The Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team will make its first trip to Emmitsburg, Md., in nearly 30 years when it visits Mount St. Mary’s for a non-conference game on Saturday, March 26. Faceoff is slated for 1 p.m. at Waldron Family Stadium.
Saturday will mark the 12th all-time meeting between the teams and first since February 23, 2003, when Loyola defeated the Mountaineers, 10-3, in Baltimore.
The teams met every season from 1973-1981 with The Mount winning three in a row from 1973-1975. The Greyhounds, however, have won the last seven games between the programs.
Loyola last played in Emmitsburg on May 2, 1981, a span of 29 years, 10 months and 20 days, or a total of 10,916 days.
Ratliff picked up five, and Moriarty scooped four, each improving upon their previous career-highs by one.
Last week, the Greyhounds held Denver and Air Force to a combined 1-of-9 on extra-man opportunities, and through the first six games of 2011, Loyola is killing opponent EMOs at a clip of 87.5-percent, the second-best mark in NCAA Division I.
The Greyhounds have not given up more than one EMO goal in a game this year, and opponents are just 3-of-24 in man-up situations.
Scoring, On The Other Hand
On the flip side of extra-man opportunities, the Greyhounds have scored 11 man-up goals this year. They are converting chances into goals 44-percent of the time (11-of-25).
Mike Sawyer’s ability to score from just about anywhere in the offensive zone has meant big goal scoring numbers for the sophomore this season. He leads Loyola and the ECAC with 18 goals through six games.
After scoring 10 goals in the games against Bellarmine and Duke, he vaulted into the national lead for goals per game. His four-goal performance on Wednesday against Denver only helped that average, but he was held without a goal for the first time this season at Air Force.
Sawyer leads the ECAC in goals per game and is tied for second nationally in the category. Read more about his five-goal games later.
Dalton On The ‘X’
J.P. Dalton filled in for John Schiavone at the face-off ‘X’ last Saturday against Mount St. Mary’s and took a career-high 16 restarts. Dalton was successful on 10 of them, improving his season numbers to 13-of-22.
Hagelin Lights The Lamp
Loyola recorded a statistical anomaly against Air Force when goalkeeper Jake Hagelin scored a man-down goal in the fourth quarter. Hagelin’s goal is the first by a Loyola goalkeper since at least 1985, and it was also the first shot by a goalkeeper since Tim Dunnigan took one during the 1992 season.
Scoring Five Again
For the season time in as many games, sophomore attacker Mike Sawyer scored five goals for the Greyhounds last Friday against Duke. He ripped off a quintet of goals in the second half to match the total he put up on March 5 against Bellarmine.
Sawyer’s 10 goals mark the first time since April 2001 that a Loyola player has scored a combined 10 goals in a span of two games. Bobby Horsey was the last Greyhound to accomplish the feat, scoring six against Butler on April 14, 2001, and following a week later with four versus Villanova.
5 Since ‘05
Since joining the ECAC Lacrosse League in 2005, Sawyer’s five goal games are the 10th and 11th respectively by a Loyola player.
Just two players have scored four or more goals twice in the same season. Matt Monfett did it in 2005 against Wagner and Penn State, and Cooper MacDonnell did it twice, in 2008 versus Towson and Syracuse and 2009 against the Orange and Georgetown.
Getting To Ground Balls
Josh Hawkins set a career-high with nine ground balls against Denver, eclipsing his previous best of seven set twice earlier this season against the U.S. Naval Academy and Bellarmine.
Hawkins has 31 ground balls through five games this season, an average of 6.2 per game, to lead the Greyhounds. Last year, Hawkins played in 12 games and finished the year with 31 ground balls.
10 Quarters Of Defense
During a span of 10 quarters and 150 minutes of game action, Loyola allowed just nine goals. Dating from the second half against Navy in the season opener to the end of the Bellarmine game on March 5, the Greyhounds have played to a 3.60 goals against average.
During the stretch, Loyola outscored opponents 18-7, and the Greyhounds held opponents to just 54 total shots.
John Schiavone continued his top-level play at the ‘X’ this season, winning 14-of-23 face-offs against Duke’s combination of C.J. Costabile and Terrence Molinari.
Schiavone won most of the face-offs to himself, picking up a game-high nine ground balls against the Blue Devils. He also scored his first goal of the season and fourth of his career.
In four games against Duke during his career, Schiavone has won 39-of-64 (.604) face-offs and picked up 29 ground balls, an average of 7.25 per game. Over the last two seasons, he won 27-of-40 (.675) and had 21 ground balls.
