Maryland looks for revenge Saturday at Loyola

February 22, 2013 | WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 2 Maryland (2-0) men’s lacrosse team will travel to Baltimore on Saturday to play at No. 1 Loyola (1-0). The Terps and the Greyhounds are slated for a 1:30 p.m. start at the Ridley Athletic Complex on Feb. 23.

• The game will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network. Mike Corey will handle the play-by-play duties, while Mark Dixon and Evan Washburn will provide the analysis.

• Maryland is coming off of a dominating opening week with a 23-6 victory over Mount St. Mary’s in its 2013 season opener last Tuesday and a 16-4 win at Hartford this last Saturday. Senior Kevin Cooper has made the most of his transition to attack. First, he set his career high with six points on three goals and three assists vs. the Mount. He followed that up with five points on three goals and two assists vs. the Hawks. Cooper’s 11 points in the team’s first two games is the most by a Terps since 2007 when Michael Phipps had 11 on five goals and six assists. Maryland has dominated the faceoff X with sophomore Charlie Raffa and senior Curtis Holmes combining to win 30 of the 44 draws they have taken (a .681 winning percentage) to go along with 15 groundballs. Junior Niko Amato has a .696 save percentage through two games and a 4.47 goals-against average.

• Loyola, which is coming off of its first NCAA championship season, started off 2013 with a 9-8 victory at Delaware in its season opener. Midfielder Chris Layne scored the game-winning goal with just 4.4 seconds left on the clock. Attackman Justin Ward led all scorers with five points on three goals and two assists. The Greyhounds return eight starters from its championship team, plus All-America defensive midfielders Scott Ratliff and Josh Hawkins. Leading the way for Loyola is expected to be 2012 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Mike Sawyer, who 52 goals and 10 assists last season. Also back is goalie Jack Runkel, who had a 7.30 goals-against average and a .556 save percentage a year ago. .

Event Information
Ticket Information: Presale tickets are available for the game at or by calling the Loyola Ticket Office at 410-617-1420. Tickets will also be available at the Ridley Athletic Complex on game day. Adult tickets are $12, while youth/seniors are $8.

Event Media: In addition to the NBC Sports Network broadcast, the game can also be heard on Gametracker will also be available for the game and can be accessed by clicking here. Updates will also be posted to the Maryland Men’s Lacrosse Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Count Down
10 … Since 2002 Maryland has won 95 of the 104 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .913 winning percentage.
9 … Maryland is 112-25 in games since 2002 when it allows nine goals or less, for an .818 winning percentage.
8 … Eight different Terps have scored at least two goals through the first two games.
7 … Charlie Raffa won seven of nine faceoffs with seven groundballs vs. Loyola last season in the NCAA title game.
6 … Michael Ehrhardt set his career high with six groundballs at Hartford last Saturday.
5 … A school record-tying five Terps were selected in the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft.
4 … This will be just the fourth meeting between the Terps and Greyhounds since the NCAA recognized men’s lacrosse as a sport in 1971.
3 … John Tillman is in his third season as the head coach at Maryland.
2 … The 39 goals in Maryland’s first two games are the most since 1978 when Maryland scored 25 at NC State and 14 at Duke.
1 … This will be Maryland’s 27th game vs. a No. 1-ranked team since 1978.

Coaching Match-Up
• John Tillman is in his sixth season as a head coach, and third with the Terps, with a 47-30 career record for a 61.0 winning percentage. Tillman is 27-11 (.711) as Maryland’s head coach. He had a 20-19 record in three seasons as the head coach at Harvard.

• Loyola’s Charlie Toomey is in his seventh season as a head coach and holds an all-time record of 66-35 (.653), all coming as the Greyhound’s head coach.

• This will be the second meeting between Tillman and Toomey, who are close friends, as head coaches.

Series History vs. Loyola
• Maryland and Loyola are separated by just 30 miles, but have met only 21 times on the lacrosse field and have not met regularly since the 1950s.

• The Terps lead the all-time series with the Greyhounds 19-2 with Loyola winning in the 2012 NCAA title game and in the last meeting between the two schools at Loyola, which was in 1989.

• The two programs first met in 1940 and played 18 times between 1940 and 1959. The series went on a 30-year hiatus until 1989 when the Greyhounds upset the Terps, 10-8 in Baltimore.

• The two programs didn’t meet again until the 1998 NCAA tournament when the No. 5-seeded Terps knocked off No. 1-seed Loyola, which was coached by future Maryland head coach Dave Cottle, 19-8, in the semifinals at Rutgers Stadium behind five goals by Matt Hahn and four by Scott Hochstadt.

