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Loyola F Rassman named Academic All-Patriot League

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Loyola University Maryland sophomore forward Franz Rassman (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga College H.S.) was one of five players named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team on Tuesday, an honor reserved for the players in the conference who best combine on the court accomplishments and classroom achievement.

Rassman started 29-of-30 games for the Greyhounds who finished their season last night in the Patriot League Championships First Round, and he played some of his best basketball at the end of the regular-season.

Last Wednesday against College of the Holy Cross, Rassman scored a career-high 15 points, making 6-of-7 shots from the field. It not take long for him to equal that output as he scored 15 again on Saturday, hitting 7-of-9 field goals, in a win at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Rassman also grabbed seven rebounds against the Midshipmen, a number he equaled last night against Lafayette College.

He finished the year averaging 5.9 points and 4.3 rebounds in 20.9 minutes per game.

In the classroom, the business major has a grade-point average of better than 3.9, and last month he was named to the Capital One Academic All-America District II Team.

American University’s Jesse Reed, Bucknell University’s Brian Fitzpatrick, and Lafayette’s Seth Hinrichs and Joey Ptasinski joined Rassman on the Academic All-Patriot League team. Reed was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

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Loyola’s Laconi, Pontrello, Runkel honored by Patriot League

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Laconi, Pontrello, Runkel Receive Patriot League Weekly Honors

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Three Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse players – short-stick defensive midfielder Pat Laconi (defensive), attacker Nikko Pontrello (offensive) and Jack Runkel (goalkeeper) – earned weekly awards from the Patriot League on Monday after the Greyhounds defeated then-No. 14 Lehigh University, 14-7, on Saturday afternoon.

Pontrello and Runkel earned their honors for the second week in a row, while Laconi is the second Greyhound in as many weeks to receive the Defensive Player of the Week honor, following in the footsteps of fellow co-captain Joe Fletcher.

Laconi scored a pair of goals in the game at Lehigh, matching his career-high set just over a week before in a game against Towson Unviersity. He also caused a turnover and was part of a Loyola defense that held Lehigh to 29 shots and only 20 on goal.

Pontrello recorded his fifth multi-point outing in as many games this year and his fourth in a row with three or more goals. The junior attacker scored four goals, all in the first half, including three in a row during a second quarter that saw Loyola outscore the Mountain Hawks, 4-0. He has scored 19 goals this season, already eclipsing his previous seasonal best of 16 from last year. His 3.8 goals per game are best in the Patriot League and fifth in the NCAA.

Runkel was tabbed with the weekly goalkeeper honor for the second consecutive time after making 13 saves and allowing just seven Lehigh goals on Saturday. In Loyola’s last three games, Runkel has yielded only 12 goals to Towson, Holy Cross and Lehigh. He has played to a 7.81 goals against average and a .585 saves percentage.

Loyola, which moved up to No. 5 nationally in the USILA Coaches and Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls and fourth in the Lacrosse Magazine rankings, hosts No. 4 Duke University at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, in a game that will air nationally on CBS Sports Network.

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Loyola F Cormier named to All-Patriot League Third Team

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Cormier Named To All-Patriot League Third Team

 

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – After missing the second half of conference play with a broken hand suffered in a February 1 game, Loyola University Maryland senior guard Dylon Cormier was named to the All-Patriot League Third Team by the conference’s coaches on Monday. 

Cormier was leading the Patriot League in scoring by more than three points per game (21.2) at the time of his injury. He was also first in offensive (3.0), second in steals (2.2) and sixth in total rebounds (5.8) per game.

The Baltimore native was 14th in the NCAA in scoring, and he continued to top the League’s scoring race until after Saturday’s games. Players must compete in 75 percent of their team’s games in order to qualify for the Patriot League, as well as NCAA, statistical titles.

Cormier fractured two bones in his right hand during a loose-ball scramble in Loyola’s February 1 game against the U.S. Military Academy. He had surgery to mend the injury on February 5, cutting short a season that would have gone down in the Loyola records books as one of the program’s best.

Despite the injury, Cormier finished seventh all-time at Loyola in points scored (1,659), just 46 out of third place where he was on pace to finish. He also is second all-time in free throws made (459) and attempted (662), in addition to steals (185).

The 6-foot-3 guard became the first player in school history to open a season with back-to-back games of 30 or more points, scoring 31 in the opener at Binghamton University and 34 two days later at Cornell University. He tallied 20 or more in Loyola’s first five games of the year, matching his career-high with 34 points on November 20 at UMBC.

Cormier scored 20 or more points in 14 of the 21 games he played this season, and he reached the 25 point more on eight occasions.

A two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honoree (First Team in 2012-2013, Second Team in 2011-2012), Cormier is the first Loyola men’s basketball player to earn All-Conference honors in three-straight seasons since Mike Powell was an All-MAAC First Team honoree from 1995-98.

Loyola, which formally joined the Patriot League in July 2013, makes its first appearance in the Patriot League Championships tonight at 7:30 when it will host Lafayette College in Reitz Arena. Tickets can be purchased at LoyolaGreyhounds.com/tickets, and a live broadcast will be available at LoyolaGreyhounds.com/PLN.

