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Loyola faces Lehigh Sunday in Patriot League title game

Posted on 27 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Lehigh Mountain Hawks

Sunday, April 25, 2014  |  1:00 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex | CBS Sports Network


Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland will host the Patriot League Championship Game at Ridley Athletic Complex, on Sunday, April 27.

The top-seeded Greyhounds will play third-seeded Lehigh University at 1 p.m.

Lehigh edged No. 2 seed the U.S. Military Academy, 12-11, and Loyola topped No. 4 seed Colgate University, 12-6, in Friday’s semifinals.

Loyola went 8-0 to win the Patriot League Regular-Season title and earn the right to host the Patriot League Championships.

The Greyhounds are looking for their second conference tournament title in three years. They also won the 2012 ECAC Lacrosse League Championship.

Joe Fletcher leads all close defenders nationally in ground balls (66) and ground balls per game (4.71).

Pat Laconi is tops among NCAA Division I non-pole players in caused turnovers (27) and caused turnovers per game (1.93).

Justin Ward and Nikko Pontrello entered the week ranked second and third in assists and goals per game, respectively, in the NCAA. After the Colgate game, their averages are 3.21 and 3.14.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola used two 3-0 runs and a 4-0 run to take control of Friday’s Patriot League Semifinal against Colgate University, as the Greyhounds defeated the Raiders, 12-6.

Brian Schultz scored four goals and assisted on another, and Justin Ward matched his team-high five points with two goals and three assists.

Colgate’s Cameron Williams scored his first of two goals with 1:31 left in the third quarter to send the teams into the second frame with Loyola in front, 3-2.

Schultz, however, scored his first goal 38 seconds into the second quarter, and Nikko Pontrello added a goal at 4:21. Schultz then tallied his second of the quarter with 3:06 left in the half, and Loyola led 6-2 at halftime.

After a 38-minute lightning delay early in the third quarter, Schultz capped the 4-0 run with a goal at 5:22 left in the third.

The Raiders got two goals within 61 seconds of each other to close the third, but Ward, Ryan Fournier and Schultz scored for a 3-0 fourth-quarter run that put the game out of reach.

Joe Fletcher tied his career-high with five caused turnovers in the contest.

 

Turn On The Television

All three games in the Patriot League Championships will be broadcast live, nationally on CBS Sports Network. Dave Ryan will call the play-by-play, and Evan Washburn will handle the analysis of the action.

The game is one of six that will feature the Greyhounds on the network. The  entire Patriot League Championships, as well as game against Johns Hopkins University on May 3 will be broadcast live. Loyola’s games versus Duke University, at Georgetown University and against Bucknell University were also on the network.

 

In The Polls

With last Thursday’s win against Bucknell, Loyola remained in the No. 1 spot of both the USILA coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls for the fifth week in a row.

The Greyhounds have been ranked No. 1 at some point in each of the last three seasons. This stretch is the longest Loyola has been ranked first since spending nine-straight at the top from March 15-May 10, 1999.

 

Series History

Loyola and Lehigh will meet for the ninth time on the lacrosse field when the teams take the field Saturday.

Prior to the teams’ regular-season meeting at Lehigh on March 1, the Greyhounds, who are 8-0 all-time against the Mountain Hawks, last played Lehigh on April 15, 1998. Loyola won that game 20-2 at Curley Field in a season which the Greyhounds would reach the NCAA Semifinals.

In the teams’ regular-season game, Kevin Ryan scored a career-high five goals, and Jack Runkel made 13 saves. The Mountain Hawks tied the score, 3-3, with two goals late in the first quarter, but Loyola outscored them 4-0 in the second as part of an 8-1 run that covered both halves.

 

All-League Awards

Three Loyola players earned individual awards on Monday when the Patriot League honors were announced. Joe Fletcher was named Defensive Player of the Year, Jack Runkel Goalkeeper of the Year and Justin Ward Offensive Player of the Year.

The trio was also named to the All-Patriot League First Team along with teammates Pat Laconi, Nikko Pontrello and Brian Sherlock. Kevin Ryan was named to the Second Team. Loyola’s seven All-League players were the most by any team this season.

 

Get To Ten

Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 67 occasions. After defeating Colgate, 12-6, on Friday, Loyola has won 82.1 percent of those games (55-12).

 

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 42-7 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013 and 13-1 this season) for a .857 mark. Loyola’s winning percentage of .928 this season is the best nationally.

Only Duke has won more games (43) than Loyola during the run, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage nine percent (43-13, .767).

 

Chart Toppers

A pair of Greyhounds attackers are near the top of two offensive categories through games of Friday, April 25, in both total goals and assists. Nikko Pontrello is third in Division I with 44 goals, while Justin Ward is second with 45 assists.