• Loyola was again the No. 1 seed in the 2012 title game and knocked off the unseeded Terps, 9-3, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass..

The Maryland Men’s Lacrosse Blog
· Every Tuesday during the season the Maryland Men’s Lacrosse Blog is posted to Catch up with the Terps with his season’s editions below:

February 19: Can This One Be Called A Rematch?
February 13: An Eye-Opening Season Opener
February 5: The 2013 Season Is Here

Maryland vs. No. 1-Ranked Teams
• Since 1978 (the first year rankings were recorded in the Terp media guide), Maryland has played a No. 1-ranked team on 26 occasions and has pulled off the upset seven times.

• The most recent occasion of Maryland knocking off a No. 1 team came in the quarterfinals of the 2011 NCAA tournament in Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The unseeded Terps battled to a 5-5 tie with No. 1 Syracuse in regulation, but seniorGrant Catalino propelled Maryland to the victory with a low-to-high shot from the right wing off a feed from senior Ryan Young. Redshirt freshman Niko Amato made nine saves, while sophomore Curtis Holmes dominated the faceoff X, winning 11-of-14 draws with six groundballs.

• The last time Maryland knocked off a No. 1-ranked team in the regular season was on Saturday, March 29, 2008. The No. 4 Terps controlled the game from the outset and pulled off a 13-7 win over No. 1 Virginia at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Redshirt junior goalie Jason Carter had a career-day vs. the Wahoos, stopping 15 shots. Freshman attackman Travis Reedled the Terrapin offense with a career-best five points on three goals and two assists.

• Prior to the victory over Virginia, Maryland last upset the nation’s top-ranked team on March 4, 2006 when the Terps pulled out a thrilling 8-7 overtime victory at then-No. 1 Duke. Xander Ritz scored five goals vs. the Blue Devils, including the game-winner for the Terrapins. This was the last time Maryland was the No. 2-ranked team facing a No. 1-ranked opponent.

• Before that 2006 win over Duke, the last time the Terps defeated the nation’s top team was on May 23, 1998 vs. Loyola in the NCAA Semifinals at Piscataway, N.J. Maryland’s Matt Hahn scored five goals to help the Terrapins to a dominating 19-8 win over the Greyhounds, who were coached by former Maryland head coach Dave Cottle.

• Prior to 2008, the last time the Terps upset the No.1 team at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium was a 13-11 win over Virginia on March 30, 1996.

Maryland As The No. 1 Team
• The Terps took over the top spot in the USILA Coaches’ Poll on Feb. 18 after two impressive wins to open the 2013 season. This marks the ninth time Maryland has earned the No. 1 ranking since 1986. (note: Maryland uses the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll for its official rankings)

• Overall, Maryland has played 23 games as the No. 1-ranked team and is 15-8 in those games.

• The last time Maryland was the top team in the nation was in March of 2006 after the Terps defeated then-No. 1 Duke, 8-7 on the road in overtime. Maryland defeated Towson as the No. 1 team the following Saturday, but fell, 7-6 in double-OT, to Bucknell on Tuesday, March 14. The Terrapins were still No. 1 in their 9-4 win at UMBC to close out their two-week stay at the top of the polls.

• The last time the Terps were the nation’s top team was in April of 2004. Maryland’s two-week run at the top of the polls ended with a 9-6 loss to No. 4 Navy in College Park.

• This season’s ranking is also the earliest the Terps have achieved the No. 1 ranking in a season. Previous to this week, the earliest Maryland was ranked No. 1 was March 10, 2006.

• The longest Maryland has held on to the No. 1 ranking was seven weeks in 1987. That streak came to an end with a 13-8 loss to No. 4 Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Semifinals.

Get To 10 And Win
• One axiom of lacrosse is that if you score 10 goals or more your chances of winning are pretty good. Well, a look at the results since 2002 shows that when Maryland scores 10 or more goals there’s not just a pretty good chance the Terrapins will win; it’s an almost certainty. Since 2002 Maryland has won 95 of the 104 games in which the Terps have scored 10 or more goals for a .913 winning percentage.

• Maryland scored 10, but fell at North Carolina, 11-10, on March 24, 2012 and again came out on the losing end, despite scoring 11 in a 13-11 loss at Colgate on May 5, 2012. The Terps scored 11 vs. Johns Hopkins on April 16, 2011, but the Blue Jays won the game in overtime, 12-11. On April 3 of last season the Terps lost to No. 1 Virginia by a final of 11-10, giving Maryland its only loss when scoring 10 or more goals in 2010. In 2009 the Terps lost to Georgetown, 13-10 on Feb. 21 and lost again when scoring 10 in the ACC Semifinals in a 16-10 defeat at North Carolina. Prior to that, Maryland had not lost when scoring 10 or more goals since dropping an 11-10 decision to Virginia in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Durham, N.C. The Terrapins got to 10 goals in the 100th game against Johns Hopkins, but the Blue Jays took the game 14-10. Virginia is the only team to beat the Terps twice when allowing 10 or more goals. The Wahoos did it first in 2002 with another 11-10 decision.

