Hounds Meet North Carolina Saturday In NCAA Men's Lacrosse Semifinals

May 24, 2016

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  Loyola's NCAA Championships Central
Opponent North Carolina Tar Heels | NCAA Championships Semifinals
Date Saturday, May 28, 2016
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location Philadelphia, Pa. | Lincoln Financial Field
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Quick Hits About The 'Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse travels to Philadelphia, for the NCAA Semifinals on Saturday, May 28.
  • The seventh-seeded Greyhounds will play the University of North Carolina at 12 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field.
  • The game will air live on ESPN2 and digitally on ESPN3/WatchESPN.
  • Loyola is making its fourth all-time trip to the NCAA Division I Semifinals (2016, 2012, 1998, 1990).
  • Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all 17 games to start his collegiate career, and he has 12 multi-goal and 11 multi-assist games.
  • With four points on three goals and an assist in the NCAA Quarterfinals against Towson University, Spencer moved into a tie for third in single-season program history (83).
  • He is the second player in Loyola history to score 80 or more points in a season, joining Gary Hanley who did it three times from 1980-82.
  • Against Towson, Zach Herreweyers became the ninth player in school history to score 100 or more goals.
  • In Loyola's last two games, Zack Sirico has recorded seven points on five goals and two assists.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola used twin 3-0 runs in both halves to put distance between itself and Towson on Sunday in the NCAA Quarterfinals, and the Greyhounds earned their second trip to Championship Weekend in the last five years with a 10-8 victory over the Tigers at Ohio Stadium.
  • Pat Spencer and Zack Sirico each had three goals and an assist, and Graham Savio went 15-of-21 on faceoffs for the Greyhounds.
  • With a two-goal lead in the final 30 seconds of regulation, Jacob Stover made a pair of saves against tight Towson shots to preserve the victory. Loyola took a 2-0 lead in the game's first five minutes as Spencer and Romar Dennis tallied unassisted goals before Towson got on the board. The Tigers, however, responded with two-straight goals, and Ryan Drenner tied the score at 2-2 with 7:00 on the first-quarter clock.
  • The Greyhounds had the 30-second timer put on them for the second time in the quarter minutes later, and Zach Herreweyers dodged from the right slot into the middle and shot low-to-low for a goal at 2:24.
  • Loyola never trailed in the game and had a 36-25 advantage in shots.

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.
  • North Carolina is 12th in the coaches poll, 14th in the media rankings.

Series History    

  • Loyola and North Carolina will meet for the 18th time when the teams take the field Saturday afternoon, but it will be the first regular- or post-season contest between the schools this century.
  • North Carolina holds a 9-6 all-time advantage in the series that dates back to the 1985 season. Loyola played a North Carolina non-varsity team, and had two wins, in 1940 and 1941.
  • The teams have scrimmaged, however, as recently as the 2014 preseason.
  • The Greyhounds and Tar Heels have played three previous times in NCAA Tournament play. Loyola won a First Round game, 17-11, in 1995, while North Carolina posted Quarterfinal wins in 1991 (11-9) and 1989 (12-5).
  • Loyola won the most-recent meeting between the programs, a 10-7 decision on May 8, 1999, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • Four different Greyhounds scored in the opening 10 minutes of the contest with Gewas Schindler putting Loyola up, 4-0, at 5:35 in the first quarter. The Greyhounds later led, 5-2, to open the second quarter, but Kevin Mehm tallied a Tar Heels' extra-man goal with 2:07 left in the first half, making it a 5-4 Loyola halftime lead. Loyola scored the only goals in the third quarter and were up by two or more the rest of the way.
  • Tim O'Shea, Tim Goettelmann, Peter Haas and Mark Frye each scored twice for the Greyhounds, and Jim Brown made 13 saves in goal.

