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Loyola Hosts Hopkins Saturday In One Of Biggest Games In School History

Posted on 27 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent Johns Hopkins Blue Jays
Date Saturday, April 28, 2012
Time 1:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex
TV | Radio Hounds Unleashed
Series Record Johns Hopkins leads, 46-3
Last Meeting Johns Hopkins 8, Loyola 7 – April 30, 2011 at Hopkins

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland wraps up the 2012 regular-season with a Saturday, April 28, game against Charles Street foe Johns Hopkins University. The Greyhounds and Blue Jays will face-off at 1 o’clock at Ridley Athletic Complex.

Sellout Crowd

Tickets to Saturday’s game have been sold out. It will be the second sellout crowd in the three-year history of the crowd, following the inaugural game on March 13, 2010, between Loyola and Duke. A severe storm, however, prevented many fans from attending that game, however, no tickets remained.

It is the largest presale of tickets in history to a Loyola athletics’ event.

Free Webstream Available

As with all Loyola men’s lacrosse games this year, a free webstream will be available of the game on Hounds Unleashed, the video arm of LoyolaGreyhounds.com.

Series History

The Greyhounds and Blue Jays will be meeting for the 50th time in series history on Saturday when they take the field. Johns Hopkins holds a 46-3 advantage in the all-time series and is currently on a 12-game winning streak.

Loyola’s last win against the Blue Jays came on March 12, 1999, when the Greyhounds took a 14-5 decision on the road.

Last year, Loyola outshot Johns Hopkins, 16-4, in the second half, but the Greyhounds could not overcome an 8-4 deficit, and the Blue Jays came away with an 8-7 win.

When the teams play for the 50th time, Johns Hopkins will tie Penn State for the opponent Loyola has played second-most in school history. Towson is the Greyhounds’ most-played opponent at 54 meetings.

In The Polls

The Greyhounds are ranked No. 1 in both the USILA Coaches and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls entering the game.

Johns Hopkins checks in at No. 10 in the coaches version and 11th in the media rankings.

The last time either team was ranked No. 1 when this game was played came on May 7, 2005, in a 12-6 Hopkins win on Homewood Field. It will be the first time the Blue Jays have faced Loyola with the Greyhounds in the top spot. Their win in 1999 over Johns Hopkins vaulted Loyola into first, a slot it would hold for nine weeks through the end of the regular-season.

Top Spot

Loyola is ranked No. 1 in the nation (in the USILA poll) for the first time since May 10, 1999, when the Greyhounds completed a 12-0 regular-season. Loyola was ranked first in the final nine polls of that season, and it was No. 1 for two weeks during the 1994 season (April 12 and 19) and one week in 1992 (March 31).

The Greyhounds are just the second team since the USILA poll was introduced in 1973 to go from being unranked to No. 1 in the same season. The other team to accomplish the feat was the 2007 Duke team that went from being unranked in the first poll of the year to No. 2 in the second and first in the third.

Loyola has also been first in the two version of the RPI released thus far by the NCAA.

Record-Tying Win Streak

Loyola’s 12-straight wins this season have tied the school record for consecutive victories, matching the number put up by the 1998 (March 14-May 17) and 1999 (March 6-May 8).

It also matches the best start to a season, equaling the 1999 team that finished the regular-season unblemished at 12-0.

Business Trip

The Greyhounds last played at Ridley Athletic Complex on March 31 before embarking on a three-game ECAC Lacrosse League road trip that took Loyola over 2,200 miles for games against Fairfield, Denver and Hobart.

Loyola defeated the trio of teams to clinch the ECAC regular-season title.

Regular-Season Sweep

Loyola finished its ECAC Lacrosse League regular-season schedule with a 6-0 record to win its first outright conference title since 2008.

The Greyhounds’ undefeated league record is the second in the history of the program – Loyola was an independent at the NCAA Division I level from 1982-2001 and again from 2003-2005. The Greyhounds won the 2002 Colonial Athletic Conference crown with a 5-0 mark.

Loyola enters the May 2-4 ECAC Championships in Denver as the No. 1 seed. The Greyhounds will take on the host Pioneers at 5 p.m. (MDT) on Wednesday, May 2, and the winner of that game plays the winner of Fairfield-Ohio State on Friday, May 4, at 4 p.m., in a game that will be broadcast on ESPNU.

Fast Start

Playing as the nation’s No. 1 team for the first time in almost 13 years, the Greyhounds showed no let down against Hobart last Saturday, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game.

The Greyhounds ended the first quarter ahead 7-1, getting goals from six different players and two from Mike Sawyer.

Ratliff, Sawyer Named Tewaaraton Semifinalists

Juniors Scott Ratliff and Mike Sawyer were named to the Tewaaraton Award semifinal list as the game’s top players, making Loyola one of five schools – joining Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Massachusetts and Virginia – to have two players make the 25-man list.

Loyola is also one of six schools to have at least one male and one female semifinalist, as sophomore Marlee Paton made the women’s list from Loyola. The winners of both awards will be selected on May 31, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

40-Goal Mark

Mike Sawyer scored four goals on Saturday at Hobart, raising his season total to 40 through 12 games, becoming the first Loyola player to reach 40 goals in a season since Tim Goettelmann and Gavin Prout scored 50 and 41, respectively, in 2000.

