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Men's Lacrosse's Game At Holy Cross Moved To Sunday

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Due to the Nor'easter affecting travel in the region, the Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse game at College of the Holy Cross has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 4. The Crusaders will host the ninth-ranked Greyhounds at 12 p.m. at Holy Cross' Kuznlewski Field.

March 1, 2018

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Opponent Holy Cross Crusaders
Date Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location Worcester, Mass. | Kuznlewski Field
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland returns to Patriot League action on Sunday, March 34 at 12 noon when it visits Worcester, Massachusetts, to face College of the Holy Cross.
  • The game will steam live on the Patriot League Network.
  • Dating back to March 23, 2016, Loyola is averaging 12.6 goals over its last 30 games. The Greyhounds have scored less than 10 only four times in that span.
  • Loyola is one of only two teams (Albany) to rank in the top-eight of both scoring offense and scoring defense this season in NCAA Division I. The Greyhounds are eighth in both goals per game (13.75) and goals allowed (7.75).
  • Foster Huggins leads NCAA Division I in caused turnovers per game with 3.50 in four 2018 outings.
  • Brian Begley earned the first Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career Monday after scoring twice, causing two turnovers and picking up two ground balls against Lafayette.
  • Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all but two of the 38 games to start his collegiate career, and he has 21 multi-goal and 27 multi-assist games.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola built a 4-1 lead early in Wednesday’s second quarter, and while the game tightened over the middle 50 percent, the Greyhounds never allowed Towson to tie the score or lead during a 12-8 victory at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • The Tigers got within one on six occasions during the second, third and fourth quarters, but each time, Loyola had a scoring answer to keep the visitors at bay. The Greyhounds then scored the game’s last three goals to provide a final cushion.
  • Pat Spencer led all players with seven points with game-highs of four goals and three assists, while Kevin Lindley tallied a career-best three goals for the Greyhounds. Jay Drapeau and Aidan Olmstead each had two goals and an assist, and John Duffy produced a goal and an assist.
  • The Greyhounds used a 20-7 advantage in the turnover battle to its advantage despite the Tigers’ slim 29-28 lead in ground balls. Loyola’s defense also successfully killed all four Towson extra-man opportunities in the game.
  • Towson got within one, 9-8, with 5:08 left in the fourth quarter, but Loyola scored the game’s last three goals.

In The Polls

  • Loyola is ranked ninth in both the in the USILA Coaches Poll and the Maverick/Inside Lacrosse media version.
  • Holy Cross enters the game unranked.

Series History

  • Loyola will meet Holy Cross for the sixth time on when the teams take the field on Sunday. The Greyhounds won two 2017 meetings between the programs, winning 16-9 in March during the regular-season and 13-3 in an April 28 Patriot League Semifinal game. Loyola holds a 4-1 record in the all-time series.
  • Despite not converting on any of its 11 shots in a scoreless first quarter, Loyola controlled the final three quarters and defeated the Crusaders, 13-3, in the Patriot League Semifinals.
  • Loyola broke through 2:18 into the second quarter after Brian Sherlock picked up a loose ball off a misfired Greyhounds pass and hit a nine-yard bouncer from the right side. That opened a 3-0 Loyola run that saw Pat Spencer assist on a pair of Zack Sirico goals.
  • Loyola took 49 shots while limiting Holy Cross to 26. Stover made 12 saves on the Crusaders’ 15 shots on goal. The Greyhounds also forced 18 turnovers as the Crusaders went just 14-of-21 on clears in the game. Jack Carrigan posted seven ground balls and three caused turnovers for the second-straight game as Loyola was credited with 11 caused turnovers. McGovern and Spencer each had two caused turnovers on rides.

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 74 goals, 116 assists and 190 points. Versus Bucknell (his 27th game), he moved into sole possession of third at the school in career assists (Gary Hanley, 160; Justin Ward, 120).
  • Spencer then advanced to third in career points (190) in his 38th career game on February 28, 2018, against Towson. He is two points away from tying Pat Lamon (1983-86) for second in career points.
  • His 116 assists rank seventh all-time in the Patriot League.

