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Men's Lacrosse Heads To Long Island For NCAA Quarterfinal Date With Yale

The Greyhounds are headed to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second year in a row.
The Greyhounds are headed to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second year in a row.
May 15, 2018

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Opponent Yale Bulldogs | NCAA Quarterfinals | NCAA Championships Central
Date Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time 12:00 p.m.
Location Hempstead, N.Y. | James M. Shuart Stadium
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland makes its second trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals in the last three years when it takes on Yale University on Saturday, May 12, at Hofstra University. The Greyhounds are the No. 6 seed in this year’s Championships, while the Bulldogs are No. 3.
  • Faceoff is set for 12 noon on ESPNU.
  • Dating back to March 23, 2016, Loyola is averaging 12.90 goals over its last 41 games. The Greyhounds have scored less than 10 only five times in that span.
  • Pat Spencer now holds the Patriot League career records in both assists (165) and points (263). In the Patriot League title game, he broke the Loyola career assists mark.
  • Foster Huggins leads NCAA Division I in caused turnovers per game with 3.19 in 16 2018 outings.
  • Kevin Lindley (.536) and Jay Drapeau (.451) rank one-two in the Patriot League (4th and 22nd nationally) in shooting percentage this year and Loyola is first as a team (.359)
  • Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all but two of the 50 games to start his collegiate career, and he has 28 multi-goal and 39 multi-assist games. He has scored a point in all 50 outings.

Last Time Out

  • Loyola had to sit through a two-hour, 14-minute storm delay before opening faceoff on Saturday night, but the Greyhounds built a 4-2 lead after the first quarter which they extended to a 10-5 halftime head before downing the Virginia, 14-12, in the NCAA Championships First Round at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • Loyola scored the game’s opening goal as Jay Drapeau caught an Aidan Olmstead feed and buried a shot at 10:20, but Virginia came back with two goals inside of a minute. Ian Laviano and Regan Quinn both scored unassisted at 9:32 and 8:55, giving the Cavaliers a one-goal lead midway through the first quarter.
  • Alex McGovern scored for Loyola, taking a short-stick defender behind the cage before getting topside and rolling back to the goal for a tally with the 30-second timer on at 6:22. That started a stretch in which the Greyhounds scored three goals in less than a minute.
  • Mike Orefice won the ensuing faceoff for Loyola and shot high-to-high, scoring 12 seconds after McGover to give Loyola a 3-2 lead it would not relinquish.
  • Kevin Lindley scored four times, and Pat Spencer had two goals and three assists.

In The Polls

  • Loyola enters the game ranked sixth in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Maverick/Inside Lacrosse media version.
  • Yale is fifth and fourth, respectively.

Series History

  • Loyola and Yale will meet for the fourth time when the teams take the field on Saturday. The Greyhounds hold a 3-0 lead in the all-time series, including a 1-0 advantage in NCAA Tournament games.
  • The teams last met on May 1, 2004, in the penultimate game of the regular-season. The Bulldogs built a 2-0 lead after the first quarter before Loyola broke out for seven second-quarter goals en route to a 12-8 victory on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
  • Ned Britt scored two goals for Yale in the final 2:02 of the opening quarter, but Greg Leonard put Loyola on the board 2:12 into the second, and Stephen Brundage scored twice in the span of 59 seconds to give Loyola its first lead of the game. After Ryan Capilupi tied the game at 3-3 with 7:11 left in the second, Chris Einhorn, Matt Monfett and Matt Cassalia put together a 3-0 Loyola run over 28 seconds late in the frame to put the Greyhounds in front for good.
  • Brundage led Loyola with three goals, while Jordan Rabidou added two goals and two assists. Cassalia went for two and one, winning 8-of-12 faceoffs. Britt scored four times and had an assist for Yale.
  • The teams met in the 1990 NCAA Semifinals with the Greyhounds grabbing a 14-13 double-overtime victory in driving rain at Rutgers University. Loyola trailed, 13-10, with 3:11 left in regulation when Kim Dunn put the Bulldogs up by three. Ted Nichols scored with 2:06 on the clock, and Chris Colbeck tallied one with 1:10 remaining to pull Loyola within a goal. Loyola rode back a clear after a missed shot, and Kevin Beach picked up a ground ball to feed Jim Blanding for the tying goal with 26 ticks left.
  • After a scoreless first overtime, Sean Smith grabbed a loose ball near the top of the box, ran toward goal-line and threw to Colbeck in the middle for the game-winner.
  • Current Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey (goalkeeper) and Volunteer Assistant Coach Steve Vaikness (faceoff specialist) were key players in that win for Loyola.

Turn On The Television

  • ESPNU will televise the game live, nationally. Anish Shroff will call the play-by-play, while Quint Kessenich handles color analysis and Paul Carcaterra covers the sidelines.

