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Men's Lacrosse Opens Home Schedule Saturday With Charles Street Rivalry Against Johns Hopkins

Zac Davliakos
Zac Davliakos
Feb. 13, 2018

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Opponent Johns Hopkins Blue Jays
Date Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland opens its 2018 home schedule on Saturday, February 17, when it hosts Johns Hopkins University at Ridley Athletic Complex. Faceoff is slated for 1 p.m.
  • The game will steam live on Facebook Live and the Patriot League Network.
  • Dating back to March 23, 2016, Loyola is averaging 12.3 goals over its last 27 games. The Greyhounds have scored less than 10 only four times in that span.
  • Loyola was the lone NCAA Division I team to rank in the nation’s top-11 of both scoring offense and scoring defense in 2017. The Greyhounds allowed 8.38 goals per game to finish 10th, while scoring 12.38 for an 11th-place mark.
  • Three Greyhounds scored three goals each on Saturday in the season opener against Virginia: John Duffy, Mike Orefice and Pat Spencer.
  • Foster Huggins earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors on February 12 after picking up five ground balls and causing three turnovers at Virginia last Saturday.
  • Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all but two of the 35 games to start his collegiate career, and he has 20 multi-goal and 25 multi-assist games.

Last Time Out

  • For the fourth time in five seasons, the Loyola-Virginia men’s lacrosse game was decided by just one goal as the Cavaliers rallied to slip past the Greyhounds, 13-12, in two overtimes on February 10.
  • Dox Aitken picked the ground ball off the faceoff to open the second overtime, raced into the box and split a Loyola slide, scoring 15 seconds into the period to give the Cavaliers the victory.
  • Loyola had rallied from a 12-9 deficit to tie the game with 2:14 left in regulation as Jay Drapeau caught an Aidan Olmstead pass while rolling the crease to score into the top corner, pulling the teams even at 12-12.
  • Loyola opened up a 4-2 lead before the end of the game’s first quarter as Pat Spencer was involved in the Greyhounds’ first four goals. Loyola eventually led 8-3 at the start of the second half before Virginia went on a 7-0 run.
  • Spencer had three goals and two assists, while Duffy posted three and one for the Greyhounds. Mike Orefice added a career-high three goals, and Drapeau had two.
  • Ian Laviano scored five goals and had an assist for Virginia to lead all players, while Matt Moore had a pair.

In The Polls

  • Loyola is ranked 14th in the USILA Coaches Poll and 12th in the Maverick/Inside Lacrosse media version.
  • Johns Hopkins enters the game ranked ninth and eight, respectively, in the polls.

Series History

  • The Greyhounds and Blue Jays will be meeting for the 55th time in series history on Saturday when they take the field. Johns Hopkins holds a 48-6 advantage, but Loyola snapped a 13-game Blue Jays’ winning streak in the series with an 8-4 win at Homewood Field on April 27, 2013. The Greyhounds then won meetings between the teams in 2014 (13-10) and 2016 (9-8) for their first-ever three-game winning streak in the series. Johns Hopkins stopped that stretch with a 14-13 overtime victory on February 18, 2017.
  • Johns Hopkins is Loyola’s second most-played opponent behind only Towson (56).
  • Johns Hopkins’ Joel Tinney got free eight yards out on the right side, and he stuck the game-winning show midway through overtime Saturday to give the Blue Jays a 14-13 win over visiting Loyola.
  • Johns Hopkins won the opening faceoff of overtime, but Zac Davliakos picked off a Blue Jays pass and transitioned the ball to the Greyhounds’ (0-2) offensive end of the field. After running a settled six-on-six possession, Brian Sherlock’s high-to-high shot was saved by Blue Jays goalkeeper Gerald Logan. The home team cleared the ball successfully, and Tinney faked a flip to teammate Patrick Fraser while running around a pick, drawing space to score his only goal of the game and send the Blue Jays to the win.
  • The game featured seven tie scores, but Loyola took a 10-7 lead with 10:53 to go in the third quarter when Mike Perkins caught a Pat Spencer feed and scored. The Blue Jays, however, reeled off a 4-0 run and went ahead, 11-10, on a Forry Smith goal with 2:35 to go in the third, giving Johns Hopkins its first lead of the afternoon. Loyola came back, however, just 44 seconds later to tie on a McGovern goal from Spencer, and the game went to the final quarter of regulation tied, 11-11.
  • Sherlock broke the deadlock 1:21 into the fourth when Sirico skipped a pass across the Johns Hopkins zone, and Sherlock found the net from 12 yards out. The Blue Jays, however, drew even 4:29 later on a Wilkins Dismuke goal. Less than three minutes later, both teams went a man-down due to offsetting penalties, and Loyola took possession in a five-on-five situation. Sherlock beat a double at the top of the box and came free down the middle to score at 6:16, staking the Greyhounds to a 13-12 advantage.
  • After more than three minutes of scoreless play, Smith collected a rebound off a saved Johns Hopkins shot and dumped the ball into the goal, tying the contest at 13-13 with 2:49 left in regulation. Neither team scored from there until the fourth-quarter horn, and the game went into overtime.

