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No. 6 Men's Lacrosse Hosts No. 3 Duke Saturday At Ridley

Ryder Harkins
Ryder Harkins
March 7, 2018

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Opponent Duke Blue Devils
Date Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time 3:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland returns to Ridley Athletic Complex for a contest of teams ranked in the top-6 nationally when it hosts Duke University at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.
  • The game will steam via Facebook Live and 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-five of both scoring offense and scoring defense this season in NCAA Division I. The Greyhounds are eighth in both goals per game (13.60) and goals allowed (7.20).
  • Foster Huggins leads NCAA Division I in caused turnovers per game with 3.40 in five 2018 outings.
  • Kevin Lindley was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week and earned a spot on the USILA Team of the Week after his eight-goal performance against Holy Cross. He finished with 11 goals and an assist in two games.
  • Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all but two of the 39 games to start his collegiate career, and he has 22 multi-goal and 28 multi-assist games.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola Maryland’s Kevin Lindley scored eight goals, setting a Patriot League freshman record, and Pat Spencer had three goals and six assists, on Sunday as the ninth-ranked Greyhounds defeated host Holy Cross, 13-5, in conference play.
  • Spencer scored three times and had six assists, while Lindley added an assist for dual nine-point games. Jay Drapeau had a goal and an assist, while Peter Swindell added the Greyhounds’ other goal, and Aidan Olmstead had a pair of assists.
  • The Greyhounds controlled the first half of the game, keeping the Crusaders off the scoreboard while leading 7-0 at the break. Loyola posted five first-quarter goals, three by Lindley.
  • Holy Cross came back to tally the second half’s first three goals, a trio of goals that came in less than three seconds.
  • Lindley broke the Crusaders’ run with a goal off good ball movement by the Greyhounds during a man-up.
  • Despite outscoring Holy Cross by eight, Loyola had just a one-shot advantage in the game, 34-33. The Greyhounds put 21 of those shots on goal.
  • Foster Huggins had three caused turnovers, and Ryan McNulty led Loyola with seven ground balls.

In The Polls

  • Loyola moved up to sixth in the USILA Coaches Poll and seventh in the Maverick/Inside Lacrosse media version.
  • Duke enters the game ranked third in both contests.

Series History

  • Saturday will be the 32nd meeting all-time between the Blue Devils and the Greyhounds; Duke holds a 19-12 advantage in a series that dates back to 1946. With this game, the teams will have played during the regular-season for 19-straight years (since 2000). Three times during that span – 2008, 2013 and 2016 – they have also met in NCAA Championships action.
  • In 2016, the sides met twice with Duke winning 15-6 in the March regular-season meeting at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds then hosted the Blue Devils in the NCAA First Round and posted a 16-11 victory.
  • Last year, Duke went on a 5-0 run in the second quarter and outscored Loyola, 8-1, during that period and the third as the Blue Devils posted a 15-7 non-conference victory on March 11, 2017, in Durham, N.C.
  • The Greyhounds took a 2-1 lead 7:19 in to the game as Brian Sherlock ran free down the left alley and scored overhand high. Duke, however, got two-straight goals starting with a man-up tally by Justin Guterding at 3:25. Joey Manown then worked topside from behind and shot low for a goal with 2:15 left in the frame that put the Blue Devils up 3-2. With less than 15 seconds to play, Sherlock lost the handle in traffic on the right-side of the goal, but he found the ground ball and flicked it in for his second of the day with 9.6 seconds on the first-quarter clock to tie the game for the Greyhounds (3-3).
  • Brad Smith then started the Duke second-quarter run when he went low-to-low 1:16 into the stanza, and Manown added his second of the game three minutes later. Reilly Walsh added a goal at 9:41, and Smith tallied a score on a six-on-four extra-man possession at 4:38. Kyle Rowe won the ensuing faceoff for the Blue Devils, and he fed Jack Bruckner inside for a goal seven seconds after Smith’s tally to stretch the Duke lead to 8-3.
  • Neither team scored in the opening seven minutes of the second half until Pat Spencer recorded his second of the game for Loyola at 7:38, but Duke then reeled off three-consecutive goals as part of a 6-1 run. Sherlock scored again after picking up a loose ball in a scrum with 13:20 left in regulation, making it 11-5 Blue Devils, but Duke tallied three in a row to put the game out of reach for Loyola.

