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Greyhounds Stay Perfect With Win At Fairfield

Posted on 08 April 2012 by WNST Staff

No. 4 Men’s Lax Scores 4 In Fourth To Top No. 14 Stags

FAIRFIELD, Conn. —  All season, the Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team has used second-half runs to defeat their opponents, and Saturday’s game at No. 14 Fairfield University was no different.

The fourth-ranked Greyhounds improved to 10-0 for the first time since 1999 by scoring the game’s final four goals to rally from a two-goal fourth-quarter hole, defeating the Stags, 8-6, in ECAC Lacrosse League action Saturday afternoon at Lessing Field.

Loyola’s win clinched a spot for the Greyhounds in the ECAC Championships that will be held May 2-4 in Denver. The Greyhounds also notched their 10th win of the year for the first time since the 2001 season.

The Stags (9-2 overall, 2-1 ECAC) used a 5-0 run – the longest of the season by a Loyola opponent – that spanned the second, third and fourth quarters to go up 6-4 on a John Snellman goal with 11:59 remaining in regulation.

Loyola (10-0, 4-0) won the ensuing face-off, however, and in an unsettled situation, Davis Butts fed a crashing J.P. Dalton who scored eight seconds after Snellman’s goal to pull the Greyhounds within a goal.

Minutes later, Loyola’s Jack Runkel, who had 12 saves, made a stop on a Colin McLinden shot, and Reid Acton picked up the ground ball for the Greyhounds.

Two Sean O’Sullivan shots were off cage for Loyola, but the Greyhounds had both attempts backed up, retaining possession.

Off the second restart, Eric Lusby found Justin Ward who scored his second goal of the game, tying the score at 7:19.

The Stags got the ground ball on the next restart, but after running more than 90 seconds of offense, Scott Ratliff caused a Fairfield turnover, and Joe Fletcher came away with the ground ball.

Loyola cleared it effectively, and Ward fed Mike Sawyer who scored his second of the afternoon, making the Greyhounds’ advantage, 7-6, with 5:24 to go.

Fairfield again got the ball on the face-off – the Stags won 15-of-19 at the ‘X’ – but Drew Federico had a shot blocked. The Stags then ran a play, and Eric Warden got free topside, but Runkel made a save on his shot from inside five yards.

Sixty-eight seconds after Runkel’s save, O’Sullivan ripped a shot to give Loyola a two-goal cushion with 2:47 remaining in regulation.

The Greyhounds forced two Fairfield turnovers, thereafter, and both Stag shot attempts went wide.

“We didn’t let the two-goal deficit stop us today, even though Fairfield had all of the momentum going their way,” Head Coach Charley Toomey said. “We made some good things happen on defense, like Scott Ratliff causing a big turnover, and (Jack) Runkel really standing tall in goal for us. The offense fed off that, and we got some good looks to convert on late in the game.”

Ward finished the game as Loyola’s leading scorer with three points on two goals and an assist, while Sawyer had a pair of goals. Butts recorded a goal and an assist, as well.

Ratliff posted four caused turnovers, a game-high, while Hawkins led Loyola with five ground balls.

Loyola took a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter after Chris Layne and Ward scored first-quarter goals, and Butts tallied an unassisted score 3:29 into the second stanza.

Eric Warden broke through for the Stags with a goal at 6:01, but Sawyer answered with a Loyola goal 2:52 before halftime, making it 4-1 Greyhounds.

Fairfield drew within two 26 seconds later on a Sam Snow score, the first goal of the Stags’ 5-0 run.

Shawn Honovich and Warden each scored for Fairfield in the third quarter, as the Stags shut out the Greyhounds in the frame, and McLinden tallied a go-ahead goal for the Stags 39 ticks into the fourth quarter.

The Greyhounds limited Fairfield’s leading scorer, Brett Adams to just two assists in the game, led by the defense by Ratliff. Snellman, who came into the game with a team-high 25 goals, was marked by Acton and held to just one goal.

Loyola is back in action next Saturday, April 14, when they travel to Colorado to face Denver University at 7 p.m. (Mountain Time).

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Loyola Looks to Stay Perfect Saturday at Fairfield

Posted on 06 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent Fairfield Stags
Date Saturday, April 7, 2012
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Fairfield, Conn. | Lessing Field
TV | Radio Hounds Unleashed
Series Record Loyola leads, 11-2
Last Meeting Fairfield 10, Loyola 9 – May 5, 2011 at Denver/ECAC Semi.

Game Data

The Greyhounds embark on a three-game roadtrip that will take them from Connecticut to Colorado in ECAC Lacrosse League action when they play at 1 o’clock on Saturday, April 7, at Fairfield University.

Series History

Loyola and the Stags will meet for the 14th time when they face-off on Lessing Field Saturday. The Greyhounds hold an 11-2 lead in the all-time series, but the teams split two meetings last year with Loyola winning, 7-6, in overtime during the regular-season, but Fairfield picking up a 10-9 decision in the ECAC Semifinals in Denver.

In The Polls

Loyola checked in at No. 4 for the second week in a row in the USILA Coaches’ Poll this week, and the Greyhounds moved up one spot in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media rankings to No. 4. The coaches’ poll mark is Loyola’s highest ranking since it checked in at third in the April 1, 2002, poll with a 7-0 record after downing Towson, 15-7.

Fairfield, meanwhile, is ranked 14th in both the USILA and Inside Lacrosse polls.

Close Call

Loyola’s 8-7 victory last Saturday against Ohio State marked the first time this year that the Greyhounds have played a game decided by less than three goals. Previously, Loyola’s closest victory was 11-8 on March 3 at Bellarmine, and no other game was within five goals.

Ten Or More Streak Snapped

The Greyhounds had scored at least 11 goals in each of their first eight games of the 2012 season, marking the longest stretch of games with 10 or more goals they have put together since March 24-May 12, 2001. Ohio State, however, held Loyola to just eight goals when the teams met last Saturday.

New Feeling

Loyola was outshot for the first time this season on Saturday against Ohio State, as the Buckeyes tallied 33 shots to the Greyhounds’ 27.

Ohio State, however, managed to put just 15 shots on goal, and goalkeeper Jack Runkel made saves on eight.

Loyola, meanwhile, had 20 shots on goal, a season-best 74-percent of its overall shots.

Previously, Loyola had outshot opponents by a minimum of nine in the first eight games of the year.

Acton Draws Recognition

Junior defender Reid Acton was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after recording five ground balls and a career-best five caused turnovers last Saturday against Ohio State.

Acton’s primary marking responsibility against the Buckeyes was leading scorer Logan Schuss who entered the game averaging 3+ goals and 4+ points per game. Acton limited him to two goals and an assist, and his final goal came with just nine seconds left and Loyola leading by three.

