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Loyola perhaps set to take over top spot after crushing Lafayette

Posted on 22 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Nine Score As Men’s Lacrosse Tops Lafayette, 21-4

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland’s starting attack of Justin Ward, Nikko Pontrello and Brian Schultz all scored four goals, and six other Greyhounds tallied at least one, as No. 2-ranked Loyola beat visiting Lafayette College, 21-4, in Patriot League action Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Ward finished with a team-high eight points, added four assists to bring his nation-leading total to 30 this season. Schultz’s four were a career-high.

Brian Sherlock added a career-high with three goals and two assists, and Romar Dennis matched his previous best with two tallies. Kevin Ryan and Matt Cunningham each scored goals, while Joe Fletcher and Mike Kutzer each had their first of their careers in transition.

Led by Ward’s four assists, 15 of the Greyhounds’ 21 goals were assisted on Saturday. Sherlock had two for the third time this season, and Tyler Albrecht distributed a career-best two. Ryan, Schultz, Dennis, Cunningham, Jordan Germershausen, Matt Sawyer and Graham Savio all had one.

Loyola (8-1 overall, 4-0 Patriot League) controlled possession in the game, winning 18-of-29 faceoffs and picking up 30 more ground balls than the Leopards, 52-22.

Savio won 13-of-19 restarts he took, and Blake Burkhard was successful on 5-of-8. Savio picked up a career-high 11 ground balls, while David Manning and Ryan Fournier each had career-bests with six and five, respectively.

Schultz and Sherlock combined to get the scoring started early for the Greyhounds less than three minutes into the game as Schultz rolled the crease and took a Sherlock pass to score. Ward tallied his first after Dennis dodged to the middle and passed to Ward for a 10-yard shot at 10:14.

Just over a minute later, Schultz scored his second, ripping a 15-yard shot off a Matt Sawyer goal. Lafayette got on the board at 8:03when Sonny Round dished out one of his two assists, finding Robert Orazietti crashing to the crease for a goal.

Schultz scored his third of the game, less than halfway through the first quarter, at 7:42 when he struck from nine-yards out off a Tyler Albrecht assist.

Fletcher, a two-time All-American defender, scored his first career goal 35 seconds later when Ward hit him with a pass in front of the crease, and Fletcher dumped it in for what would be the eventual game-winner.

Loyola led 6-2 by the end of the first quarter as Brendan Dunlap scored one of his two for the Leopards (1-6, 1-4) and Pontrello responded for the Greyhounds.

Pontrello quickly made it 7-2 in Loyola’s favor. Savio won the second quarter’s opening faceoff, picked up the ground ball and ran it into the box where he hit Pontrello on the crease for his second of the day.

Dennis and Sherlock scored their first of the afternoon at 14:16 and 13:12, and Loyola was up 9-2 with 13:12 left before halftime. Sherlock would score twice more in the quarter, and Pontrello and Ward each added goals, giving Loyola a 13-2 halftime advantage.

The lead went to 17-2 Loyola after Schultz and Pontrello scored, and Ward had back-to-back strikes. Brian Bock scored for Lafayette with 4:55 left in the third quarter, but Dennis, Cunningham and Kutzer responded with Greyhounds goals.

Dunlap scored his team-high second with 1.9 ticks left before the end of the frame, making it 20-4 Loyola at the end of the frame. Ryan had the only score of the fourth quarter at 9:15, providing the final 21-4 margin.

Loyola outshot the Leopards, 56-16. Jack Runkel played less than three full quarters and made five saves, allowing two goals for Loyola. Pat McEnerney stopped two shots, and Sam Beazell played the final seven minutes of scoreless lacrosse.

The Greyhounds continue Patriot League action on Saturday, March 29, with their first of two road games. Loyola will travel to Hamilton, N.Y., to face Colgate University at 12 noon.

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Loyola looks for seventh straight Saturday against Lafayette

Posted on 21 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Information
Opponent Lafayette Leopards
Date Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex


Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola University Maryland plays its second game of the week on Saturday, March 22, when it hosts Lafayette College at 1 o’clock.
  • After winning four games by an average of 10.5 goals, and none by less than seven, the Greyhounds have won two-straight by one goal.
  • Loyola committed just seven turnovers on Wednesday night at Georgetown to reduce its nation-leading turnovers per game mark to 10.0.
  • Nikko Pontrello, who on Thursday was added to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, scored three goals against the Hoyas and now leads the NCAA in total goals with 29. He is fourth nationally in goals per game (3.625).
  • Justin Ward passed out four assists Wednesday in addition to scoring a goal to raise his season total to 26, also tops in the country.
  • Kevin Ryan is 10th nationally in shot percentage. He has scored goals on 51.9 percent of his shots (14-of-27) this year.
  • Pat Frazier picked up a career-high four ground balls on Wednesday night at Georgetown. He’s also third on the team with eight caused turnovers.

Last Time Out

  • Nikko Pontrello scored all three of his goals in the second half on Wednesday night, his final tally coming with 51.4 seconds left to lift Loyola to a 10-9 non-conference victory at Georgetown.
  • Pontrello had tied the game with 7:55 left, shot-faking from the crease after a Justin Ward pass, and with less than a minute to play in regulation, he dodged from behind the crease and rolled toward the goal, beating Jake Haley low with his shot.
  • Georgetown won the ensuing faceoff, and the Hoyas called two timeouts to set up a final shot. David Manning, however, stripped Bo Stafford of the ball with less than seven seconds left, and Joe Fletcher picked up the ground ball to secure the win for the Greyhounds.
  • Georgetown scored three-straight goals that spanned the second and third quarters to take a 7-5 advantage 3:30 into the third. Brian Schultz bookended Pontrello’s first goal to push Loyola back in front with 2:47 left in the third.
  • The Hoyas rallied to regain the lead, however, with 11:19 to go in regulation. The game finished with seven ties and five lead changes.

Follow The Action    

  • Saturday’s game, and all non-televised home games, will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network. Additionally, all of Loyola’s road conference games will also be available on the free HD network.
  • Log on to LoyolaGreyhounds.com/pln or PatriotLeague.tv to watch the home games on your computer, web-enabled televisions and most mobile devices.
  • Brett Hollander will call the play-by-play, and Chris Gunkel ’90 will provide the analysis.

In The Polls    

  • With last Saturday’s win over Army, Loyola remained at No. 2 in the USILA Coaches, Warrior/Inside Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine media polls. Prior to Saturday’s games, Loyola was tied for second in the coaches’ version with Johns Hopkins University.

Series History    

  • Loyola and Lafayette will play for the second time in series history, but Saturday’s game will be the first meeting since Loyola’s opening game of the 1939 season. In that contest, the Greyhounds beat the Leopards, 15-1.

Get To Ten    

  • Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 62 occasions. After defeating the Hoyas, 10-9, on Wednesday, Loyola has won 80.6 percent of those games (50-12).

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 36-7 during that stretch (17-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013 and 7-1 this season) for a .837 mark.
  • Only Duke has won more games (37) than Loyola during the run, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage by nearly eight percent (37-12, .755).

Chart Toppers    

  • A pair of Greyhounds attackers lead the nation through games of Wednesday, March 19, in both total goals and assists. Nikko Pontrello paces Division I with 29 goals, while Justin Ward is first with 26 assists.

Pontrello Putting Up Points    

  • Nikko Pontrello had his eighth multi-goal game is as many contests to open the season on Saturday when he scored three in the second half against Georgetown. Through games of Wednesday, March 19, Pontrello leads the nation in total goals with 29.
  • He scored two in the season-opener at Virginia and then had three against Penn State and Towson before scoring a career-high six goals at Holy Cross. He then tallied four at Lehigh and five against Duke.
  • Two of his goals have been game-winners in one-goal contests. Pontrello scored 19 seconds into overtime to give Loyola a 12-11 win at Penn State, and he then tallied one with 51.4 seconds left in regulation to push the Greyhounds past Georgetown, 10-9.
  • Pontrello leads the Greyhounds with 29 goals and 34 points through eight games. He has already eclipsed his goal total from last year when he finished his sophomore campaign with 16.
  • He leads the Patriot League and is fourth nationally in goals per game (3.65), while he is first and 12th in points per game (4.43).

Stopping Shots    

  • After opening the season with a .214 save percentage in the opener at Virginia, Jack Runkel has played to a .646 mark, saving 82 out of 127 shots on goal he’s faced. In a six-game stretch  against Towson, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Duke and Army, Runkel made 61 saves and allowed just 26 goals (.701).
  • The senior goalkeeper, who earned 2012 NCAA Championships All-Tournament honors, has a goals against average of 7.51 this season and a cumulative saves percentage of .603 through five games. He has moved up to fourth in the nation in saves percentage and seventh in goals against average.
  • In three years as a starter for the Greyhounds, Runkel has a 7.89 goals against average and .557 saves percentage; his record between the pipes is 34-6. He is second in wins among active goalkeepers, trailing only Maryland’s Niko Amato who has 40 victories. Amato (as of Monday), however, Amato is a four-year starter, while Runkel did not start until early in his sophomore season.
  • Runkel picked up his fourth-straight Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honor on March 17, becoming the first player in League history to win any of the weekly honors (Offensive, Defensive, Goalkeeper, Rookie) four-consecutive times.

Record-Setting Quarterback    

  • Justin Ward has continued to be the quarterback of the Greyhounds’ offense this year, passing out 20 assists in the last five contests. He leads the nation in total assists (26) and is third in the nation, and tops in the Patriot League, with 3.25 assists per game this year.
  • With four assists against Duke – the second game in he posted that total – Ward set Loyola’s career Division I record (since 1982) in total assists, eclipsing the mark of 83 set from 1989-92 by Jim Blanding. Following his four at Georgetown, Ward now has 93 in his career. Gary Hanley holds the all-time Loyola record with 160 assists. Ward is also 12th in school Division I history in total points with 138.
  • Ward is in his third year as a starter on attack for the Greyhound after earning USILA All-America Honorable Mention last year after finishing tops on the team in points (62) and assists (35) and second in goals (27). His 62 points ranked tied for fifth in school single-season Division I history, and his 35 assists check in at third on that list.

On Target    

  • Kevin Ryan scored twice against Army, needing just two shots, and he added a first-quarter goal against Georgetown. Through eight games, the senior midfielder has scored on 14 of his 27 shots for a shooting percentage of .519, the 10th-best shooting percentage in the nation this year.
  • Take out an 0-of-5 performance in the season-opener at Virginia, and Ryan has found the net on 13-of-17 shots (.764) in the Greyhounds’ last six games. He has three games this year – at Holy Cross (3-of-3), at Lehigh (5-of-5) and Army (2-of-2) – in which he has scored on all of his shots.

Man-Up Success    

  • Loyola has converted on exactly half of its man-up possessions this year, scoring 13 goals on 26 opportunities. Its .500 success rate is good for a tie for ninth in NCAA Division I through games of Thursday, March 20.
  • Nikko Pontrello leads the way with five man-up goals, while Kevin Ryan has three and Matt Sawyer, two.
  • Seven of Loyola’s extra-man goals have been assisted by Justin Ward.

Five-Plus For Two    

  • Matt Sawyer scored six goals, and Nikko Pontrello tallied five for the Greyhounds on Sunday against Duke, marking the first time in over a decade that two Loyola players have scored five or more in the same game.
  • The last pair to do so was Gavin Prout (six) and Tim Goettelmann (five) in a 14-9 win on March 25, 2000, at 14th-ranked Brown University.