In addition to being just the third Loyola player to score 40-plus this century, Sawyer is the seventh Greyhound to reach the mark since Loyola moved to NCAA Division I status in 1982.

Defense Standing Tall

The Greyhounds’ defense is ranked sixth in NCAA Division I, and tops in the ECAC, with a 7.08 goals allowed per game mark, as they have not allowed more than nine goals in a single game this season. The Greyhounds are one of two teams (Notre Dame is the other) who have allowed fewer than 10 in each outing this season.

Road Warriors

Loyola has used second-half comebacks to win its first two games of its ECAC road trip, scoring the last four gaols of the  game to beat then-No. 14 Fairfield, 8-6, on April 7, before using a 5-1 run to close the game in a 12-9 win at then-No. 8 Denver.

The Fairfield game was the first time this season Loyola had trailed in the fourth quarter, and the 4-4 tie going into the final stanza was the first time it had not led outright entering the frame.

The Greyhounds held Fairfield scoreless for the final 11 minutes, 59 seconds of action, and they then kept Denver off the board for 22:32 in the third and fourth quarters while they scored four unanswered.

Big Runs

Loyola used runs of three-plus goals at important junctures of its first 12 games, helping the Greyhounds to wins each time. In all, Loyola has scored three or more in a row on 24 occasions this season.

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

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

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

The Greyhounds then scored seven in a row on the back end of a 10-1 run last Saturday at UMBC, and after falling behind 3-2 in the second quarter against Ohio State, the Greyhounds strung together four in a row to go ahead 6-3 by the end of the third quarter.

At Fairfield, Loyola scored the final four goals of the game to rally from a 6-4 deficit to win 8-6. The Greyhounds then scored four in a row during the third and fourth quarters at Denver that brought them from down 8-7 to a 12-9 victory.

On The Flip Side

Conversely, the Greyhounds have allowed a run of three or more goals just seven times this year, with the most recent coming when Denver scored three on two occasions. Only Fairfield (five) and Air Force (four) have scored more than three in a row this year.

Following six of the seven opponent runs of three or more, Loyola has answered in kind with a run of 4-0 or better.

Taking Care Of The Ball

Loyola committed a season-low seven turnovers in the win at Denver, and the Greyhounds have been one of the best in the nation this season at taking care of the ball.

The Greyhounds lead the ECAC this year with the fewest turnovers per game, averaging 13.33, more than 1.5 fewer than Ohio State which is second with 15.08. Loyola is eighth nationally in the stat category.

Sawyer, Lusby Form Rare Tandem

Graduate student Eric Lusby and junior Mike Sawyer have formed the top attack tandem in the ECAC Lacrosse League this year and one of the most balanced in the nation. The Tewaaraton Award nominees have combined for 72 goals in 12 games this season, an average of 6.6 per game.

Sawyer has scored 40 goals, and his 3.33 goals per game average is third-best in Division I. Lusby, meanwhile is right behind with 32 goals and a 2.67 goals per game mark, a number that is tied for 13th in the country. Loyola is the only school to have two players in the top 14 of goals per game nationally.

The Greyhounds have not had two players score 32 or more goals in the same season since 2000 when Tim Goettelmann set the school single-season record with 50, and Gavin Prout tallied 41. As a side note, the Goettelmann-Prout duo has gone on to highly successful professional careers. Goettelman recently retired from Major League Lacrosse as the league’s all-time leading scorer with 268 goals in 11 seasons.Prout has been an MLL Champion and has scored 314 National Lacrosse League goals to go with 625 assists as a multiple-time all-star.

Balanced Attack

Ten Loyola players scored against Hobart, marking the second game in a row, and third time this season, that nine or more have tallied goals in a game. The 10 goals matched the Greyhounds’ best for the season that came in a win over Air Force.

This season, four Greyhounds – Mike Sawyer (40), Eric Lusby (32), Sean O’Sullivan (13) and Davis Butts (13) – have 10 or more goals, and five others have 10-plus points.

Defense Digs In Again

Loyola’s defensive unit held Denver to more than three goals fewer than its season average. The Pioneers came into the game averaging nearly 12.7 goals per game, but the Greyhounds limited them to just nine.

Denver’s Mark Matthews sported a 39-game goal scoring streak coming into the game, but Loyola held him to just a single assist, snapping what had been the nation’s second-longest streak.

Ratliff Earns Third Award Of Season

Long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named the ECAC Co-Specialist of the Week on Monday after scoring a goal, assisting on two, causing four turnovers and winning two ground balls against Hobart.

The award is the third of the season for Ratliff who was named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week after the season-opener and Co-Specialist of the Week on March 19.

Loyola players have won six of this year’s 10 ECAC Defensive Player of the Week awards and four of the last five. In addition to Ratliff’s opening honor, goalkeeper Jack Runkel earned the award on March 12.