Near The Top Of The Rankings

While Loyola had its season-low total of eight goals on Saturday against Ohio State, the Greyhounds’ defense played nearly to its season average by allowing just seven goals.

As of this Monday, Loyola is ranked sixth in NCAA Division I with an average of 7.11 goals allowed per game. The Greyhounds slipped to ninth (from a tie for fifth last week) in scoring offense, as they are now averaging 12.44 goals per game through nine contests.

Loyola is second nationally in scoring margin (+5.33), just behind Massachusetts (+6.22).

Sharing The Rock

No Loyola player has more than 6 assists (Justin Ward) through nine games, but nine players have at least four assists, and 14 have two or more. In addition to Ward’s 6, Sean O’Sullivan has nine, Davis Butts and Eric Lusby have eight, Mike Sawyer has seven, Chris Layne checks in with six, and Nikko Pontrello has five and J.P. Dalton and Pat Byrnes have four each.

With 78 assists this season, the Greyhounds lead Division I with 8.78 per game.

Ward Distributes

Justin Ward posted three assists in the win over Ohio State, two off his career-high of five set earlier this season against Towson. He now leads the team with 16 assists and is third with 20 points.

Ward also tallied a big goal for the Greyhounds, coming around screens by Mike Sawyer and Sean O’Sullivan to rip a seven-yard shot that put Loyola ahead 7-5 late.

More Than Last Year

This year’s team has already eclipsed last year’s total of 62 assists in just eight games. The Greyhounds’ 112 goals this season are already more than the 110 the 2011 team put up in 13 games a year ago.

Big Runs

Loyola used runs of three-plus goals at important junctures of its first nine games, helping the Greyhounds to wins each time. In all, Loyola has scored three or more in a row on 18 occasions this season.

Loyola used four three-goal runs against Duke, including one three-goal streak that put Loyola up 4-1 at the beginning of the second quarter. The Greyhounds never trailed after that initial three-goal run and extended their lead to 13-5 after its fourth three-goal spurt of the game.

The Greyhounds had their longest run in almost two years against Air Force, scoring 10 in a row to open the second half. The last time Loyola scored 10 or more in a row was on March 20, 2010, when it had 14 straight against Air Force.

Loyola then used a 6-0 run to break a 5-5 tie early in the third quarter with Georgetown on the way to a 11-6 victory.

The Greyhounds then scored seven in a row on the back end of a 10-1 run last Saturday at UMBC.

After falling behind 3-2 in the second quarter against Ohio State, the Greyhounds strung together four in a row to go ahead 6-3 by the end of the third quarter.

On The Flip Side

Conversely, the Greyhounds have allowed a run of three or more goals just four times this year, the most recent coming when Ohio State tallied three unanswered in the second quarter last Saturday to go up 3-2. Only one team (Air Force) has scored four in a row.

Every time an opponent has logged those runs, Loyola has answered in kind with a run of 4-0 or better.

Lusby, Ratliff Join Tewaaraton Watch List

On Wednesday, Loyola’s Eric Lusby and Scott Ratliff were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, joining fellow Greyhound Mike Sawyer who was named to the group before the season.

Lusby is second on the team with 27 goals and 35 points, while Ratliff paces the team in caused turnovers with 17, and his 39 ground balls are tied for the team lead.

Second-Half Success

Loyola continued a trend of strong second-half play this season by outscoring Ohio State, 3-0, in the third quarter.

The Greyhounds have now outscored opponents 37-10 in the third quarters of games and 63-29 overall this year in the second half.

The second-half scoring continues a trend from the last two seasons. Last year, Loyola outscored opponents, 69-52, after halftime (including two overtime goals), and 77-56 two years ago.

Lusby Matches Career-High

Eric Lusby scored three times during Loyola’s second half run and finished the Georgetown game with five goals, matching his career-high set on March 3 at Bellarmine. He followed that with his fifth hat trick of the season, scoring three at UMBC.

Lusby has scored at least one goal in each of Loyola’s eight games this season. The graduate student returned to game action in the season-opener after missing all but two games of the 2011 season. Now a graduate student, Lusby tore his right ACL in the 2010 NCAA First Round game against Cornell. He attempted to come back last year, but he saw limited action against Navy and Towson and was shut down to rehab the injury for the remainder of the season.

Lusby burst back onto the scene against Delaware, scoring the Greyhounds’ first goal of the game on an extra-man opportunity, and the 2010 All-ECAC First Team member tallied three more in the second half.

Lusby reset his career-high at Bellarmine, tallying five goals in the victory to go with one assist, and added two more at Michigan.

Through Loyola’s first eight games, Lusby is second on the team with 27 goals and 35 points.

Sawyer, Runkel Honored Again

For the second time this season, Mike Sawyer and Jack Runkel earned ECAC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors on the same day, as the pair was honored on Monday following the Greyhounds’ wins over Georgetown and UMBC.

Sawyer scored three goals against the Hoyas, and he then scored four-straight Loyola goals and finished with five at UMBC. Sawyer also matched his career-best with two assists against the Retrievers.

Runkel paced the Loyola defense in the two games, playing to a 5.50 goals against average. He made a career-best 13 saves in the win over UMBC.

Toomey Wins 50th

Head coach Charley Toomey earned his 50th-career win Wednesday, March 7, as Loyola beat Michigan, 15-8.

Toomey, who is in his seventh season, has led Loyola to eight-plus wins in each of the last three seasons and has had the Greyhounds finish .500 or better in all seven seasons since coming to the Evergreen campus.

Sawyer Shows Same Form

Mike Sawyer has picked up where he left off a year ago, leading the team with 29 goals and 36 points through the first eight games. Sawyer led Loyola last season with 31 goals and 38 points.

Sawyer tied a then-career-high with five goals in the team’s, 15-8, win at Michigan, before scoring a new personal-best six goals against Duke.

After scoring five goals against UMBC, he now has 16 career multi-goal games and the 19 multi-point effort of his tenure at Loyola.

Before the season, Sawyer was named to the Preseason All-ECAC Team and was named to the Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America Honorable Mention. He also was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List.

Dominant At The ‘X’

In his first year as the Greyhounds’ primary face-off man, senior J.P. Dalton has continued Loyola’s tradition of excellence at the ‘X’.

Through eight games, Dalton ranks eighth nationally in face-off percentage, winning restarts at a .620 clip (124-of-200). As a unit, the Greyhounds entered the week fourth-best in the nation at .612.

Dalton is tied for the team lead with 39 ground balls with one of his primary wings, Scott Ratliff. Josh Hawkins, who returned from injury to make his season-debut on March 10 against Duke, has 24 in five games, and Pat Laconi has 15. Davis Butts has also seen time on the wing and has 23 ground balls this season.