The duo is the No. 2 point-scoring tandem in the country with 114 combined points (Ward, 60; Pontrello, 54). Albany’s Lyle (88) and Miles (85) have a combined 173.

 

Tops Among Close Defenders

Joe Fletcher not only leads Loyola in ground balls, total (66) and per game (4.71), this season, but more impressive than that, he paces all close defenders nationally in the categories. Fletcher is 46th overall in ground balls per game, while the 45 players who are ahead of him are either face-off specialists or long-stick midfielders who play on the wings during restarts.

 

And Short-Sticks, Too

Meanwhile, Pat Laconi leads all non-pole defenders nationally in caused turnovers and caused turnovers per game. With a career-high five against Bucknell, he has caused 27 this season while averaging 1.98 per game. He entered the Patriot League Championships eighth in the nation, and the seven players ahead of him in the rankings are all long-stick midfielders or close defenders.

 

Record-Setting Quarterback

Justin Ward has continued to be the quarterback of the Greyhounds’ offense this year, passing out 45 assists in 14 games. With his third and final assist on April 12 against Boston University, Ward passed Sean Heffernan for first-place in school single-season history at the Division I level.

He is second in the nation in total assists (45), and he is also second in the country, and tops in the Patriot League, with 3.21 assists per game this year. The 45 assists are tied for second in Patriot League history, three shy of matching Bucknell’s David Dickson’s record of 48 from a year ago.

With four assists against Duke on March 9, 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. His three at Colgate gave him 100 for his career, making him the second player in program history ever to reach the century mark.

Ward now has 112 career assists. Gary Hanley holds the all-time Loyola record with 160 assists. Ward is also sixth in school Division I history in total points with 166, 14 away from tying Gewas Schindler (1996-99) for fifth place. His 60 points this season are tied for seventh in school single-season history.

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.

 

Pontrello Putting Up Points

Nikko Pontrello was held without a goal for the first time this season on April 5 against Navy, snapping a streak of 10-straight games to start the season that Pontrello had two or more goals. He rebounded, however, with three goals and two assists versus Boston University and three goals and an assist versus Bucknell. Through games of Friday, April 25, Pontrello is third in the nation in total goals with 44.

He scored two in the season-opener at Virginia and then had three each against Penn State and Towson before scoring a career-high six goals at Holy Cross. He then tallied four at Lehigh, five against Duke, three at Georgetown, five versus Lafayette and three against Colgate, Boston University and Bucknell. He has now scored two or more in 12 of 14 games this year.

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’s 44 goals this season rank fifth in school single-season history, one shy of tying Kevin Beach’s 1993 total for fourth.

 

Stopping Shots

After opening the season with a .214 save percentage in the opener at Virginia, Jack Runkel has played to a .647 mark, saving 143 out of 221 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 earned a record five Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors this year and was named the conference’s Goalkeeper of the Year. He has a goals against average of 6.80 this season and a cumulative saves percentage of .621 through 14 games. He is second in the nation in saves percentage and third in goals against average.

In three years as a starter for the Greyhounds, Runkel has a 7.63 goals against average and .569 saves percentage. Runkel’s record between the pipes is 40-6. He is second in wins among active goalkeepers, trailing only Maryland’s Niko Amato who has 43 victories. Amato, however, is a four-year starter, while Runkel did not start until early in his sophomore season.

 

Fletch, White And Blue

Senior defender Joe Fletcher was the lone 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.

He later had 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.

Versus Colgate, Fletcher was matched up against Ryan Walsh, and he held the Raiders’ leading scorer without a goal or assist for the first time in his career, a total of 42 prior games. He then marked Navy’s T.J. Hanzsche, holding him without a point for the first time in 15 games. He then snapped the 41-game point-scoring streak of Bucknell’s David Dickson on April 17, holding him without a shot.

In all, the players Fletcher has had primary marking responsibilities for have tallied 11 goals in 13 games this year (including three each by the University of Virginia’s Mark Cockerton and Penn State University’s Shane Sturgis in the season’s first two games). Four of those goals have come when Fletcher was already out of the game late in the fourth quarter.

Fletcher has been named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week five times this year, the most any player in conference history has earned the award. He leads the Greyhounds with 61 ground balls and caused turnovers (19). His 69 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

Pat Laconi has continued to show his versatility as one of the top short-stick defensive midfielders in the nation while being a player with offensive acumen. The Preseason All-American had a goal against Bucknell to bring his season total to eight goals and three assists and his career numbers to 13 and 12.

Laconi posted four ground balls, matching his career-high, and three caused turnovers at Colgate, the final of each coming with less than 25 seconds remaining to help seal the win. He caused another three turnovers a week later at Navy and then had a career-high five against Bucknell. His team-leading 27 caused turnovers are tops a this season have brought his career total to 68, fourth-most in school history.