Locking Down

  • Loyola has held its last three opponents – Johns Hopkins, Lafayette and Towson – to only 23 combined goals. Over the last 150 minutes of action, the Greyhounds have yielded 14.
  • Over those three full games, the Greyhounds’ opponents have committed 62 turnovers, and Loyola has been credited with 32 caused turnovers.
  • Loyola held Johns Hopkins to just five goals and one in the second half on February 17 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.

Putting The Ball On The Ground

  • Through four games this season, Loyola is ranked third nationally in caused turnovers per game, averaging 10 per game. Foster Huggins tops all individuals with 3.50 per contest, an average buoyed by his seven against Johns Hopkins on February 17.
  • Huggins’ seven caused turnovers rank second in school history since the stat has been officially tracked, and it is tied for seventh-most in NCAA history.
  • Last year, the Greyhounds finished fifth in NCAA Division I with 9.31 per game.

And Taking Care Of It

  • While the Greyhounds have done a good job of forcing turnovers this season, they have also done a better job of holding onto it in their last two games. Versus Lafayette and Towson, the Greyhounds committed only 19 turnovers including a season-low seven against the Tigers.
  • Loyola’s seven turnovers against Towson were its fewest since committing six on February 18, 2017, against Johns Hopkins.

Top Of The Team

  • Jay Drapeau has scored two or more goals in each of the Greyhounds’ four games this season to lead Loyola with 10 goals. He had back-to-back hat tricks against Johns Hopkins and Lafayette and scored two each against Virginia and Towson.
  • Dating back to April 15, 2017, Drapeau has posted five of his six career hat tricks and is averaging 2.2 goals per game over nine outings.

Defense Making A Stand

  • Over the last 14 games (10 in 2017, four in 2018) – beginning with a March 18, 2017 win over the U.S. Naval Academy – Loyola’s defense has allowed just 7.1 goals per game, limiting opponents to 29.7 shots in the process. The Greyhounds have advantages of 442-369 in ground balls (31.6-26.4 per game) and 155-232 in turnovers (11.1-16.6) as they have gone 10-4 during the stretch.
  • Of its opponents 232 turnovers in the last 14 games, Loyola has caused 143.

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 four games of this season, for a total of Loyola’s last 14 games, those numbers have moved to 6.52 and 57.1 percent.

Weekly Patriot League Honors

  • Brian Begley was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after scoring twice, causing two turnovers and picking up four ground balls against Lafayette. The two-goal game was the second in a row for the short-stick defensive midfielder.
  • Last week, Begley was named to the USILA National Team of the Week after recording two goals and two assists against Johns Hopkins.
  • His Patriot League award is the third in as many weeks for the Greyhounds. Foster Huggins earned the Defensive Player of the Week nods on February 12 and 19. Jacob Stover was the February 19 Goalkeeper of the Week.

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, now has 36 multi-point game in 38 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 37 collegiate games. He has 20 multi-goal games and 26 multi-assist outings.
  • He is second among active NCAA Division I players in assists per game (3.05) and fourth in points per game (5.00). His 190 career points are fifth among active players with all four players ahead of him in their fourth years of competition.

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 (53) and short-stick defensive midfielders Jared Mintzlaff (53) and Brian Begley (52) have played in a combined 158 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 13 goals, five assists and 95 ground balls.
  • Mintzlaff posted six goals and three assists last year to go with 15 caused turnovers and 17 ground balls. With an assist against Lafayette, he raised his career totals to 10 goals, five assists, 49 ground balls and 38 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 23 turnovers.

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 37 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 124-62 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 108 occasions; Loyola has won 79.6 percent of those games (86-22).

Up Next

  • Loyola returns to Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday, March 10, for a 3 p.m. game against Duke University.






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