Games Of Runs    

  • Loyola has used significant runs in all eight of its games this season, and it has had four stretches of seven or more unanswered goals. In all the Greyhounds have 13 runs of 3-0 or better. Here is a look at their four best scoring stretches:

Opponent    Run    Time Covered        Opponent    Run    Time Covered
at Holy Cross    14-0    38:58        Towson    10-0    16:38
at Virginia    9-0    14:18        Towson    7-0    18:37

Tripled Up    

  • Matt Sawyer entered the March 9 game against Duke with a single-game high of two goals, those coming in the season-opener at the University of Virginia. It took the senior from Waxhaw, N.C., just 15-minutes, 56-seconds against the Blue Devils to match that total, and 20:51 to exceed it.
  • Sawyer finished the game by tripling his previous high, totaling six goals on just seven shots. His lone shot that did not find the net was perhaps his hardest of the night, and it went off the far-side post.
  • His six goals raised his 2014 total to 10, tied for third on the team. He now has 14 goals in his career.
  • Sunday’s game was not the first time a member of the Sawyer family had put up six goals on Duke. Matt’s older brother, three-time All-American Mike, scored six goals and had two assists in a 13-8 win over the Blue Devils in March 2012.

Slowing Scorers    

  • Duke’s Jordan Wolf and Josh Dionne came into the March 9 game tied for the team lead in goals (12 each), and the duo had a combined 235 career goals. Loyola, however, held them to just one goal each in the victory.
  • Against Army, Loyola faced another top scorer, John Glesener. Through six games prior to facing the Greyhounds, Glesener had scored 15 goals, but he was held to two on 22 shots by the Loyola defense.

Fletch, White And Blue    

  • Senior defender Joe Fletcher was the long current collegiate player selected as part of one of 52 players who made up the United States Men’s National Team training roster this fall, and the day before Loyola’s season-opener, he found out he is one of 30 players who made the cut for the team that will compete at the 2014 World Cup in Denver.
  • Against Holy Cross, Fletcher set a career-high with eight ground balls, eclipsing his previous total of seven set on three different occasions. In a pair of games against Towson and the Crusaders, he had 11 ground balls and three caused turnovers.
  • He earned his second Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honor this year on Monday after picking up seven ground balls and causing a turnover against Duke. He also was primarily responsible for holding the Blue Devils’ All-American attacker Jordan Wolf to one goal. Fletcher was again honored on March 17 after limiting Army’s John Glesener to two goals on 22 shots.
  • This season, the Preseason All-American leads the Greyhounds with 32 ground balls, and he is tied for the squad lead with 12 caused turnovers. His 57 career caused turnovers are third all-time at Loyola behind the 90 of P.T. Ricci and 88 of Scott Ratliff.

Not Just Defensive Midfield    

  • Short-stick defensive midfielder Pat Laconi was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on March 3 after matching his career-high with two goals at Lehigh.
  • The senior, who is a team co-captain and Preseason All-American, had a goal an assist versus Army and a goal at Georgetown, bringing his season totals to six goals an one assist. He now has 11 goals and 10 assists in his four-year career. His 12 caused turnovers this season have brought his career total to 53, tied for fourth most in school history.

Schultz Stepping Up    

  • In his first year as a starter on attack for the Greyhounds, senior Brian Schultz has parlayed his opportunity into a solid start to the season. Through eight games, Schultz has scored 13 goals, third most on the team, and eight assists, second behind team-leader Justin Ward.
  • Entering this season, Schultz had seen most of his playing time on extra-man opportunities for the Greyhounds. As a sophomore and junior, he posted a combined three goals and five assists.

Tewaaraton Watch, Senior CLASS Award List Pair    

  • Two of Loyola’s senior co-captains were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List when it was released last week. Joe Fletcher and Justin Ward were among the 50 players nationally to receive recognition.
  • They were also two of 20 players nationally to be named candidates for the Senior CLASS Award that seniors who have performed at a high level athletically and in the classroom and who have used their platforms as student-athletes to make positive impacts in the community.
  • In addition to the senior duo that is on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, junior attacker Nikko Pontrello was also named to the group on March 20.

Up Next    

  • The Greyhounds play their next two games, both Patriot League tilts, on the road. They head to Hamilton, N.Y., for a Saturday, March 29, game at Colgate University before traveling to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Saturday, April 5.

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Navy defense stifles Lafayette for 11-3 victory

Posted on 08 March 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  The Navy men’s lacrosse team used a suffocating defense and a well-balanced offense to pitch an 11-3 victory over Lafayette Friday evening at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  The Mids improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in Patriot League action, while dealing Lafayette its fourth loss of the season (1-4) and second in conference play.

“This was a heck of a win tonight,” said third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “We have a lot of respect for Lafayette and we knew it would be a tough game.  They have a strong defense and they are very strong in goal, but we battled.”

The two teams traded goals in the opening period before the Mids took a 2-1 lead with just 3.2 seconds left in the first thanks to the spectacular play of senior long pole Ben Sampson (Doylestown, Pa.).  Sampson forced a Lafayette turnover, grabbed the ground ball and took off looking for a transition goal.  He found senior attackman Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) in mid-stride, as Jones punched in the goal and Sampson was credited with his first collegiate assist.

Lafayette, though, would convert on its fourth extra-man opportunity of the game when Navy goalkeeper John Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.) came out of the goal and went behind the cage.  Lafayette junior attackman Sonny Round recognized Connors was out of position and wheeled his pass to senior middie John Floyd who knotted the game at 2-2 with 6:19 remaining in the half.

Navy senior Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) gave the Mids the lead for good when he took possession of the ball from behind the cage on a restart and quickly ran around the right side of the cage and tucked his shot in over the shoulder of Lafayette keeper Jake Hyatt with 2:23 to go in the second period.

The Mids added a goal onto the scoreboard after Lafayette way flagged for its first penalty of the game with 37 seconds remaining in the half.  A perfectly executed play between attackmen Patrick Keena (Vienna, Va.) and Tucker Hull(Charlotte, N.C.) gave the Mids a 4-2 advantage at the break.

Navy pushed its lead to 7-2 with just under seven minutes to play in the third quarter and featured goals by Heneveld, Jones and junior midfielder Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.), who blew past midfielder Matt Confort and waltzed his way in for a doorstop goal.  Following a 20-minute scoring drought, Lafayette scored its third and final goal of the game on an unassisted marker by sophomore Robert Orazietti at the 1:19 mark.

Leading 7-3 to begin the final stanza, Navy got a huge spark from rookie faceoff specialist Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md.).  The Mids opened the fourth quarter by scoring four goals in the first minute and 24 seconds thanks to consecutive wins by Dove at the faceoff “x.”  Heneveld picked up the ground ball on the opening draw of the fourth quarter and fed Jones who was posted up low on the left wing.  Jones sent his pass to co-captain Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) who was running up the middle and scored his first goal of the season at the 14:47 mark.  Kiernan is now tied for sixth nationally among active defensive scorers with 13 points on 10 goals and three assists over his career.

Meanwhile just 16 seconds later (14:31), Jones again found a teammate, this time fellow attackman T.J. Hanzsche(Berwyn, Pa.), who extended his point and goal-scoring streak (11 straight games) with a high-powered shot from the right wing.  Just eight seconds elapsed (14:23) when Dove won the faceoff and without hesitation flipped the ball to Voumard who fed Jones for his third goal of the game.  Navy’s final goal in the run came at 13:36 when senior midfielder Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) punched in his lone goal of the game and gave the Mids an 11-3 lead.

“It all started with Brady” said Jones about Navy’s four-goal run to open the fourth quarter.  “I have a lot of respect for him.  He doesn’t play with a lot of emotion, he just goes out and does his job and gives the offense an opportunity to score.”

Dove, who came into the contest ranked 17th nationally in faceoff percentage (59.8), won 12 of the 17 draws he took against the Leopards and became Navy’s record holder for faceoff wins by a freshman.  Winning 67 of the 109 draws (61.5) to date, he passed previous record holder Mike Haertel who held the record for nearly 20 years.  Haertel won 64 of the 122 faceoffs he took as a rookie in 1997.  Dove, meanwhile, also moved up to 16th on Navy’s career faceoff wins list, passing Tommy Wallin who amassed 64 wins from 2003-07.

“Brady has been unbelievable for us,” added Sowell.  “He has great poise.  He might be the most important player on our team right now.

“I’ve been saying it since day one that we need to find other ways to score other than set pieces and in the last two games I think we have done a nice job of that.  Tonight Brady really did a good job of generating some offense for the team.”

Navy senior close defenseman Nik Mullen (Wading River, N.Y.) and Connors in goal orchestrated a defensive effort that was nearly flawless, as the Mids surrendered the fewest goals since their 8-2 win over sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins on April 21, 2012.  It’s the fewest goals the Leopards have scored since dropping a 10-3 decision to Army on March 24, 2012.

Mullen held the Leopards’ leading scorer Brian Bock (7G, 2A) to just an assist in the contest while also chipping in a career-high three caused turnovers, while Connors turned away 13 shots on goal including six in the third quarter.

“Connors was unbelievable tonight,” said Mullen.  “He was on fire.  He really saw the ball well and made some great doorstop saves.”

“We were pretty good down there,” said Sowell regarding Navy’s defensive effort.  “Coach Wellner has done a good job of coaching our defense and I thought we played a sound game.  I didn’t like all of the penalties that we committed, but credit our man-down defense for hanging tough.”

Navy was flagged for an alarming eight penalties, including multiple times when the Mids were already down a man.  Remarkably, Navy was able to squelch seven of the eight man-down situations.  On the year, Navy’s opponents have scored five goals on 24 attempts (20.8).

Seven different players scored goals for the Mids, while 10 different players provided points.  Jones paced the Mids in the scoring column with five points on three goals and two assists.  With his fourth hat trick in five games this season, Jones slipped past Eddie McKinnon (1999-02) into 16th on Navy’s career scoring list with 137 points.  Meanwhile, Voumard pitched in three points on two goals and an assists and Heneveld turned in his third two-goal performance of the season.

The Mids will have little time in relishing their victory as they will play their lone regular-season mid-week game of the year on Tuesday when they make the short bus ride to Johnny Unitas Stadium where they will face Towson.  Game time is slated for 7:00 pm.

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Navy hosts Patriot League rival Lafayette Friday night

Posted on 06 March 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 5 Navy (2-2, 1-1 PL) vs. Lafayette (1-3, 1-1 PL)
Date and Faceoff March 7 at 7:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)


Game Preview

• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (2-2, 1-1 Patriot League) seeks its second Patriot League victory of the season when the Mids play host to Lafayette (1-3, 1-1 PL) Friday evening.  The 16th edition of the Navy-Lafayette series is set for a 7:00 pm faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• The Mids are coming off an historical victory over Holy Cross at home last Saturday.  After Holy Cross trimmed Navy’s lead to one (4-3) midway through the second quarter, the Mids used a 9-0 run to blow the game open and eventually deliver Holy Cross a 21-12 loss.  Navy’s starting attack combined to score 14 of the 21 goals for the Mids.
• Despite an 8-7 win over conference foe Colgate, Lafayette was unable to bottle up the momentum and instead have been on the short end of its last two games against Army (8-6) and Delaware (9-6).  The Leopards and Blue Hens were knotted up (4-4) at the half, but Delaware outscored Lafayette 5-2 in the second half to cruise to the victory on Tuesday.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy has lost just five games (56-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 10-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 2-0 in 2014).
9 - Brady Dove needs 9 faceoff wins to tie record holder Mike Haertel (1997) for most wins by a freshman in program history with 64.
8 – Navy senior Tucker Hull has scored a combined 8 goals in the three previous games he has played against Lafayette.
7 – Hull has scored a point in each of the last 7 contests … the last time he did not score was against Lehigh on March 30, 2013.  Fellow attack T.J. Hanzsche owns Navy’s longest point and goal-scoring streak, having posted a point in 10 straight games.
6 – Hanzsche scored a career-high 6 goals against Holy Cross last Saturday.  It’s the most scored by a Navy player since Tucker Hull scored 6 against VMI on Feb. 11, 2012.
5 – Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 5-1 all-time against Lafayette, including a 2-0 mark as the Mids’ head coach.
4 – Friday marks Navys 4th home game this season.  The last time Navy played 4 of its first 5 games at home was in 2010 when the Mids faced VMI (W, 16-5), Loyola (L, 8-7 OT), North Carolina (L, 11-4) and Bucknell (W, 8-7) at home with a trip to Lehigh (W, 8-3) prior to Bucknell.
3 – Sowell is 3 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 97-99 record in 15 years as a head coach.
2 – Navy senior attack Sam Jones (74G, 48A) needs 2 assists to become just the seventh active player in DI lacrosse to have 60 career goals and 50 career assists.  ClassmateTucker Hull is one of the active six to have achieved this with 66 goals and 51 assists.
1 – Co-captain Pat Kiernan needs just 1 ground ball to move into 10th on Navy’s all-time ground balls leader board … he owns 154.