Runkel again won the award on March 26, starting a four-week stretch in which he and defender Reid Acton have alternated garnering the honor.

Acton was named the April 18 recipient after he drew primary marking responsibilities on Denver’s Mark Matthews, holding the All-American without a goal for the first time in 40 games.

Runkel Moving Up Stats Charts

Entering the final game of the 2012 regular-season, sophomore goalkeeper Jack Runkel has risen to eighth in the nation with a 7.29 goals against average. In 11 games, nine starts, Runkel has made saves on 55.5-percent of shots on goal he’s faced, the No. 17 mark in the country.

While Runkel has picked up three weekly conference awards this year, much of the credit can also go to the defensive unit as a whole. Opponents have taken 290 total shots while Runkel has been in goal this year, but just 155 have been on goal.

On The EMO

This season, the Greyhounds are ranked second in the nation in man-up offense, scoring 52.9-percent of the time. Only Lehigh (.553) has a better mark this year.

The last time Loyola finished above .500 in man-up offense was in 1997 when it converted 39-of-77 (.506).

Second-Half Success

The Greyhounds have now outscored opponents 45-17 in the third quarters of games and 82-40 overall this year in the second half.

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

Record At Ridley

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

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Loyola’s Ratliff, Sawyer Named Tewaaraton Nominees

Posted on 25 April 2012 by WNST Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Loyola University Maryland is among six schools nationally to have a member of both its men’s and women’s lacrosse programs honored as a 2012 Tewaaraton Award nominee, as sophomore Marlee Paton was included among the women’s 25 finalists and juniors Scott Ratliff and Mike Sawyer were among the men’s honorees.

Sawyer, one of the most prolific scorers in the nation this season, leads Loyola’s attack with 40 goals and 48 points. He is third in Division I with 3.33 goals per game and ninth with a 4.08 points per game mark. He has recorded three or more goals in nine of Loyola’s 12 games this year and he has two or more in 11 games.

Ratliff, meanwhile, has been one of the game’s best long-stick midfielders as a junior. He leads the Greyhounds in ground balls(47) and caused turnovers (28) this season, and his mark of 2.33 per game is fifth best in Division I. He has keyed Loyola’s transition game this year, scoring six goals and assisting on five more for 11 points.

On the women’s side, Paton leads a young offense with 37 goals, 28 assists and 65 points, ranking in the top five of the BIG EAST ineach of the categories. She has tallied six hat tricks this year and has dished out multiple assists on seven occasions.

Loyola is one of five schools on the men’s side to have two players nominated, joining Johns Hopkins, Princeton, Massachusetts and Virginia. On the women’s side, Paton is one of two sophomores to be honored, as Syracuse’s Alyssa Murray is the other, while she is also one of five BIG EAST players included.

Five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced May 10 and invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony. The original men’s and women’s watch lists, were announced Feb. 15 with additions made March 20 and April 3 and were ultimately comprised of 82 men’s players and 57 women’s players.

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Loyola LSM Ratliff Honored By ECAC

Posted on 23 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Ratliff Earns ECAC Co-Specialist Of The Week

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland junior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Co-Specialist of the Week on Monday after helping the top-ranked Greyhounds to a 17-6 victory Saturday afternoon against Hobart College.

Ratliff scored a goal, assisted on two and directly led to another in the victory. He also registered four caused turnovers and two ground balls.

The Tewaaraton Award finalist first caused turnover led to a Josh Hawkins ground ball, transition run and the Greyhounds’ first goal of the game.

This season, Ratliff has scored six goals and has fiveassists, and he leads the team in ground balls (47) and caused turnovers (28). His 2.33 caused turnovers per game average is good for fifth in NCAA Division I.

Ratliff has earned two Specialist of the Week honors this year and one Defensive Player of the Week nod from the ECAC.

The Greyhounds (12-0 overall, 6-0 ECAC) wrap up their regular-season on Saturday at 1 p.m. when they host Johns Hopkins University at Ridley Athletic Complex.

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Loyola Stays Perfect With Win At Hobart

Posted on 22 April 2012 by WNST Staff

GENEVA, N.Y. – Mike Sawyer and Eric Lusby combined to score seven goals, and the top-ranked Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team lead wire-to-wire on Saturday afternoon, finishing its ECAC Lacrosse League regular-season schedule undefeated with a 17-6 win at Hobart College.

Sawyer finished with four goals and an assist, while Lusby tacked on three goals and an assist. Fellow Tewaaraton Award candidate Scott Ratliff scored a goal, assisted on two, caused four turnovers and picked up two ground balls. Davis Butts added two goals and an assist.

The Greyhounds (12-0 overall, 6-0 ECAC) scored the game’s first five goals, starting when Josh Hawkins scored in transition 1:27 into the contest.

Lusby, Butts, Pat Byrnes, Mike Sawyer (two) and Kyle Duffy all scored in the first quarter, and the Greyhounds led 7-1 at the end of the first 15 minutes.

Loyola outshot Hobart (3-9, 1-4), 42-36, and picked up 31 ground balls to the Statesmen’s 28. Joe Fletcher led the way with five off the ground, and goalkeeper Jack Runkel had four in addition to eight saves.