Ratliff Honored For Second Time

Loyola long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named the ECAC Co-Specialist of the Week on Monday after turning in impressive numbers in last Saturday’s win over Air Force. Ratliff scored twice and had an assist while picking up seven ground balls against the Falcons.

Earlier this season, Ratliff earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week laurels after the Greyhounds’ opener against Delaware.

Ratliff is currently sixth among active long poles in career scoring. He has seven goals and five assists for 12 points. This year, he has three goals and two assists, as well as a team-leading 32 ground balls.

Sawyer, Runkel Earn ECAC Honors

Mike Sawyer and Jack Runkel were honored as ECAC Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week on March 12 following wins at Michigan and against Duke.

Sawyer scored 11 goals and had 14 points, setting career highs in both categories. He scored five goals and had six points in Michigan’s first-ever home game, before breaking those personal records with six goals and eight points in a win over Duke. He also picked up a career-high six ground balls, finishing the week with nine ground balls.

Runkel made the first two starts of his collegiate career, posting an 8.00 goals-against average and .515 save percentage to help the Greyhounds in two wins. Playing less than three minutes between the pipes as a freshman last season, he started the Michigan game and held the Wolverines to eight goals, while making five saves. He then made a career-high 12 saves against a Duke team that has played in the last five Final Fours.

Bonitatibus, Runkel Both Win First Starts

Junior Michael Bonitatibus made his first collegiate start in goal for the Greyhounds against Delaware after having played less than two minutes prior to this season.

Bonitatibus, who played 65 seconds in his collegiate debut last year at Duke, made seven saves for the Greyhounds and allowed just eight goals. He also picked up five ground balls and caused two turnovers.

Bonitatibus became the first Loyola goalkeeper to win his starting debut in nearly 11 years. The last was Mark Bloomquist who also defeated Delaware, 8-7, on February 24, 2001.

Jack Runkel made his first career start against Michigan and also won his initial outing as a starter. He tallied five saves against the Wolverines, and he then posted a career-high 12 against Duke.

Record At Ridley

After going 4-1 at Ridley Athletic Complex last season, the Greyhounds have opened their third year at the stadium with six wins at home. Loyola is now 14-3 all-time at Ridley.

What’s Next

Loyola continues its stretch of road games with a 7 o’clock (Mountain) game at Denver on Saturday, April 14.

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Loyola Stars Lusby, Ratliff Added To Tewaaraton Award Watch List

Posted on 04 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Lusby, Ratliff Added To Tewaaraton Watch List

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Loyola University Maryland’s Eric Lusby (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park H.S.) and Scott Ratliff (Marietta, Ga./George Walton Comprehensive H.S.) were added to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List as the top player in college lacrosse, joining fellow Greyhound Mike Sawyer who was named to the list prior to the season.

Lusby, a graduate student on Loyola’s attack, is second on the team with 27 goals and 35 points. He returned to the field this season after missing all but two games last year with a knee injury suffered in the 2010 NCAA First Round.

Through nine games this year, Lusby has already established career-highs in goals and points, eclipsing the 20 and 25 he posted in 2010when he was a member of the All-ECAC First Team. Lusby has scored in every game this year, and he has six games with three or more goals. Twice – at Bellarmine and versus then-No. 18 Georgetown – Lusby has scored five in a game.

Ratliff has established himself as one of the top long-stick midfielders in the game. A junior, he is tied for the team lead with 39 ground balls, and Ratliff paces the Greyhounds with 17 caused turnovers.

He has also scored four goals and has two assists this year. As a member of the Greyhounds’ face-off unit, he has helped Loyola win 61.2-percent of restarts this season, the fourth-best mark in Division I. Ratliff’s presence on the defense has helped Loyola hold opponents to 7.11 goals per game.

The fourth-ranked Greyhounds (9-0) resume ECAC Lacrosse League action on Saturday at 1 o’clock when the travel to Connecticut to face No. 14 Fairfield University.

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Loyola D Acton Honored By ECAC

Posted on 03 April 2012 by WNST Staff

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland junior defender Reid Acton was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after helping the Greyhounds to their third conference victory of the season Saturday, a 8-7 triumph over Ohio State University.

Acton set a career-high with five caused turnovers, and he also picked up five ground balls. He also had primary marking responsibilities for the nation’s leading scorer, the Buckeyes’ Logan Schuss.

He held Schuss to just two goals and an assist after he came in averaging 3.0 goals and 4.11 points per game. Schuss took eight shots, but he was limited to just three on goal. His final goal came with just nine seconds left in regulation when Acton was not covering him.

Two of Acton’s caused turnovers led directly to Loyola goals during the Greyhounds 4-0 run that spanned the second and third quarters and took them from 3-2 down to 6-3 up.

Through nine games this year, Acton has 31 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers, both career-highs. He is third on the team in ground balls and tied for second in caused turnovers.

Acton and the Greyhounds are back in action on Saturday, April 7, when they are on the road to play at Fairfield University in a 1 o’clock face-off.

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Loyola Holds Off Ohio State to Stay Unbeaten

Posted on 31 March 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE - The No. 4/5 Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team notched a, 8-7, victory over Ohio State at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon, improving to 9-0 overal and 3-0 in Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

The 9-0 start is the best for the Greyhounds since 1999 when the team won its first 12 games.

Eric Lusby led Loyola with three goals, while Justin Ward notched a goal and three assists to pace the offensive attack.

J.P. Dalton was excellent in the faceoff ‘X’ going 12-of-19 in the game including 5-of-5 in the second quarter and 5-of-7 in the fourth.

With the scored knotted at three after the first half, the Greyhounds scored three-straight in the third quarter to take a 6-3 advantage.

Scott Ratliff scored the first for Loyola in transition off an assist by Pat Laconi. Josh Hawkins added the second at the 9:15 mark of the quarter, and Lusby finished the run with just under five minutes left on a Ward helper.

After the Buckeyes got two back in the fourth quarter to close within one at 6-5 with 8:19 left, Loyola tallied twice with less than two and a half minutes remaining to put the game out of reach at 8-5.

Ward scored the first, coming free off a screen by Mike Sawyer and beating Ohio State goalie Greg Dutton. Sawyer also had a pair of goals.

Lusby scored the second, notching his 27th goal of the season on an assist by Chris Layne.

Reid Acton had five ground balls and five caused turnovers to help the Loyola defense, with Hawkins and Reid also picked-up five ground balls.

Jack Runkel made eight saves between the pipes for the Greyhounds, while allowing seven goals.

