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Ohio Stadium Hosts Men’s Lacrosse, Towson Sunday In NCAA Quarters

May 18, 2016

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  Loyola’s NCAA Championships Central
Opponent Towson Tigers | NCAA Championships Quarterfinals
Date Sunday, May 22, 2016
Time 2:30 p.m.
Location Columbus, Ohio. | Ohio Stadium
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Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse travels to Columbus, Ohio, for the NCAA Quarterfinals on Sunday, May 22.
  • The seventh-seeded Greyhounds will play Towson University at 2:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
  • The game will air live on ESPNU and digitally on ESPN3/WatchESPN.
  • Pat Spencer has recorded two or more points in all 16 games to start his collegiate career, and he has 11 multi-goal and 11 multi-assist games.
  • With eight points on three goals and five assists in the NCAA First Round game against Duke University, Spencer set the school’s NCAA Division I record for points in a season with 79.
  • With his next point, Spencer will become the second player in school history to record 80 points in a season. Gary Hanley did it three times between 1979-1981.
  • Zach Herreweyers moved into a tie with Spencer for tops on the team with 33 goals this year after scoring a season-best six against the Blue Devils.
  • The Patriot League is one of two conferences to have two or more teams in the NCAA Quarterfinals (ACC, 3).

Last Time Out

  • Loyola scored the first three goals of the game and never trailed last Saturday in the NCAA First Round, going on to a 16-11 win over Duke University.
  • The Greyhounds’ 16 goals were their most this season, flipping the script from their lowest output of the year when they lost to Duke, 15-6, on March 12 at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • Pat Spencer tallied eight points with three goals and five assists, Zach Herreweyers tied his career-best with six goals and Jacob Stover made a career-high 16 saves against Duke.
  • The Greyhounds scored the game’s first three goals in the opening seven minutes. Duke got within a goal on three occasions, but Loyola had the answer each time to stretch its lead.
  • A pair of 3-0 runs in the second half gave the Greyhounds the padding they needed, and 19 Duke turnovers — 14 that came via Loyola caused turnovers — played a significant role. Stover came up with 16 saves, two more than his previous best, making four in both of the second-half quarters.
  • Loyola’s win came despite Duke going 23-of-31 on faceoffs and controlling a 44-30 ground ball advantage.

In The Polls    

  • Loyola checks in at No. 7 in both the USILA coaches poll and the Inside Lacrosse media version after its Patriot League title.
  • Towson is 10th in the coaches poll, ninth in the media rankings.


Series History    

  • The Loyola-Towson rivalry is the most played series in the history of men’s lacrosse at both schools. Sunday’s game will be the 59th all-time meeting between the teams, dating back to 1959, the first year of intercollegiate lacrosse at Towson.
  • The teams’ stadiums are a six-mile drive from each other, but they will faceoff more than 400 miles from their campuses on Sunday.
  • Of the 58 previous meetings, just one has come in the postseason. Towson defeated Loyola in an NCAA First Round game, 16-11, in Annapolis, Maryland.
  • Of Loyola’s opponents, only Towson (58), Johns Hopkins (53) and Penn State (52) have played the Greyhounds 50 or more times.
  • In this year’s regular-season meeting between the teams, Towson held Loyola scoreless in the third quarter, and the Tigers used that momentum to capture a 10-8 non-conference win, snapping an eight-game losing skid in the series on March 2 at Ridley Athletic Complex.
  • Romar Dennis scored back-to-back unassisted goals in the second quarter to give Loyola a 5-3 advantage, but Towson got within one when Mike Lynch scored off a Tyler Young feed 2:10 before halftime.
  • Joe Seider, who had a game-high four goals, then scored 3:21 into the third quarter and again with 7:46 left in the stanza, tying the game for Towson on the first and giving the Tigers a 6-5 advantage on the second. His two goals were part of a larger 5-0 Towson run that saw it eventually lead 8-5 when Ben McCarty scored his first of two fourth-quarter goals at 10:09.
  • Tyler White came up big in the goal for Towson, making 16 saves, 10 in the first half, as Loyola outshot Towson 41-33 overall. Dennis, Pat Spencer and Jordan Germershausen each scored twice for Loyola with Germershausen’s goals being the first of his career.
  • Loyola also won the ground-ball battle, picking up 32 to Towson’s 19. Ryan Fournier led Loyola with five ground balls. Loyola also committed just eight turnovers to the Tigers’ 11.