 

Schultz Stepping Up

In his first year as a starter on attack for the Greyhounds, senior Brian Schultz has scored 31 goals, second-most on the team through 14 games. He had the game-winning goal 12 seconds into the second overtime at Navy and less than two weeks later posted a career-best six goals in a win over Bucknell. His four against Colgate in the Patriot League Semifinals have given him 10 in Loyola’s last two contests.

Entering this season, Schultz had seen most of his playing time on extra-man opportunities for the Greyhounds, posting a combined three goals and five assists.

 

Near The Top At Both Sides

The Greyhounds entered the Championships as the only team to be in the top five of scoring offense and defense at the Division I level. Loyola’s goals per game (13.14) rank fifth, and its goals allowed (6.93) are third. As a result, Loyola leads the nation in scoring margin (+6.21).

 

Games Of Runs

Loyola has used significant runs in all 13 of its games this season, and it has had five stretches of seven or more unanswered goals. In all the Greyhounds have 25 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   Lafayette 12-0 26:53
Towson 10-0 16:38   at Virginia 9-0 14:18

 

 

Tewaaraton Watch Trio, Senior CLASS Award Pair

Loyola is one of three schools (along with Duke) to have three players named Tewaaraton Award nominees. Joe Fletcher, Nikko Pontrello and Justin Ward are semifinalists for the honor of college lacrosse’s top player.

 

Fletcher and Ward 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. Earlier this month, they were selected as two of the award’s 10 finalists for this year.

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Loyola rolls past Colgate, advances to Patriot League title game

Posted on 25 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Runs Push MLAX Past Colgate Into Patriot League Title Game

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland used a pair of 3-0 runs, wrapped around a 4-0 stretch, to defeat Colgate University, 12-6, in the Patriot League Semifinals at Ridley Athletic Complex on Friday night. The top-ranked and seeded Greyhounds will play the winner of the U.S. Military Academy and Lehigh University in the title game on Sunday, April 27, at 1 p.m.

Loyola (13-1 overall) scored three-straight in the first quarter, four in a row during the second and three consecutive during the fourth. Colgate (9-6) scored back-to-back goals just once int eh game, late in the third quarter to pull within three.

Ryan Walsh scored one of his team-high three goals with 1:03 left in the third, and Cameron ripped a 12-yard shot from the top off a Kevin Adams assist from behind with less than three seconds left, cutting the Greyhounds’ advantage to 7-4.

Loyola, however, scored two goals 14 seconds apart less than two minutes into the fourth quarter to stretch out its lead.

Justin Ward dodged from goal-line extended on the right side of the crease, got topside and took an overhand shot that found the net for his second goal of the day at 13:31. He finished with five points on two goals and a team-high three assists.

The Raiders came up with the ensuing faceoff, but Ryan Fournier stripped Alex Kinnealey of the ball, and Brian Sherlock picked it up off the ground. Sherlock fed Fournier at the top of the box, and the long-stick midfielder scored on a low shot 14 seconds after Ward’s tally to put Loyola up 9-4.

Brian Schultz extended the Greyhounds’ advantage to six with a man-up goal off Jeff Chase’s assist at 11:59, and Loyola lead six.

Matt Clarkson momentarily brought the Raiders back within five, making a long split-dodge run to the top of the box for a goal at 7:43, but Loyola got the next possession, and after a timeout, Colgate set up a ride with goalkeeper Brandon Burke out of the cage.

Schultz fed Sherlock in front for a goal at 6:40, and Loyola scored its 12th of the night at 4:57 when Pontrello assisted on Kevin Ryan’s second.

Walsh put Colgate on the board 2:48 in, scoring with the 30-second timer on, but Ward responded with Loyola’s first 58 ticks of the clock after Walsh’s.

Ryan then took a Ward pass, shot-faked and scored at 4:23, and Chase added one off Ward’s second assist at 2:41, pushing Loyola in front, 3-1. Williams got free on the left side, though, and Colgate was within one heading into the second quarter after his goal at 1:31.

In the second quarter’s first 30 seconds, Joe Fletcher caused a turnover, and Brian Schultz backed off his man to open space and score his first of the game. Pontrello then picked up a ground ball backing up a wide Loyola shot, and he backed down his man to score with 4:21 left in the second, making it 5-2 Greyhounds.

Schultz added his second of the game at 3:06, also an unassisted tally, and the teams went into the locker room at halftime with the Greyhounds in front, 6-2.

After a lightning delay of 38 minutes less than five minutes into the second half, Schultz logged his third on an extra-man opportunity, taking a cross-crease pass from Ward to make the Greyhounds’ advantage five, 7-2, with 5:22 left before Colgate would score twice to tighten the game, 7-4.