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 14-21 all-time in the tournament, 14-19 at the Division I level.
  • The Greyhounds are 2-1 in Division I Semifinal games after beating Notre Dame, 7-5, in the 2012 contest. Previously, they lost to the University of Maryland, 19-8, in the 1998 semifinals and beat Yale University, 14-13, in overtime of the 1990 round.
  • 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 17 games, the Patriot League Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year leads Loyola in points (83), assists (47) and goals (36). He has scored two or more points in all 17 of the Greyhounds' games, and he has 12 multi-goal, and 11 multi-assist, games.
  • Against Towson in the NCAA Quarterfinals, Spencer moved into a tie for third-place on the school single-season points chart, matching Gary Hanley's 1979 total of 83. Haney and Spencer are the only two players in Loyola history to score 80 or more in one year. Hanley did so three times in 1979 (83), 1980 (86) and 1981 (89). A week earlier versus Duke, Spencer eclipsed the school Division I mark of 71 shared by Eric Lusby (2012) and Justin Ward (2014). Spencer is also second in single-season assists with 47, six behind the 2014 record of 53 set by Ward.
  • Spencer is second nationally with 2.76 assists per game, and his 4.88 points per game are fourth nationally. Both marks are tops amongst freshmen.

Hat Tricks For Herreweyers    

  • Zach Herreweyers has scored 23 goals in the Greyhounds' last seven games after missing two full contests and large chunks of two others due to injury, raising his season total to 34. In the first quarter of the NCAA Semifinal against Towson, he became the ninth player in school history to reach the 100-goal mark.
  • With 34 goals so far this year, Herreweyers has scored 81 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 Duke in the NCAA First Round raised his career total to 20. Herreweyers has scored three or more goals in nearly half of his collegiate games (41). With 100 goals and 113 points, he is averaging 2.44 goals per game and 2.76 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 11 assists on 16 goals in the NCAA First Round game against Duke, the Greyhounds continued their trend of posting high assist totals in games they have won this season. In Loyola's 14 wins, 59.6 percent (96-of-161) goals have been assisted. Conversely, only 39.1 percent (9-of-23) goals in its three losses came off assists. Against Towson in the Quarterfinals, Loyola had a season-low two assists.

Defense On The Move    

  • The Greyhounds' defensive unit enters Championship Weekend ranked ninth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing an average of 8.06 goals per game.
  • That number has improved significantly throughout the season for Loyola. On March 18, following a 15-6 loss six days earlier to Duke University, the Greyhounds were allowing 9.0 goals and ranked 24th in the nation.

Turnover Battle    

  • Loyola emphatically won the turnover battle against Duke in the NCAA First Round as the Blue Devils had 19 to the Greyhounds' 11. Fourteen of Duke's turnovers were caused by Loyola with Jack Carrigan leading the way with three. The 14 caused turnovers were the most by Loyola since posting 18 on Feb. 14, 2015, against Penn State.
  • This season, Loyola is ninth nationally in turnovers per game, averaging 11.47.

Sirico's Second Half    

  • Zack Sirico has upped his scoring over the Greyhounds' last eight games, turning 12 of his 19 goals this season since the start of April. During the stretch, he has recorded 12 goals and six assists. He has three hat tricks and four games with three or more points.
  • Following a one-goal, two-assist outing against Bucknell University on March 26, Sirico had seven goals and eight assists through nine games.

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.
  • 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.
  • Against Towson in the NCAA Quarterfinals, he crossed the threshold of playing 60-plus percent of minutes for Loyola this season, and he now qualifies for NCAA statistics. He ranks second nationally in both goals-against average (7.14) and saves percentage (.591).

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 111-53 since 2006 at the helm of the Greyhounds program.
  • Toomey is ninth among active Division I coaches in winning percentage (.677).
  • 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, assists and points.
  • His second goal of the season was the 50th of his career. With 22 goals and 13 assists through 16 games this year, Sherlock has 70 and 42 for 112 points in 47 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 Ryan Fournier again leads in that capacity. Fournier scored four goals and assisted on five last season, and this season, he has scored seven goals to bring his career total to 16 goals and seven assists. Fournier also matched a career-high with two assists against Duke in the NCAA First Round game.

Get To Ten    

  • Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 90 occasions. With the win over Bucknell, Loyola has won 81.1 percent of those games (73-17).

Since 2012    

  • Loyola has the best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 65-19 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 in 2014, 7-8 in 2015 and 14-3 this season) for a .774 mark.
  • Denver has won 67 games during that time and has a .770 winning percentage.