Scouting the Leopards
• Second-year head coach Jim Rogalski has his Lafayette Leopards nipping at the heels of some of the better programs in DI lacrosse this season.  While the Leopards are 1-3 on the year, they’ve lost their last two games by two goals each.
• Lafayette’s lone win of the year was an 8-7 victory over Colgate, while its losses have been against Stony Brook (18-10), Army (8-6) and Delaware (9-6).
• The attack combo of Brian Bock and Sonny Round has led the way, as the two have produced a team-best 8 points.  Bock has produced a team-high 7 goals and 1 assist, while Round has posted 3 goals and a team-high 5 assists.  Sophomore Robert Orazietti and middie Morgan Westby have also contributed four goals.
• Lafayette has had to rely upon a stiff defense to provide the offense an opportunity to possess the ball.  The Leopards are 66th among the 67 teams in DI lacrosse in faceoff winning percentage, winning just 27.1 percent of their draws.  Sophomore Adam Broeckaert is 13 for 53 (.245) and rookie Erik Cannon is 10 for 29 (.345).
• Senior Jake Hyatt has been a mainstay in goal for the Leopards with an 11.14 goals-against average and a 54.3 save percentage.  Hyatt’s 12.67 saves per game average stands 10th nationally.  However, sophomore Ben Falcone made the start Tuesday against Delaware where he surrendered 9 goals and made just 6 saves.

Navy vs. Lafayette – The Series
• Friday’s contest marks the 16th meeting between the two programs, and the 12th since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004.  Navy leads the series, 14-1.
• The two teams first met in 1926 with Navy earning a 23-0 win … Navy and Lafayette battled one another three times between 1929-31 … the 1931 contest was the last time the two programs had met before the Mids joined the Patriot League.
• The Mids won 10 straight against the Leopards before dropping the program’s only loss to Lafayette on March 12, 2010 in Easton.
• Navy has scored double digits in 12 of the 15 games, while the Mids have held Lafayette to single digits 13 times.
• In the 15-game history, the Mids have outscored the Leopards, 192-75 … since joining the league in `04, Navy has outscored Lafayette, 128-74.

Weekend Rewind
• The Mids are coming off an historical victory over Holy Cross at home last Saturday.  After Holy Cross trimmed Navy’s lead to one (4-3) midway through the second quarter, the Mids used a 9-0 run to blow the game open and eventually deliver Holy Cross a 21-12 loss.
• Navy has now won 10 of the 11 games played in the series, including all 5 played in Annapolis.
• The 21 goals were the most scored by Navy since it dealt Holy Cross a 23-5 loss on April 18, 2004.  The nine-goal victory marked its largest margin of victory over a Patriot League team since its 12-3 win over the Crusaders in 2010. Meanwhile, the 33 combined goals are the most since second-ranked Virginia delivered a 24-13 blow to the Mids in Charlottesville on March 4, 1995.
• Navy’s starting attack combined to score 14 of the 21 goals for the Mids, including 6 byT.J. Hanzsche.  The six goals are the most scored by a Navy player since Tucker Hullscored six against VMI on Feb. 11, 2012.
• Hazsche, Hull and Taylor Harris (2006) are the only three Navy players to score six or more goals in a game since the beginning of the 1991 campaign.
• It’s also tied as the most goals scored by a Navy player in a Patriot League game since the Mids joined the league in 2004.
• Fellow attack Sam Jones turned in a career-high tying 5 goals, while Hull chipped in three goals.
• Attack men T.J. Hanzsche and Tucker Hull extended their point scoring streaks.  Hanzsche owns a team-best 10-game point and goal-scoring streak, while Hull has produced a point in 7 straight games.  Hull’s consecutive games with an assist streak came to an end, however, at 4.
• Midfielder Gabe Voumard  and attack Patrick Keena both produced career highs in points with four apiece.
• Freshman midfielder Colin Flounlacker scored his first collegiate goal.
• Freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove won 19 of the 34 draws against Holy Cross.  The 19 wins by Dove tied as the third most in program history, just one off the record set in 1995 and later tied in 2004.  It’s the most wins since Logan West won 19 against Bucknell on March 3, 2012.  The 34 attempts are the most in school history, improving upon the previous mark of 32 set by Dan Sullivan (twice) in 1995.
• Navy used a 7-0 run in a nine-goal quarter to end the first half of the game with an 11-3 lead.  The last time Navy scored nine goals in a quarter was in its 23-5 win over Holy Cross in 2004 when the Mids scored nine goals not once, but twice in the game (first and third quarters).

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Loyola hosts Lafayette Monday in Patriot League Tournament opener

Posted on 02 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Lafayette Leopards

Monday, March 3, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.  |  Patriot League First Round

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena |  PLN

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland makes its first-ever appearance in the Patriot League Championships on Monday, March 3, when it hosts a first round contest against Lafayette College at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds finished tied for seventh in the League during the regular-season and enter the Championships as the eighth seed. Lafayette is the ninth seed.

The winner of the game will face top-seeded Boston University in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 5.

By making 13-of-16 shots (81.3 percent) in the last two games, Franz Rassman raised his field-goal percentage to 46.5, now tops on the team. He is shooting 63.6 percent in the last eight games.

Last Time Out

Tyler Hubbard made two free throws with 4.4 seconds left, and R.J. Williams came up with a last-second steal to deliver a 67-65 victory for Loyola on Saturday afternoon at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Williams and Hubbard each made 1-of-2 at the line at 2:28 and :13 to put Loyola on top by two, but Worth Smith had a layup with 4.8 seconds left to tie the game.

A long inbound pass that went past halfcourt and toward the Loyola bench was deflected by Hubbard when he was fouled, setting up the final free throws.

Franz Rassman led Loyola with 15 points, while Eric Laster scored 14, and Williams and Jarred Jones each had 10.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Monday’s game against Lafayette will air live on the Patriot League Network.

The contest, and all of Loyola’s remaining, non-televised home and road games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at www.patriotleague.tv.

Gary Lambrecht will call the play-by-play, and Jim Chivers ’05 will provide color analysis.

 

Series History Versus Lafayette

Loyola and Lafayette will meet for the fifth time in series history and the third this year. The teams split the regular-season series, each winning on its home court.

In this year’s first match, Loyola knocked off the Leopards, 77-63, on January 13, in a game that was broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.

R.J. Williams (12 points, 10 assists) and Dylon Cormier (25 points, 11 rebounds) both logged double-doubles as the Greyhounds outscored Lafayette, 42-26, in the second half.

Lafayette returned the favor on its home court with a 61-44 win on February 12. The Leopards made four 3-pointers during an 18-5 run to start the second half, spurring the victory. Dan Trist scored 14, and Seth Hinrichs had 13 for the Leopards. Franz Rassman and R.J. Williams each had 10 for Loyola.

The teams first met on December 16, 1930, when the Greyhounds opened the season with a 31-27 victory.

It took another 32 years before the programs met again. This time, Lafayette came out on top, 69-64, in the championship game of the Loyola Invitational on December 29, 1962.

 

Tournament Time

Loyola is playing the Patriot League Championships for the first time after competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships for each of the last 24 years.

The Greyhounds compiled an 11-22 record in the MAAC Championships, winning the 1994 and 2012 titles.

 

Rassman On Target

Sophomore forward Franz Rassman had the best offensive game of his Loyola career Wednesday night versus Holy Cross, scoring a personal-best 15 points on 6-of-7 from the field. He made his lone 3-point attempt and converted 2-of-3 free throws, too. As a result, he played a career-high 30 minutes.

He followed that game by matching his career-best in Loyola’s next game, scoring 15 on Saturday afternoon in a win at Navy. He knocked down 7-of-9 shots in that game and also had seven rebounds against the Midshipmen.

In his last two games, Rassman is shooting 81.3 percent from the field, making 13-of-16 shots, raising his field-goal percentage to 46.5 percent for the season, best on the team.

Rassman has shot 63.6 percent from the field in Loyola’s last eight games (28-of-44), and he is shooting 92.3 percent from the free-throw line in that stretch, too. In Loyola’s first 21 games of the year, Rassman made just 39.8 percent of his shots (45-of-113) from the field.

 

The End That Matters

Navy led Loyola, or the score was tied, for 34-minutes, 13-seconds of the game on Saturday, but two Tyler Hubbard free throws with 4.4 seconds left broke the game’s seventh tie, and Loyola went on to win, 67-65.

The Greyhounds were in front for 2:06 in the first half before Navy took the lead with 13:41 to go before the break. The Midshipmen went ahead by as many as nine before halftime, but Loyola came back to trail just one at intermission.

 

Academic Honors For Rassman

Last month, sophomore forward Franz Rassman was named to the Capital One Academic All-America District II Team for his excellence in the classroom.

Rassman, who has started 27-of-28 games and is averaging 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, is now eligible for Academic All-America honors along with district honorees from around the nation.

 

Cormier Has Hand Surgery

Dylon Cormier, the leading scorer in the Patriot League (21.2 points per game), fractured his left hand in a loose-ball scramble on Saturday, February 1, against the U.S. Military Academy, and he had surgery on February 5 to stabilize the break, likely ending his season.

Cormier was also second in the Patriot League in steals (2.2) and fifth in rebounds (5.8) at the time of his injury.

 

Second-Half Shooting

The Greyhounds made 12-of-21 shots in the second half at Navy, and the 57.1 percent mark from the field after halftime was their third-best of the season.

Loyola shot 66.7 percent after halftime against Catholic on December 3 and 59.3 percent in a February 15 game against Boston University.

This year, the Greyhounds have shot better after halftime than in the first 20 minutes, making 43 percent after the break as opposed to 39.5 percent in the opening stanza.

 

Versus The Leopards

Loyola and Lafayette split the two regular-season meetings this year, each winning on its home court while the other was missing its top scorer (Dylon Cormier for Loyola and Seth Hinrichs for Lafayette).

Lafayette outscored Loyola, 62.0-60.5, but the Greyhounds had a 36.0-25.5 advantage in rebounds in the games.

Cormier scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Loyola’s win, and R.J. Williams averaged 11 points and six assists in the two games, while Jordan Latham averaged 10.

 

R.J. Against The Raiders

In his two games against Colgate this season, Loyola point guard R.J. Williams has set his career-high in scoring twice. He finished with 15 on January 25 in the teams’ first meeting, and he eclipsed that by one with a team-best 16 points on Saturday, February 22, in Hamilton, N.Y.