Schultz’s four goals give him 10 in the Greyhounds’ last two games and 31 this season. Entering the season, he had scored three goals in his first three seasons.

Fletcher also tied his career-high with five caused turnovers, and he picked up five ground balls.

Ward’s three assists pushed his second total to 45, extending his school Division I single-season record and moving him into a three-way tie for second in Patriot League single-season history.

After the game, Fletcher, Pontrello and Ward were all named Tewaaraton Award nominees. They are three of 28 semifinalists for the award. Loyola joins Duke University as the only schools nationally with three nominees.

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Loyola battles Colgate in Patriot League semis Friday

Posted on 24 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Colgate Raiders

Friday, April 25, 2014  |  4:30 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex | CBS Sports Network


Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland will host the Patriot League Championships at Ridley Athletic Complex, beginning with the semifinals on Friday, April 25.

The top-seeded Greyhounds will play fourth-seeded Colgate University in the first semifinal at 4:30 p.m. The game will be followed by a semifinal between the U.S. Military Academy, the No. 2 seed and No. 3 Lehigh University at 7:30 p.m.

Colgate beat No. 5 seed Bucknell University, 10-9, in double-overtime on Tuesday, and Lehigh topped the No. 6 seed U.S. Naval Academy, 10-6.

Semifinal winners will meet in the title game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 27.

Loyola went 8-0 to win the Patriot League Regular-Season title.

Joe Fletcher leads all close defenders nationally in ground balls (61) and ground balls per game (4.69). In 13 games, the players Fletcher has been responsible for marking have scored 11 goals (several when Fletcher has been out of the game late in regulation).

Pat Laconi is tops among NCAA Division I non-pole players in caused turnovers (27) and caused turnovers per game (2.08).

 

Last Time Out

Brian Schultz scored a career-high six goals and matched his best with seven points last Thursday as the top-ranked Greyhounds defeated Bucknell University, 13-5.

Schultz logged his third career hat trick and an assist in the game’s first 25 minutes, and he added three more goals in the second half.

Nikko Pontrello added three goals and an assist, while Justin Ward scored once and assisted on three.

The teams played more than half of the first quarter without a goal, but Schultz took a Ward feed and scored at 7:27. Ryan Joseph responded with a goal fro the Bison, but Schultz fed Matt Sawyer for an in-close goal at 4:47, starting a 7-0 Loyola run.

The Greyhounds held Bucknell without a goal for 37 minutes, 17 seconds, taking an 8-1 lead into the fourth quarter.

Loyola out-groundballed the Bison, 39-31, with Joe Fletcher leading the way with seven. Graham Savio picked up five while winning 13-of-20 faceoffs, and Kyle Duffy had four.

Pat Laconi caused a career-high five turnovers, while Jason Crane and Schultz each caused two.

 

Turn On The Television

All three games in the Patriot League Championships will be broadcast live, nationally on CBS Sports Network. Dave Ryan will call the play-by-play, and Evan Washburn will handle the analysis of the action.

The game is one of at least five that will feature the Greyhounds on the network. The  entire Patriot League Championships, as well as game against Johns Hopkins University on May 3will be broadcast live. Loyola’s games versus Duke University, at Georgetown University and against Bucknell University were also on the network.

 

In The Polls

With last Thursday’s win against Bucknell, Loyola remained in the No. 1 spot of both the USILA coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse media polls for the fifth week in a row.

The Greyhounds have been ranked No. 1 at some point in each of the last three seasons. This stretch is the longest Loyola has been ranked first since spending nine-straight at the top from March 15-May 10, 1999.

 

Series History

Loyola and Colgate met for the first time earlier this year in Hamilton, N.Y., a game that was a 10-8 decision in the Greyhounds’ favor. The Raiders led 5-4 with 12:14 left in the third quarter before Loyola went on a 4-0 run that gave them an 8-5 advantage after goals by Jeff Chase, Justin Ward (two) and Nikko Pontrello.

Colgate pulled back within one on a Matt Clarkson strike with 13:33 left, but Matt Sawyer used a Ward feed to score from 10 yards out with 4:05 for the final margin.

Ward had a game-high five points with two goals and three assists, while Pontrello chipped in three goals and an assist. Clarkson scored three goals for Colgate.

 

All-League Awards

Three Loyola players earned individual awards on Monday when the Patriot League honors were announced. Joe Fletcher was named Defensive Player of the Year, Jack Runkel Goalkeeper of the Year and Justin Ward Offensive Player of the Year.

The trio was also named to the All-Patriot League First Team along with teammates Pat Laconi, Nikko Pontrello and Brian Sherlock. Kevin Ryan was named to the Second Team. Loyola’s seven All-League players were the most by any team this season.