In the first four games of 2011, Loyola continued a positive trend from a year ago. The Greyhounds outscored opponents 12-7 in the third quarters of games and 23-13 overall in the second halves of games.
Against Denver, however, the Pioneers outscored the Greyhounds, 6-3, after the break. Last season, Loyola outscored opponents, 41-24, in the third quarters of games, and 76-55, overall after the break.
Langan Leads In Assists
Matt Langan’s career-high four assists against Bellarmine propelled him into the ECAC lead for assists per game.
He maintained that status by assisting on two at Duke and one against both Denver and Air Force. He now has an average of 1.83 per game, good for ninth nationally.
Creating Caused Turnovers
Bellarmine had 21 turnovers against the Greyhounds, 13 of which were caused by Loyola, a season-high.
Reid Acton led all players with a career-high four caused turnovers, while Steve Dircks and Scott Ratliff each caused two. Acton, a first-year starter as a sophomore, now leads the Greyhounds with seven this season.
How Low Can You Go?
While Loyola and Towson combined for only five goals, it was not the lowest scoring game in Greyhounds history.
Loyola defeated Ohio State by the same score, 3-2, on March 23, 1962, nearly 59 years before Saturday’s contest. That’s a span of 588 games since Loyola played a game with five or fewer combined goals.
More On 3-2
Three goals ties the school record for fewest goals in a Greyhounds’ victory. In addition to the game against Ohio State in 1962, Loyola also defeated Williams College by the same score in the first game of 1954.
The last time Loyola allowed two or fewer goals was just 38 games ago when the Greyhounds posted a 15-1 victory at Massachusetts on March 22, 2008.
All The Way Back
Cade Norris scored for Navy with 5:53 to play in the second quarter, and Loyola stared down a 7-2 deficit. From that point, however, the Greyhounds went on a 6-0 run, holding the Midshipmen scoreless for 28-minutes, 5-seconds, to take an 8-7 lead. The Greyhounds completed the comeback, even after Navy tied the score at 8-8, to defeat the Midshipmen, 9-8.
It had been more 11 years since Loyola rallied from a five-goal deficit to defeat a team. The last time the Greyhounds accomplished the feat was on April 3, 1999, when Towson led Loyola, 12-7, with 8:56 to play in the third quarter. The Greyhounds scored nine of the game’s last 11 goals to defeat the Tigers, 16-14.
Honors For Hagelin
Jake Hagelin was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week on February 28 for his role in the win over Towson.
The 2010 ECAC Goalkeeper of the Year made six saves and directed a Greyhounds’ defense that scattered 21 shots and allowed just eight on goal.
Hagelin, who is tied for sixth nationally with a 5.00 goals against average, has now won seven ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors during his career.
He is the second Loyola player in as many weeks to be honored by the conference. Sophomore attacker Mike Sawyer was named ECAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after scoring three times against Navy.
The Greyhounds’ comebacks have hinged on several factors, but one of the most impressive statistics came in the ground ball category. Loyola picked up 21 in the second half to Navy’s three.
Against Towson, Loyola controlled 9-of-15 fourth-quarter ground balls and had a 27-17 advantage overall.
Possession At A Premium
Thanks in large part to a 21-3 ground ball advantage and 24-7 lead in shots during the second half against Navy, Loyola controlled the ball most of the time after the break.
The Greyhounds had possession for more than 21 of the 30 second-half minutes, including for one 5-minute, 42-second stretch that culminated in Patrick Fanshaw’s eventual game-winning goal with 68 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Five Greyhounds earned Preseason All-ECAC honors from the league’s coaches, and Loyola was picked to finish second behind Denver in the conference. Defender Steve Dircks, goalkeeper Jake Hagelin, midfielder Josh Hawkins, midfielder Eric Lusby and face-off specialist John Schiavone were all named to the team.
Dircks and Schiavone also earned Preseason All-America Honorable Mention from Face-off Yearbook.
Looking Back At 2010
Loyola wrapped up the 2010 season with a 9-5 overall record and its 17th all-time bid to the NCAA Division I Championships.
The Greyhounds had a season-long six-game winning streak from March 20-April 24, and they finished second in the ECAC.
The Greyhounds’ May 15, 2010, game at Cornell in the NCAA Championships First Round marked the 17th time in school history that the Greyhounds have reached the NCAA Division I Championships and the 19th time overall that they have played in the postseason.
Loyola was the recipient of an at large bid to the tournament.
The appearance was Loyola’s third in the last four years to the NCAA Championships.
The Greyhounds stay on the road for their next game, traveling to Columbus, Ohio, for an ECAC Lacrosse League contest next Saturday.