The Greyhounds are next in action at ECAC opponent Fairfield on Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m.

 

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Towson Looks to Extend Streak Saturday Night at Hofstra on WNST

Posted on 31 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
The Tigers (5-3, 1-0 CAA) will be seeking their fourth straight victory when they travel to Hempstead, N.Y. to take on No. 20 Hofstra (4-4, 1-1 CAA) Saturday evening. The contest will be the first CAA road game for Towson, which is 2-2 away from Johnny Unitas® Stadium this year. Opening face-off is set for 7:00 p.m. and fans can catch the game live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
With a 5-3 overall record, Towson boasts its best mark after eight games since the 2007 season in which the Tigers started 5-3 as well. Towson ended that year with a 9-7 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers have seen a number of significant contributions during their winning streak, including a four-goal effort from senior Matt Lamon against Mercer and a three-assist day for freshman Justin Mabus against Delaware. Six different Towson players have double-digit points for the season, led by Sean Maguire’s 20 points on a team-high 15 goals and five assists. With Mabus’ three assists against the Blue Hens, the rookie now leads the team in that category with nine. The well balanced Tiger offense is coming off a game in which five different players registered two goals.

Scouting the Pride
After starting the season 1-2, Hofstra has won three of its last five games and is ranked No. 20 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll. The Pride have played three nationally-ranked foes, topping then-No. 20 Delaware (13-5) and falling to current No. 15 Fairfield and No. 6 Notre Dame. The loss to the Fighting Irish occurred in overtime while the setback against the Stags was a triple overtime heartbreaker. Junior Adrian Sorichetti paces Hofstra with 27 points on 18 goals and nine assists while goalkeeper Andrew Gvozden ranks second in the CAA averaging 11.12 saves per game.

Towson-Hofstra Series History
The Tigers and Pride will be meeting for the 43rd time on the lacrosse field Saturday. Towson has only played Loyola (54) and Delaware (53) more often in its history. The Pride own a narrow 24-18 advantage in the all-time series history, including four straight wins. The last time the Tigers won in Hempstead was April 17, 2004.

Tigers Receiving Votes In National Polls
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Towson men’s lacrosse team received votes in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll. After the 20 ranked teams, the Tigers are in a group along with Bryant, Drexel, Yale, Navy, Harvard, Robert Morris and UMBC that are receiving votes and on the brink of breaking into the national Top 20.

CAA Honors Mabus
After dishing out three assists and scoring his first goal of the season last week, Towson freshman Justin Mabus earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Mabus currently leads the Tigers with nine assists in just six games.

In The National Rankings
Towson ranks Top 10 in the nation in a pair of categories. The Tigers are second in the country in shot percentage by scoring on 37.4 percent of their shots. Only Bucknell (41.0 percent) ranks higher. Additionally, the Tigers are eighth in the nation in man-up offense. In 22 man-up opportunities this season, Towson has tallied 11 goals.

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Loyola Looks to Stay Perfect Saturday Against Ohio State

Posted on 31 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent Ohio State Buckeyes
Date Saturday, March 31, 2012
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
TV | Radio Hounds Unleashed
Series Record Loyola leads, 5-0
Last Meeting Loyola 12, Ohio State 9 – April 2, 2011 at Ohio State

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland returns to Ridley Athletic Complex to start a stretch of four-straight ECAC Lacrosse League games. The Greyhounds take on Ohio State University at 1 o’clock on Saturday, March 31.

Series History

Loyola and the Buckeyes will be meeting for the sixth time in series history and third time as ECAC opponents. The Greyhounds have won all five prior meetings, although the last two have come by just five combined goals.

The Greyhounds led last year’s contest 9-4 when Patrick Fanshaw scored a man-up goal in transition off a Josh Hawkins assist with 5:17 to go in the third quarter, but Ohio State scored five of the next six goals to pull within a score, 10-9, on Tyler Fredericks’ tally with 3:57 left in regulation.

Mike Sawyer and Chris Palmer, however, scored after that for Loyola, and the Greyhounds held off the Buckeyes for an 11-9 victory in Columbus. Chris Palmer finished with five goals, and Matt Langan had three goals and two assists. Hawkins scored a goal and had two assists, all coming in transition.

In The Polls

Loyola moved up to No. 4 in the USILA Coaches’ Poll this week, its highest ranking since the Greyhounds checked in at third in the April 1, 2002, poll with a 7-0 record after downing Towson, 15-7. The Greyhounds held steady at No. 5 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media rankings.

Ohio State is receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse poll.

Ten Or More

The Greyhounds have scored at least 11 goals in each of their first eight games of the 2012 season, marking the longest stretch of games with 10 or more goals they have put together since March 24-May 12, 2001. The Greyhounds went 7-2 during that 2001 stretch where they averaged 14 goals per game. That team was coached by Dave Cottle who will be the color analyst on Loyola’s broadcast Saturday.

The last time Loyola opened the season with seven or more games with 10-plus goals was the 1995 season when they reeled off 14 or more before scoring five in an NCAA game.

The Only Ones

Loyola is the only team to score 10 or more goals in every game of this season throughout all of NCAA Division I.

As of Monday, the Greyhounds were tied for fifth in Division I with a 13 goals per game average.

Topping Out

Loyola’s success on offense this year has been well complemented by the Greyhounds’ defense. In addition to offense being tied for fifth in Division I in goals per game, Loyola’s defense is fifth with 7.13 goals allowed per contest.

The Greyhounds lead Division I through Monday in scoring margin, outscoring opponents by an average of 5.88 goals per game, 0.59 more than second-place Cornell.

Sharing The Rock

No Loyola player has more than 13 assists (Justin Ward) through eight games, but nine players have at least four assists, and 12 have two or more. In addition to Ward’s 13, Davis Butts, Eric Lusby and Sean O’Sullivan have eight assists, Mike Sawyer has seven, Chris Layne and Nikko Pontrello have five and J.P. Dalton and Pat Byrnes have four each.

With 72 assists this season, the Greyhounds lead Division I with 9.0 per game.

Eleven of Loyola’s 13 goals last Saturday night at UMBC came with assists.

Already Outpacing Last Year

This year’s team has already eclipsed last year’s total of 62 assists in just eight games. Also, with 104 goals, the 2012 Greyhounds are six short of matching the total put up last year.

Big Runs

Loyola used runs of three-plus goals at important junctures of its first eight games, helping the Greyhounds to wins each time. In all, Loyola has scored three or more in a row on 17 occasions this season.

Loyola used four three-goal runs against Duke, including one three-goal streak that put Loyola up 4-1 at the beginning of the second quarter. The Greyhounds never trailed after that initial three-goal run and extended their lead to 13-5 after its fourth three-goal spurt of the game.