 

2013-14 Men’s Basketball All-Patriot League Team and Major Awards

Player of the Year: Cameron Ayers, Bucknell (Sr., G)

Defensive Player of the Year: Tony Wroblicky, American (Sr., C)

Rookie of the Year: Tim Kempton, Lehigh (Fr., F/C)

Coach of the Year: Mike Brennan, American

 

First-Team All-Patriot League*

Cameron Ayers, Bucknell (Sr., G)*

Dave Dudzinski, Holy Cross (Sr., F/C)*

Maurice Watson Jr., Boston University (So., G)

Kyle Wilson, Army (So., G/F)*

Tony Wroblicky, American (Sr., C)

*Unanimous first-team choice

 

Second-Team All-Patriot League

Murphy Burnatowski, Colgate (Sr., F)

Darius Gardner, American (Jr., G)

D.J. Irving, Boston University (Sr., G)

Mackey McKnight, Lehigh (Sr., G)

Jesse Reed, American (So., G)

 

Third-Team All-Patriot League

Dylon Cormier, Loyola (Sr., G)

Chris Hass, Bucknell (So., G)

Seth Hinrichs, Lafayette (Jr., G)

Malcolm Miller, Holy Cross (Jr., F)

John Schoof, American (Jr., G)

 

All-Rookie*

Cedric Hankerson, Boston University (Fr., G)

Tim Kempton, Lehigh (Fr., F/C)

Nick Lindner, Lafayette (Fr., G)

Tanner Omlid, Army (Fr., F)

Austin Price, Lehigh (Fr., G)

Anthony Thompson, Holy Cross (Fr., G)

*Six players due to tie in voting

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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 offense explodes in blowout win over Holy Cross

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. —  Anchored by sophomore T.J. Hanzsche’s (Berwyn, Pa.) career-high six-goal performance, the Navy men’s lacrosse team (2-2, 1-1 Patriot League) cruised to a 21-12 victory over Holy Cross (0-4, 0-2 PL) Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Eight different players combined to score the 21 goals for the Mids which were the most scored by Navy since it dealt Holy Cross a 23-5 loss on April 18, 2004.  Navy’s starting attack combined to score 14 of the 21 goals in what was its largest margin of victory over a Patriot League team since its 12-3 win over the Crusaders in 2010. Meanwhile, the 33 combined goals are the most since second-ranked Virginia delivered a 24-13 blow to the Mids in Charlottesville on March 4, 1995.

“This was a good win,” said Navy third-year head coach Rick Sowell.  “We’ve been knocking on that door this season, but we’ve come up a bit short.  We know we are capable of putting points on the board and today we were able to put all of the pieces together.  Wins are hard to come by, but it was nice to see the hard work that the players and staff have been putting in is paying off.

“The next game is always our biggest game,” added Sowell.  “We had lost two in a row, lost a conference game and throw in the fact that we lost to them (Holy Cross) a year ago and there was plenty of motivation to go out and win this game.”

Similar to a week ago at Bucknell, the Mids dominated the first quarter by opening up a 2-0 lead on goals by senior midfielder Pat Durkin (Germantown, Md.) and senior attack Sam Jones (Annapolis, Md.).  Then second-year attackPatrick Keena (Vienna, Va.) fed senior attack Tucker Hull (Charlotte, N.C.) from behind the cage and Hull’s shot found the back of the net less than two minutes into the second quarter to give Navy a 3-0 advantage.

Freshman attack Kevin Lux was able to provide a spark for the Crusaders, however, as he scored a pair of goals and added an assist in a 3-1 run by Holy Cross that got it to within one goal at 4-3 with 7:58 to play.

The Mids were able to regroup and put together a 7-0 run to close the half with an 11-3 advantage.  Five of the seven goals during the run were scored by seniors, including Jones who produced three goals and an assist.

The last time Navy scored nine goals in a quarter was in its 23-5 win over Holy Cross in 2004 when the Mids scored nine goals not once, but twice in the game (first and third quarters).

“I was really proud of the guys who remained composed when Holy Cross made a little run in the second quarter,” said Sowell.  “I took a timeout after they got to within one and said lets put the hammer down.”

Navy opened the third quarter with back-to-back goals by junior midfielder Gabe Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) and Durkin to push its lead to 10 at 13-3, but to Holy Cross’ credit, the Crusaders would continue to fight.  In fact, Holy Cross outscored Navy 6-5 in the third quarter and got to within six goals, but could never get any closer.  The Mids scored four in a row in the fourth quarter to push its lead back to 10 at 21-11, but an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Jamie Ward with 23 seconds remaining kept the loss to single digits.

Hanzsche, who extended his point and goal-scoring streak to 10 consecutive games, registered just his fourth career multi-goal performance.  Meanwhile, the six goals are the most scored by a Navy player since Hull scored six against VMI on Feb. 11, 2012.  It’s also tied as the most goals scored by a Navy player in a Patriot League game.  Taylor Harrisput up six against Holy Cross in a 17-3 win on March 26, 2006.  Hazsche, Hull and Harris are the only three Navy players to score six or more goals in a game since the beginning of the 1991 campaign.

Jones finished the day with six points on five goals and one assist to jump from 20th to 17th on Navy’s career scoring list with 122 points.  Additionally, he joined Navy’s all-time goals scored list where he stands 17th with 74 goals and is tied for 17th on the career assists list with 48.

Hull turned in his team-best 13th career hat trick with three goals in the victory.  He is now tied with Jamie O’Leary (1996-99) for 20th on Navy’s career points list and has produced a point in seven straight contests.

Keena had his best day in a Navy uniform, posting four points on a goal and a career-best three assists, while Voumard also finished with four points on two goals and two assists.

Meanwhile, Navy freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove (Stevensville, Md), who came into the contest ranked 17th nationally in winning percentage, claimed 19 of the 34 draws he took (.556) and picked up a team-high seven ground balls.