Holding Opponents To Single-Digits
• The Terps have been extremely impressive (winning 91.3 percent of its games since 2002) when it scores 10 or more goals, they have been nearly as impressive when holding opponents to less than 10 goals during that span.

• Since 2002 Maryland is 112-25 in games, for a .818 winning percentage, when it has held opponents under 10 goals. The Terps have played 179 total games since 2002. Maryland has held opponents to nine goals or less 76.5 percent of the time.

Shooting Tells The Story
• The difference between winning and losing for Maryland this season is simple – when the Terps shoot well they win. As it turns out 30% is the magic number for the Terps this season. Maryland is 2-0 on the year and has shot 30% or better in its two victories.

W- Mount St. Mary’s: 23 goals, 46 shots = 50.0%
W- at Hartford: 16 goals, 51 shots = 31.4%

• Since 2005 the Terps are a remarkable 57-4 (.934) when shooting 30% or better in a game. The only four losses were: 13-10 to Georgetown in 2009 (the Terps shot 10 of 30 for 33.3% vs. the Hoyas), 11-10 to No. 1 Virginia on April 3, 2010 (10 of 33 for 30.3%), 12-11 in overtime on April 16, 2011 to No. 3 Johns Hopkins (11 of 28 for 39.3%) and 13-11 at Colgate on May 5, 2012 (11 of 31 for 35.5%).

• If 30% is the benchmark, then 40% shooting is in a class all to itself and Maryland has shot 40% or better in 12 games since the start of the 2008 season. Out of those 12 games, Maryland shot 50% or better in three of them.

Three Terps Named To Tewaaraton Watch List
• Senior midfielders Jesse Bernhardt and John Haus are joined by junior goalie Niko Amato on the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The Terrapin trio are three of 92 selections on the Watch List.

• The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Committees will make additions to these lists as the season progresses and athletes earn a spot along side these elite players. The lists will be narrowed to 25 men’s and women’s nominees in late April. In mid-May, five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Going Purple
· Once again this season, the Terps will be wearing purple “MY” stickers, to show their support for the fight against pancreatic cancer, which touched everyone in the Maryland lacrosse familywith the passing of Maria Young on April 17, 2011.

· This past fall the Terps, Maryland alums and family and friends came together for the inaugural Forever Young Walk/Run for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness. More on Ms. Young and her amazing story can be found here: Forever Young.

· If you’re interested in more information about the Lustgarten Foundation, including how to make a donation, click here to visit the foundation’s website. You can also get more information on pancreatic cancer at

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about pancreatic cancer from the American Cancer Society:
· More than 43,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer present each year
· There are more than 36,000 deaths from pancreatic cancer each year
· The lifetime risk of having pancreatic cancer is about 1 in 71.
· The risk is about the same for both men and women.

Going Gray
· Maryland players will also be wearing gray stickers with the number 42 in honor of Zack Wholley’s father, John, who passed away from brain cancer on August 28, 2011.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the National Brain Tumor Society website.

In case you’re wondering here are some facts about brain and spinal cord tumors from the American Cancer Society:
· About 22,910 malignant tumors of the brain or spinal cord (12,630 in males and 10,280 in females) will be diagnosed. These numbers would likely be much higher if benign tumors were also included.
· About 13,700 people (7,720 males and 5,980 females) will die from these tumors.
· Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is about one in 150 for a man and one in 185 for a woman.

Going Teal
• Maryland players will also be wearing teal stickers in honor of Andrew Walsh’s mother, Gia, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

· If you’re interested in more information, please visit the Ovarian Cancer Institute website.

Here are some facts about ovarian cancer from the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer Institute:
· Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers.
· Ovarian cancer will strike over 20,000 women this year.
· It ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, accounting for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.
· Ovarian cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in women. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 71.
· Currently, there are no effective means of early detection.
· Only 25% of cases are diagnosed early before the cancer has spread to the pelvic region. For these women, the 5-year survival rate is 90%.

Maryland In Season Openers
• Maryland has an 84-3-1 (.960) lifetime record in season openers dating back to the 1924 season. The Terps have won their last 19 openers and 26 of the last 27, with the only loss coming to Duke in 1993, when they fell to Duke 9-5 on March 6.