 

Get To Ten

Since Charley Toomey became head coach at Loyola in 2006, the Greyhounds have scored 10 or more goals on 66 occasions. After defeating Bucknell, 13-5, on Thursday, Loyola has won 81.8 percent of those games (54-12).

 

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 41-7 during that stretch (18-1 in 2012, 11-5 in 2013 and 12-1 this season) for a .854 mark. Loyola’s winning percentage of .923 this season is the best nationally.

Only Duke has won more games (43) than Loyola during the run, but the Blue Devils are second to the Greyhounds in winning percentage by more than seven percent (43-12, .782).

 

Chart Toppers

A pair of Greyhounds attackers are near the top of two offensive categories through games of Monday, April 21, in both total goals and assists. Nikko Pontrello is second in Division I with 43 goals, while Justin Ward is second with 42 assists.

The duo is the No. 2 point-scoring tandem in the country with 107 combined points (Ward, 55; Pontrello, 52). Albany’s Lyle (80) and Miles (77) have a combined 157.

 

Tops Among Close Defenders

Joe Fletcher not only leads Loyola in ground balls, total (61) and per game (4.69), this season, but more impressive than that, he paces all close defenders nationally in the categories. Fletcher is 46th overall in ground balls per game, while the 45 players who are ahead of him are either face-off specialists or long-stick midfielders who play on the wings during restarts.

 

And Short-Sticks, Too

Meanwhile, Pat Laconi leads all non-pole defenders nationally in caused turnovers and caused turnovers per game. With a career-high five against Bucknell, he has caused 27 this season while averaging 2.08 per game. He is eighth in the nation, and the seven players ahead of him in the rankings are all long-stick midfielders or close defenders.

 

Record-Setting Quarterback

Justin Ward has continued to be the quarterback of the Greyhounds’ offense this year, passing out 43 assists in 13 games. With his third and final assist on April 12 against Boston University, Ward passed Sean Heffernan for first-place in school single-season history at the Division I level.

He is second in the nation in total assists (42), and he is also second in the country and tops in the Patriot League, with 3.23 assists per game this year. The 42 assists are tied for fourth in Patriot League history, six shy of matching Bucknell’s David Dickson’s record of 48 from a year ago.

With four assists against Duke on March 9, 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. His three at Colgate gave him 100 for his career, making him the second player in program history ever to reach the century mark.

Ward now has 109 career assists. Gary Hanley holds the all-time Loyola record with 160 assists. Ward is also sixth in school Division I history in total points with 161, 19 away from tying Gewas Schindler (1996-99) for fifth place.

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.

 

Pontrello Putting Up Points

Nikko Pontrello was held without a goal for the first time this season on April 5 against Navy, snapping a streak of 10-straight games to start the season that Pontrello had two or more goals. He rebounded, however, with three goals and two assists versus Boston University and three goals and an assist versus Bucknell. Through games of Monday, April 21, Pontrello is third in the nation in total goals with 43.

He scored two in the season-opener at Virginia and then had three each against Penn State and Towson before scoring a career-high six goals at Holy Cross. He then tallied four at Lehigh, five against Duke, three at Georgetown, five versus Lafayette and three against Colgate, Boston University and Bucknell.

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.

He leads the Patriot League and is second nationally in goals per game (3.31), while he is third and 17th in points per game (4.00).

 

Stopping Shots

After opening the season with a .214 save percentage in the opener at Virginia, Jack Runkel has played to a .647 mark, saving 132 out of 204 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 has earned a record five Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors this year and has a goals against average of 6.86 this season and a cumulative saves percentage of .619 through 13 games. He is second in the nation in saves percentage and third in goals against average.

In three years as a starter for the Greyhounds, Runkel has a 7.67 goals against average and .567 saves percentage. Runkel’s record between the pipes is 39-6. He is second in wins among active goalkeepers, trailing only Maryland’s Niko Amato who has 43 victories. Amato, however, is a four-year starter, while Runkel did not start until early in his sophomore season.

 

Fletch, White And Blue

Senior defender Joe Fletcher was the lone 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.

He later had 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.

Versus Colgate, Fletcher was matched up against Ryan Walsh, and he held the Raiders’ leading scorer without a goal or assist for the first time in his career, a total of 42 prior games. He then marked Navy’s T.J. Hanzsche, holding him without a point for the first time in 15 games. He then snapped the 41-game point-scoring streak of Bucknell’s David Dickson on April 17, holding him without a shot.

In all, the players Fletcher has had primary marking responsibilities for have tallied 11 goals in 13 games this year (including three each by the University of Virginia’s Mark Cockerton and Penn State University’s Shane Sturgis in the season’s first two games). Four of those goals have come when Fletcher was already out of the game late in the fourth quarter.