Defensively, Navy played well with the exception of its third-quarter lull where it gave up six goals, the same number of goals it gave up in the other three quarters combined.  Senior co-captain Pat Kiernan (Ridgewood, N.J.) caused a team-high two turnovers and grabed five grounds balls to lead the way.

Eight different players scored for the Crusaders, including Terry McKenna who finished with four points on three goals and one assist while Sean Wilkinson had four points on one goal and three assists.

The Mids return to action next Friday when they play host to Lafayette at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium beginning at 7:00 pm.

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Loyola wraps regular season Saturday at Navy

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Navy Midshipmen

Saturday, March 1, 2014  |  2:00 p.m.

Annapolis, Md. | Alumni Hall |  PLN

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland makes a quick trip down Interstate 97 for its final regular-season game of 2013-2014. It will face the U.S. Naval Academy on Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

The Greyhounds are looking for their first Patriot League road win and to snap a 12-game skid overall in games away from Reitz Arena.

Opponents are shooting more than nine percent better than Loyola when it is on the road, .473-.382, and the Greyhounds are being outscored by 14.4 in those games.

Jordan Latham has enjoyed the confines of his home court most of all. In 13 games in Reitz, he is averaging 9.7 points as opposed to 5.6 on the road.

Last Time Out

A Jordan Latham free throw 1:04 into the second half put the Greyhounds in front of College of the Holy Cross, 33-27, but the Crusaders went on a 23-8 run and pulled away for a 65-52 Patriot League win Wednesday night.

Loyola outshot Holy Cross, .426-.367, in the game, but the Crusaders had nine more rebounds (36-27) and five fewer turnovers (12-7).

Franz Rassman scored a career-high 15 points, making 6-of-7 shots, while R.J. Williams finished with 13.

Three Holy Cross players, led by Malcolm Miller’s 20, scored 12 or more. Eric Green and Anthony Thompson both had a dozen. Malachi Alexander scored nine and grabbed 10 rebounds.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Saturday’s game against Holy Cross will air live on the Patriot League Network.

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

 

Series History Versus Navy

With campuses located 26 miles apart (as the crow flies), Loyola and Navy will meet for the 25th time on the hardwood when the teams play Saturday afternoon.

The Midshipmen lead the series 19-5 and had won the last three meetings before Loyola took a 63-57 overtime decision in January. The teams first met during January 1910 when Navy defeated the Greyhounds, 36-10.

In the first Patriot League meeting for the teams, on January 2, 2014, Loyola trailed 47-34 with 5:16 left in regulation, but the Greyhounds went on a 18-5 run to force overtime. Jarred Jones scored the first four points of the run, and he then hit two free throws to tie the game with 11 seconds left, and the game went to overtime after a Navy shot went off course with less than three seconds left.

Dylon Cormier scored a game-high 20 in the contest for Loyola, and he went 12-of-12 from the free-throw line, the fifth-best performance in school history. Thurgood Wynn led Navy with 15 points.

Prior to that game, Loyola’s most recent win in the series came on January 10, 1994, when the Skip Prosser-coached Greyhounds recorded a 78-68 victory in Reitz Arena.

Loyola and Navy last met on November 10, 2006, on the campus of St. John’s University in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic. The Midshipmen overcame a 34-25 halftime deficit, making 20-of-20 free throws and outrebounding the Greyhounds, 20-9, in the second half of a 73-61 decision. Loyola led by as many as 13 in the second half, but Navy’s free throw shooting – the Midshipmen were 27-of-28 overall – helped it bounce back.

 

Tournament Scenarios

Two scenarios exist in which the Greyhounds could host a Patriot League Championships First Round Game on Monday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Reitz Arena. A Colgate loss at Lehigh on Saturday would give the Greyhounds a home game, as would a Loyola win over Navy coupled with a Lafayette loss to Army.

If neither of those scenarios happen on Saturday, Loyola would travel to Hamilton, N.Y., to face Colgate on Monday.

 

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.

The native of the Nation’s Capital has been improved at the free-throw line during Patriot League play after making just 50 percent of his attempts in 11 non-conference games. He is 14-of-17 (.824) from the line in 17 League games.

 

Senior Send-Off

Prior to the game against Holy Cross on Wednesday, Loyola honored its three senior players and one manager. Here’s a look at the careers of each:

A two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honoree, Dylon Cormier will go down as one of the top players in program history. Despite breaking his hand in a game three weeks ago, Cormier has scored 1,659 points (7th all-time at Loyola), grabbed 467 rebounds, made 459 free throws (2nd) and accumulated 185 steals (2nd). He was on pace to finish third all-time in points at Loyola.

Jordan Latham transferred to Loyola prior to the 2011-2012 season and made an immediate impact on the Greyhounds 2012 NCAA Tournament Team. His 92 career blocks are fifth all-time at Loyola, and he has averaged 12.4 points in the Greyhounds’ last six games.

Chido Onyiuke was a walk-on to the program in 2010-2011 and was a member of the Greyhounds’ first NCAA Tournament bid in 18 years during the 2011-2012 season. He has seen action in 35 games over the course of his career.

Zan Cheema joined the program as a manager before the 2012-2013 season.

 

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.

 

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 (3.9), 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 17 Patriot League contests, Jordan Latham has significantly raised his scoring contributions. He finished Loyola’s regular-season slate of 11 games with a 5.0 points per game, but he has bumped that up to 9.1 points in League contests.

In conference games, Latham is shooting 46.0 percent (33.8 non-conference), and he is also better at the free-throw line, making 65.0 percent as opposed to 47.4.