Digital History On Facebook

  • For the second time in as many years, Loyola will make history with a digital stream of a men’s lacrosse game. Saturday’s contest against Johns Hopkins will be the first collegiate lacrosse contest to stream on Facebook Live in partnership with Stadium.
  • Fans can join in the broadcast by participating on social media through the video player that will be linked on Loyola’s home page. The game will air stream live on the Patriot League Network and Stadium.
  • Last year, the Greyhounds produced the first college lacrosse game to stream on Twitter when they hosted the University of Virginia.

Picking Up Where He Left Off

  • Pat Spencer was involved in the first four goals of the 2018 season when Loyola opened the year at Virginia, recording two goals and a pair of assists in the first quarter against the Cavaliers. The junior, who is a member of the USILA Preseason Player of the Year Watch List, finished the game with three goals and two assists for the his 33rd multi-point game in 35 career outings.
  • Honors were a large part of his 2016 freshman campaign for the Greyhounds, one in which he was named to the USILA All-America Second Team. He also became the first player in Patriot League history to outright win the conference’s Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year honors.
  • In 18 games during 2016, Spencer led Loyola in points (89), assists (52) and goals (37, tied), and against North Carolina in the NCAA Semifinals, Spencer tied Gary Hanley’s 1982 record for points in a season with 89. Hanley 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). Two weeks earlier versus Duke, Spencer eclipsed the school Division I mark of 71 shared by Eric Lusby (2012) and Justin Ward (2014).
  • Spencer finished second in single-season assists with 52, just one behind the 2014 record of 53 set by Ward. Spencer was second nationally with 2.89 assists per game and 4.94 points per game.
  • He followed his stellar freshman campaign with an equally big sophomore season, scoring 28 goals with 55 assists for 83 points. His 55 assists set a Patriot League and Loyola single-season record, and his 83 points were fifth in school single-season history, third in the conference. His 3.44 assists per game ranked second in NCAA Division I, and he was sixth with 5.19 points per contest in 2017.
  • A 2017 Tewaaraton Award finalist, Spencer has recorded two or more points in all but two of his 35 collegiate games. He has 20 multi-goal games and 25 multi-assist outings.
  • He is the NCAA Division I active career leader in assists (3.1) and is third in points per game (5.05).

Duffy & Drapeau In The Midfield

  • John Duffy and Jay Drapeau combined for five goals and an assist Saturday as the Greyhounds kicked off the season at Virginia. Duffy set a career-high with four points while tying his previous high of four goals. Drapeau added two goals, including the game-tying score that eventually sent the game to overtime.

Preseason Prognostications

  • Loyola was picked to finish first in the Patriot League by a vote of conference coaches, leading the nine-team poll with 14 of a possible 16 first-place votes. The U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, Bucknell University and Boston University rounded out the Patriot League’s top-five. Lehigh University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross and Lafayette College filled out the remainder of the poll.
  • Pat Spencer was selected as the Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year  and was named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.
  • Spencer also garnered Preseason All-America First Team recognition from Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook, and he is a member of the USILA Division I Player of the Year Watch List.

Captain Quartet

  • Three seniors – Brian Begley, Zac Davliakos and Jared Mintzlaff – and a junior – John Duffy – were named captains for the 2018 men’s lacrosse team by their peers and the Greyhounds’ coaching staff. The senior trio is a member of the Greyhounds defensive midfield, while Duffy is an offensive midfielder.