Fletcher has been named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week five times this year, the most any player in conference history has earned the award. He leads the Greyhounds with 61 ground balls and caused turnovers (19). His 64 career caused turnovers are fourth all-time at Loyola behind the 90 of P.T. Ricci, 88 of Scott Ratliff and Pat Laconi’s 68.

 

Not Just Defensive Midfield

Pat Laconi has continued to show his versatility as one of the top short-stick defensive midfielders in the nation while being a player with offensive acumen. The Preseason All-American had a goal against Bucknell to bring his season total to eight goals and three assists and his career numbers to 13 and 12.

Laconi posted four ground balls, matching his career-high, and three caused turnovers at Colgate, the final of each coming with less than 25 seconds remaining to help seal the win. He caused another three turnovers a week later at Navy and then had a career-high five against Bucknell. His team-leading 27 caused turnovers are tops a this season have brought his career total to 68, third-most in school history.

 

Taking Care Of The Ball

Loyola continues to lead the nation in fewest turnovers per game, averaging 10.69 through 13 contests. The Greyhounds have committed 0.98 fewer turnovers per game than the second-place team in the nation, Princeton.

 

Near The Top At Both Sides

The Greyhounds is the only team to be in the top five of scoring offense and defense at the Division I level. Loyola’s goals per game (13.23) rank fifth, and its goals allowed (7.00) are third. As a result, Loyola leads the nation in scoring margin (+6.23).

 

Games Of Runs

Loyola has used significant runs in all 13 of its games this season, and it has had five stretches of seven or more unanswered goals. In all the Greyhounds have 22 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   Lafayette 12-0 26:53
Towson 10-0 16:38   at Virginia 9-0 14:18

 

 

Schultz Stepping Up

In his first year as a starter on attack for the Greyhounds, senior Brian Schultz has scored 27 goals, second-most on the team through 13 games. He had the game-winning goal 12 seconds into the second overtime at Navy and less than two weeks later posted a career-best six goals in a win over Bucknell.

Entering this season, Schultz had seen most of his playing time on extra-man opportunities for the Greyhounds, posting a combined three goals and five assists.

 

Tewaaraton Watch Trio, Senior CLASS Award Pair

Two of Loyola’s senior co-captains were named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List when it was released in February. Joe Fletcher and Justin Ward were among the 50 players nationally to receive recognition in February. Additionally, junior attacker Nikko Pontrello was added to the Watch List on March 20.

 

Fletcher and Ward 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. Earlier this month, they were selected as two of the award’s 10 finalists for this year.

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Navy eliminated from Patriot League Tournament by Lehigh

Posted on 22 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BETHLEHEM, Pa. —  Two-time defending Patriot League Champion Lehigh outscored Navy 4-1 in the fourth quarter to secure a 10-6 victory over the Midshipmen in the Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals played Tuesday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem, Pa.  The third-seeded Mountain Hawks will face Army in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament, while top-seeded Loyola will battle the No. 4 seed Colgate.

“It was another hard-fought battle for the Midshipmen,” said third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell.  “We have had a long stretch against some really talented teams (Loyola, Army, Johns Hopkins, Lehigh) and there’s a lot of emotion that goes into those games.  I’m extremely proud of the way we came out and competed against a team that got us pretty good a month ago.  Lehigh is a talented team and well coached and at the end of the night they made a few more plays than us.

“We knew we were a better team than what showed up the last time we played here,” added Sowell.  “But I think it was a combination of it being a playoff game and the confidence we have gained over the last few weeks.  We certainly wanted to leave it all on the field tonight and I honestly couldn’t have been more proud of the effort my team gave.”

Navy opened the game with the hot hand as seniors Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) and Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.) joined forces to put the Midshpmen up 1-0 six minutes into the contest thanks to a transition goal that was generated by a takeaway from rookie John Trainor (Northport, N.Y.).

Lehigh answered with just over three minutes to go in the opening quarter when Kurtis Kaunas fired in a five-yarder from the left wing.

The Mids took the lead once again when sophomore midfielder Kevin Wendel (East Islip, N.Y.) out-raced Lehigh defenseman Sam Lawrence and scored his third collegiate goal to put Navy up 2-1 with 2:29 remaining in the first quarter.

Reid Weber slipped his defender and poked in his shot three minutes into the second quarter, queing  a 4-0 run by the Mountain Hawks.  Three of the next four goals were extra-man strikes as Lehigh owned a 5-2 lead with 9:25 to go in the first half.

Navy finally stopped the Lehigh run when Jones threaded his scoop shot through multiple defenders, as well as three-time All-Patriot League goalkeeper Matt Poillon, as Navy trailed 5-3 at the half.

The Mids trimmed the lead to one four minutes into the third quarter when senior middie Austin Heneveld (East Hampton, N.Y.) found a wide-open Hul standing on the left crease for his second goal of the contest.