In the game at Colgate, Williams made 6-of-11 shots from the field, 4-of-7 in the second half.

The 16 points were also the second time this year, and in his career, that he has led Loyola in scoring. Coupled with 13 points against Holy Cross, Williams raised his points per game average to 8.3, second on the team.

Williams is seventh in the Patriot League in assists per game (3.8), and he leads the conference in steals per game (2.2).

 

Career Night For Latham

Jordan Latham recorded career-highs in several categories on February 15 against Boston University, logging his first collegiate double-double with bests of 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Latham made 10-of-16 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws (career-highs in both made and attempted for both) while also blocking three shots and tying his personal-best with two steals.

The senior forward from Baltimore scored 16 points in the first half, more than any other Loyola player has tallied in the opening 20 minutes this year. He played a career-high 33 minutes, as well in the game.

He followed that game by leading the team in scoring for the second game in a row, tying Jarred Jones with 13 points, on Wednesday night against Colgate. He had career-highs of seven free-throws made and 11 attempted in that contest. It was the first time in his career that he had led the team in scoring in back-to-back games.

His previous scoring high of 17 came in December 2012 at Florida Gulf Coast University, and he had a high of seven rebounds earlier this season at Cornell University.

 

Latham And The League

In Loyola’s 18 Patriot League contests, Jordan Latham significantly raised his scoring contributions. He finished Loyola’s regular-season slate of 11 games with a 5.0 points per game, but he bumped that up to 9.1 points in League contests.

In conference games, Latham shot 47.0 percent (33.8 non-conference), and he was also better at the free-throw line, making 63.9 percent as opposed to 47.4.

Latham also rebounded better, 4.1 in the League, up from 3.4, and his blocked shots per game were 1.5, higher than his previous 1.1.

The improved play in the Patriot League has raised his cumulative totals to 7.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

In Patriot League play, his 1.5 blocked shots were fifth in the conference, and his 1.3 overall are tied for sixth with teammate Jarred Jones.

 

Shouldering More Scoring Load

Jordan Latham’s scoring has also seen a rise since the injury to Loyola’s leading point producer, Dylon Cormier. In the eight games since Cormier’s injury (in the second half of the February 1 game against Army), Latham is leading the team in scoring at 12.0 per game.

He also has done a much better job of getting to the free-throw line where he is 27-of-44 over that stretch. His 44 free throws in the eight games are more than the 36 he attempted in Loyola’s first 21 games of the season.

 

Laster Impression

Eric Laster has set career-highs in scoring in two of the Greyhounds’ last six games. He recorded 18 points on February 15 against Boston University, clipping his previous best of 17 on February 8 at Lehigh.

Laster’s 18 against the Terriers came in a much more efficient manner than the 17 against the Mountain Hawks. He made 6-of-7 from the field, including both of his 3-point attempts, against Boston University after hitting 6-of-15 at Lehigh.

Through 29 games, 27 starts, this year, Laster is third on the team with an 8.2 points per game average. He is shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 41.1 percent form 3-point range. The sophomore also has averaged 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 27.4 minutes per game.

In 27 games as a freshman in 2011-2012, Laster averaged 0.8 points and 0.4 rebounds in 5.3 minutes of action per game.

 

Turnover Back In Line

After two games in which the Greyhounds had two of their top three turnover totals of the season – 17 at Lafayette and 22 versus Boston University – they had their lowest mark of the year with just five against Bucknell.

It was the sixth time this season Loyola finished a game with nine or fewer miscues. It is 4-2 in those games with both losses coming at the hands of the Bison.

Loyola has committed more turnovers than its opponents just seven times this year; the Greyhounds are 2-5 in those games.

Overall, turnovers have not been a major issue for the Greyhounds this season. They are averaging 12.1 giveaways per game this year, fourth fewest in the Patriot League. Additionally, Loyola is tops in the conference in turnover margin, averaging 1.83 fewer per game than its opponents.

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham and Jarred Jones have combined for 32 blocked shots, 16 each, in the last eight games for the Greyhounds, helping Loyola take over the Patriot League lead in blocked shots per game (4.3).

Latham had three at Navy, and Jones had two, bringing them tied at 39 each to close the regular season. They are tied for sixth in the Patriot League at 1.34 blocked shots per game.

 

Jones On The Defensive End

Jarred Jones has been one of the Greyhounds’ most productive defensive players, statistically speaking.

In Patriot League action, Jones leads the team with 29 blocked shots, 1.6 per game, and he is second on the team with 31 steals, an average of 1.72 per game. He is fourth in League play in blocked shots per game, fifth in steals. His overall averages of 1.3 and 1.5 are both sixth in the league.

 

 

Gotta Get To The Line

The Greyhounds have seen their most success this season when getting to the free-throw line consistently. They are 6-3 when attempting 25 or more free throws (wins over Binghamton, Cornell, Fairfield, UMBC, Navy and Lafayette; losses to Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s and at Colgate). In the Loyola’s three other wins, Catholic, Lehigh and Colgate, it took 19, 24 and 18 free throws, respectively.

Overall, Loyola is getting to the free-throw line more than six fewer times in losses than wins (26.4-20.3).

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

Loyola snapped a 12-game road losing streak on March 1 with a victory at Navy. At 4-12 on the road this year, the Greyhounds are shooting 39.0 percent as opposed to 44.8 percent while going 7-6 at home. Opponents are shooting 47.0 percent in their own facilities, 43.2 percent in Reitz Arena.

The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of almost one per game more on the road (12.5-11.6), and they also force an extra turnovers at home (14.5-13.4).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging more than five points less per game on the road, 62.8, to their 67.8 points per game at home.

 

Sticky Fingers

Through games of March 1, the Greyhounds lead the Patriot League and are 25th nationally at 8.0 steals per game. Loyola has had 11 or more steals in eight games through 20 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 26th nationally in steals per game (2.2), while Dylon Cormier was second (2.19) and 26th when he qualified with enough games played.

In the January 25 game against Colgate, Cormier had two steals, moving him past Tracy Bergan and into second on the all-time steals list at Loyola. Bergan was in attendance at the game as part of the Greyhounds’ 1994 NCAA Tournament team that was honored that night. He now has 185 in his career.

With 122 in his career, Williams is ninth on the career chart. His 57 this season are eighth on the school single-season chart.

 

Cormier’s Scoring

Dylon Cormier had been one of the top scorers in the nation this season, averaging 21.2 points per game through 21 and the time of his injury. Through games of Thursday, February 27, Cormier was 14th in the nation in points per game, but he no longer qualifies since he has not played 75 percent of the Greyhounds’ games.

Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well.

Overall, he has 14 20-plus point games in 21 contests, and he has recorded 25 or more eight times.

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

Cormier was the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.

 

Over 1,600

In the first half of the game at Bucknell, Dylon Cormier hit the 1,600 career points mark, becoming the seventh player in school history to do so, the fifth in the program’s tenure at Division I.

At Boston University, Cormier moved into seventh-place all-time at Loyola in scoring, passing Mike Powell and his 1,580 points. At the time of his injury, Cormier had 1,659 career points through 115 career games.

 

Telling Stats

In Loyola’s 18 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting almost nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their 11 victories.

Loyola has made 47.1 percent (272-of-577) shots in 11 wins versus 38.2 percent (383-of-1,000) in 18 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 14.6 less (74.1 versus 59.5) points per game.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.

Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).

As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).

Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.

After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.

Five players – Julius Brooks, Etherly, Robert Olson, Luke Wandrusch and Anthony Winbush – graduated after the season, leaving behind combined career totals of 3,413 points, 1,930 rebounds, 575 assists and 395 steals.

 

Cormier On The Charts

Dylon Cormier entered his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:

 

Scoring
7th 1,659 points
Next Mike Krawczyk, 1,676
Field Goals Made
10th 552 field goals made
Next Gene Gwiazdowski, 565
3-Pointers Made
13th 96 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
2nd 459 free throws made
Next Jim Lacy, 613
Assists
20th 210 assists
Next Dave Wojick, 219
Steals
2nd 185 steals
Next Jason Rowe, 272

 

 

 

Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

 

High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.

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Loyola continues Patriot League play Wednesday at Lafayette

Posted on 11 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Information
Opponent Lafayette Leopards
Date Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time 5:00 p.m.
Location Easton, Pa. | Kirby Sports Center


Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

  • Loyola plays its second-straight game in the Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, February 12, when it takes on Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.
  • The start of the game has been moved to 5 p.m. because of the impending weather.
  • The Greyhounds will look to stop a 10-game skid in road games.
  • Eric Laster scored a career-high 17 points last Saturday in a game at Lehigh. It was also Laster’s 10th game this season with 10 or more points.
  • Jordan Latham has six blocked shots in the Greyhounds’ last two games, while Jarred Jones has swatted five.
  • Overall, Loyola moved into the Patriot League lead for blocked shots per game this season with 4.1.

Last Time Out    

  • Lehigh never trailed, and the Mountain Hawks gradually increased their lead last Saturday, beating the Greyhounds, 66-52, in Patriot League action.
  • Both teams shot 33.3 percent from the field, but Lehigh outrebounded the Greyhounds, 45-30, and it went 26-of-30 from the free-throw line.
  • Layups by Jordan Latham on back-to-back possessions early in the second half cut Lehigh’s advantage to two, 29-27, but the Mountain Hawks scored 10 of the next 12 points to extend their lead.
  • Eric Laster scored 17 points, while Jordan Latham added 13 for Loyola. Denzel Brito scored a Greyhounds season-high nine points and had four assists.

Patriot League Network    

  • Wednesday’s game against Lafayette will air live on the Patriot League Network.
  • The contest, and all of Loyola’s remaining, non-televised home and road games will be streamed, free of charge, in high definition and can be accessed at www.patriotleague.tv.

Series History Versus Lafayette    

  • Loyola and Lafayette will meet for the fourth time in series history and the second this year.
  • In this year’s first meet, Loyola knocked off the Leopards, 77-63, on January 13, in a game that was broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.
  • R.J. Williams (12 points, 10 assists) and Dylon Cormier (25 points, 11 rebounds) both logged double-doubles as the Greyhounds outscored Lafayette, 42-26, in the second half.
  • The teams first met on December 16, 1930, when the Greyhounds opened the season with a 31-27 victory.
  • It took another 32 years before the programs met again. This time, Lafayette came out on top, 69-64, in the championship game of the Loyola Invitational on December 29, 1962.

Start Of A New Era    

  • Loyola’s January 2 game against Navy marked the start of a new era for Loyola basketball, the Greyhounds’ first game as a member of the Patriot League.
  • Loyola announced in August 2012 it would join the 10-school League, and it officially became a member on July 1, 2013.
  • The Greyhounds had been members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) since 1989-1990.

Academic Honors For Rassman    

  • Last week, sophomore forward Franz Rassman was named to the Capital One Academic All-America District II Team for his excellence in the classroom.
  • Rassman, who has started 20-of-21 games and is averaging 5.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, is now eligible for Academic All-America honors along with district honorees from around the nation.

Cormier Has Hand Surgery    

  • Dylon Cormier, the leading scorer in the Patriot League (21.2 points per game) fractured his left hand in a loose-ball scramble on Saturday, February 1, against the U.S. Military Academy, and he had surgery on February 5 to stabilize the break, likely ending his season.
  • Cormier was also second in the Patriot League in steals (2.2) and fifth in rebounds (5.8) at the time of his injury.