NCAA Championships History

  • Loyola is making its 25th all-time appearance in the NCAA Championships, 23rd in Division I history (since 1982). The Greyhounds are 14-23 all-time in the tournament, 14-21 at the Division I level. This is Loyola’s sixth trip to the NCAA Championships in the last seven years and ninth in Charley Toomey’s 13 seasons as head coach.
  • The Greyhounds are 4-9 in quarterfinals games, and this will be their second time facing Yale in the NCAA Championships. Loyola earned a 14-13 double-overtime win against the Bulldogs in the 1990 semifinals, lifting it to its first-ever NCAA Division Championship Game.
  • The Greyhounds won their first NCAA Division I Championship, in any sport, in 2012, when they defeated Maryland, 9-3, on Memorial Day. The win completed an 18-1 season for the Greyhounds in which they tied the NCAA Division I record for wins in a season, matching the 18-2 Duke team from 2008. Loyola entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and defeated Canisius, Denver and Notre Dame en route to the title game.
  • Loyola is 0-2 all-time in NCAA games at Hofstra, quarterfinal games against Princeton (2001) and Syracuse (1997).
  • Charley Toomey is 7-7 as a head coach in the NCAA Championships. This season is Toomey’s 18th in the NCAA Championships: nine as a head coach, six as an assistant, three as player.

Alone At The Top

  • Pat Spencer set the Loyola single-season assist and points records during the NCAA First Round win over Virginia. He assisted on a Kevin Lindley goal in the first two minutes of the second quarter, breaking his own assist record of 55 set last season. His assist on a Lindley goal to start scoring in the second half was his 90th point of the year, breaking the record of 89 set in 1981 by Gary Hanley and matched in 2016 by Spencer. He now has 33 goals, 58 assists and 91 points in 2018.
  • Spencer became Loyola’s all-time leader in assists (now 165 in 50 career games) during the Patriot League Championship Game, breaking the mark of 160 set by Hanley in 1981.
  • In the Patriot League Semifinals, Spencer set the Patriot League record for career points (now with 263), passing Bucknell University’s Chris Cara (2002-05).
  • Earlier in the season at Georgetown, he became the Patriot League’s all-time assist leader with the 143 of his career, breaking the mark held by the U.S. Military Academy’s Tim Person (1999-2002).

Closing In On Loyola Marks

  • In addition to his career assist record, Spencer is second all-time at Loyola in points (263) behind Gary Haley’s career total (311, 1978-1981).
  • Spencer has 98 goals through 50 career games, a total tied with Jim Blanding (1989-92) for 10th all-time at the school. With two more scores, Spencer will be the 10th player to score 100 or more goals at Loyola.
  • Against Lafayette on February 25, 2017 (the 21st game of his career), he crossed the 100-point mark for his career, and he became the school’s second player with 200 or more points in his 40th career game (March 10, 2018, versus Duke). On March 4, 2018, at Holy Cross (his 39th career game), Spencer moved into sole possession of both points and assists at Loyola.
  • A 2017 and 2018 Tewaaraton Award finalist, he is first among active NCAA Division I players in assists (165), tied for second in assists per game (3.30) and fourth in points and points per game (263 and 5.26).
  • Against Virginia in the NCAA First Round game, Spencer moved into the top-10 of NCAA Division I history in assists. He is currently 10th, five back of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Joe Vasta who had 170 from 1983-86.

Scoring By Himself

  • Of Pat Spencer’s 32 even-strength goals this season, 25 have come unassisted. His 78.1 percent unassisted mark is second in the nation to Villanova University’s Christian Cuccinello (80.6 percent) for players with 25+ goals. h/t

Patriot League & National Awards

  • Pat Spencer (Offensive Player), Foster Huggins (Defensive Player) and Jacob Stover (Goalkeeper) earned end-of-the-year awards from the Patriot League on Monday, and the trio was part of six Greyhounds who were named to All-Patriot League teams. Jay Drapeau and Brian Begley were first-team honorees, while John Duffy garnered second-team recognition.
  • Spencer became the first player in Patriot League history to be named Offensive Player of the Year in the first three years of his career. Huggins is a two-time first-team selection, while Begley earned the second All-League honors of his career.
  • Duffy, Kevin Lindley, Spencer and Stover were named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team with Spencer drawing Most Outstanding Player honors.
  • Three Greyhounds were named to the Inside Lacrosse Media All-America Team. Spencer and Huggins earned first-team honors, and Drapeau garnered third-team recognition.

From The Middle

  • Jay Drapeau has scored two or more goals in 14 of the Greyhounds’ 16 games this season, and he leads the team with 41 goals and is second with 50 points. He had hat tricks (or better) against Johns Hopkins, Lafayette, Duke, Navy, Colgate, Georgetown and Lehigh (Patriot League Championship Game), and he had two each against Virginia (2x), Towson, Bucknell and Boston University (2x).
  • Dating back to April 15, 2017, Drapeau has posted 10 of his 11 career hat tricks and is averaging 2.57 goals per game over 20 outings.
  • This season, his 39 goals are fifth nationally among NCAA Division I midfielders.
  • Drapeau’s 41 goals this season are the most by a Loyola midfielder in program history, eclipsing the 38 Brian Kroneberger scored in 1990.