Latham has also rebounded better, 4.2 in the League, up from 3.4, and his blocked shots per game are 1.3, higher than his previous 1.1.

The improved play in the Patriot League has raised his cumulative totals to 7.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

In Patriot League play, his 1.4 blocked shots are fourth in the conference, and his 1.3 overall are 7th.

 

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 seven games since Cormier’s injury (in the second half of the February 1 game against Army), Latham is leading the team in scoring at 12.4 per game.

He also has done a much better job of getting to the free-throw line where he is 27-of-43 over that stretch. His 43 free throws in the seven 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 28 games, 26 starts, this year, Laster is third on the team with an 8.0 points per game average. He is shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 40.7 percent form 3-point range. The sophomore also has averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He played a career-high 37 minutes on February 19 against Bucknell to raise his minutes per game to 27.2.

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.

Thirteen of the turnovers against Boston University came via Terriers’ steals in a game Loyola was playing without starting point guard R.J. Williams due to an injury.

The game against Boston University was just the sixth time this season that the Greyhounds have committed more turnovers than their opponents. They are 2-4 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 27 blocked shots in the last six games for the Greyhounds (Jones 14, Latham 13), helping Loyola take over the Patriot League lead in blocked shots per game (4.3).

Jones had three against Holy Cross to retake  the seasonal team lead from Latham. The duo is sixth and seventh, respectively, in blocked shots per game in the Patriot League, averaging 1.32 and 1.29 a contest.

 

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 27 blocked shots, 1.6 per game, and he is second on the team with 29 steals, an average of 1.71 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 sixth and seventh, respectively, 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 seven fewer times in losses than wins (27.7-20.3).

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

Loyola lost its 12th straight road game on February 22 at Colgate after winning its first three this season away from Reitz Arena. At 3-12 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 38.4 percent as opposed to 44.8 percent while going 7-6 at home. Opponents are shooting 47.3 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 (13.5-13.4).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging more than five points less per game on the road, 62.5, to their 67.8 points per game at home.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 10 steals against Bucknell on February 19, marking the sixth time in 16 Patriot League games that they have grabbed 10 or more. Through February 25, Loyola leads the League with 8.3 steals overall.

Through games of February 27, the Greyhounds are 26th nationally at 8.04 steals per game. Loyola has had 11 or more steals in eight games through 28 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 22nd nationally in steals per game (2.2), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.19) and 26th.

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

With 121 in his career, Williams is tied for ninth on the career chart. His 56 this season are tied for 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Over 1,600

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

At Boston University, Cormier moved into seventh-place all-time at Loyola in scoring, passing Mike Powell and his 1,580 points. At the time of his injury, Cormier 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 eight victories.

Loyola has made 47.0 percent (249-of-530) shots in 10 wins versus 38.2 percent (383-of-1,000) in 18 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 14.3 less (74.8 versus 59.5) points per game.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (47.8-42.5) in the games they’ve won.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

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

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

Loyola will play in the first round of the Patriot League Championships on Monday, March 3, at a location and time, and against an opponent, to be determined.

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Navy tries to get back to .500 Saturday against Holy Cross

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (1-2, 0-1 Patriot League) will look to capture its first win in Patriot League action on Saturday when the Mids play host to Holy Cross (0-3, 0-1 PL).  The 11th edition of the Navy-Holy Cross series is set for an 11:00 am faceoff at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via PatriotLeague.TV and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at NavySports.com.
• Navy held a 2-0 advantage over Bucknell through the first quarter, but the Bison went on a 4-0 run in the second quarter to secure a lead it would not relinquish.  Attack Sean Doyle paced the Bison with four goals, while Bucknell’s defense held Navy’s leading scorer Sam Jones scoreless for only the sixth time in his 41 collegiate game appearances.
• Holy Cross is seeking its first win of the season after dropping its third in a row on Tuesday with a 17-9 loss at Harvard.  Junior middie Terry McKenna led the way for the Crusaders with 4 goals.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Senior attack Sam Jones’ 10-point performance against VMI in the opener marked the most points scored by a Navy player since March 20, 1991, when Dennis Nealon recorded 12 (4G, 8A) against Washington College.  It is tied (Kevin O’Shea, Hartford) as the most points scored by a player in DI lax this season.
9 – Starting attack T.J. Hanzsche owns a team-best 9-game goal-scoring streak.  The last time he did not score a goal was on March 12 against Towson
8 – 8 different players on Navy’s roster have scored goals against Holy Cross, including senior attack Tucker Hull who has produced 5 goals and 7 assists in 3 games against the Crusaders.
7 – Navy has reached double digits in 7 of the 10 games (8 in 2005 and 2011, 5 in 2013) it has played against Holy Cross.  Navy has lost just five games (55-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 9-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 1-0 in 2014)
6 – Co-captain Pat Kiernan needs 6 ground balls to move into 10th on Navy’s all-time ground balls leader board … he owns 149.
5 - Pat Kiernan is tied for 5th nationally in career scoring by a defenseman with 12 points (9G, 3A).
4 – Third-year head coach Rick Sowell is 4 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 96-99 record in 15 years as a head coach.
3 – Navy senior attack Sam Jones needs 3 goals to join the Mids’ all-time top 20 goals scored list … he owns 69 heading into Saturday’s contest.
2 – Senior Austin Heneveld, who came into the season having scored multiple goals just once in his career, has scored 2 goals in 2 games this year.
1 – Over the last six seasons, 29 (11-18) of the Mids’ 88 contests have been decided by 1 goal.