The Greyhounds had their longest run in almost two years against Air Force, scoring 10 in a row to open the second half. The last time Loyola scored 10 or more in a row was on March 20, 2010, when it had 14 straight against Air Force.

Loyola then used a 6-0 run to break a 5-5 tie early in the third quarter with Georgetown on the way to a 11-6 victory.

The Greyhounds then scored seven in a row on the back end of a 10-1 run last Saturday at UMBC.

Second-Half Success

Loyola continued a trend of strong second-half play this season by outscoring UMBC, 6-1, after halftime after not allowing the Retrievers a goal until 11:25 was left on the fourth-quarter clock.

The Greyhounds have now outscored opponents 34-10 in the third quarters of games and 58-25 overall this year in the second half.

The second-half scoring continues a trend from the last two seasons. Last year, Loyola outscored opponents, 69-52, after halftime (including two overtime goals), and 77-56 two years ago.

Lusby Matches Career-High

Eric Lusby scored three times during Loyola’s second half run and finished the Georgetown game with five goals, matching his career-high set on March 3 at Bellarmine. He followed that with his fifth hat trick of the season, scoring three at UMBC.

Lusby has scored at least one goal in each of Loyola’s eight games this season. The graduate student returned to game action in the season-opener after missing all but two games of the 2011 season. Now a graduate student, Lusby tore his right ACL in the 2010 NCAA First Round game against Cornell. He attempted to come back last year, but he saw limited action against Navy and Towson and was shut down to rehab the injury for the remainder of the season.

Lusby burst back onto the scene against Delaware, scoring the Greyhounds’ first goal of the game on an extra-man opportunity, and the 2010 All-ECAC First Team member tallied three more in the second half.

Lusby reset his career-high at Bellarmine, tallying five goals in the victory to go with one assist, and added two more at Michigan.

Through Loyola’s first eight games, Lusby is second on the team with 24 goals and 36 points.

Sawyer, Runkel Honored Again

For the second time this season, Mike Sawyer and Jack Runkel earned ECAC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors on the same day, as the pair was honored on Monday following the Greyhounds’ wins over Georgetown and UMBC.

Sawyer scored three goals against the Hoyas, and he then scored four-straight Loyola goals and finished with five at UMBC. Sawyer also matched his career-best with two assists against the Retrievers.

Runkel paced the Loyola defense in the two games, playing to a 5.50 goals against average. He made a career-best 13 saves in the win over UMBC.

Shot Advantage

Loyola has outshot its opponents in every game this season by a minimum of nine. The game against Duke (37-28) is the only time this season a Greyhounds’ opponent has been within 10 shots of Loyola.

In all, the Greyhounds have taken 358 shots while holding opponents to 202.

Second Midfield Scoring

All three members of Loyola’s second midfield unit scored at least one goal against Air Force, and the unit combined for three goals and two assists. Pat Byrnes led the way with a goal and a career-best two assists. J.P. Dalton and Phil Dobson each added goals of their own.

This season, all three members of the second line have five goals, while Byrnes and Dalton each have four assists. Dobson recorded the first two assists of his collegiate career last Saturday against UMBC. The unit has already scored more goals than it did last year when it had 10 goals and two assists during the season.

Toomey Wins 50th

Head coach Charley Toomey earned his 50th-career win Wednesday, March 7, as Loyola beat Michigan, 15-8.

Toomey, who is in his seventh season, has led Loyola to eight-plus wins in each of the last three seasons and has had the Greyhounds finish .500 or better in all seven seasons since coming to the Evergreen campus.

Sawyer Shows Same Form

Mike Sawyer has picked up where he left off a year ago, leading the team with 29 goals and 36 points through the first eight games. Sawyer led Loyola last season with 31 goals and 36 points.

Sawyer tied a then-career-high with five goals in the team’s, 15-8, win at Michigan, before scoring a new personal-best six goals against Duke.

After scoring five goals against UMBC, he now has 16 career multi-goal games and the 19 multi-point effort of his tenure at Loyola.

Before the season, Sawyer was named to the Preseason All-ECAC Team and was named to the Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America Honorable Mention.

Dominant At The ‘X’

In his first year as the Greyhounds’ primary face-off man, senior J.P. Dalton has continued Loyola’s tradition of excellence at the ‘X’.

Through eight games, Dalton ranks eighth nationally in face-off percentage, winning restarts at a .619 clip (112-of-181). As a unit, the Greyhounds entered the week third-best in the nation at .611.

Dalton is second on the team with 34 ground balls, while one of his primary wings, Scott Ratliff leads the team with 37. Josh Hawkins, who returned from injury to make his season-debut on March 10 against Duke, has 19 in four games, and Pat Laconi has 13. Davis Butts has also seen time on the wing and has 20 ground balls this season.

Ward Dishes Five

Justin Ward played the role of feeder in Loyola’s 13-6 win over Towson, finishing the game with five assists. Just one week previously, the sophomore recorded his first collegiate assist against Delaware.

Ward became the first Loyola player to record five or more assists since Shane Koppens had six in a March 10, 2009, win over Bryant.

Scoring In Two Straight

Loyola posted 13 goals in back-to-back games to open the season, marking the first time since April 2007 that the Greyhounds scored 13 or more in two games in a row.

The last time it happened, Loyola defeated Fairfield, 19-2, on April 21, 2007, and Hobart, 17-10, on April 28.

Through just two games, the Greyhounds rank eighth in NCAA Division I in goals per game (13.0).

Ratliff Honored For Second Time

Loyola long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named the ECAC Co-Specialist of the Week on Monday after turning in impressive numbers in last Saturday’s win over Air Force. Ratliff scored twice and had an assist while picking up seven ground balls against the Falcons.

Earlier this season, Ratliff earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week laurels after the Greyhounds’ opener against Delaware.

Ratliff is currently sixth among active long poles in career scoring. He has seven goals and five assists for 12 points. This year, he has three goals and two assists, as well as a team-leading 32 ground balls.

Sawyer, Runkel Earns ECAC Honors

Mike Sawyer and Jack Runkel were honored as ECAC Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week on March 12 following wins at Michigan and against Duke.

Sawyer scored 11 goals and had 14 points, setting career highs in both categories. He scored five goals and had six points in Michigan’s first-ever home game, before breaking those personal records with six goals and eight points in a win over Duke. He also picked up a career-high six ground balls, finishing the week with nine ground balls.

Runkel made the first two starts of his collegiate career, posting an 8.00 goals-against average and .515 save percentage to help the Greyhounds in two wins. Playing less than three minutes between the pipes as a freshman last season, he started the Michigan game and held the Wolverines to eight goals, while making five saves. He then made a career-high 12 saves against a Duke team that has played in the last five Final Fours.