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Loyola Faces Potential Trap Game Saturday at Hobart

Posted on 20 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Data

  • Loyola University Maryland wraps up ECAC Lacrosse League play on Saturday, April 21, 2012 when it concludes a three-game road trip with a 12 noon face-off at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y.

Series History

  • The Greyhounds will meet Hobart for the 15th time in series history when the teams take the field on Saturday and the eighth time as ECAC foes. Both programs joined the league for the 2005 season.
  • Loyola holds an 11-3 advantage in the previous 14 games that have been played between the teams, including an 11-8 victory on April 23, 2011, at Ridley Athletic Complex. Four Greyhounds – Patrick Fanshaw, Matt Langan, Stephen Murray and Mike Sawyer – scored two goals each.

In The Polls

  • The Greyhounds rose to No. 1 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll and are tied for the top spot in the USILA Coaches ranking with fellow unbeaten Massachusetts. More on the rankings later.

Top Spot

  • Loyola is ranked No. 1 in the nation (in the USILA poll) for the first time since May 10, 1999, when the Greyhounds completed a 12-0 regular-season. Loyola was ranked first in the final nine polls of that season, and it was No. 1 for two weeks during the 1994 season (April 12 and 19) and one week in 1992 (March 31).
  • The Greyhounds are just the second team since the USILA poll was introduced in 1973 to go from being unranked to No. 1 in the same season. The other team to accomplish the feat was the 2007 Duke team that went from being unranked in the first poll of the year to No. 2 in the second and first in the third.
  • Since the inception of the ECAC Lacrosse League in 2000, Loyola is the second conference member to attain a No. 1 ranking, joining former member Georgetown, which was in the top spot for a week in 2007.
  • Loyola is also ranked first in the initial version of the RPI released by the NCAA.

Road Warriors

  • Loyola has used second-half comebacks to win its first two games of its current ECAC road trip, scoring the last four gaols of the game to beat then-No. 14 Fairfield, 8-6, on April 7, before using a 5-1 run to close the game in a 12-9 win at then-No. 8 Denver.
  • The Fairfield game was the first time this season Loyola had trailed in the fourth quarter, and the 4-4 tie going into the final stanza was the first time it had not led outright entering the frame.
  • The Greyhounds held Fairfield scoreless for the final 11 minutes, 59 seconds of action, and they then kept Denver off the board for 22:32 in the third and fourth quarters while they scored four unanswered.

Defense Standing Tall

  • The Greyhounds’ defense is ranked sixth in NCAA Division I, and tops in the ECAC, with a 7.18 goals allowed per game mark, as they have not allowed more than nine goals in a single game this season. The Greyhounds are one of three teams (Massachusetts and Notre Dame are the others) who have allowed fewer than 10 in each outing this season.

ECAC Spot Locked Up

  • Loyola’s win at Denver secured the No. 1 seed in the upcoming ECAC Championships for the Greyhounds, as well as at least a share of the ECAC regular-season crown. It is Loyola’s third time sharing, or winning outright, the ECAC title since joining the conference in 2005.

Big Runs

  • Loyola used runs of three-plus goals at important junctures of its first 11 games, helping the Greyhounds to wins each time. In all, Loyola has scored three or more in a row on 21 occasions this season.
  • Loyola used four three-goal runs against Duke, including one three-goal streak that put Loyola up 4-1 at the beginning of the second quarter. The Greyhounds never trailed after that initial three-goal run and extended their lead to 13-5 after its fourth three-goal spurt of the game.
  • The Greyhounds had their longest run in almost two years against Air Force, scoring 10 in a row to open the second half. The last time Loyola scored 10 or more in a row was on March 20, 2010, when it had 14 straight against Air Force.
  • Loyola then used a 6-0 run to break a 5-5 tie early in the third quarter with Georgetown on the way to a 11-6 victory.
  • The Greyhounds then scored seven in a row on the back end of a 10-1 run last Saturday at UMBC, and after falling behind 3-2 in the second quarter against Ohio State, the Greyhounds strung together four in a row to go ahead 6-3 by the end of the third quarter.
  • At Fairfield, Loyola scored the final four goals of the game to rally from a 6-4 deficit to win 8-6. The Greyhounds then scored four in a row during the third and fourth quarters at Denver that brought them from down 8-7 to a 12-9 victory.

On The Flip Side

  • Conversely, the Greyhounds have allowed a run of three or more goals just seven times this year, with the most recent coming when Denver scored three on two occasions.
  • Only Fairfield (five) and Air Force (four) have scored more than three in a row this year.
  • Following six of the seven opponent runs of three or more, Loyola has answered in kind with a run of 4-0 or better.

Taking Care Of The Ball

  • Loyola was outshot, 39-34, and Denver had seven more ground balls (32-25) than the Greyhounds last Saturday, but Loyola used a significant turnover margin to its advantage in the win. The Greyhounds committed a season-low seven turnovers against the Pioneers who had 16.
  • The Greyhounds lead the ECAC this year with the fewest turnovers per game, averaging 13.45, more than 1.5 fewer than Fairfield which is second with 15.17. Loyola is seventh nationally in the stat category.