Scouting the Crusaders
• Coming off a breakout season that saw Jim Morrissey’s Holy Cross squad put together a 7-8 record, the Crusaders have struggled out of the gates in 2014.  Facing a challenging slate, Holy Cross dropped a 15-13 decision to 19th-ranked St. John’s in its opener.  Last Saturday Holy Cross opened its Patriot League season by playing host to ninth-ranked Loyola, who dealt the Crusaders a 16-4 loss.  On Tuesday, the Crusaders traveled to Harvard with Crimson scoring a 17-9 victory.
• Tuesday’s game at Harvard marked the start of four straight games on the road for Holy Cross, who will face Richmond next Tuesday, followed by a trip to West Point to meet Army on March 8.
• Junior midfielder Terry McKenna and sophomore attack Sean Wilkinson have been solid in the opening weeks.  McKenna leads the team with 9 points on 7 goals and a pair of assists.  He was responsible for 4 goals in the loss at Harvard.  Meanwhile, Wilkinson has produced 8 points on 5 goals and 3 assists.  Wilkinson was sensational in the opener against St. John’s, scoring 4 goals and adding 2 assists.
• The Crusaders have surrendered 48 goals in their three games (16.00) with sophomore Michael Ortlieb standing between the pipes for 157 of the 180 minutes.  Ortlieb owns a 16.79 goals-against average and a 38.0 save percentage.
• Freshman Ben Williams has taken over the faceoff duties where he has won 50.7 percent (36-71) of the draws to date.  He had a strong outing against Harvard where he won 15 of the 25 faceoffs (.600).
• Holy Cross has scored 12 of its 26 goals in the fourth quarter.  It has been outscored 39-14 in the other three quarters of play.

Navy vs. Holy Cross – The Series
• Saturday’s contest marks just the 11th meeting between Navy and Holy Cross … the Mids own a 9-1 advantage in the series, including a 23-5 victory over the Crusaders in the inaugural meeting in Annapolis in 2004.
• Navy and Holy Cross have played one another three times in Worcester, Mass. (2005, `09, `11) and four times in Annapolis (2004, `06, `10, `12).
• Meanwhile, Navy and Holy Cross have met on neutral three times.
• In 2007, the two programs faced one another at SMU’s Ford Stadium where the Mids dealt Holy Cross a 12-2 loss.  It was Navy’s first trip to Texas since the Mids defeated Johns Hopkins, 9-6, on May 8, 1971, at the Houston Astrodome.
• In 2008, Navy and Holy Cross were part of the Ford Patriot Cup which featured two high school games, along with two Div. I men’s lax games (Rutgers vs. Army).  Navy scored a 16-3 win over the Crusaders at Texas Stadium, the former home of the Dallas Cowboys.
• Last year Holy Cross earned its first victory over the Midshipmen in 10 tries, securing a 7-5 victory on the shoulders of Terry McKenna who netted four goals for the Crusaders.  The game was played at Citi Field, the home of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets.  It was just the second Div. I men’s lacrosse game played at a Major League Baseball venue.
• Navy has scored eight or more goals in nine of the 10 games, while putting up double-figure goals in seven of the 10 (8 in 2005 and 2011) … the Mids’ defense, meanwhile, has held Holy Cross to five or fewer goals in eight of the 10 games.  The Crusaders have scored seven goals in each of the last two games against the Mids.

National Leader Board
• According to the latest national statistics released on Monday by the NCAA, the Mids are ranked among the top 20 in five categories.
• After finishing outside of the top 30 in each of the last five years in faceoff percentage, Navy rookie Brady Dove has the Mids among the top 15.  Dove stands 17th in the individual rankings, winning 62.1 percent (36-58) of the draws he has taken, while Navy as a team is ranked 13th with a 63.1 faceoff winn percentage.
• Navy’s man-down defense has been stout this spring, warding off 9 of the potential 11 extra-man goals by its opponent.  The Mids are ranked 17th nationally in man-down defense (18.8)
• The Mids are also ranked among the top 20 in ground balls per game (18th, 32.33), scoring margin (18th, +3.00) and scoring defense (19th, 7.67).

Kiernan Among Nation’s Top Poles
• Senior long stick defensive midfielder Pat Kiernan is one of the best at his position in the country.
• Kiernan, a 2014 Preseason All-American, was among the national leaders in both caused turnovers (12th, 2.00) and ground balls (32nd, 5.23) last season.
• He is Navy’s record holder for career caused turnovers (55), a stat introduced in 2009 … with 26 caused turnovers last season, he finished the year ranked No. 3 on the Mids’ single-season list … he is also ranked ninth (14, 2012) and tied for 13th (11, 2011) on the chart.
• He is tied for 11th on Navy’s career ground balls list with 149, 6 shy of joining the Mids’ all-time top-10 list … meanwhile, he turned in 68 grounders last spring to etch his name in at ninth on the Mids’ single-season chart … it’s the most ground balls by a Navy player since 2008 when draw specialist Mikelis Visgauss grabbed 80.
• He is also 19th on the Mids’ career faceoff wins list, winning 24 of the 54 draws (44.4) he has taken.
• Kiernan has produced 12 career points, including  a program-record 10 in 2012.
• He is tied for fifth in the country among active poles with 12 points behind Brown’s Roger Ferguson (28), Bellarmine’s Bobby Schmitt (21), Virginia transfer (from Lynchburg) Josephs Lisicky (16) and Syracuse’s Matt Harris (14).  Air Force’s Kyle O’Brien, Hartford’s Alex Matarazzo and Villanova’s John LoCascio also have 12 points going into the weekend.
• Kiernan is second all-time in career points scored by a Navy defensemen, while his 9 goals are the most at Navy.