Lehigh pushed its lead back to two when the Mids were unable to clear the ball out of the defensive box and Matt Smith punched in his fourth goal of the year from 10 yards out.

With under 30 seconds to go in the third period, Navy set up a play that saw Jones use a roll dodge to get free of middie Alan Henderson and post his second goal of the game with just 5.6 seconds left.

Down 6-5 heading into the final period of play, the Mids were unable to get anything going on the offensive end of the field while the Mountain Hawks scored four in a row, including an empty net goal with two minutes to play, to take a 10-5 lead.

The Mids scored a final time with 1:23 left in the contest when Hull produced his 14th collegiate hat trick with an unassisted strike from five yards out.

“We were able to get to within one a few times, but we just couldn’t get that goal to pull us even.  Looking back that four-goal run they made in the second quarter was tough to come back from, but we did not give up until the clock hit zero.”

Hull and Jones paced the Mids with three points apiece as Hull became just the 14th player in program history to reach 80 career goals.  Meanwhile, Jones moved into a tie for 10th place on Navy’s all-time points list with 143 points alongside Hall of Famer James Chambers (1946-49).

John Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.), who was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday, played a strong game between the pipes, finishing the contest with 13 saves including six in the third quarter.  Senior long pole Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) turned in a team-best three caused turnovers, while also playing a huge role on the wings of faceoffs helping Navy freshman Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md.) win 13 of the 19 draws.  Kiernan grabbed a team-best seven ground balls and jumped from sixth to fourth on Navy’s career ground balls list with 185.  It’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since William Wallace set the record playing from 2004-07.

Dove, who was named a Second-Team All-Patriot League player, has now won 158 faceoffs this season which are the second most in school history behind record holder Chris Pieczonka who set the record with 173 in 2004 and played in five more games.  Meanwhile, he stands eighth on Navy’s career faceoff wins list.

Five different players scored goals for the Mountain Hawks, including Kaunas who produced three goals and added an assist.  Meanwhile, Poillon anchored the defense with 15 saves including four in the final quarter of play.

The Mids will close out the 2014 campaign a week from Saturday with a 1:00 pm contest against fifth-ranked Maryland.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Avondale, LA), LPGA Tour Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic (Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7pm from San Francisco live on Golf Channel); MLS: FC Dallas @ DC United (Saturday 7pm RFK Stadium); Auto Racing: NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 (Saturday 7pm from Richmond live on FOX); Boxing: Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz (Saturday 9:30pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); High School Basketball: Capital Classic (Saturday 7:30pm T.C. Williams High School)

10. Brian Regan (Friday & Saturday Warner Theatre); Ron White (Friday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Joe Rogan (Friday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore Green Week (Tuesday-Saturday throughout Charm City); The Gathering Food Trucks Rally (Friday Downtown Towson); Maryland Bacon Festival (Saturday 12pm Rash Field); “Brick Mansions” out in theaters (Friday)

This is a heart made out of bacon. This is wonderful.

These young ladies are wearing bacon. Did I mention bacon?

9. M3 Rock Festival feat. Tesla, Kix, Extreme, Sebastian Bach (Friday & Saturday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ludacris (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Lacuna Coil (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Ani DiFranco (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Kindred the Family Soul (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Thursday 8pm 8×10 Club); Edwin McCain (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Maceo Parker (Sunday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Bret Michaels (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Used/Taking Back Sunday (Tuesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Alabama Shakes (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Better Than Ezra (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Band of Skulls (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Nappy Roots (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Johnnyswim (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival feat. Jerry Douglas/Cris Jacobs (Saturday Druid Hill Park); Toadies (Sunday 8pm Black Cat); Ben Folds (Monday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); G. Love & Special Sauce “Sugar”, Keb Mo’ “Bluesamericana” and Neon Trees “Pop Psychology” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

From the last time Sister Sparrow was in town…and killing it.

I like to imagine I’m living my life within an Alabama Shakes tune. Because they’re excellent.

Nappy Roots are still around??!??!?!? Do you have any idea how many times I hit repeat on a Nappy Roots track in my life?

I think Allen McCallum and I may be headed to the Birchmere to see Johnnyswim. Because Johnnyswim is wonderful.

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Loyola to play in first Patriot League semifinal Friday

Posted on 20 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland will host the Patriot League Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Championships this week after winning both sports’ regular-season titles with 8-0 records.

Ridley Athletic Complex will serve as the backdrop for both Championships, starting with the women’s semifinals on Thursday, April 24. The top-seeded Greyhounds will host Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross or Lehigh University at 5 p.m. in the opening semifinal, while No. 2 seed U.S. Naval Academy will play Boston University, Colgate or Holy Cross at 7:30 p.m.