Bonitatibus, Runkel Both Win First Starts

Junior Michael Bonitatibus made his first collegiate start in goal for the Greyhounds against Delaware after having played less than two minutes prior to this season.

Bonitatibus, who played 65 seconds in his collegiate debut last year at Duke, made seven saves for the Greyhounds and allowed just eight goals. He also picked up five ground balls and caused two turnovers.

Bonitatibus became the first Loyola goalkeeper to win his starting debut in nearly 11 years. The last was Mark Bloomquist who also defeated Delaware, 8-7, on February 24, 2001.

Jack Runkel made his first career start against Michigan and also won his initial outing as a starter. He tallied five saves against the Wolverines, and he then posted a career-high 12 against Duke.

Record At Ridley

After going 4-1 at Ridley Athletic Complex last season, the Greyhounds have opened their third year at the stadium with five wins at home. Loyola is now 13-3 all-time at Ridley.

What’s Next

The Greyhounds head on the road for their next three games, all contests at ECAC Lacrosse League opponents, starting with an April 7 date at Fairfield University.

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Jimmy Patsos Named Skip Prosser Man Of The Year

Posted on 30 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Patsos Named Skip Prosser Man Of The Year

NEW ORLEANS – Loyola University Maryland head men’s basketball coach Jimmy Patsos was named the 2012 recipient of the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award on Friday night at an awards banquet hosted by CollegeInsider.com at the NCAA Final Four.

The award is named in honor and memory of the late Prosser who was the head coach at Loyola, Xavier and Wake Forest before passing away in July 2007. It recognizes those who achieve success not only on the basketball court, but coaches who display moral integrity off it.

Patsos recently completed his eighth season at Loyola, a year in which he guided the Greyhounds to a 24-9 overall record and the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship. Loyola set numerous program records during the season and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994.

Prosser and Patsos are the only coaches to lead Loyola to the NCAA Tournament. Prosser’s 1994 squad is the only other in school history to accomplish the feat.

“To receive an award that is named for Skip Prosser who was just a wonderful person and coach is humbling,” Patsos said. “He did tremendous things for the game of basketball, Loyola and all of the schools he coached, and he touched lives of those he met on and off the court.”

Earlier this month, Patsos was named the 2012 The Rock/MAAC Coach of the Year, days before the Greyhounds made a three-game run to their second MAAC Championship since joining the conference in 1989-1990.

Loyola defeated Niagara in the MAAC Quarterfinals, Siena in the Semifinal and Fairfield in the Championship Game to earn the school’s second bid to the NCAA Championships.

He later was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches District I Coach of the Year.

In addition to leading his team to many accomplishments on the court, Patsos often took time during road trips to take the Greyhounds to cultural events and locations. This season, the team visited the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorials in Washington, D.C. and finally the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh where Loyola played in the NCAA Tournament.

“I don’t want our team to be just about basketball,” Patsos said. “I was a history major (at Catholic University of American), and I love learning about different cultures and spreading some of that to the players. I think it is important that we recognize that we are all teachers and students, and we can learn in many different ways from different places.”

During the season, the Greyhounds accomplished many firsts and milestones. Loyola finished with a 24-9 overall record and went 13-5 during the MAAC regular season. The 24 wins were the most since the 1948-1949 team set a school record with 25 victories, and the 13 conference wins set a program best, as well.

Four Loyola players – Erik Etherly (1st), Dylon Cormier (2nd), Justin Drummond (3rd) and Robert Olson (3rd) – earned All-MAAC honors, the most the Greyhounds have ever earned since joining the league in 1989-1990. Etherly was later named the MAAC Championships Most Outstanding Player, while Drummond and Olson earned All-Tournament honors.

The Greyhounds finished second in the MAAC during the regular season, their best ever finish in the league, and the team tied a program record with eight non-conference victories.

Loyola also put together the two longest winning streaks since the program moved to Division I for the 1981-1982 season, winning eight games from November 14-December 10 and seven from January 19-February 10.

The Greyhounds played in front of back-to-back sell-out crowds in Reitz Arena against Rider University and Iona College in February, marking the first time since the venue opened in 1984 that it has been filled to capacity for consecutive games.

Patsos guided a balanced team to the NCAA Tournament that featured four players – Etherly (13.7), Cormier (13.4), Olson (11.1) and Drummond (10.7) – who scored in double figures during the season.

Loyola averaged just over 67 points per game, but Patsos and the Greyhounds were at or near the top of the MAAC in many ‘hustle’ stat categories: offensive rebounds (1st), rebounding margin (2nd), blocked shots (2nd) and scoring defense (2nd).

Patsos took over the Loyola program in April 2004, a month after the Greyhounds concluded the 2003-2004 season with a 1-27 record. Since then, Patsos has won 122 games at Loyola, and earlier this season, he became just the third coach in the last 20 years to take over a team that had won zero or one game the season before to win 100 or more games at the school.

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Hopkins Takes Top Spot In Both Lacrosse Polls

Posted on 26 March 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team jumped to the top spot in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll today. The Blue Jays moved up from the number two spot in both polls after Saturday’s 11-10 win at top-ranked Virginia. Hopkins improved to 8-0 for the first time since 2005 with the win the win over the Cavaliers.

The Blue Jays grabbed 10-of-11 first-place votes in the USILA Coaches Poll and totaled 210 points to earn the number one spot. UMass (7-0) checks in at number two with 199 points, while Virginia (8-1/195 points), Loyola (8-0/189) and Cornell (6-1/187) round out the top five. Loyola grabbed the lone first-place vote that didn’t go to Johns Hopkins.

This the 390th weekly poll released by the USILA since the poll was first issued in 1973. This week’s number-one ranking marks the 104th time since the poll’s inception that the Blue Jays have earned the top spot. Johns Hopkins has been ranked in the top five 293 times and the top 10 in 367 of the 390 polls.

The Johns Hopkins office Athletic Communications uses the USILA Poll to reflect Johns Hopkins’ official national ranking.

Hopkins earned a unanimous number-one ranking in the Nike/Media Poll. The Blue Jays grabbed all 18 first-place votes and totaled 360 points to secure the top spot. Virginia (339 points), UMass (311), Cornell (310) and Loyola (292) round out the top five.