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Red hot Loyola looks to continue streak Saturday at Lehigh

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Lehigh Mountain Hawks

Saturday, March 1, 2014  |  12:00 p.m.

Bethlehem, Pa. | Ulrich Sports Complex

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse plays its second-straight Patriot League road game on Saturday, March 1, when it heads to Bethlehem, Pa., for a 12 noon faceoff at No. 14 Lehigh University.

The Greyhounds are coming off a week in which they outscored Towson University and College of the Holy Cross, 36-8, in two victories.

Loyola earned a win in its first-ever Patriot League game last Saturday, a 16-4 decision in Worcester, Mass., against the Crusaders.

Four Loyola players – Nikko Pontrello (offensive), Joe Fletcher (defensive), Jack Runkel (goalkeeper) and Brian Sherlock (rookie) – swept the Patriot League weekly awards on Mondayfollowing the pair of wins.

Loyola used a 40-17 advantage in ground balls on Saturday during the win at Holy Cross. The 23-groundball advantage was the largest the Greyhounds have posted in Charley Toomey’s nine years as head coach, eclipsing a margin of 20 in 2008 against St. John’s.

Nikko Pontrello scored six goals Saturday, increasing his team-lead to 15.

 

 

Last Time Out

Loyola recorded its second-straight double-digit win on February 22 when it opened its tenure in the Patriot League with a 16-4 defeat of Holy Cross.

The Crusaders took a 3-2 lead on a Clay Haarmann goal with 6:36 left in the first quarter, and neither Loyola, nor Holy Cross, scored for the remainder of the period. Nikko Pontrello tallied his second of the game 56 seconds into the second quarter, starting a 14-0 run that would carry into the fourth quarter.

Pontrello finished with a career-high six goals, including four-straight to start the third quarter, while Brian Schultz had career-bests of three goals, four assists and seven points. Kevin Ryan scored a personal-best three goals on just three shots, and Justin Ward matched his high with five assists.

Holy Cross won three of the game’s first four faceoffs, but the Greyhounds finished with a 16-8 overall advantage in restarts. Graham Savio won a career-best 14-of-18 at the ‘X’ for Loyola and picked up seven ground balls in the process.

Joe Fletcher led all players with a career-high eight ground balls, and Jack Runkel posted 12 saves in goal.

 

 

Follow The Action

Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network. All of Loyola’s non-televised home games, and all of the Greyhounds’ road conference games will also be available on the free HD network.

Log on to LoyolaGreyhounds.com or PatriotLeague.tv to watch the games on your computer, web-enabled televisions and most mobile devices.

 

In The Polls

Loyola moved up in the polls following their wins last week over Towson and Villanova. The Greyhounds are now seventh in the USILA Coaches’ Poll and eighth in both the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine Media Rankings.

Lehigh also moved up in the polls and is 14th in all three versions. Saturday’s game will be Loyola’s third against a ranked opponent this year (also at Virginia and at Penn State).

 

Series History

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

The Greyhounds, who are 7-0 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.

The Greyhounds are 15-6 all-time against teams from their new conference after Saturday’s win at Holy Cross, having played Army, Bucknell, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy in the past. Other than a series with Navy in 2010-2011, Loyola last played a Patriot League team in 1998 when it took on the Mountain Hawks.

 

Games Of Runs

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

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

 

 

Pontrello Putting Up Points

Nikko Pontrello had his fourth multi-goal game is as many contests to open the season on Saturday when he set a career-high with six goals at Holy Cross. The junior attacker scored twice in the opener against Virginia, and he then recorded three versus both Penn State and Towson. His final goal against the Nittany Lions came 19 seconds into overtime and lifted Loyola to a 12-11 win. In his career, Loyola is now 6-0 in games that he scored three or more goals.

Pontrello leads the Greyhounds with 15 goals and 19 points through four games. He is closing in on his goal total from last year when he finished his sophomore campaign with 16.

He leads the Patriot League and is 11th nationally in goals per game (3.75), while he is second and 17th in points per game (4.75).

 

Schultz, Ryan With Career-Bests

In addition to Nikko Pontrello’s career-high six goals Saturday at Holy Cross, Brian Schultz led Loyola with seven points, also a personal-best. He set career-highs with three goals and four assists, bringing his seasonal totals to seven goals, six assists and 13 points in his first year as a starter.

Kevin Ryan also had a career-high in goals against the Crusaders, needing just three shots to score three goals. He has six goals and an assist from the midfield this year.

 

Midfield Scoring

Entering the 2014 season, Loyola was looking to replace five of its top seven offensive midfielders from a year ago, a group that included All-American Davis Butts, as well as first middies Chris Layne and Sean O’Sullivan. As a group, the five contributed 47 goals, 29 assists and 76 points, right at 25 percent of the Greyhounds total in each.

This year, Loyola’s first and second midfield units have scored nearly 48 percent of the team’s goals, a total of 29. Tyler Albrecht is second on the team with eight goals, while Brian Sherlock has six goals and four assists, and Kevin Ryan had tallied six and one.

 

Hot Hand

Steve Vaikness, Loyola’s volunteer assistant coach lauded by many in the media as the top faceoff teacher in the nation, has pulled the right strings in the first four games with a faceoff group of Blake Burkhart, Brendan Donovan and Graham Savio.