Defense Making A Stand

  • Over the last 11 games (10 in 2017, one in 2018) – beginning with a March 18, 2017 win over the U.S. Naval Academy – Loyola’s defense has allowed just 6.8 goals per game, limiting opponents to 29.7 shots in the process. The Greyhounds had advantages of 353-299 in ground balls (32.1-27.2 per game) and 122-170 in turnovers (11.1-15.5) as they have gone 7-4 during the stretch.
  • Of its opponents 170 turnovers in the last 11 games, Loyola has caused 111.

Spreading The Wealth

  • Loyola averaged 8.38 assists last season, a mark that ranked fourth in NCAA Division I. Of Loyola’s 198 goals this year, 67.7 percent (134 total) were assisted. In this year’s season opener, only five of the Greyhounds’ 12 goals came via an assist.
  • The Greyhounds assisted on 71.4 percent of goals (100-of-140) in wins, 60.7 percent (34-of-56) in losses.

Chart Climbing

  • Despite his relatively short career on the field for Loyola, Pat Spencer is already making a dent on the school’s and Patriot League’s career records charts.
  • Against Lafayette on February 25, 2017 (the 21st game of his career), he crossed the 100-point mark for his career and now has 68 goals, 109 assists and 177 points. Versus Bucknell (his 27th game), he moved into sole possession of third at the school in career assists (Hanley, 160; Ward, 120). His 109 assists rank eighth all-time in the Patriot League
  • He currently is tied for seventh all-time at Loyola with 177 points, matching Justin Ward’s 2011-2014 total.
  • Against Army West Point in the 2017 Patriot League Championship Game, he broke Ward’s single-season Loyola and Patriot League record for assists, finishing the season with 55.

Stover’s First Five, Last Ten

  • Jacob Stover finished his sophomore season of 2017 fourth in NCAA Division I and tops in the Patriot League in goals-against average (7.74) while ranking 13th and second in saves percentage (.547).
  • His numbers were outstanding in the Greyhounds’ last 11 games of the season. After five contests to open the year, he had a 10.41 goals-against average while saving 50 percent of shots on goal. Those numbers have moved to 6.48 and 57.7 over the last 11.

Tying It All Together

  • Loyola’s rope unit of defensive midfielders boasts a group of players with a plethora of experience. Three of the Greyhounds’ four team captains come out of the group, and the trio of long-stick midfielder Zac Davliakos (50) and short-stick defensive midfielders Jared Mintzlaff (50) and Brian Begley (49) have played in a combined 149 games during their career. Meanwhile, three sophomores – long-stick midfielders Alex Johnson and Ryan McNulty and short-stick defensive midfielder Matt Higgins – saw considerable game action in 2017 as freshmen.
  • Begley earned All-Patriot League Second Team honors last year after picking up 32 ground balls and causing nine turnovers on defense, while scoring seven goals with an assist on offensive. In his career, he has nine goals, three assists and 83 ground balls.
  • Mintzlaff posted six goals and three assists last year to go with 15 caused turnovers and 17 ground balls, raising his career totals to nine goals, four assists, 47 ground balls and 35 caused turnovers.
  • Davliakos tied with Mintzlaff for third on the team with 15 caused turnovers while picking up 38 ground balls in 2017; he also scored twice and had three assists. Over his three previous seasons, Davliakos has scored seven goals, assisted on five, picked up 57 ground balls while causing 22 turnovers.

Experience Up Close

  • Loyola’s returners on close defense all started at least five games last season, led by two-year starter Foster Huggins who has opened the last 34 games for the Greyhounds on defense. Over the last two seasons, Huggins – an All-Patriot League First Team honoree in 2016 – has posted 60 ground balls and 40 caused turnovers.
  • Ryder Harkins moved into a starting role last year, as did Paul Volante. Harkins opened 13 of 16 games, including the final 11 and had 11 caused turnovers, while Volante started five games and finished the year with seven ground balls and five caused turnovers.

Century Mark

  • Charley Toomey won the 100th game of his head coaching career Feb. 27, 2016, against Lafayette College, becoming just the second coach in Loyola men’s lacrosse history to do so. Toomey is in his 13th year at Loyola and is 121-62 since 2006 at the helm of the Greyhounds program.

Get To Ten

  • Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 105 occasions; Loyola has won 79.0 percent of those games (83-22).

Up Next

  • The game against Johns Hopkins is the first of three-straight at home for Loyola. It opens their Patriot League slate on Saturday, February 24 against Lafayette College before taking on another local foe, Towson University on Wednesday, February 28.






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