USILA Coaches Poll
• March 26, 2012 •
Rk. Team – Points
1. Johns Hopkins (10) – 218
2. UMass – 199
3. Virginia – 195
4. Loyola (1) – 189
5. Cornell – 187
6. Notre Dame – 165
7. Lehigh – 144
8. Duke – 137
9. Maryland – 125
10. Denver – 112
11. North Carolina – 111
12. Villanova – 106
13. Princeton – 95
14. Syracuse – 74
15. Fairfield – 62
16. Bucknell – 53
17. Colgate – 51
18. Penn State – 33
19. Georgetown – 12
20. Hofstra- 8

Others Receiving Votes: Bryant, Drexel, Yale, Navy, Harvard, Robert Morris, UMBC, TowsonNike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll
• March 26, 2012 •
Rk. Team – Points
1. Johns Hopkins (18) – 360
2. Virginia – 339
3. UMass – 311
4. Cornell – 310
5. Loyola – 292
6. Notre Dame – 277
7. Lehigh – 223
8. Duke – 221
9. Maryland – 197
10. Denver – 194
11. Princeton – 190
12. North Carolina – 178
13. Villanova – 158
14. Syracuse – 146
15. Fairfield – 81
16. Bucknell – 79
17. Colgate – 65
18. Penn State – 60
19. Navy – 30
20. Georgetown – 20

Others Receiving Votes: Harvard, Hofstra, Bryant, Yale, Drexel, Robert Morris, St. John’s, Ohio State

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Navy Tries To Extend Win Streak Saturday At Colgate

Posted on 24 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Riding a three-game winning streak, the Navy men’s lacrosse team travels to Hamilton, N.Y. on Saturday to play 12th-ranked Colgate … meeting for the 15th time in series history, the Mids and Raiders will face off at 2:00 pm at Andy Kerr Stadium.
• Navy outscored Holy Cross, 5-1, in the second half of last Saturday’s 13-7 win, while holding the Crusaders scoreless for the final 26 minutes of the contest … sophomore attackman Tucker Hull turned in his third eight-point game of the season by leading the Mids with three goals and five assists … meanwhile, senior keeper RJ Wickham produced a season-high 16 saves to keep the Crusaders at bay while eclipsing the 400-career save milestone.
• Meanwhile, Colgate ran its winning streak to five in a row with a 12-6 victory over then 13th-ranked Fairfield last Saturday … junior attackman Peter Baum anchored the attack with six points on four goals and two assists, while attackmen Ryan Walsh and Brendon McCann along with middie Jeff Ledwick all contributed a pair of goals.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (50-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 4-0 this season when reaching 10 goals … Colgate has scored 10 or more goals in seven of its eight games, winning all seven.
9    Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded nine hat tricks in his 20-game Navy career, including five this season … Hull has also produced eight points in a game three times this season, including a three-goal, five-assist effort against Holy Cross last Saturday.
8    Behind a season-best 16-save performance, senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham became just the eighth player in school history to produce 400-career saves … he stands eighth on the career saves list with 411.
7    The Mids’ four wins this season have been when they held their foe to seven or fewer goals.
6    Since 2004, Navy owns an amazing 54-2 record when holding its opponents to six or fewer goals, including a 12-1 mark in the last four seasons combined.
5    Riding a five-game point-scoring streak, senior co-captain Taylor Reynolds has already topped his point total from a year ago (12) with his nine goals and six assists (15).
4    Just four players (Nikk Davis, Tucker Hull, Taylor Reynolds and Jordan Seivold) on the current roster have scored goals against Colgate, all of which have turned in just one goal.
3    Over the last three games, sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan has scored five goals and added an assist  … in the Mids’ win over Holy Cross, he scored a career-high tying two goals and dealt out his first-career assist.
2    Tucker Hull is ranked No. 2 in the country in points per game, averaging 5.71 … his is also ranked 11th in goals per game (2.86) and second in assists per game (2.86).
1    Over the last four seasons, 23 (9-14) of the Mids’ 67 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy has lost five-straight one-goal games … each of the last four Navy-Colgate games has been decided by one goal with each team winning two of the four.

More on the Raiders
• In his first season as head coach, former Army assistant Mike Murphy has the 12th-ranked Colgate Raiders sitting atop the Patriot League with a 1-0 record … meanwhile the Raiders, who boast a 7-1 record, are off to the program’s best start since the 1993 team opened its season with an 8-1 mark.
• Colgate, whose only blemish on the year was  9-6 hiccup to Dartmouth, has won five in a row over the likes of Robert Morris (24-14), Hobart (18-8), Holy Cross (13-9), Binghamton (17-8) and Fairfield (12-6).
• Junior attackman Peter Baum has been sensational for the Raiders … as the nation’s No. 1 scorer, he has registered 46 points (5.75) on 33 goals and 13 assists.
• Freshman attackman Ryan Walsh has made a strong case for Patriot League Rookie of the Year honors, producing 29 points on 19 goals and 10 assists and is the team’s second-leading scorer.
• Junior Robert Grabher has won 96 of his 175 faceoffs (54.9) and is ranked 24th nationally … additionally, he is No. 5 in ground balls, averaging 6.88 per contest.
• Senior Jared Madison has anchored the defense from the cage where he owns an 8.60 goals-against average and a 51.1 save percentage.
• Meanwhile senior Kevin Gordon and sophomore Bobby Lawrence are pacing the team with 14 takeaways apiece … Lawrence is also second on the team in ground balls with 25.

Series History
• Navy leads the all-time series with Colgate, 10-4, including wins in two of the last three contests.
• Just three (2006, `08, `10) of the 14 contests have been played in Hamilton, N.Y. with Navy claiming wins in two of the three.
• The two teams have met 12 times since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004 … during that span, Navy has produced an 8-4 record and outscored Colgate, 129-89.
• Each of the last four contests between the two programs has been decided by one goal, including the last trip to Hamilton in which the Mids were forced to come from behind to win eventually win in overtime, 10-9.
• Navy and Colgate have twice faced one another in the Patriot League Tournament and have been met with split results … in 2007, the Mids claimed a 15-9 win over the Raiders in the championship game, before dropping the program’s first Patriot League Tournament contest at the 2008 semifinals against eventual champion Colgate.