In the Virginia game, Savio came in to win 11-of-18 restarts, and Donovan then provided wins in 4-of-7 during a critical stretch at Penn State. Burkhart shined against Towson, winning 10-of-14 as Loyola jumped out to a big lead. It was Savio again at Holy Cross, as the freshman won 14-of-18 draws.

As a unit, Loyola is winning 51.9 percent of faceoffs, up from last year’s mark of 46.5.

 

Margin In Two

As Loyola outscored Towson and Holy Cross by a combined 28 goals, 36-8, it took a bit of time to find precedent for the last time the Greyhounds won back-to-back games by such a margin. The last time Loyola won two by 28 or more goals goes back to the Dave Cottle-coached 1996 team that beat Saint Joseph’s, 26-6, on April 10 and C.W. Post, 17-5, on April 13. That combined margin of victory was 32 goals, 43-11.

The last time Loyola scored a combined 36 goals in consecutive games was 2007 when it tallied 19 against Fairfield on April 21 and 17 versus Hobart a week later. The last time the Greyhounds yielded eight or fewer in back-to-back outings was 2001 when they beat Radford, 18-5, on April 11, and Butler, 12-3, on April 14.

 

Sweep Of Patriot League Honors

Four Loyola players swept the Patriot League weekly awards on Monday, February 24, as Nikko Pontrello (Offensive), Joe Fletcher (Defensive), Jack Runkel (Goalkeeper) and Brian Sherlock (Rookie) won the honors.

Pontrello scored 10 goals and had an assist in two games against Towson and Holy Cross, while Fletcher and Runkel led a defense that gave up just four goals in each. Fletcher had 11 ground balls, including a career-high eight at Holy Cross, and three caused turnovers; Runkel posted 20 saves and a combined 2.79 goals against average, yielding just six total goals. Sherlock continued excellent two-way midfielder play, scoring four goals, assisting on two and picking up six ground balls.

 

Stopping Shots

Jack Runkel posted 12 saves, including five in the fourth quarter, of the win against Penn State after making just three stops in the season-opener against Virginia.

The senior goalkeeper, who earned 2012 NCAA Championships All-Tournament honors, made five of the saves in the fourth quarter as Penn State took 13 shots.

Runkel then directed the Loyola defense to dominating performances against Towson and Holy Cross. He made four saves in the first quarter and allowed just two goals over more than 54 minutes of action, stopping a total of eight shots against the Tigers. He then had a scoreless stretch of more than 46 minutes against the Crusaders and finished with 12 saves against just three goals allowed.

 

Quarterbacking The Offense

Justin Ward returns for his third year as a starter on attack for the Greyhounds and will once again serve as Loyola’s quarterback from ‘X’. Last season, Ward earned USILA All-America Honorable Mention 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.

With a career-high tying five assists at Holy Cross, Ward moved past Mike Ruland and into fourth-place in Loyola’s Division I history with 78. He is one assist back of Shane Koppens for third place. Ward is also 19th in school Division I history in total points with 121.

Ward leads the Patriot League and is 12th nationally with 2.75 assists per game.

 

Fletch, White And Blue

Senior defender Joe Fletcher was the long current collegiate player selected as part of one of 52 players who made up the United States Men’s National Team training roster this fall, and the day before Loyola’s season-opener, he found out he is one of 30 players who made the cut for the team that will compete at the 2014 World Cup in Denver.

Against Holy Cross, Fletcher set a career-high with eight ground balls, eclipsing his previous total of seven set on three different occasions. In a pair of games against Towson and the Crusaders, he had 11 ground balls and three caused turnovers. This season, the Preseason All-American leads Loyola with 17 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. His 53 career caused turnovers are tied with Reid Acton for third all-time at Loyola behind the 90 of P.T. Ricci and 88 of Scott Ratliff.

 

Classy Seniors

Joe Fletcher and Justin Ward were 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.

It is the second year in a row that two Loyola players have been named candidates as Scott Ratliff and Davis Butts were up for the award last year. Ratliff was a finalist, as well. Loyola is the only school nationally with two candidates this year.

 

Not Just Defensive Midfield

Good transition play has been a key to Loyola’s success in recent years, and the dynamic has continued this year through three games. Five of the Greyhounds’ first 10 goals Wednesday came out of unsettled situations.

Pat Laconi, a preseason All-American short-stick defensive midfielder, scored a career-best two goals against the Tigers, and he also had three caused turnovers. Ryan Fournier scored his first career goal on a transition run in the third quarter.

 

Tyler’s Time

As a freshman in 2013, Tyler Albrecht saw limited action for the Greyhounds, mostly coming off the wings on faceoffs and occasional offensive midfield shifts. His role has changed dramatically in his second season, and the Canadian midfielder is making the most of it.

Albrecht is a starter on Loyola’s first midfield with Matt Sawyer and Brian Sherlock, and he has three multi-goal games in four outings this year. Albrecht scored twice in the season-opener at Virginia, and he recorded hat tricks with three each against Penn State and Towson. He is second on the team with eight goals.

In addition to his offensive work, Albrecht has continued to be a two-way middie, playing on the wings for faceoffs and defensive shifts. He had five ground balls and two caused turnovers against Towson.

 

Starting Off Strong

Loyola needed just 12 shots to score nine goals in the first quarter of Wednesday’s game against Towson, and the Greyhounds scored on nine of their 11 possessions in the quarter.

Meanwhile, the defense limited Towson to five shots, four of which were saved by goalkeeper Jack Runkel. Loyola forced four Towson turnovers, and Blake Burkhart won 7-of-9 faceoffs in the opening frame. Six different players scored in the first quarter for Loyola.