• After losing their 1925 opener to Yale, 5-3, the Terps went on to win 40 consecutive season openers from 1926 through 1967. The streak was broken when Maryland tied Princeton, 6-6, in the 1968 opener. Following the deadlock, Maryland went on to win its next 14 openers, giving the Terps a 54-0-1 record over a 57-year span (Maryland did not field a team in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II.)

20 Straight in Season Openers
• After beating Mount St. Mary’s to open the 2013 season the Terps have an 20-game winning streak in season openers. Five of those wins came against Villanova (1994-98) and the last nine over Denver, Mount St. Mary’s (twice), Air Force, Hobart, Duke, Georgetown (four times), Bellarmine (twice), Presbyterian, Detroit Mercy and Hartford. Over the 20-year stretch, Maryland outscored its foes 290-105 (an average score of 14.5-5.3) in those games.

• The Terps have not allowed more than seven goals to any opponent in a season opener over the last 20 years. Maryland has not allowed an opponent to score 10 or more goals in a season opener since Syracuse beat the Terps, 16-13 on March 9, 1983.

Consecutive 10-Win Seasons
• Maryland’s 10-9 win over the Lehigh on May 11, 2012 extended the Terps’ streak of double-digit win seasons to 10. (Special thanks to Patrick Stevens of the

• How does Maryland’s string of 10+ win seasons stack up against the rest of the college lacrosse programs? Take a look at programs with at least six-straight 10-win seasons:
Maryland (10): 2012 (12-6), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-4), 2009 (10-7), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6), 2006 (12-5), 2005 (11-6), 2004 (13-3), 2003 (12-4)
Virginia (8): 2012 (12-4) 2011 (13-5), 2010 (16-2), 2009 (14-2), 2008 (14-4), 2007 (12-4), 2006 (17-0), 2005 (11-4)
Notre Dame (7): 2012 (13-3), 2011 (11-3), 2010 (10-7), 2009 (15-1), 2008 (14-3), 2007 (11-4), 2006 (10-5)
Duke (6): 2012 (15-5) 2011 (14-6), 2010 (16-4), 2009 (15-4), 2008 (18-2), 2007 ( 17-3)
Siena (6): 2012 (11-5), 2011 (13-5), 2010 (12-5), 2009 (12-6), 2008 (10-6), 2007 (10-6)

• Cornell’s string of seven-straight 10+ win seasons came to an end in 2012 with a 9-4 final mark.

The 700 Club
· Maryland’s 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 was the program’s 700th victory in 84 seasons of varsity men’s lacrosse. The Terps join Johns Hopkins, Syracuse, Navy and Army as the only programs with 700 or more Division I wins.

· Two things that make Maryland’s accomplishment all the more impressive is that the Terps reached the 700-win plateau in just their 84th season. Only Syracuse reached win No. 700 in as few seasons, but it took the Orange 53 more games than Maryland. In fact, Maryland needed only 940 games to reach 700 wins and only Johns Hopkins needed fewer games (932) to hit the historic number, but the Blue Jays did so in their 105th season.

Terps’ 88th Season Of Lacrosse
• The Terps boast an all-time record of 739-249-4 (.747), dating back to the first varsity team in 1924 (a team was not fielded in 1944 and 1945 due to World War II). Maryland has finished every one of its previous 87 seasons with a .500 or better record, including last season when the Terps went 12-6. The program reached the 700-win milestone with a 15-6 victory over Penn on April 14, 2009 at Ludwig Field.

• During the decade of the 2000s, Maryland went 111-49 for a .694 win percentage, making it the winningest decade in Terrapin lacrosse history. In the decade of the 1990s, Maryland posted a 95-47 record. The .669 winning percentage matched Maryland’s win percentage of the 1980s when the Terps went 83-41 and also compiled a .669 win percentage. So far, Maryland is 25-9 in the 2010’s for a .735 winning percentage.

A Family Affair
· Many school’s refer to their sports programs as families, but the Maryland men’s lacrosse program is truely a family affair. Since 2002, the Terps have had 13 sets of brothers, including three on this season’s roster, don the red and black together for at least one season.

Harry & Thomas Alford: 2004-05-06-07
Jake & Jesse Bernhardt: 2010-11-12-13
Justin & Owen Blye: 2009-10-11
Brian & Kevin Cooper: 2011-12-13
Billy & Bobby Gribbin: 2012-13
Brendan & Ian Healy: 2003-04-05
Bryn & Curtis Holmes: 2010
Bryn & Travis Holmes: 2007
Dan & Mike LaMonica: 2002
Chris & Willy Passavia: 2002-03
Brian & Michael Phipps: 2007
Max & Xander Ritz: 2005-06
Mark & Michael White: 2008-09-10-11