Balanced Attack

  • Nine Loyola players scored in the win over Denver with Mike Sawyer (3) and Eric Lusby (2) leading the way as the only players to score multiple times. Only once this season, Air Force (10) have more Loyola players scored in a game.
  • This season, four Greyhounds – Mike Sawyer (36), Eric Lusby (29), Sean O’Sullivan (12) and Davis Butts (11) – have 10 or more goals, and four others have 10-plus points.

Transition Scoring

  • Loyola used three goals in unsettled situations to its advantage on the way to the win at Denver. Long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was involved in all three, scoring a goal and an assist, and clearing the ball for an unassisted Mike Sawyer dodge-and-goal in another.
  • Ratliff, a Tewaaraton Award Nominee, is tops on the team in ground balls (45) and caused turnovers (24) and has scored five goals and assisted on three this season.

Defense Digs In Again

  • Loyola’s defensive unit held Denver to more than three goals fewer than its season average. The Pioneers came into the game averaging nearly 12.7 goals per game, but the Greyhounds limited them to just nine.
  • Denver’s Mark Matthews sported a 39-game goal scoring streak coming into the game, but Loyola held him to just a single assist, snapping what had been the nation’s second-longest streak.

Another Defensive Honor

  • Loyola players have won six of this year’s nine ECAC Defensive Player of the Week awards and each of the last four. Scott Ratliff won the initial award following the season-opener against Delaware, and goalkeeper Jack Runkel earned the honor on March 12.
  • Runkel again won the award on March 26, starting a four-week stretch in which he and defender Reid Acton have alternated garnering the honor.
  • Acton was named the most recent recipient on Monday after he drew primary marking responsibilities on Denver’s Mark Matthews, holding the All-American without a goal for the first time in 40 games.

Sawyer, Lusby Form Rare Tandem

  • Graduate student Eric Lusby and junior Mike Sawyer have formed the top attack tandem in the ECAC Lacrosse League this year and one of the most balanced in the nation. The Tewaaraton Award nominees have combined for 65 goals in 11 games this season, an average of 5.9 per game.
  • Sawyer has scored 36 goals, and his 3.27 goals per game average is third-best in Division I. Lusby, meanwhile is right behind with 29 goals and a 2.64 goals per game mark, a number that is tied for the country. Loyola is the only school to have two players in the top 15 of goals per game nationally.
  • The Greyhounds have not had two players score 29 or more goals in the same season since 2000 when Tim Goettelmann set the school single-season record with 50, and Gavin Prout tallied 41. As a side note, the Goettelmann-Prout duo has gone on to highly successful professional careers. Goettelman recently retired from Major League Lacrosse as the league’s all-time leading scorer with 268 goals in 11 seasons.Prout has been an MLL Champion and has scored 314 National Lacrosse League goals to go with 625 assists as a multiple-time all-star.

Runkel Moving Up Stats Charts

  • Entering the final two games of the 2012 regular-season, sophomore goalkeeper Jack Runkel has risen to seventh in the nation with a 7.32 goals against average. In 10 games, eight starts, Runkel has made saves on 55.3-percent of shots on goal he’s faced, the No. 17 mark in the country.
  • While Runkel has picked up three weekly conference awards this year, much of the credit can also go to the defensive unit as a whole. Opponents have taken 255 total shots while Runkel has been in goal this year, but just 141 have been on goal.

Causing Miscues

  • Loyola’s defense is fourth in Division I in caused turnovers per game, averaging 9.64 a contest. Four Greyhounds – Scott Ratliff (2.1), Reid Acton (1.18), Dylan Grimm (1.18) Joe Fletcher and Dylan Grimm (both 1.0) – are averaging more than one per game. Ratliff ranks ninth in Division I in the category.

On The EMO

  • Loyola continued its success on extra-man opportunities, going 2-of-2 against Denver last Saturday, both during the closing 5-1 run.
  • This season, the Greyhounds are ranked second in the nation in man-up offense, scoring 54.8-percent of the time. Only Lehigh (.583) has a better mark this year. The last time Loyola finished above .500 in man-up offense was in 1997 when it converted 39-of-77 (.506).

Closer Calls

  • Loyola’s 8-7 victory on March 31 against Ohio State marked the first time this year that the Greyhounds played a game decided by less than three goals. Previously, Loyola’s closest victory was 11-8 on March 3 at Bellarmine, and no other game was within five goals.
  • Since then, however, all three of Loyola’s games have been decided by three or fewer goals.

Lusby, Ratliff Join Sawyer On Tewaaraton Watch List

  • Loyola’s Eric Lusby and Scott Ratliff were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, joining fellow Greyhound Mike Sawyer who was named to the group before the season. Lusby is second on the team with 29 goals and 38 points, while Ratliff paces the team in caused turnovers with 24 and ground balls, 45.