Lasting Impression    

  • Eric Laster scored a career-high 17 points on February 8 at Lehigh, eclipsing his previous high of 16 set in November at UMBC.
  • Laster made six field goals, also a career-high, and three free throws, versus the Mountain Hawks. He had four rebounds and three assists for Loyola, too.
  • Through 23 games, 21 starts, this year, Laster is second on the team with an 8.3 points per game average. He is shooting 40.6 percent from the field and 40 percent form 3-point range. The sophomore also has averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.
  • Last time against Lafayette, Laster made 5-of-9 shots, 3-of-7 from 3-point range, and finished with 14 points.
  • In 27 games as a freshman in 2011-2012, Laster averaged 0.8 points and 0.4 rebounds in 5.3 minutes of action per game.

Block Party    

  • Jordan Latham and Jarred Jones have combined for 11 blocked shots in the last two games for the Greyhounds, helping Loyola take over the Patriot League lead in blocked shots per game (4.1).
  • Latham had four versus American on Wednesday, and Jones tallied four at Lehigh.
  • The duo is sixth and seventh, respectively, in blocked shots per game in the Patriot League, averaging 1.3 and 1.2 a contest.

Productive Off The Bench    

  • Jordan Latham has been productive off the bench since moving from the starting lineup three games ago. In those three games, the senior from Baltimore has averaged 10.3 points per game and has back-to-back performances of 10 and 13 against American and Lehigh.
  • Earlier this season, Latham scored 14 and 12 versus Lehigh and Lafayette, marking the first time in his career he had topped double figures in two-straight games.
  • This season, Latham is shooting 41.4 percent from the field, but he has made 56.5 percent of his attempts (13-of-23) against Army, American and Lehigh.
  • He also blocked four shots versus the Eagles, two against the Mountain Hawks. Overall, Loyola is 6-2 this year when Latham blocks two or more shots.

Hubbard Hits From Deep    

  • Tyler Hubbard had one of the best 3-point shooting nights in school history last Wednesday against American, making 6-of-7 attempts on his way to a career-high 20 points.
  • Hubbard’s six threes are tied for sixth-most in school single-game history, and they were the most since Robert Olson and J’hared Hall both hit six in a game at Manhattan on January 7, 2011.
  • The sophomore out of Washington, D.C., made three in both halves with his only miss coming in the first. He also made both of his free throw attempts after being fouled with 25 seconds left. He eclipsed his previous career-high of 17 scored on 6-of-7 shooting, 4-of-5 from behind the arc, in a November 14, 2012, game against UMBC.
  • A week earlier, Hubbard scored his previous season-high of 13 at College of the Holy Cross when he made 4-of-6 from deep. He is now 33-of-82 (40.2 percent) from 3-point range this season and has made at least one three in 19-of-22 games.

Clutch Late    

  • Four days after shooting 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from the free-throw line in a loss to Army, the Greyhounds made 8-of-10 free throws in the final minute of action to clinch the win over American. They finished the contest 17-of-22 (77.3 percent) from the charity stripe.
  • In the final minute, Denzel Brito hit two pairs of free throws, while Franz Rassman and Tyler Hubbard each made two. Rassman finished the game a career-best 7-of-7 from the line.

Winning Without Boards    

  • Loyola posted a season-low 17 rebounds last Wednesday night against American, but the Greyhounds also had the distinction of tying the mark for the fewest rebounds in a win by a NCAA Division I team this season (according to Stats, Inc.)
  • Delaware and Indiana State also had 17 rebounds in wins over College of Charleston and Pepperdine, respectively, this season. Ironically, Delaware’s win with 17 boards came on the same day as Loyola victory over American.

Jones Finds Scoring Note    

  • Jarred Jones led Loyola in scoring for the first time in his career on February 1 against Army, knocking down 7-of-10 shots from the field for 17 points.
  • The game was Jones second 13-plus point game in the last two weeks, but his last (January 22 at Bucknell) was his first double-digit effort since December.
  • Jones opened the season with three games of 13 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first four, tallying 22 in the season-opener at Binghamton, 13 at Cornell and 14 at UMBC. In the fourth game of the opening stretch, he scored seven despite being limited to just nine minutes to foul trouble.
  • The Harford County (Md.) product then had 13 against Catholic and 15 versus Saint Joseph’s, but that output against the Hawks was his last in double-digits until the game at Bucknell (seven games).

Defensive, Too    

  • In addition to finding his scoring stroke, Jones has also upped his numbers on the defensive side of the court, blocking six shots combined in the last three games.
  • Against Army, Jones swatted three shots and had two steals, while he also had a pair of blocks against both Bucknell and Holy Cross.
  • His three against Army were one off his season- and career-high of four set in the season-opener at Binghamton. He is now seventh in the Patriot League in blocked shots per game with 1.2.
  • Jones is also 10th in the conference in steals per game after nabbing four against American. He averages 1.4 per game with a total of 33.

Gorski Garners Starting Role    

  • Freshman post player Nick Gorski drew his first starting assignment as a collegian last Saturday against Army, and the Richmond, Va., native scored nine points in 22 minutes of action.
  • The start came on the heels of his first extended playing time since December. He made all three of his field goals and both of his free-throw attempts last Wednesday, finishing with career-highs of nine points and five rebounds in 18 minutes at Holy Cross.
  • Prior to the last five games Gorski had seen 10 or more minutes just twice this season. He tallied 13 minutes and scored seven points in an overtime win at Cornell, and he then played 16 minutes on December 21 against Saint Joseph’s.
  • His 18 points in the two games against Holy Cross and Army nearly doubled his previous output this season. He entered the Holy Cross game with 23 points through 16 contests.

Setting Up The Shots    

  • R.J. Williams finished the February 1 game against Army with nine assists, one off his career-high of 10 set on January 13 against Lafayette.
  • Williams is sixth in the Patriot League in assists per game (4.1). He had 34 assists in eight non-conference games, and he entered January and Patriot League action averaging 3.8 per game. Since then, Williams has 53 assists in 12 games for an average of 4.4.
  • The junior from Baltimore has also increased his scoring average during Patriot League play. Overall he is averaging 7.7 points per game, 8.0 against conference opponents.
  • Williams also grabbed a career-high tying seven rebounds on February 1 against Army, bumping his Patriot League average to 3.0 per game.

Gotta Get To The Line    

  • The Greyhounds have seen their most success this season when getting to the free-throw line consistently. They are 6-2 when attempting 25 or more free throws (wins over Binghamton, Cornell, Fairfield, UMBC, Navy and Lafayette; losses to Stony Brook and Saint Joseph’s). In the Loyola’s three other wins, Catholic, Lehigh and Colgate, it took 19, 24 and 18 free throws, respectively.
  • Overall, Loyola is getting to the free-throw line more than seven fewer times in losses than wins (27.7-19.9).

Away From The Friendly Confines    

  • Loyola lost its 10th straight road game on February 8 at Lehigh after winning its first three this season away from Reitz Arena.
  • At 3-10 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 38.5 percent as opposed to 45.4 percent while going 7-3 at home. Opponents are shooting 46.1 percent in their own facilities, 42.4 percent in Reitz Arena.
  • Loyola does shoot slightly better from 3-point range on the road, making 32.7 percent of shots from behind the arc as compared to 28.0 at home.
  • The Greyhounds turn the ball over at a rate of one per game more on the road (12.1-11.2), and they also force an additional turnover at home (14.9-13.5).
  • With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging nearly five points less per game on the road, 64.2, to their 71.3 points per game at home.

Double Double-Doubles    

  • Dylon Cormier and R.J. Williams both posted double-doubles against Lafayette, as Cormier went for 25 points and 11 rebounds, while Williams posted 12 points and a career-best 10 assists.
  • It was the first time since an 88-85 overtime win against Iona College on January 30, 2011, that two Loyola players completed the feat in the same game.Erik Etherly (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Justin Drummond (14 points, 10 rebounds) managed it on that day.
  • Williams’ 10 assists were the most by a Greyhounds’ player since Brian Rudolph dished out 10 on February 27, 2011, in the regular-season finale at Canisius College.

Sticky Fingers    

  • The Greyhounds posted 11 steals against American last Wednesday night, marking the fifth time in 12 Patriot League games that they have grabbed 10 or more. Through February 11, Loyola leads the League with 8.6 steals overall.
  • The 103 steals in its last 12 games have raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading overall average to 8.6 per game. Through games of February 11, the Greyhounds are ranked 14th nationally in steals per game.
  • Loyola has had 11 or more steals in eight games through 23 contests.
  • R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 14th nationally in steals per game (2.4), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.19) and tied for 26th.
  • In the January 25 game against Colgate, Cormier had two steals, moving him past Tracy Bergan and into second on the all-time steals list at Loyola. Bergan was in attendance at the game as part of the Greyhounds’ 1994 NCAA Tournament team that was honored that night. He now has 185 in his career.
  • With 116 in his career, Williams is 11th on the career chart.

Cormier’s Scoring    

  • Dylon Cormier has been one of the top scorers in the nation this season, averaging 21.2 points per game through 21 and the time of his injury. Through games of Thursday, February 6, Cormier was 13th in the nation in points per game.
  • Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well.
  • Overall, he has 14 20-plus point games in 21 contests, and he has recorded 25 or more eight times.
  • On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10 at Cornell).
  • No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.
  • Cormier was the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.
  • He was also the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

Over 1,600    

  • In the first half of the game at Bucknell, Dylon Cormier hit the 1,600 career points mark, becoming the seventh player in school history to do so, the fifth in the program’s tenure at Division I.
  • At Boston University, Cormier moved into seventh-place all-time at Loyola in scoring, passing Mike Powell and his 1,580 points. At the time of his injury, Cormier now had 1,659 career points through 115 career games.

Die Hard Dogs    

  • Loyola has trailed or been tied with five minutes to go in regulation in five of its 10 victories this season – Binghamton, Cornell, UMBC, Navy and American – only to come back to win.
  • In their Patriot League-opener, the Greyhounds were 10 points back of Navy, 47-37, when the clock hit 5:00 in the second half, but Loyola closed the half on an 15-5 run to force overtime.
  • At Binghamton, the Greyhounds were down five at the five-minute mark; Cornell, seven; and UMBC, six. In the game at UMBC, the Retrievers’ lead ballooned to 10 with 90 seconds left.

Turnover Battle    

  • Through 23 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 2.6 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and 35th in the nation.

Telling Stat    

  • In Loyola’s 13 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting more than nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their eight victories.
  • Loyola has made 47.0 percent (249-of-530) shots in 10 wins versus 37.5 percent (283-of-755) in 13 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 14 points less (74.8 versus 60.8) points.
  • As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (46.9-42.5) in the games they’ve won.

Start Of The Smith Era    

  • G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.
  • The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.
  • Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).
  • As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).
  • Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

Look Back At 2012-2013    

  • Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.
  • The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.
  • After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.
  • Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.
  • Five players – Julius Brooks, Etherly, Robert Olson, Luke Wandrusch and Anthony Winbush – graduated after the season, leaving behind combined career totals of 3,413 points, 1,930 rebounds, 575 assists and 395 steals.

Cormier On The Charts    

  • Dylon Cormier entered his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:

Scoring
7th    1,659 points
Next    Mike Krawczyk, 1,676

Field Goals Made
10th    552 field goals made
Next    Gene Gwiazdowski, 565

3-Pointers Made
13th    96 3-Pt. Made
Next    B.J. Davis, 104

Free Throws Made
2nd    459 free throws made
Next    Jim Lacy, 613

Assists
20th    210 assists
Next    Dave Wojick, 219

Steals
2nd    185 steals
Next    Jason Rowe, 272

Into The Fold    

  • Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.
  • Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.
  • For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

High Marks    

  • The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.

