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Patriot League Play Starts Saturday When Men's Lacrosse Hosts Lafayette

Jared Mintzlaff
Jared Mintzlaff
Feb. 21, 2018

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Opponent Lafayette Leopards
Date Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland starts its fifth season of competition in the Patriot League on Saturday, February 24, when it hosts Lafayette College in a 12 noon game at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • The game will steam live on the Patriot League Network.
  • Dating back to March 23, 2016, Loyola is averaging 12.3 goals over its last 28 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.
  • Foster Huggins has earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors in each of the last two weeks. He had seven caused turnovers against Johns Hopkins and has 10 this year.
  • Jacob Stover made 12 saves against just five goals allowed versus the Blue Jays and picked up Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors.
  • Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all but two of the 36 games to start his collegiate career, and he has 20 multi-goal and 26 multi-assist games.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola outscored Johns Hopkins 7-1 in the second half Saturday, and the Greyhounds turned a 5-4 halftime lead into a 12-5 victory over the Blue Jays.
  • Loyola went up 5-3 on a Pat Spencer extra-man goal with 6:00 left in the first half, but Johns Hopkins tallied the half’s last two goals to get within one when Shack Stanwick scored with 52.4 seconds left before the break.
  • The Greyhounds gained possession to start the third quarter off a Johns Hopkins faceoff violation, and after drawing a 30-second clock warning 80 seconds later, Aidan Olmstead split his defender from the right side and scored his first goal at 13:28, launching the’ run.
  • Brian Begley and John Duffy played a two-man game on the left side, and Begley threw to Duffy for an eight-yard look that he converted to push the advantage to five. The Blue Jays got back within four, however, just 11 seconds later as Jared Reinson took a Hunter Moreland pass off the faceoff to score at 1:50.
  • That goal, however, would be Johns Hopkins’ only of the second half. Jacob Stover made seven of his 12 saves in the second half, including four in the final quarter.

In The Polls

  • Loyola is ranked 10th in both the in the USILA Coaches Poll and the Maverick/Inside Lacrosse media version.
  • Lafayette is unranked entering the game.

Series History

  • Loyola and Lafayette will play for the sixth time in series history and fifth time as Patriot League opponents. The teams first met in the opening game of the 1939 season. In that contest, the Greyhounds beat the Leopards, 15-1, to open their second year of varsity lacrosse. Loyola has won all four of the meetings between the teams since it joined the Patriot League in 2014.
  • Last year, 12 Loyola players scored goals, led by five from Pat Spencer, and the Greyhounds opened their Patriot League schedule with an 18-5 victory at Lafayette. Spencer matched his career-high with five goals, and he also added three assists, while John Duffy and Jordan Germershausen each scored twice. Four players – P.J. Brown, Wiley Bonham, Logan Devereaux and Nick Cunningham – scored the first goals of their Loyola careers, and Cole Boland posted his first point with an assist.
  • The Greyhounds had a 57-34 advantage in shots and a 39-29 lead in ground balls. Loyola’s trio of goalkeepers – Jacob Stover (6), Grant Limone (6) and Sam Beazell (4) – combined for 16 saves, and Graham Savio was 12-of-19 with 10 ground balls at the face-off ‘X.’

Against The Leopards

  • Loyola players with notable stats against Lafayette include: Foster Huggins (3 games, 7 caused turnovers); Pat Spencer (2 games, 7 goals, 7 assists); Alex McGovern (1 game, 2 goals, 3 assists); Mike Orefice (3 games, 7 of 10 faceoffs); Jay Drapeau (3 games, 3 goals, 1 assist); Jacob Stover (1 game, 30 minutes played, 2 goals allowed, 6 saves) and Grant Limone (3 games, 124+ minutes, 7.24 goals against average, .583 save percentage).

Locking Down

  • Loyola held Johns Hopkins to just five goals and one in the second half on Saturday when the Greyhounds downed the Blue Jays, 12-5. During the half, the Greyhounds limited Johns Hopkins to 14 shots, seven in each quarter. Of the eight shots that were put on goal, Jacob Stover made seven saves to finish the game with 12 total.
  • The Blue Jays committed 12 of their 22 turnovers in the second half with seven coming off Loyola caused turnovers. The Greyhounds also had 11 ground balls to Johns Hopkins’ five in the fourth quarter.