2011 Navy-Colgate Recap
• Navy scored the game’s first-two goals, but scoreless lulls of 21 and 31 minutes in the first and second halves, respectively, allowed Colgate to score a 5-4 win over the Mids and snap Navy’s three-game winning streak.  Colgate, the only Patriot League foe who has beaten the Mids on their home field since Navy joined the league in 2004, has now won two in a row against the Mids at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Navy jumped out to a 2-0 lead with back-to-back goals within a minute of one another by senior midfielder Kevin Doyle (8:09), followed by a speed dodge goal by Nikk Davis (7:15).
• While the Mids looked to have the game well in hand, they were dealt a blow when senior midfielder Andy Warner got tangled up with a Colgate player and Warner suffered a blow to the head.  For precautionary reasons, Warner was held out of competition for roughly 15 minutes of game play.  Although Warner did return to the game midway through the second quarter, Navy’s offense never seemed to get the swagger back in its step.
• In fact, Colgate rattled off three-straight goals to take a 3-2 advantage with 5:15 to play in the opening half.  Rookie midfielder Jimmy Ryan kicked off the run with a left alley dodge past Navy defensive midfielder Jordan Seivold, sending his shot from 10 yards out past Navy keeper RJ Wickham with 47 seconds left in the first quarter.  Faceoff specialist Jim Carroll won the faceoff to open the second frame and found the nation’s sixth-ranked goal scorer Peter Baum for the equalizer at 14:54.  The Raiders took the lead with 5:15 remaining in the second when Warner’s errant pass was picked up by Colgate defenseman Greg Perkins and off to the races they went.  The Navy turnover led to one of three transition goals by Colgate, this one by long pole Dave Tucciarone.
• The Mids finally got themselves back on the scoreboard when Warner found freshman attackman Tucker Hull for a five-yard shot just to the right of the goal at the 1:12 mark.  The assist by Warner extended his point scoring streak to 21-straight games dating back to last year’s Lehigh contest.
• Navy’s efforts were short-lived, however, as Carroll won the ensuing faceoff for the Raiders and got the ball to senior middie Rob Bosco.  Filling the middle, Bosco passed the ball off to Baum on the left wing, who fired off a shot that appeared to hit defenseman Michael Hirsch before taking a hop and finding its way into the goal with 1:01 left to take a 3-2 advantage going into halftime.
• The third quarter featured several shots that would never find the back of the net until the 4:30 mark when the Raiders perfectly executed their transition game that resulted in a Ben McCabe goal from roughly seven yards out and extended their lead to 5-3.
• After barraging Colgate keeper Jared Madison with 11 shots over the final 2:19 of the game, the Mids finally were able to get within one.  But the eight-yard unassisted goal by junior attackman Taylor Reynolds came too late for the Mids, as he scored with just two ticks left.

Navy-Holy Cross Rewind
• Navy outscored Holy Cross, 5-1, in the second half of last Saturday’s 13-7 win, while holding the Crusaders scoreless for the final 26 minutes of the contest
• The win gave the Mids their first three-game winning streak since last year when the Mids won three in a row over this same three-game stretch against Lafayette, Towson and Holy Cross.
• Navy is now 4-0 this season when holding its opponent to seven or fewer goals.
• Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull turned in his third eight-point game of the season by leading the Mids with three goals and five assists … it also marked his fifth hat trick of the year and ninth of his career.
• Navy’s first two goals of the game were scored by long stick defensive midfielders … sophomore Pat Kiernan punched in the game’s first goal and went on to finish the game with two goals and an assist … meanwhile, in just his second-career appearance, sophomore Ben Sampson notched his first-collegiate goal in the opening period.
• Six players extended scoring streaks - Taylor Reynolds with five-straight games with a goal, Hull with seven-straight games with a point, Erik Hoffstadt with fiver-straight games with a point and Pat Kiernan with thtree-straight games with a goal.
• Junior midfielder Bryce Dabbs saw his five-game goal-scoring streak snapped against Holy Cross after being held scoreless on two shots.
• Behind a season-best 16-save performance, senior goalkeeper RJ Wickham became just the eighth player in school history to produce 400-career saves … he stands eighth on the career saves list with 411.

An Old Fashioned Duel Between 1 and 2
• Not only do the nation’s top two point producers hail from Patriot League institutions according to this week’s NCAA statistics report, Colgate junior Peter Baum and Navy sophomore Tucker Hull are set to square off Saturday in Hamilton, N.Y..
• Baum, who owns the nation’s seventh-leading scoring streak at 35-consecutive games, is leading the country with his 5.75 points per game, while Hull stands No. 2, averaging 5.71 points per contest.
• Baum is also the nation’s top goal producer (4.13), while Hull is 11th, scoring 2.86 goals per game.
• Hull has registered hat tricks in five of the seven games this season.
• Hull, who possesses a more balanced game, is ranked No. 2 in assists per game, dealing out 2.86 per contest.

Kiernan Among Navy’s Top Scoring Defensemen
• Navy sophomore long stick defensive midfielder Pat Kiernan has produced eight-career points, including seven this season.
• He is ranked third all-time for career points scored by a  Navy defensemen, while his seven goals are tied as the most.
• Among the NCAA’s top active defensemen, he is just outside of the top five … there are only five defensemen in the entire nation who have scored 10 or more career points.
• For a single season, Kiernan’s seven points are tied as the most by a Navy player alongside Zack Schroeder who  produced seven points on three goals and four assists in 2009.
• Meanwhile he has turned in more goals this season (6) than any Navy defenseman in program history.

Patriot League Success
• Since joining the Patriot League in 2004, Navy is 51-14 (78.1) against conference members, which includes an 11-2 mark in the Patriot League Tournament … the Mids are 40-12 in regular-season action.
• The Mids have lost regular-season contests to …
Army (3)    2008, `10, `11
Bucknell (4)    2005, `09, `11, `12
Colgate (3)    2006, `09, `11
Lafayette (1)    2010
Lehigh (1)    2011
… and dropped the program’s first Patriot League Tournament contest at the 2008 semifinals against eventual champion Colgate and its second to Army in the 2010 championship contest.
• Ten of the 14 losses were in games played either at the opponent’s field or at a neutral site.
• Navy owns a 27-4 record at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium against Patriot League competition since joining the conference in 2004 … the Mids are 21-4 during the regular season.
• The Mids have produced undefeated marks in conference action twice, 7-0 in 2004 and 6-0 in `07.
• Navy has won at least a share of the Patriot League regular-season title in five (2004-05-06-07-08) of the seven years it has been a member of the league.
• Additionally, the Mids have claimed the league’s tournament crown five times (2004-05-06-07-09).
• 31 different Mids have garnered All-Patriot League recognition, while 19 of the 31 have earned honors multiple times.

Hull Hauls in the Points
• Seven games into the season, Navy sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has already eclipsed his team-high 38 points from a year ago.
• Hull is the first 40-point scorer for the Mids since Nick Mirabito turned in 46 points on 23 goals and 23 assists in 2008.
• He is just 12 points shy of joining Navy’s single-season top 20 points list … 20th-place Mike Hannan produced 52 points during the 1978 season … Mike Buzzell holds the scoring record with 85 points in 1979.
• Meanwhile, Hull is just 22 points shy of joining Navy’s list of elite 100-point scorers … there are just 29 current members of the group with the last player joining the list just a year ago, as Andy Warner graduated with 101-career points.

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