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Loyola welcomes Lafayette Monday night for nationally televised matchup

Posted on 12 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Lafayette Leopards

Monday, January 13, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena | CBS Sports Network


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola plays its fifth Patriot League game of the season on Monday, January 13, when it hosts Lafayette College at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena.

The game will be Loyola’s first-ever on CBS Sports Network.

The Greyhounds finished their second week of League competition in fifth place at 2-2 with losses to two of the three teams tied for first at 4-0 (American and Army).

Loyola’s win over Lehigh on Saturday afternoon snapped a two-game losing streak The Greyhounds had their best shooting performance since Dec. 4.

At 9.36 steals per game this season, the Greyhounds lead the Patriot League.

Loyola passed the halfway point of its regular-season versus Lehigh.

Last Time Out

Loyola led Lehigh University by three at halftime, 35-32, and by the same margin 1:22 into the second half before embarking on an 11-0 run that would put it up double-digits.

The Greyhounds fended off a Mountain Hawks challenge for a 72-68 Patriot League win on Saturday afternoon.

Dylon Cormier led all scorers with 25 points, while Jordan Latham and Tyler Hubbard had season-highs with 14 and 12, respectively.

Loyola had a slight advantage on the boards, outrebounding Lehigh, 33-31.

The Greyhounds turned 11 Lehigh turnovers into 17 points. Cormier led all players with three steals.

 

 

CBS Sports Network

Monday’s game will mark the first time Loyola will play a men’s basketball game on CBS Sports Network.

The game will air live nationally with Jason Knapp calling the play-by-play and Chris Spatola handling color analysis duties.

Loyola will return to the Network a week later when it plays at Boston University on Monday, January 20.

 

Series History Versus Lafayette

Loyola and Lafayette will meet for the third time in series history and the first time in 51 years, 15 days.

The teams first met on December 16, 1930, when the Greyhounds opened the season with a 31-27 victory.

It took another 32 years before the programs met again. This time, Lafayette came out on top, 69-64, in the championship game of the Loyola Invitational on December 29, 1962.

 

Start Of A New Era

Loyola’s January 2 game against Navy marked the start of a new era for Loyola basketball, the Greyhounds’ first game as a member of the Patriot League.

Loyola announced in August 2012 it would join the 10-school League, and it officially became a member on July 1, 2013.

The Greyhounds had been members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) since 1989-1990.

 

On Target

Loyola had its best shooting performance of 2014 on Saturday when it beat Lehigh, and its best since it shot 53 percent from the field on December 4 against Catholic University of America.

The Greyhounds hit 50 percent of their shots 26-of-52 in the win over Lehigh. Loyola also posted 12 offensive rebounds, nine in the first half. It converted those boards into 17 second-chance points, 12 before halftime.

 

Better Balance

Dylon Cormier still did the bulk of the scoring for Loyola, finishing with 25 of Loyola’s 72 points, but the Greyhounds had two other players with 12 or more and two more with seven-plus.

Jordan Latham and Tyler Hubbard both recorded season-highs with 14 and 12 points, respectively, while R.J. Williams and Franz Rassman had seven and eight.

Those five players combined to shoot 23-of-44 from the field.

 

College Boards

Loyola had a narrow advantage on the boards against Lehigh, outrebounding the Mountain Hawks, 33-31, while pulling down 12 offensive rebounds.

It was a team-wide rebounding effort, as six Greyhounds had four or more rebounds. Dylon Cormier grabbed eight, and Jordan Latham had six, while R.J. Williams, Franz Rassman, Jarred Jones and Eric Laster had four each.

Loyola improved to 4-2 this season when outrebounding its opponents. It was the first time in League play that the Greyhounds outrebounded a team and won.

 

Cormier To The Glass

Dylon Cormier led, or tied for the team lead, for the eighth time this season with eight rebounds against Lehigh. Five of the Greyhounds’ seven wins this season have come when Cormier leads the team on the boards.

This season, Cormier leads the Greyhounds with 6.0 rebounds per game, a total that ranks tops among Patriot League guards and seventh overall.

He is also the top offensive rebounder in the conference, averaging 3.33 per game, a mark that is 0.8 better than any other player in the League.

Cormier has 90 total rebounds this year, with a 5:4 ratio (50-40) coming on the offensive end.

 

Post Production

After combining for just 10 points and eight rebounds on Wednesday night against American University in a loss, Loyola’s post players scored 23 points and 16 boards versus Lehigh.

Jordan Latham had a season-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting and 4-of-6 from the free throw line. His four free throws made were a career-high, and he also grabbed six rebounds.

Fellow starter Franz Rassman had seven rebounds and four rebounds, three offensive.

Nick Gorski and Josh Forney provided much-needed minutes off the bench, particularly in the first half when Rassman and Latham were on the bench with two fouls each. Jarred Jones also delivered four rebounds, a basket and two blocked shots.

After the game, Head Coach G.G. Smith praised the group and their defensive efforts against the Mountain Hawks.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 11 or more steals in each of their first three Patriot League games, and they had five versus Lehigh.

The 43 steals in its last four games have raised Loyola’s Patriot League-leading average to 9.1 per game. Through games of January 11, the Greyhounds are ranked 15th nationally in steals per game.

Loyola has had 11 or more steals in seven games through 15 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is ninth nationally in steals per game (2.7), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.1) and 47th.

Williams posted a career-high six, tied for fifth-most in school single-game history, at Army.

Cormier now has 171 in his career, and with three against Lehigh, he moved into sole possession of third-place all-time at Loyola. With 100 in his career, Williams is tied for 17th on the career chart.

 

Williams’ Career Day

R.J. Williams had the best statistical game of his three-year Loyola career on last Sunday at Army, logging highs in points (14), field goals made and attempted (5-of-9) and steals (6).

Williams raised his 2013-14 scoring average to 7.8 per game. He has scored in double figures four times this year, one more than the number he logged in his first two seasons with the Greyhounds.

 

Back In The Win Column

Loyola’s come-from-behind win over Navy on January 2was its first victory since December 4 against Catholic University; it was the Greyhounds’ first Division I win since defeating UMBC on November 20.

The Greyhounds did several things statistically differently in the win that they had not in the four losses. Loyola shot 42.9 percent from the field (38.5 in four losses), held Navy to 37.5 percent (38.5), took 32 free throws (23.5), blocked seven shots (2.5) and allowed 57 points (76.2).

 

Die Hard Dogs

Loyola has trailed with five minutes to go in regulation in four of its six victories this season – Binghamton, Cornell, UMBC and Navy – only to come back to win.

In their Patriot League-opener, the Greyhounds were 10 points back of Navy, 47-37, when the clock hit 5:00 in the second half, but Loyola closed the half on an 15-5 run to force overtime.

At Binghamton, the Greyhounds were down five at the five-minute mark; Cornell, seven; and UMBC, six. In the game at UMBC, the Retrievers’ lead ballooned to 10 with 90 seconds left.

 

Overcoming Overtime

Loyola is 3-0 in overtime games this season and has won its last seven games that have extended past regulation.

Since the 2004-2005 season, Loyola is 12-1 in overtime games.

This season, the Greyhounds have outscored Cornell, UMBC and Navy by an average of 12.3 to 7.3 in the extra frames.

Loyola’s three overtime games this year match the number it played, and won, last year. Prior to 2012-13, the last time Loyola played three or more overtime games in a season was 1990-91.

 

Last Five Focus

In Loyola’s seven victories this season, it has outscored its opponents 19.9-12.3 in the final five minutes of the games.

The Greyhounds have shot 59.3 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from 3-point range, in the final five minutes of the wins. Their opponents have shot just 37.1 percent from the field and 20.8 percent from behind the arc.

In those 35 minutes, Loyola has committed just 11 turnovers to its opponents’ 23. Fifteen of the opponent turnovers have been from Loyola steals.

Add in its overtime games, and Loyola has outscored opponents 35.7-24.7 in the final five minutes plus overtime.

Block Party

Jordan Latham tied his career-high with four blocks against Navy, and Loyola matched its season-best with seven.

With another block at Army moved Latham’s career total to 72. He is seventh in school history, four away from eclipsing Omari Israel’s 75 from 2006-08.

 

Second Half Revivals

Prior to the game at American, Loyola had outscored its previous seven opponents, 290-242, in the second half (and overtime of the Navy game).

In those final 20 (or 25) minutes, the Greyhounds shot 47.3 percent from the field, but their defense was the difference. The opponents were limited to just 66-of-152 (43.4 percent) from the floor during the second halves, 11-of-40 (27.5  percent) from 3-point range.

Loyola’s opponents committed 62 turnovers to Loyola’s 26 after the breaks.

 

Slow Starts

The Greyhounds’ second half rallies were necessitated by slow starts that have dug first-half holes against Stony Brook, Saint Joseph’s, Miami and Navy.

In those games, Loyola allowed its foes to shot 56.4 percent (62-of-110) from the field while shooting just 32.6 percent (29-of-89) itself. The opponents made a combined 19-of-37 (.514) shots from behind the arc, as well.

Loyola has also lost the turnover differentials in the first halves of those games, coughing up the ball 36 times while forcing just 25 turnovers.

On January 2 against Navy, Loyola made just four first-half field goals.

Cumulatively, in the Greyhounds’ 15 games, Loyola has been outscored, 37.1-29.6, in the first half this season.

 

Cormier’s Start To The Season

Dylon Cormier has started the season scoring in bunches, averaging 22.5 points per game through 15. Through games of Wednesday, January 11, Cormier was seventh in the nation in scoring.

Cormier scored 20 or more points in the Greyhounds’ first five games, and he had three 30-plus point efforts during that stretch, as well. Overall, he has 11 20+ point games in 15 contests.

On November 20 at UMBC, Cormier had a career-high 12 field goals and went 9-of-13 from the line to match his career-best with 34 points (also set on November 10at Cornell).

No Loyola player in the school’s Division I era (since 1981-1982) had started the season with five-straight 20-point games. Andre Collins, who set the school single-season scoring record at 26.1, started the 2005-2006 season with 20 or more points in five of six games, but he scored  just 16 in the Greyhounds’ third game of the season.

Collins had eight games with 30 or more points that season, the most by a Loyola player during the Division I era.

Cormier was the first player in Loyola men’s basketball history to post two 30+ point games to start the season.

He was the first Loyola player to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

 

Passing 1,500

In the second half at Army, Dylon Cormier became the eighth player in school history, and the sixth at the Division I level, to score 1,500 career points. Cormier now has 1,550 career points, and next up on the all-time scoring list is Mike Powell who scored 1,580 from 1995-98.

Cormier is the eighth player at Loyola to reach 1,500 points at the Division I level.

 

Cormier To The Charity Stripe

Loyola went to the free-throw line a season-high 35 times on December 19 against Stony Brook, and Dylon Cormier took 21 of the attempts.

His 21 free throw attempts were the second-most in school single-game history, one shy of tying the January 14, 2009, mark set by Jamal Barney against NJIT.

Cormier made 16 free throws, a career-best, good for a tie for fourth in single-game history. Barney holds that record, as well, with 18.

He had another game that will be entered on the Loyola charts against Navy when he made 12-of-12 at the line. It was the fifth-best performance in school history (most makes without a miss).

Through 15 games, Cormier has gone to the free-throw line 145 times (fifth in Division I through games of January 11). His average of 9.7 free throws per game is fourth nationally.

Loyola is guaranteed at least 30 games this season (29 regular-season, plus at least one Patriot League Tournament), and with that average, Cormier would 291 free throws in 2013-14. The school single-season record for free throws attempted is 255 set in 1997-98 by Mike Powell.