Patriot League & National Awards

  • Foster Huggins and Jacob Stover earned the Patriot League Defensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Week Awards, respectively, on Monday for their work in the win over Johns Hopkins.
  • Brian Begley was named to the USILA Team of the Week after scoring twice and assisting on two goals. He also had five ground balls and a caused turnover.
  • Huggins finished the game with three ground balls and seven caused turnovers while holding Blue Jays All-American Shack Stanwick to just one goal. Huggins’ seven caused turnovers rank second-most at Loyola since the stats was officially tracked (P.T. Ricci, eight vs. Penn State, March 1, 2008). The seven also ranks tied for seventh in NCAA single-game history.
  • Stover backstopped the Greyhounds to the win with 12 saves, seven coming in the second half. The junior made four saves in both the first and fourth quarters.
  • This week’s awards are the fourth of both Huggins and Stover’s careers.

No Extras

  • Johns Hopkins entered Saturday’s game having scored on all three of its extra-man opportunities in the first game of the year and a school-record 60.5 percent of man-up trips last year. The Greyhounds shut out the Blue Jays on five extra-man opportunities.

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. After finishing that game with three goals and two assists, Spencer, who is a member of the USILA Preseason Player of the Year Watch List, had a goal and three assists against Johns Hopkins for the his 34th multi-point game in 36 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).
  • 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 36 collegiate games. He has 20 multi-goal games and 26 multi-assist outings.
  • He is the NCAA Division I active career leader in assists (3.1) and points per game (5.06).

In The Middle Of Things

  • Loyola’s first midfield of Jay Drapeau, John Duffy and Alex McGovern have combined for 12 goals and two assists in two games this season, accounting for half of the Greyhounds’ 24 goals.
  • Duffy and Drapeau combined for five goals and an assist February 10 at Virginia. Duffy set a career-high with four points while tying his previous high of three goals. Drapeau added two goals, including the game-tying score that eventually sent the game to overtime.
  • Drapeau then led all players with three goals against Johns Hopkins, while Duffy and McGovern each added two. McGovern also had an assist on a Drapeau first-quarter goal.

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 (51) and short-stick defensive midfielders Jared Mintzlaff (51) and Brian Begley (50) have played in a combined 152 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 11 goals, five assists and 88 ground balls.
  • Mintzlaff posted six goals and three assists last year to go with 15 caused turnovers and 17 ground balls. With a goal against Johns Hopkins, he raised his career totals to 10 goals, four assists, 48 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 59 ground balls while causing 22 turnovers.

Defense Making A Stand

  • Over the last 12 games (10 in 2017, two in 2018) – beginning with a March 18, 2017 win over the U.S. Naval Academy – Loyola’s defense has allowed just 6.7 goals per game, limiting opponents to 29.9 shots in the process. The Greyhounds have advantages of 393-331 in ground balls (32.8-27.6 per game) and 136-192 in turnovers (11.3-16.0) as they have gone 8-4 during the stretch.
  • Of its opponents 192 turnovers in the last 12 games, Loyola has caused 124.

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 69 goals, 112 assists and 181 points. Versus Bucknell (his 27th game), he moved into sole possession of third at the school in career assists (Hanley, 160; Ward, 120). His 112 assists rank eighth all-time in the Patriot League
  • Against Johns Hopkins, Spencer moved into sixth all-time at Loyola with 181 points. Jim Blanding (5th, 182 points, 1989-92), Kevin Beach (4th, 184, 1990-93) and Tim O’Shea (3rd, 185, 1995, 97-99) rank just head of him in career points.

Stover’s Last Twelve

  • 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 10 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.
  • Including the first two games of the season, for a total of Loyola’s last 12 games, those numbers have moved to 6.55 and 58..

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.

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 122-62 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 106 occasions; Loyola has won 79.2 percent of those games (84-22).

Up Next

  • Loyola plays its third home game in an 11-day stretch on Wednesday, February 28, when it hosts Towson University in a 4 p.m. game at Ridley Athletic Complex.






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