NCAA Championships History    

  • Loyola is making its 23rd all-time appearance in the NCAA Championships, 21st in Division I history (since 1982). The Greyhounds are 13-21 all-time in the tournament, 13-19 at the Division I level.
  • The Greyhounds made their last appearance in the NCAA Championships in 2014 when they were knocked off in the first round by the University at Albany, 13-6.
  • The Greyhounds won the 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.


Patriot League Honors    

  • Pat Spencer became the first men’s lacrosse player in Patriot League history to earn the conference’s Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year awards outright in the same season when the honors and All-Patriot League teams were announced Monday. The U.S. Military Academy’s Tim Pearson was the Co-Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year in 1999.
  • Spencer was one of three Greyhounds to earn All-Patriot League First Team honors. Midfielder Brian Sherlock and he were unanimous picks, and they were joined in the recognition by defender Foster Huggins. Sherlock’s First Team award were his third in as many years.
  • Three Greyhounds were also named to the Second Team: attacker Zach Herreweyers, midfielder Romar Dennis and defender David Manning.
  • Two days later, Huggins and Sherlock were named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team for their efforts on the field and in the classroom.


Flipping The Script    

  • In 2015, as Loyola finished with a 7-8 overall record, the Greyhounds lost all six of the one-goals games they played. This year, Loyola is 12-3 entering the NCAA Championship Game and has gone 5-1 in one-goal affairs.


Fitting Right In    

  • Pat Spencer was in the starting lineup on attack for his first collegiate game at Virginia, and he made an immediate difference on the Greyhounds’ offensive side of the ball. The freshman from Davidsonville, Maryland, scored two goals and assisted on a pair, earning Corvias Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors after the fact.
  • He had a second-consecutive four-point game, scoring once and assisting on a game-high three versus Johns Hopkins. Spencer then put up six points against Lafayette with the Greyhounds’ first two goals before dishing out four assists.  He earned his second Patriot League Rookie of the Week award after scoring twice against Towson before posting a goal and then-season-high tying four assists at Holy Cross.
  • Spencer received his third weekly rookie honor from the conference on March 28 after logging three goals and eight assists in wins over Georgetown and Bucknell. He set career-highs with six assists and seven points against the Bison.
  • He then was named Corvias Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on April 4 after scoring a career-high four goals to go with an assist in a 12-4 win at Colgate. He posted his second-straight game with three or more goals on April 9 at Lehigh, scoring three and assisting on another.
  • On April 16 against Boston University, Spencer matched his season-high with six assists, providing the leading pass to the final three goals of Loyola’s comeback. He garnered his fourth weekly rookie nod on April 25 after posting two goals and four assists against Army West Point.
  • Through 16 games, the Patriot League Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year leads Loyola in points (79), assists (46) and is tied for the team-lead in goals (33). He has scored two or more points in all 16 of the Greyhounds’ games. He has 11 multi-goal, and 11 multi-assist, games.
  • Against Duke in the NCAA First Round, Spencer claimed sole possession of the school Division I record for points in a season with 79, eclipsing the mark of 71 shared by Eric Lusby (2012) and Justin Ward (2014). With his next point, he will become the second player in program history to score 80 or more points in a year, Gary Hanley did so three times in 1979 (83), 1980 (86) and 1981 (89).
  • Spencer is also second in single-season assists with 46, seven behind the 2014 record of 53 set by Ward.
  • In the Patriot League Semifinals, Spencer set the school freshman record for points, exceeding the 58 Dave Kasemeyer put up in 1984.
  • Spencer is second nationally with 2.88 assists per game, and his 4.94 points per game are third nationally. Both marks are tops amongst freshmen.