The semifinal winners will meet in the Championship Game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

Loyola’s men, which are ranked No. 1 in the nation, open their championship play on Friday, April 25, by hosting the first semifinal at 5 p.m. The Greyhounds will play Bucknell University, Colgate or Navy.

The U.S. Military Academy is the Championships’ No. 2 seed and will play in the second semifinal, starting Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Black Knights will face Bucknell, Colgate or Lehigh.

The Men’s Championship Game will be contested at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, and all three men’s games will air live on CBS Sports Network.

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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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Navy women claim Patriot League title

Posted on 28 April 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Led by junior attacker Aimee Gennaro’s (Havertown, Pa.) game-high six points and a stout team defense, the No. 15/12 Navy women’s lacrosse team (18-1) won a fourth-straight Patriot League Tournament title by defeating Holy Cross (9-10), 14-4, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Navy earns the Patriot League’s automatic berth to the 26-team NCAA Tournament and will learn its opponent and site during the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday, May 5th at 9:00 PM on NCAA.com. Navy will be making a fourth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

“I am so proud of our team for stepping onto the field today and winning our fourth Patriot League title,” head coach Cindy Timchal said. “It is certainly a reflection of how hard this team has worked. I give credit to Holy Cross as well. They proved they are a Patriot League finalist team and played brilliantly on Friday night. We were fortunate to get a fast start against them today, but they played tough all the way.”

Gennaro tallied five goals with one assist in Sunday’s final after scoring a game-high five points on two goals and three assists in Navy’s 9-8 semifinal win over Lafayette on Friday. Gennaro was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team for the second time in her career.

Senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo (Sayville, N.Y.) earned Patriot League Tournament MVP honors for the second time. DePompeo had six points in Navy’s two tournament wins and broke the Patriot League’s single-season scoring record on Sunday with her 120th point of the season (55 goals, 65 assists).

Her 65 assists rank as the fifth-best in a single season in NCAA history and she is the nation’s leading scorer. DePompeo was named to the Tewaaraton Award nominee list and is a three-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year.

Sophomore midfielder Lindsay Rheiner (Wycombe, Pa.) and goalie Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) rounded out Navy’s four selections to the all-tournament team.

After trailing at halftime in its previous three games, Navy had a strong start against Holy Cross by scoring the first two goals and taking a 10-2 halftime lead.

“We knew we had to step onto that field with a lot of confidence,” Timchal said. “We knew that we would have to get a fast start and play tough the whole way through.”

Gennaro scored just one minute into the game on a free-position goal and then tallied her second four minutes later.

After Holy Cross’ Kat Sutton scored, senior attacker Kathy Young (Berwyn, Pa.) scored her first of four goals and then assisted on junior midfielder Jill Coughlin’s (Annapolis, Md.) strike.

Holy Cross slipped in another goal to make it 4-2, but the Mids took over with an 8-0 run over the next 18 minutes. Gennaro opened the spurt with another free-position goal and then senior defender Brijet Mall (Cumming, Ga.) raced down the field on a clear and went unmarked to the cage and put in her first career goal, which set off a wild celebration on the Navy sideline.

Sophomore midfielder Casey Browne (Miller Place, N.Y.) followed with a strike before Young once again found the back of the net.

DePompeo then got involved with back-to-back assists, first setting up sophomore attacker Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) and then feeding Gennaro with just 18 seconds remaining in the first half. Navy scored 10 goals on just 11 shots in the first half.

Navy opened the second with back-to-back goals on tallies by Young and Gennaro as the lead grew to 10 at 12-2. The Crusaders chipped away with back-to-back goals with 11 minutes remaining, but Navy’s Young and Generi scored the game’s final two goals for the 14-4 final.

Generi had two goals and four draw controls and became Navy’s career leader with 221 draw controls in just two seasons of play. Generi has 103 draw controls this season after a school single season record of 118 in 2012.

Foky made six saves, after stopping seven shots on Friday night, to improve to 16-1 in the cage.

Rheiner had three ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers against Holy Cross after tallying two goals, four ground balls, three caused turnovers and a draw control in the semifinals.

Young scored four goals on Sunday and had a goal and an assist on Friday.

Holy Cross held a slight edge in shots at 21-20, Navy led in ground balls (14-11) and draw controls were even at 10-10.

The victory extends Navy’s program record winning streak to 12 games and the Mids have won 18-straight against league opponents.

Navy also defeated Holy Cross in the 2012 tournament final, 18-11.

The Patriot League Tournament is presented by Rockin’ Refuel.

2013 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse All-Tournament Team
Navy
Jasmine DePompeo (MVP)
Aimee Gennaro
Lindsay Rheiner
Annie Foky

Holy Cross
Maddie Carrellas
Sara Cox
Kat Sutton

Lafayette
Ana White
Addie Godfrey

American
Kimberly Collins
Alex Lugovina

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