In his career, Cormier is 434-of-616 from the free-throw line. He is third in school history in free throws made and tied for third in attempts.

 

Turnover Battle

Through 15 games this season, the Greyhounds are averaging 2.9 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents, tops in the Patriot League and tied for 37th in the nation.

Loyola has committed 179 turnovers to 223 even greater in the second half of games, as opponents have nearly 2:1 more turnovers (121-69).

 

Telling Stat

In Loyola’s eight losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting nearly eight percent worse from the floor than they are in their seven victories.

Loyola has made 46.1 percent (178-of-386) shots in six wins versus 37.7 percent (176-of-467) in eight losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 15.2 points less (77.4 versus 62.2) points.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (50.0-41.7) in the games they’ve won.

 

Lasting Impression

After averaging just 5.3 minutes in 27 games last season, Eric Laster has seen his role expand dramatically this season, starting the first 15 games on the wing.

Laster has averaged 9.0 points in Loyola’s first 15 contests, and he is shooting 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from 3-point range. In 27 games last year, he averaged just 0.8 points (22 total) and shot 32.3 percent overall from the field.

 

From Way Back, Part 1

Loyola trailed UMBC by 17 points, 58-41, with 9:44 left in regulation on November 20, but the Greyhounds came all the way back to tie the score with 11 ticks left in regulation. They then went on to win, 89-83, in overtime.

An R.J. Williams layup with 8:37 left started a 10-0 run that would cut the deficit to seven on two Dylon Cormier free throws at 6:29, and Loyola would get within four on three occasions after that.

UMBC, however, pushed the lead back to double-digits, 73-63, on a Malik Garner free throw with 90 seconds remaining.

Eric Laster hit a pair of threes, wrapped around a 1-of-2 trip to the line for UMBC’s Joey Getz, and Loyola was down 74-69 with 1:14 left after Laster’s second triple. Quentin Jones hit a 20-foot jumper form the left corner with 58 seconds left, but Laster answered 11 ticks later to make it a four-point game.

Garner turned the ball over on a Cormier steal, and Later canned his fourth three in a span of 41 seconds to get the Greyhounds within a point, 76-75, with 42 seconds left. Loyola forced a missed layup by UMBC, and Cormier was fouled with 11 seconds left, and he hit 1-of-2 to tie the score. UMBC’s Rodney Elliott drew contact and a foul call with 3.1 seconds showing, but the freshman missed both foul shots, forcing overtime.

In the extra period, Loyola made 4-of-5 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws to pull away for the victory.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

G.G. Smith was named the 20th head coach in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball history on April 12, 2013. Her garnered his first head coaching win on November 8, 2013, in the season-opener against Binghamton.

The 1999 graduate of the University of Georgia spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at Loyola for Jimmy Patsos who took the head coaching position at Siena College in March.

Loyola amassed a 106-87 record (.549) during Smith’s six years as an assistant. The 106 wins and the .549 winning percentage are the best of any six-year stretch during Loyola’s Division I history (since 1982-1983).

As a player, Smith was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs from 1995-1999. Smith helped the Bulldogs advance to the 1996 NCAA Sweet 16 and another tournament appearance in 1997. He left Georgia as the school’s career leader in games played (129), wins in a season (24) and 3-pointers in a game (nine).

Smith is the son of current Texas Tech University Head Coach Tubby Smith. The elder Smith led the University of Kentucky to the 1998 NCAA Championship and is in his 23rd season as a head coach. G.G. Smith played for his father from 1995-1997 at Georgia.

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

Loyola finished the 2012-2013 season with a 23-12 record, marking the first time in the school’s Division I history (since 1982-1983) that the Greyhounds have posted back-to-back 20-win seasons.

The Greyhounds finished their final season in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 12-6 mark, tying for second place.

After falling in the first round of the MAAC Championships, Loyola its first-ever bid tot he CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. Following the Greyhounds’ 2012 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, it was the first consecutive postseason bids in school Division I history and the first since 1953 in any division of competition.

Erik Etherly and Dylon Cormier became the first set of Loyola teammates to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in the same year.

Five players – Julius Brooks, Etherly, Robert Olson, Luke Wandrusch and Anthony Winbush – graduated after the season, leaving behind combined career totals of 3,413 points, 1,930 rebounds, 575 assists and 395 steals.

 

Preseason Patriot League Picks

As a team, the Greyhounds were slated to finish fifth in the Patriot League Preseason poll, just six points out of third place. Boston University was the unanimous pick to win the league, followed by Lafayette, Army, Bucknell, Loyola, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Colgate, American and Navy.

Dylon Cormier was one of five players on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.

 

Brito, Laster Spend Summer Overseas

Two Loyola players, – Denzel Brito and Eric Laster – gained valuable experience playing overseas during the summer of 2013.

Brito trained with the Cape Verdean National Team prior to their play in the FIBA African Championships. However, due to a FIBA exclusion, he was not able to participate in the event itself.

Laster played in five games on a tour that visited Belgium, England and The Netherlands. He was lauded for his wing play by writers who covered the events against professional teams in those countries.

 

Cormier On The Charts

Dylon Cormier enters his senior season at Loyola with a chance to climb many of the Greyhounds’ career statistical charts. Here is a look at where he stands:

 

Scoring
8th 1,550 points
Next Mike Powell, 1,580
Field Goals Made
13th 511 field goals made
Next Morris Cannon, 526
3-Pointers Made
13th 94 3-Pt. Made
Next B.J. Davis, 104
Free Throws Made
5th 434 free throws made
Next Kevin Green, 438

 

Assists
21st 197 assists
Next R.J. Williams (active), 196
Steals
3rd 171 steals
Next Tracy Bergan, 177

 

 

 

Into The Fold

Loyola signed three high school seniors in the early signing period to comprise its Class of 2018.

Forward Cam Gregory (Waldorf, Md./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and guards Chancellor Barnard (Columbia, Md./Glenelg Country School) and Colton Bishop (Winston-Salem, N.C./Forsyth County Day School) will join the program in the fall.

For more on the trio, visit http://loyo.la/MBB-NLIs-13.

 

High Marks

The Loyola men’s basketball team scored the highest amongst squads in the State of Maryland in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report. The Greyhounds checked in with a 91-percent GSR, tops among the state’s nine Division I schools, for players who entered the school between 2003-2006.

 

Up Next

Loyola has a one week break before its next game. The Greyhounds will play at Boston University on Monday, January 20, in a 7:30 p.m. game that will also air on CBS Sports Network.

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Navy continues hot home play with win over Lafayette

Posted on 10 March 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  T.J. Hanzsche (Fr./Berwyn, Pa.), Sam Jones (Jr./Annapolis, Md.) and Gabe Voumard (So./Cape May, N.J.) pitched in hat tricks for the Mids, while long pole Pat Kiernan (Jr./Ridgewood, N.J.) posted a career-high seven caused turnovers and picked up seven ground balls to lead the Navy men’s lacrosse team to a 12-11 victory over Patriot League foe Lafayette Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.   The Midshipmen are now 54-5 when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season, including 8-0 over the last two seasons.

The win snapped a three-game skid by the Mids that featured a pair of one-goal losses to Fairfield and Georgetown.  Meanwhile it also extended Navy’s home-game winning streak to four in a row dating back to last year’s regular-season finale against Johns Hopkins.

The game featured multiple runs by both teams as the see-saw affair was highlighted by six ties.

“We tried to get away from them several times, but just couldn’t shake them,” said second-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “Jim Rogalski is doing a heck of a job with his team.  Their attack is tough, but we felt confident we could match up well.”

The Mids opened the game scoring back-to-back goals just 37 seconds apart, including the game’s first goal at 12:40 by Hanzsche.  The rookie attackman received his first collegiate starting nod and became the 16th different Navy player to score a goal this season.

“We weren’t looking for T.J. to be the answer, but we were hoping he’d be part of the solution for us.  He played calm and within himself and definitely took advantage of the opportunities he was presented with.  I think he’s a dynamic player.”

Lafayette evened the score by the end of the quarter with sophomore attackman Brian Bock scoring the first of his game-high four goals and rookie attackman Kevin Wanke punching in his first of four goals with an extra-man strike.

Navy and Lafayette exchanged goals in the second quarter, however a turnover on a failed clear attempt by Sonny Round was converted into the go-ahead goal by the Mids when short stick defensive middie Cade Norris (Sr./Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) found Jones to give the Mids a 4-3 halftime advantage.

Navy took a two-goal lead when Voumard found a seam on the left wing just 1:13 into the second half.

Lafayette responded with three straight goals over a one-minute, 14-second span to take its first lead in the game at 6-5 with 10:51 to go in the third quarter.  Bock scored the first two goals, including a near point blank shot after a turnover by Navy defenseman Nik Mullen (Jr./Wading River, N.Y.) in front of the Navy goal, while Bock provided the assist on the third goal in the run.

The Mids stunted the Leopards’ run at 8:52 when attackman Tucker Hull (Jr./Charlotte, N.C.) came around the left side of the goal and Jones found him to knot the game at 6-6.

Lafayette came right back two minutes later with rookie middie Brendan Dunlap scoring from 15 yards out on a 5-on-3 advantage and giving Lafayette the lead once again.

Navy, though, would score the final two goals of the third quarter, both by Hanzsche, to regain the lead by quarter’s end.  The second of Hanzsche’s goals was scored off a heads-up play by midfielder Jay Mann (Sr./Cockeysville, Md.).  After an offside call against Lafayette with four seconds remaining in the period, Navy took advantage of the quick whistle and Mann found Hanzsche just outside of the crease for a buzzer beater.

While Bock’s extra-man goal at 13:16 in the fourth quarter once again tied the game (8-8), Navy went on to score four of the next five goals to take a lead it would not relinquish.

The Midshipmen held a comfortable 12-9 lead with 2:18 remaining, but a disciplined Lafayette team scored twice in the final 17 seconds which included its fourth extra-man goal of the game against the nation’s top-ranked man-down squad.  The Mids came into the contest having given up just two goals in 24 extra-man opportunities, but surrendered the four goals on Lafayette’s six attempts.

Hanzsche, Jones and Voumard paced Navy with each scoring three goals and adding an assist, while Hull is now just one point shy of the 100-point list after posting a pair of goals in Saturday’s win.  Midfielder Bryce Dabbs (Sr./Damascus, Md.) also scored a goal and dealt out an assist.

Kiernan played a nearly flawless game as he caused seven of Lafayette’s 17 turnovers, while contributing a team-high tying seven ground balls.  Close defenseman Austin Miller (Sr./North Bethesda, Md.) also picked up seven ground balls in a solid defensive effort by the Mids.  Senior keeper Nolan Hickey (Garden City, N.Y.) finished the game with 13 saves, including nine in the opening half.

Navy just edged Lafayette in the faceoff battle, taking wins on 14 of the 26 draws.  Rookie Sean Reilly (Doylestown, Pa.) won 11 of the 21 for the Mids, while pole Pat Menezes (Fr./Wading River, N.Y.) was 2 for 3 in his first appearance at the “x” and Evan McGoogan (Sr./Cranberry Township, Pa.) was 1-for-2.

Lafayette was anchored by its starting attack which accounted for eight of the 11 goals, including four each by Bock and Wanke.