Freshman Scoring Mark

  • Kevin Lindley’s four goals against Virginia in the NCAA First Round moved his season total to 37, matching the school freshman record set in 2016 by Pat Spencer.

Shot Selection

  • Loyola enters the NCAA Championships with a .359 shooting percentage this season. The Greyhounds have shot 30 percent or better in just two of the last 10 seasons (.312 in 2014; .301 in 2017).
  • Loyola’s shot percentage leads the Patriot League and is fourth in NCAA Division I. Of the players on Loyola’s starting attacker and first and second midfields, eight of nine are shooting .277 or better, and six of that group is at .338 or higher.

Duffy Increases Production

  • John Duffy set a career-high with five points in the Patriot League Championship Game, matching his career-highs in goals (three) and assists (two) along the way. Prior to the April 29 game against Lehigh, he had three games with three goals, and two four-point outings.
  • Overall, Duffy has 11 multi-point games in 2018.
  • Duffy has 25 goals and nine assists this season, career-highs in both categories in 16 games. Last season, he had 13 goals and four assists in 16 outings.

Freshman On The Attack

  • Loyola freshman attackers Kevin Lindley and Aidan Olmstead form the only first-year teammates in NCAA Division I to have logged 35 or more points this season. Lindley has scored 12 goals in Loyola’s last three games (five versus Boston University; three versus Lehigh; four versus Virginia) and has 41 points this year. Olmstead is right behind with 19 goals, 21 assists and 40 points.
  • Lindley’s 37 goals this season are tied for third among Division I freshmen, and his 2.31 goals per game are also third among freshman and 33rd overall.
  • Olmstead is seventh among freshman with 21 assists.
  • Lindley set a Patriot League and Loyola freshman scoring record March 4 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. The eight goals were the most by a Loyola player since Gavin Prout scored eight against Hobart College in 2001.
  • Olmstead was twice named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week this season. He picked up his first recognition after a four-goal game at Navy, a contest he followed with a six-point outing (two goals, four assists) versus Bucknell. Olmstead then matched his career highs in points and goals with four goals and two assists versus Boston University in the regular-season meeting of the teams.

Putting The Ball On The Ground

  • Through 16 games this season, Loyola is ranked second nationally in caused turnovers per game, averaging 10 per game. Foster Huggins tops all individuals with 3.19 per contest, an average buoyed by his seven against Johns Hopkins on February 17 and six at Colgate on March 31. Huggins has had three or more caused turnovers in 11 of the Greyhounds’ 16 games.
  • His 51 caused turnovers this year are a Patriot League single-season record and rank fifth in NCAA Division I season history.
  • Huggins’ seven caused turnovers against the Blue Jays 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.

Turnover Battle

  • Loyola has posted 76 fewer turnovers than its opponents this season in 16 games, recording the same or less miscues than its opponents in all but one game (Georgetown).

Better Than Average Day

  • Pat Spencer has put up big numbers throughout his career, but his final stats line at Navy on March 17 trended into the record-setting category. Spencer finished with four goals and eight assists with his 12 points tying the Loyola record for most in a game. He matched the 12 put up by Gary Hanley on April 25, 1979, against Morgan State University, and the 12 are the most by a Greyhounds player since the school moved to NCAA Division I in 1982.
  • His eight assists are third in school single-game history, behind the nine he had in 2017 against Holy Cross and nine Hanley posted in the aforementioned game against the Bears.

Locking Down

  • Loyola has held its 16 opponents to an average of 8.75 goals per game this season with only seven scoring more than eight.
  • The Greyhounds are 12-0 this season when holding opponents to 10 or fewer goals.
  • Overall this season, Loyola opponents have committed 270 turnovers, 160 of which have come via Loyola caused turnovers.

Defense Making A Stand

  • Over the last 26 games (10 in 2017, 15 in 2018) – beginning with a March 18, 2017 win over the U.S. Naval Academy – Loyola’s defense has allowed just 7.69 goals per game, limiting opponents to an average of 30.9 shots in the process. The Greyhounds also have an advantage of 300-422 in turnovers (11.5-16.2) as they have gone 20-6 during the stretch.
  • Of its opponents 422 turnovers in the last 26 games, Loyola has caused 263.

Stover’s Last Twenty-Six

  • 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 16 games of this season, for a total of Loyola’s last 26 games, his goals-against average is 7.67, while his save percentage is 54.1.

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 134-63 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 119 occasions; Loyola has won 80.7 percent of those games (96-23).






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