Second-Half Success

  • Loyola continued a trend of strong second-half play this season by pulling away from Denver in the second half, outscoring the Pioneers, 6-4.
  • The Greyhounds have now outscored opponents 41-5 in the third quarters of games and 73-38 overall this year in the second half.
  • The second-half scoring continues a trend from the last two seasons. Last year, Loyola outscored opponents, 69-52, after halftime (including two overtime goals), and 77-56 two years ago.

Toomey Wins 50th

  • Head coach Charley Toomey earned his 50th-career win Wednesday, March 7, as Loyola beat Michigan, 15-8.
  • Toomey, who is in his seventh season, has led Loyola to eight-plus wins in each of the last three seasons and has had the Greyhounds finish .500 or better in all seven seasons since coming to the Evergreen campus.

Bonitatibus, Runkel Both Win First Starts

  • Junior Michael Bonitatibus made his first collegiate start in goal for the Greyhounds against Delaware after having played less than two minutes prior to this season.
  • Bonitatibus, who played 65 seconds in his collegiate debut last year at Duke, made seven saves for the Greyhounds and allowed just eight goals. He also picked up five ground balls and caused two turnovers.
  • Bonitatibus became the first Loyola goalkeeper to win his starting debut in nearly 11 years. The last was Mark Bloomquist who also defeated Delaware, 8-7, on February 24, 2001.
  • Jack Runkel made his first career start against Michigan and also won his initial outing as a starter. He tallied five saves against the Wolverines, and he then posted a career-high 12 against Duke.

Record At Ridley

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

What’s Next

  • Loyola returns to Ridley Athletic Complex for its final regular-season game on Saturday, April 28. The Greyhounds will host Johns Hopkins University in a 1 o’clock face-off.

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Loyola Basketball Announces Three Man Recruiting Class

Posted on 17 April 2012 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jimmy Patsos announced the addition of three student-athletes to the Greyhounds’ 2012-13 freshman class, Jarred Jones (Havre de Grace, Md./John Carroll School), Eric Laster (Smyrna, Del./Polytech H.S.) and SeanTuohy Jr. (Memphis, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian H.S.).

The trio will join fellow incoming freshmen Josh Forney (Baltimore, Md./St. Frances Academy) and Will Rassman (Takoma Park, Md./Gonzaga College H.S.), who signed with Loyola in the fall.

“We’re excited to have Jarred, Eric and S.J. join our program,” Patsos said. “With Jarred, we are bringing in another player who knows what it takes to be successful in the Baltimore Catholic League, one of the top high school conferences around, and Eric certainly had a terrific senior year in Delaware. S.J. comes from a highly successful high school program, and he is a pass-first guy who has also been on excellent teams.”

Jones played his high school basketball locally at John Carroll and will be the fifth player from Baltimore on the men’s basketball roster next year, joining this year’s sophomores Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) and Jordan Latham (City), freshman R.J. Williams (St. Frances) and Forney.

A 6-foot-6, 185-pound forward, Jones averaged 13.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game his senior year while being named to The Baltimore Sun’s All-Metro First Team.

Jones led John Carroll to the 2012 MIAA ‘A’ Conference title, scoring 15 points, grabbing five rebounds and blocking three shots in this year’s championship game against Mount St. Joseph’s.

Jones was a second-team All-Metro selection by The Sun as a junior in 2011 while helping the Patriots to the MIAA and Baltimore Catholic League championships. He also played for local AAU powerhouse Nike Baltimore Elite.

Laster was recently named the 2011-12 Gatorade Delaware Boys Basketball Player of the Year, which recognizes both athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court.

Laster, who checks in at 6-foot-6, 195 pounds, averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and three assists per game as a senior.

He led Polytech to the state tournament quarterfinals and was an All-State First Team selection. He also scored a game-high 15 points in a, 55-36, win over Smyma High School to help the Panthers capture the 2012 Henlopen Conference championship.

Tuohy Jr. helped Briarcrest Christian to a 23-6 record as a senior point guard, averaging over six assists per game for the Saints. This spring, he played with an international touring team that traveled to Europe and played games against teams in Italy.

A Scholar-Athlete Award winner at Briarcrest, Tuohy is the son of Sean Tuohy, the all-time assist leader at the University of Mississippi. Tuohy Jr. was portrayed in the Academy Award-winning movie “The Blind Side” as S.J., whose adoptive older brother is Michael Oher, starting offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens.

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Loyola D Acton Honored By ECAC

Posted on 16 April 2012 by WNST Staff

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland junior defender Reid Acton was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks, the conference announced today.

The award marks the fourth time in as many weeks that a Loyola player has earned the honor, as Acton has alternated with sophomore goalkeeper Jack Runkel. Greyhound defenders have won the Defensive Player of the Week award in six of nine weeks this season.

Acton and the Greyhounds’ defense played a major role in Loyola’s victory at then-No. 8/10 Denver University on Saturday night. Loyola (11-0 overall, 5-0 ECAC) held the Pioneers to over three goals under their season average that was near 13 per game entering the contest.

With the 12-9 victory, Loyola clinched the No. 1 spot in the May 2-4 ECAC Tournament and earned at least a share of the league’s regular-season crown.