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 77 goals, 122 assists and 199 points. On March 4, 2018, at Holy Cross (his 39th career game), Spencer moved into sole possession of both points and assists at Loyola.
  • He trails only Gary Hanley (1978-81) in career points (311) and assists (160) at the school.
  • Spencer’s 122 assists rank fifth all-time in the Patriot League, and his 199 points are 10th.

Locking Down

  • Loyola has held its last four opponents – Johns Hopkins, Lafayette, Towson and Holy Cross – to only 23 combined goals, an average of 5.75 per game. Only Towson (eight) scored more than five in the game.
  • Over those four games, the Greyhounds’ opponents have committed 81 turnovers, and Loyola has been credited with 44 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.

Lindley Lights The Scoreboard

  • Kevin Lindley set a Patriot League and Loyola freshman scoring record Sunday at Holy Cross by tallying eight goals in a 13-5 win over the Crusaders. His eight goals are one off the school record of nine set in 1986 by John Carroll against Washington & Lee University. It also matches the No. 2 mark in Patriot League history, held by six other players.
  • Lindley’s eight goals were the most by a Loyola player since Gavin Prout tallied the number against Hobart College in 2001.
  • Earlier in the week, the freshman from Darien, Connecticut, set a career-high with three goals in the Greyhounds’ win over Towson.
  • In the team games, he finished with 11 goals and an assist, earning Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors and a spot on the USILA National Team of the Week.

Putting The Ball On The Ground

  • Through five games this season, Loyola is ranked second nationally in caused turnovers per game, averaging 10.4 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 has had three or more caused turnovers in four of the give Greyhounds’ games, all except the contest against Lafayette.
  • 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.

From The Middle

  • Jay Drapeau has scored two or more goals in four of the Greyhounds’ five games this season and is third on the team with 11 goals and 14 points. 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 2.1 goals per game over 10 outings.

Defense Making A Stand

  • Over the last 15 games (10 in 2017, five in 2018) – beginning with a March 18, 2017 win over the U.S. Naval Academy – Loyola’s defense has allowed just 6.9 goals per game, limiting opponents to 29.9 shots in the process. The Greyhounds have advantages of 473-404 in ground balls (31.5-26.9 per game) and 170-251 in turnovers (11.3-16.7) as they have gone 11-4 during the stretch.
  • Of its opponents 251 turnovers in the last 15 games, Loyola has caused 155.

Stover’s Last Fifteen

  • 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 five games of this season, for a total of Loyola’s last 15 games, those numbers have moved to 6.43 and 56.1 percent.

Weekly Patriot League Honors

  • Pat Spencer was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, and Kevin Lindley picked up Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors on March 5 after combining for 27 points in two games last week. Spencer scored four goals and had three assists against Towson, and he added three and six at Holy Cross. Lindley scored three times versus the Tigers and went off for eight goals and an assist versus the Crusaders.
  • The Greyhounds have earned three Defensive Player of the Week honors in four weeks. Foster Huggins earned the Defensive Player of the Week nods on February 12 and 19, while Brian Begley earned the February 26 nod.. 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 37 multi-point game in 39 career outings. He is seventh in Division I in assists per game (3.0) this year and ninth in points (5.4).
  • 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 first among active NCAA Division I players in assists per game (3.13) and fourth in points per game (5.10). His 199 career points are fourth among active players with all three 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 (54) and short-stick defensive midfielders Jared Mintzlaff (54) and Brian Begley (53) have played in a combined 161 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 96 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 40 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 63 ground balls while causing 25 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 37 games for the Greyhounds on defense. Over the last two seasons, Huggins – an All-Patriot League First Team honoree in 2016 – 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 125-62 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 109 occasions; Loyola has won 79.8 percent of those games (87-22).

Up Next

  • Loyola moved back into Patriot League play with a Saturday, March 17 game at the U.S. Naval Academy that will air nationally on CBS Sports Network.






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