maryland, 9-3, on Memorial Day. The win completed an 18-1 season for the Greyhounds in which they tied the NCAA Division I record for wins in a season, matching the 18-2 Duke team from 2008. Loyola entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and defeated Canisius, Denver and Notre Dame en route to the title game.

    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 12-3 entering the NCAA Championship Game and has gone 5-1 in one-goal affairs.

    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 15 games, the Patriot League Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year leads Loyola in points (71), assists (41) and goals (30). He has scored two or more points in all 15 of the Greyhounds' games. He has 10 multi-goal, and 10 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 41 assists are fifth-most in overall single-season history and are also a freshman record; he is four back of Gary Hanley's two seasons of 45 in second place.
    • Spencer tied the school NCAA Division I record for points in a season with 71, matching the totals put up by Eric Lusby and Justin Ward in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Hanley has the top three points seasons in program history at 89 (1981), 86 (1980) and 83 (1979).
    • Spencer is second nationally with 2.73 assists per game, and his 4.73 points per game are fourth nationally. Both marks are tops amongst freshmen.

    Hat Tricks For Herreweyers    

    • Zach Herreweyers has scored 16 goals in the Greyhounds' last five games after missing two full contests and large chunks of two others due to injury. The 16 goals has raised his season total to 27.
    • With 27 goals so far this year, Herreweyers has scored 74 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 in the regular-season raised his career total to 19. Herreweyers has scored three or more goals in nearly half of his collegiate games (39). With 93 goals and 106 points, he is averaging 2.39 goals per game and 2.72 points in his career. He hit the 100-point plateau in his career with his third goal against the Black Knights on April 22.

    Spreading The Wealth    

    • With 10 assists on 14 goals in the Patriot League title game against Army West Point, the Greyhounds continued their trend of posting high assist totals in games they have won this season. In Loyola's 12 wins, 61.5 percent (83-of-135) goals have been assisted. Conversely, only 39.1 percent (9-of-23) goals in its three losses came off assists.

    At The `X'    

    • Loyola won 65 percent of its faceoffs (26-of-40) during the Patriot League Championships with a combination of solid wing by and Graham Savio's performance on draws. Savio took all 40 of the faceoffs and had 13 ground balls, 11 in the Championship Game against Army West Point. He was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player after his season-high effort against the Black Knights.
    • Savio won 11-of-17 restarts in the semifinal against Bucknell with Ryan Fournier picking up a career-high eight ground balls off the wings.
    • Entering the game, Bucknell long-stick midfielder Alex Spring and faceoff specialist Jarett Witzel were averaging 5.21 and 4.07 ground balls per game, respectively, but the Greyhounds held them each without a single pickup.

    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 in the regular-season to rank in Patriot League statistics. Through the League title game, he tops the League in save percentage (.610) and goals-against average (6.59).

    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 109-53 since 2006 at the helm of the Greyhounds program.
    • Toomey is ninth among active Division I coaches in winning percentage (.673).
    • 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 and points, and he is tied for second in assists.
    • His second goal of the season was the 50th of his career. With 20 goals and 12 assists through 15 games this year, Sherlock has 68 and 41 for 109 points in 45 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.

    Get To Ten    

    • Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 88 occasions. With the win over Bucknell, Loyola has won 80.7 percent of those games (71-17).

    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 63-19 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 in 2014, 7-8 in 2015 and 12-3 this season) for a .768 mark.
    • Denver has won 67 games during that time and has a .779 winning percentage