Acton had primary marking responsibilities for Denver’s Mark Matthews, the Pioneers’ attacker who entered the game with the nation’s second longest streak with at least one goal in a game. Acton and the Greyhounds held Matthews to just an assist, snapping his stretch of games with goals at 39.

Earlier on Monday, the Greyhounds moved up to No. 1 in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media and USILA coaches polls. They share the top spot in the coaches’ version with the nation’s only other unbeaten team, Massachusetts.

Loyola wraps up ECAC play with its final regular-season road game of the year, a 12 noon affair on Saturday, April 21, at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y.

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Loyola New Number One in Both Lacrosse Polls

Posted on 16 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Loyola Men’s Lacrosse Reaches Nation’s No. 1 Spot

BALTIMORE – The Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team reached the No. 1 spot in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll and the USILA coaches rankings when the polls were released Monday morning.

The Greyhounds, who are one of two remaining unbeaten teams nationally, are tied with the other unblemished squad, Massachusetts, in the coaches’ version.

Loyola was last ranked No. 1 in the USILA poll in the final installment of the 1999 rankings when the Greyhounds were 12-0 entering the NCAA Tournament. Loyola was ranked in the top spot for nine weeks that season.

The Greyhounds have won their first 11 games of the season after not being ranked in either poll in the first poll of the year. They are the first team to ascend to the top spot after starting unranked since 2007.

That season, Duke was unranked in the USILA coaches’ poll to start the year, but they quickly rose to No. 2 in the second poll of the year before garnering the top spot in the third. Duke is the only other team to complete the feat since the tracking of the poll was started in 1973.

Loyola rounds out ECAC Lacrosse League play on Saturday afternoon when it travels to Geneva, N.Y., to face Hobart College at 12 noon.

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Loyola Still Perfect After Big Win at Denver

Posted on 14 April 2012 by WNST Staff

DENVER – Loyola University Maryland remained one of two unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse, as the fourth-ranked Greyhounds scored five of the game’s last six goals to defeat No. 8/10 Denver University, 12-8, on Saturday night at Peter Barton Stadium.

With the win, the Greyhounds (11-0 overall, 5-0 ECAC) clinched at least a share of the ECAC Lacrosse League regular-season crown. The Greyhounds, by virtue of any possible tiebreakers, also clinched the No. 1 seed in the May 2-4 ECAC Championships that will be held at the same venue as tonight’s game in Denver.

The host Pioneers (7-4, 3-2) took their only lead of the game when Eric Adamson capped a three-goal Denver run with a tally at 8:24 in the third quarter, but the Greyhounds would come back strong.

Nikko Pontrello scored just his second goal of the season with 5:45 to go in the third, and Eric Lusby tallied his first of the game 1:01 later to put Loyola in front for good.

Justin Ward added a goal with three ticks left on the third-quarter clock before Lusby scored his second in the run with 7:15 left in regulation, giving the Greyhounds an 11-8 advantage.

Denver snapped a 21-minute, 30-second scoreless streak when Jeremy Noble pulled the Pioneers back within a pair, 11-9, with 1:54 remaining.

Mike Sawyer netted his third on the game on an extra-man opportunity with 21 seconds left, icing the game for the Greyhounds.

Nine different Loyola players scored in the game, led by Sawyer’s three and Lusby’s two.

Jeremy Law led the Pioneers with three goals, and Alex Demopoulos had two goals and an assist. Mark Matthews, who entered the gamewith a team-leading 30 goals – second in the ECAC behind Sawyer – was held without a goal for the first time this season.

Jack Runkel made eight saves in goal for the Loyola, which has held all of its 2012 opponents to fewer than 10 goals.

Loyola’s 11-0 start is its best since 1999 when the Greyhounds went 12-0 in the regular season.

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Undefeated Loyola Faces Test Saturday Night at Denver

Posted on 13 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Opponent Denver Pioneers
Date Saturday, April 14, 2012
Time 7:00 p.m. (MDT)
Location Denver, Colo. | Peter Barton Stadium
TV | Radio Denver Webstreaming
Series Record Denver leads, 2-0
Last Meeting Denver 12, Loyola 8 – May 16, 2012 at Baltimore

Game Data

Loyola University Maryland will play the middle game of a three-game road trip on Saturday, April 14, in The Centennial State. The Greyhounds will take on Denver University at 7 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) at Peter Barton Stadium.

Series History

Denver has won the first two meetings between the teams, each coming in the last two seasons since the Pioneers joined the ECAC Lacrosse League. Denver won the first meeting, 12-4, at Invesco Field in 2010, and the Pioneers then took a 12-8 decision last season in Baltimore.

In The Polls

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

Denver is currently ranked 10th in the coaches version, and eighth in the media poll.

Rally Caps

Loyola used a late rally to win its 10th game of the season last Saturday, an 8-6 victory at then-No. 14 Fairfield. The Greyhounds scored the last four goals of the game to come back from a 6-4 fourth-quarter deficit.

It was the first time this year that Loyola had trailed in the fourth quarter, and the 4-4 tie going into the final stanza was the first time it had not led outright entering the frame.