Hat Tricks For Herreweyers    

  • Zach Herreweyers has scored 22 goals in the Greyhounds’ last six games after missing two full contests and large chunks of two others due to injury. The 22 goals has raised his season total to 33.
  • With 33 goals so far this year, Herreweyers has scored 80 over the last two years, after topping the Patriot League in 2015 when he finished seventh in NCAA Division I with 3.13 goals per game.
  • His hat trick against Duke in the NCAA First Round raised his career total to 20. Herreweyers has scored three or more goals in half of his collegiate games (40). With 99 goals and 112 points, he is averaging 2.48 goals per game and 2.8 points in his career. He hit the 100-point plateau in his career with his third goal against the Black Knights on April 22, and with his next goal, he will become the ninth in school history to score 100 or more.


Spreading The Wealth    

  • With 11 assists on 16 goals in the NCAA First Round game against Duke, the Greyhounds continued their trend of posting high assist totals in games they have won this season. In Loyola’s 13 wins, 62.3 percent (94-of-151) goals have been assisted. Conversely, only 39.1 percent (9-of-23) goals in its three losses came off assists.


Turnover Battle    

  • Loyola emphatically won the turnover battle against Duke in the NCAA First Round as the Blue Devils had 19 to the Greyhounds’ 11. Fourteen of Duke’s turnovers were caused by Loyola with Jack Carrigan leading the way with three. The 14 caused turnovers were the most by Loyola since posting 18 on Feb. 14, 2015, against Penn State.


Stover’s First Starts    

  • Jacob Stover made his collegiate debut to start the second quarter March 19, when the Greyhounds played at the U.S. Naval Academy. He finished with four goals, four ground balls and five goals allowed in 45 minutes of action against the Midshipmen.
  • Stover then made his first start on March 23 against Georgetown, and the freshman finished with nine saves while allowing just seven goals. He continued his solid play by yielding only one goal in more than 49 minutes of action against Bucknell, making 12 saves against the Bison. For his efforts against Georgetown, Stover was named the Corvias Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week and USILA/Lids Team Sports National Defensive Player of the Week.
  • He followed those games with a 10-save, four-goals allowed performance on April 3 at Colgate and he had 14 saves in an 11-10 win at Lehigh on April 9.
  • Stover picked up his second conference Goalkeeper of the Week honors on April 25 after making 12 saves and allowing only six goals against Army West Point. In the Patriot League Semifinals, he posted 11 saves, including two in the second overtime.
  • He is approximately two minutes shy of playing 60 percent of the Greyhounds’ total for the season, the threshold needed to qualify for NCAA goalkeeping statistical categories. Currently, his 7.05 goals against average would rank third nationally, and his .607 saves percentage would be second.


Century Mark    

  • Charley Toomey won the 100th game of his head coaching career Feb. 27 against Lafayette, becoming just the second coach in Loyola men’s lacrosse history to do so. Toomey is in his 11th year at Loyola and is 110-53 since 2006 at the helm of the Greyhounds program.
  • Toomey is ninth among active Division I coaches in winning percentage (.675).
  • His collegiate coach, and current Loyola and Patriot League Network color commentator Dave Cottle, is the only other coach to win 100 or more at Loyola. Cottle was 181-70 from 1983-2001.


Little Of This, Little Of That    

  • With his goal at the buzzer of the first half at Lehigh, Brian Sherlock scored his 100th point in a Loyola uniform. Last year, he was second on the Greyhounds in both goals (29) and assists (19), and he has put up solid numbers in both categories this year, ranking third on the team in goals and points, and he is tied for second in assists.
  • His second goal of the season was the 50th of his career. With 22 goals and 13 assists through 16 games this year, Sherlock has 70 and 42 for 112 points in 46 career games.


Leading Transition Scoring    

  • A large part of Loyola’s success over the past several years has been its ability to score in transition, and Ryan Fournier again leads in that capacity. Fournier scored four goals and assisted on five last season, and this season, he has scored seven goals to bring his career total to 16 goals and seven assists. Fournier also matched a career-high with two assists against Duke in the NCAA First Round game.


Get To Ten    

  • Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 89 occasions. With the win over Bucknell, Loyola has won 81 percent of those games (72-17).


Since 2012    

  • Loyola has the best winning percentage in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse since the start of the 2012 season. The Greyhounds are 64-19 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013, 15-2 in 2014, 7-8 in 2015 and 13-3 this season) for a .771 mark.
  • Denver has won 67 games during that time and has a .770 winning percentage.

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