The Midshipmen return to action on Tuesday when they play host to Towson at 7:00 pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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Navy returns home Saturday to face Lafayette

Posted on 08 March 2013 by WNST Staff

2013 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 6 Navy (2-3, 0-1 PL) vs. Lafayette (2-4, 0-1 PL)
Date and Faceoff March 9 at 12:00 pm ET
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000)


Game Preview

• After playing three straight games on the road, the Navy men’s lacrosse team returns home to face Patriot League foe Lafayette on Saturday … the 15th edition of the Navy-Lafayette series is set for a 12:00 pm faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The Mids are coming off a puzzling 11-2 loss that saw Bucknell hold Navy scoreless for 51 minutes.  The Midshipmen built a 2-1 advantage with 6:08 remaining in the opening quarter, but were blanked for the remainder of the game as the Bison scored 10 consecutive goals to deal the Mids their third straight loss.
• Lafayette has lost two in a row, dropping an 8-5 decision to Marist last Saturday and a mid-week contest to Delaware, 11-9.  The Leopards were tied up with the Blue Hens, 7-7, going into the final quarter, but Delaware scored four straight goals and held Lafayette scoreless for over 10 minutes.
• A radio broadcast of Saturday’s contest will be carried by WNAV 1430 AM/99.9 FM with Pete Medhurst and Joe Miller handling the call … coverage begins with the Navy lacrosse pregame show at 11:45 am … the game will also be streamed online via Navy All-Access (subscription) with live stats available at NavySports.com.

A Win over Lafayette would …
• snap the Mids’ three-game skid.
• give Navy a 14-1 series advantage over Lafayette and stretch the Mids’ winning streak to four in a row against the Leopards.
• improve the Mids’ record to 9-0 against Lafayette in games played in Annapolis.
• give Navy’s Rick Sowell a 5-1 record all-time against Lafayette, including a 2-0 mark while at Navy.
• give Rick Sowell a 95-90 career record and a 9-9 mark at Navy.
• push Navy’s all-time record to 759-317-14.

Scouting the Leopards
• First-year head coach Jim Rogalski has led Lafayette to a 2-4 record this season with the Leopards actually posting a better record on the road (2-1) as opposed to playing at home (0-3).
• After opening the season with an 11-10 overtime victory against Georgetown, the Leopards have dropped four of their last five games including each of their last two.
• Lafayette was tripped up at home last Saturday by Marist and dropped an 11-9 decision to Delaware on Tuesday after the Blue Hens outscored the Leopards 4-2 in the final quarter.
• Six of the Leopards’ 10 starters return including junior goalkeeper Jake Hyatt who has started all 5 games between the pipes this season where he owns a 9.98 goals-against average and a 58.0 save percentage.  He is averaging 13.8 saves per game which is ranked ninth nationally, while the team as a whole is ranked 10th.
• Additionally, Lafayette’s top two scorers return in sophomore attackman Brian Bock, who led the way a year ago with 30 points on 15 goals and 15 assists, and fellow second-year attackman Cory Scheuerle, who posted 16 points on 14 goals and 2 assists.  Bock recorded 7 goals and 8 assists this spring, while Scheuerle has scored 3 goals.
• After seeing action in 8 of the 13 games a year ago and earning 4 starts, attackman Sonny Round is off to a fantastic start to his sophomore campaign.  He is Lafayette’s leading scorer with 15 goals and 5 assists.  Meanwhile, rookie Kevin Wanke has been solid for the Leopards with 7 goals and 4 assists.
• Senior Greg Rau won 47.7 percent (51-107) of his faceoffs a year ago and is winning at about the same clip this season.  He has won 41 of his 82 draws.
• Senior defenseman Geoff Stears owns a team-high 10 takeaways and is third on the team with 13 ground balls.
• Lafayette has had more extra-man opportunities than any other team in the country with 35.  On Tuesday, Delaware was flagged eight times with the Leopards scoring on three of their eight opportunities.  On the year, Lafayette is 13-for-35 (37.1) on extra-man.

Navy vs. Lafayette – The Series
• Saturday’s contest marks the 15th meeting between the two programs, and the 11th since the Midshipmen joined the Patriot League in 2004.  Navy leads the series, 13-1.
• The two teams first met in 1926 with Navy earning a 23-0 win … Navy and Lafayette battled one another three times between 1929-31 … the 1931 contest was the last time the two programs had met before the Mids joined the Patriot League.
• The Mids won 10 straight against the Leopards before dropping the program’s only loss to Lafayette on March 12, 2010 in Easton.
• Navy has scored double digits in 11 of the 14 games, while the Mids have held Lafayette to single digits 13 times.
• In the 14-game history, the Mids have outscored the Leopards, 180-64 … since joining the league in ‘04, Navy has outscored Lafayette, 116-63.

Meet the Mids
• Navy will hold its annual “Meet the Mids” event following its game against Lafayette on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Members of the Navy men’s lacrosse team will be available for autographs on the Blue Concourse, with the first 300 kids in line for the postgame autograph session receiving a Navy lacrosse “Meet the Mids” t-shirt, compliments of Annapolis area Papa John’s and Chick-fil-A.
• Navy’s 2013 lacrosse poster and an autograph card will be available, while prizes will also be handed out.
• For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-US4-NAVY or visit NavySports.com(.)

National Leader Board
• According to the latest national statistics released on Monday by the NCAA, the Mids are ranked among the top 20 in four categories including No. 1 in a pair.
• The Mids jumped from No. 4 to No. 1 in caused turnovers this week, averaging 11.8 per contest.  Senior close defenseman Austin Miller, meanwhile, is eighth nationally causing 2.4 turnovers per game while junior long pole Pat Kiernan is 12th, averaging 2.0 per contest.
• Navy is also ranked No. 1 in man-down defense, surrendering just two goals on 24 attempts (91.7).  The Mids have not given up an extra-man goal in their last three games.
• Navy is eighth in ground balls (35.6) which is a huge improvement over 2012.  The Mids were ranked 43rd in ground balls per game, averaging 27.67.
• The Mids are also ranked among the top 20 in saves per game, averaging 13.2.
• Navy dropped out of the top 20 following the Bucknell loss in scoring margin (10th to 26th), scoring defense (13th to 21st), scoring offense (17th to 33rd) and points per game (20th to 35th).

Home Field Advantage
• 2013 marks the 52nd season Navy has played at least one game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• Navy owns a 43-19 record (69.4) in games played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since the start of the 2004 campaign, outscoring its foes, 674-454.
• Since playing its entire home schedule at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium beginning in 2004, Navy has lost back-to-back games at home just 5 times … in 2006, the Mids lost to Georgetown, 9-5, and then suffered a 9-8 setback against Johns Hopkins … in 2008, Navy again lost regular-season decisions to the Hoyas and Blue Jays before the Mids’ season concluded with a 10-4 loss to Hopkins in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament … Navy lost back-to-back home games in 2010 to Loyola, 8-7 OT, and North Carolina, 11-4 … in 2011, Navy dropped a one-goal decision to Colgate, a 10-4 contest to No. 7 Maryland and a 14-9 decision to Army … last season, the Mids dropped a one-goal heart breaker to fourth-ranked North Carolina and followed up with a 14-9 loss to Bucknell in the league opener.
• In its 106-year history, Navy has lost 3 straight home games just 5 times …
1980    #1 Virginia, #2 Johns Hopkins, #9 N. Carolina
1985    Washington College, N. Carolina, Army
2003    #13 Rutgers, Air Force, #4 Georgetown,
#4 Maryland
2008    #4 Georgetown, #7 Johns Hopkins,
#4 Johns Hopkins
2011    Colgate, #7 Maryland, #17 Army
… and four-straight home games just once
2003    #13 Rutgers, Air Force, #4 Georgetown,
#4 Maryland
• The 2003 campaign marks the only season in which Navy has lost 4 straight home games at the stadium.
• Having played at least a game a year at the stadium for 42 consecutive years, Navy stepped away in 2003, allowing for state-of-the-art renovations to take place, including the Field Turf surface and two video boards … Navy has played all of its home games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since the beginning of the 2004 campaign.
• Navy had won 20 consecutive home games against Patriot League foes before dropping a 10-9 decision to Colgate in 2009.
• Opponents have scored double digits against the Mids just 14 times in games played on their home field over the last 10 seasons … Navy has held 21 of its 63 opponents to five or fewer goals since 2004 in games played at home (includes 2010 game vs. VMI played at Rip Miller Field).

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Terps look for third straight win Tuesday against Lafayette

Posted on 19 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Coming off back-to-back double-digit wins, Maryland continues its November homestand as Lafayette visits Comcast Center Tuesday evening. The Terps had their most offensively efficient game of the young season last Friday against LIU Brooklyn, shooting 56.5 percent from the floor while recording 28 assists on 35 field goals.

Storyline

• In the 91-74 win over LIU Brooklyn, Maryland again showed off its depth on the way to a double-figure win. For the second game in a row, nine players received at least 10 minutes of action. Seth Allen had a team-high 19 points, Alex Len had 18 and Dez Wells had 15. Pe’Shon Howard dished out 13 assists, the most by a Terp since Greivis Vasquez on Feb. 24, 2010. That’s just two shy of the Maryland single-game record of 15 (Greivis Vasquez vs. NC State, 2/9/08, Terrell Stokes vs. Western Carolina, 11/14/98).

• Len, Allen and Wells are all averaging double-figure scoring through three games. Len leads the way at 17.3 points per game and also has 11 blocks. Allen found his long-range shooting touch against LIU Brooklyn by connecting on 5 of 6 3-pointers and 7 of 10 field goals, while also adding four assists. Wells had somewhat of a breakout game against the Blackbirds, filling up his stat line with 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals in a team-high 33 minutes.

• With his 19 points, Allen was a big part of Maryland’s bench outscoring LIU Brooklyn’s 36-0. All five players that came off the bench contributed: Shaquille Cleare had 8, Jake Layman had 4, Logan Aronhalt had 3 and Charles Mitchell had 2. Since being outscored by Kentucky’s bench in the season opener, the Maryland bench has outscored its opponents 63-13 over the past two contests.


On Maryland’s Assists vs. LIU Brooklyn

• Maryland’s 28 assists against LIU Brooklyn were nine more than the team’s season-high of 19 last year. In fact, the last time a Maryland team had more assists in a game was in the 2002-03 season, when the Terps had 29 on two occasions. The Terps also had 28 assists in a game on 2/9/11 vs. Longwood and 12/31/05 vs. VMI. The school record for assists in a game is 37.

• Pe’Shon Howard’s 13 assists are tied for the fourth-most in a single game by a Terp. The only better performances are: Greivis Vasquez (2008) and Terrell Stokes (1998) with 15; and Steve Blake (2002) and Terrell Stokes (1996) with 14.


Quick Hitters

• Maryland’s 22-point margin of victory over Morehead State matched its largest in all of last season (vs. Samford).

• Maryland is outscoring its opponents by an average of 15.7 points per game when Alex Len is on the floor (plus-6 vs. Kentucky, plus-23 vs. Morehead State, plus-18 vs. LIU Brooklyn). Pe’Shon Howard is next highest at plus-12.3 (Howard was a season-high plus-24 against LIU Brooklyn).

• The Terps have made as many or more free throws than the opponent attempted in the last two games. Against Morehead State, the Terps made 17 and the Eagles attempted 8. Against LIU Brooklyn, Maryland made 13 and the Blackbirds attempted 13.

• The Terps showed off their depth against Morehead State - Alex Len logged the most minutes of any player with 24, and 10 players saw at least 13 minutes. That helped enable a strong defensive effort that held Morehead State to 31.7 percent shooting and just 7.1 percent from 3-point.

• In each of the last two games, each player in Maryland’s 10-man rotation has scored. Against LIU Brooklyn, all 10 players also had at least one rebound.

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