The Greyhounds held Fairfield scoreless for the final 11 minutes, 59 seconds of action.

Defense Standing Tall

The Greyhounds’ defense is ranked fifth in NCAA Division I with a 7.0 goals allowed per game mark, as they have not allowed more than eight goals in a single game this season.

Loyola is the only team in the nation with the distinction of not having allowed eight or more goals in a game. The Greyhounds are one of three teams (Massachusetts and Notre Dame are the others) who have allowed fewer than 10 in each outing this season.

Ward Steps Up Scoring

Justin Ward has raised his scoring numbers over Loyola’s last two games, complimenting fellow attack members Mike Sawyer and Eric Lusby. Against Ohio State and Fairfield, Ward combined for three goals and four assists for a team-high seven points during that stretch.

Of his three goals, two were during critical fourth-quarter stretches in both games. Against Ohio State, he rolled around a Sean O’Sullivan screen at goal-line extended, stepped in and shot from seven yards out, scoring to put Loyola up 7-5.

At Fairfield, Ward tied the game at 6-6, after Loyola had trailed 6-4, with his second goal of the game at 7:19, and he then assisted on Mike Sawyer’s eventual game-winner less than two minutes later.

Ward, who had one assist as a freshman last season, leads the Greyhounds with 17 assists this season, and he is third on the team with 23 points.

Runkel Honored For Third Time

Sophomore goalkeeper Jack Runkel was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week for the third time in five weeks on Monday after posting 12 saves and allowing just six goals against Fairfield.

Runkel, who took over as the Greyhounds’ starter in the fourth game of the season, is the only ECAC defender to be honored on more than one occasion this year, and along with Scott Ratliff and Reid Acton, Loyola defenders have earned the award in five of seven weeks.

In just under 500 minutes of action between the pipes this season, Runkel has played to a 7.10 goals against average and a .565 save percentage. He is sixth in Division I in goals against average and 14th in save percentage.

Defensive Unit Helping Out

While Jack Runkel has picked up three conference awards this year, much of the credit can also go to the defensive unit as a whole. Opponents have taken 216 total shots while Runkel has been in goal this year, but just 124 have been on goal.

In all, opponents have managed just 152 shots on goal against the Greyhounds this year. Loyola is holding opponents to a .260 shot percentage, 11th best in the nation.

Causing Miscues

Loyola’s defense is fourth in Division I in caused turnovers per game, averaging 9.7 a contest. Four Greyhounds – Scott Ratliff (2.1), Reid Acton (1.3), Joe Fletcher and Dylan Grimm (both 1.1) – are averaging more than one per game. Ratliff ranks 11th in Division I in the category.

Close Call

Loyola’s 8-7 victory on March 31 against Ohio State marked the first time this year that the Greyhounds have played a game decided by less than three goals. Previously, Loyola’s closest victory was 11-8 on March 3 at Bellarmine, and no other game was within five goals.

Ten Or More Streak Snapped

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

New Feeling

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

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

Loyola, meanwhile, had 20 shots on goal, a season-best 74-percent of its overall shots. Previously, Loyola had outshot opponents by a minimum of nine in the first eight games of the year.

Acton Draws Recognition

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

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

Big Runs

Loyola used runs of three-plus goals at important junctures of its first 10 games, helping the Greyhounds to wins each time. In all, Loyola has scored three or more in a row on 20 occasions this season.

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

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

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

The Greyhounds then scored seven in a row on the back end of a 10-1 run last Saturday at UMBC, and after falling behind 3-2 in the second quarter against Ohio State, the Greyhounds strung together four in a row to go ahead 6-3 by the end of the third quarter.

At Fairfield, Loyola scored the final four goals of the game to rally from a 6-4 deficit to win 8-6.

On The Flip Side

Conversely, the Greyhounds have allowed a run of three or more goals just five times this year, with the most recent coming when Fairfield scored five unanswered. Only the Stags (five) and Air Force (four) have scored more than three in a row this year.

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

Lusby, Ratliff Join Tewaaraton Watch List

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

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

Second-Half Success

Loyola continued a trend of strong second-half play this season by outscoring Fairfield, 4-2, in the fourth quarter

The Greyhounds have now outscored opponents 37-12 in the third quarters of games and 67-33 overall this year in the second half.

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

Lusby Matches Career-High

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

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

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

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

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

Sawyer, Runkel Honored Again

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

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

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

Toomey Wins 50th

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

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

Sawyer Shows Same Form

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

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

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

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

Ratliff Honored For Second Time

Loyola long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named the ECAC Co-Specialist of the Week on March 19 after turning in impressive numbers in a win over Air Force. Ratliff scored twice and had an assist while picking up seven ground balls against the Falcons. Earlier this season, Ratliff earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week laurels after the Greyhounds’ opener against Delaware.

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

Bonitatibus, Runkel Both Win First Starts

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

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

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

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

Record At Ridley

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

What’s Next

The Greyhounds wrap up their three-game road trip with an excursion on April 21 to Geneva, N.Y., where they will wrap up ECAC play with a 12 noon game at Hobart.

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