 

On The Tube

Loyola men’s lacrosse will make a minimum of four appearances on national television this year as part of the Patriot League’s agreement with CBS Sports Network.

The Greyhounds will host Duke University on Sunday, March 9, in a match-up of the last two NCAA Champions, and CBS will then feature the Greyhounds’ Thursday, April 17, game against Bucknell University, the top two teams in the Preseason Patriot League poll. The network will also feature two long-time rivals when Loyola hosts Johns Hopkins University, on Saturday, May 3.

Additionally, the Loyola-Georgetown game on Wednesday, March 19, in Washington, D.C., was added to the CBS Sports Network slate.

Both semifinal games in the Patriot League Championships will be broadcast on Friday, April 25, and the Patriot League Championship Game will also air live on Sunday, April 27.
Up Next

Loyola returns to Ridley Athletic Complex for its next game, a step out of Patriot League play, to take on Duke University in a game that will feature the last two NCAA Champions. The 6 p.m. game on Sunday, March 9, will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

Following the game against the Blue Devils, Loyola hosts the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m.

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Loyola welcomes Holy Cross to Reitz Arena for Senior Night Wednesday

Posted on 25 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds vs. Holy Cross Crusaders

Wednesday, February 26, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Baltimore, Md. | Reitz Arena  PLN


 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland takes on College of the Holy Cross on Wednesday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m. in its final regular-season home game of 2013-2014.

Prior to the game, the Greyhounds will hold a brief senior day ceremony, honoring three players – Dylon Cormier, Jordan Latham and Chido Onyiuke – and manager Zan Cheema. The event will start at approximately 7:20 p.m.

The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena where they are shooting more than six percent better than when playing on the road (.449-.384).

Jordan Latham has enjoyed the confines of his home court most of all. In 12 games in Reitz, he is averaging 9.8 points as opposed to 5.6 on the road.

Last Time Out

Denzel Brito’s three with less than seven minutes to play in the first half at Colgate University gave the Greyhounds a 25-24 lead on Sunday, but the Raiders scored 20 of the half’s final 25 points to go on to an 84-60 victory.

Brito’s bucket marked the fourth lead change of the first half, but Murphy Burnatowski quickly gave Colgate the lead back with a three of his own at 6:03, starting a 20-5 run in which the Raiders made 8-of-10 shots.

Colgate shot 60.4 percent, a season-high for a Loyola opponent, from the field and 66.7 percent from 3-point range.

R.J. Williams scored a career-best 16 points for the Greyhounds.

 

 

Patriot League Network

Wednesday’s game against Holy Cross 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 Holy Cross

Loyola and Holy Cross will meet for the second time as Patriot League foes and the sixth time overall when the teams take the floor on Wednesday night.

In this season’s first meeting, the Crusaders led by 14 in the second half, but the Greyhounds cut their deficit twice to two points, but they could not garner the lead in a 60-51 loss.

A traditional 3-point play by Dylon Cormier, who was playing in what would be his final full game, capped a 23-11 Greyhounds run and drew them within 49-47 with 4:05 left in regulation.

Cormier finished with 15 points, but he was just 4-of-11 from the free-throw line, a problem that plagued Loyola in the game. It was 10-of-19 overall from the charity stripe. Tyler Hubbard added 13 points, and Nick Gorski scored nine.

Dave Dudzinski had 20 of his 24 points, and 10 of his 12 rebounds, in the second half for Holy Cross.

Prior to playing on January 29 in Worcester, Mass., the programs last met in the consolation game of the Otis Spunkmeyer Classic in Oakland, Calif. Loyola defeated the Crusaders, 73-55, in that contest.

Holy Cross has won all three games played on its home court. The only time the Crusaders have played in Reitz Arena the Greyhounds dealt them a 87-73 defeat on December 6, 1984. It was the first-ever men’s basketball game played in the venue.

 

Senior Send-Off

Prior to the game against Holy Cross, Loyola will honor its three senior players and one manager. Here’s a look at the careers of each:

A two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honoree, Dylon Cormier will go down as one of the top players in program history. Despite breaking his hand in a game three weeks ago, Cormier has scored 1,659 points (7th all-time at Loyola), grabbed 467 rebounds, made 459 free throws (2nd) and accumulated 185 steals (2nd). He was on pace to finish third all-time in points at Loyola.

Jordan Latham transferred to Loyola prior to the 2011-2012 season and made an immediate impact on the Greyhounds 2012 NCAA Tournament Team. His 91 career blocks are fifth all-time at Loyola, and he has averaged 13.0 points in the Greyhounds’ last six games.

Chido Onyiuke was a walk-on to the program in 2010-2011 and was a member of the Greyhounds’ first NCAA Tournament bid in 18 years during the 2011-2012 season. He has seen action in 34 games over the course of his career.

Zan Cheema joined the program as a manager before the 2012-2013 season.

 

Academic Honors For Rassman

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

Rassman, who has started 26-of-27 games and is averaging 5.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, is now eligible for Academic All-America honors along with district honorees from around the nation.

 

Cormier Has Hand Surgery

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

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

 

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 raised his season scoring average to 8.1 points, tied with Eric Laster for second-best on the team. It was also the second time this year, and in his career, that he has led Loyola in scoring.

Williams is seventh in the Patriot League in assists per game (4.9), and he leads the conference in steals per game (2.3).

 

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

In conference games, Latham is shooting 47.4 percent (33.8 non-conference), and he is also better at the free-throw line, making 66.7 percent as opposed to 47.4.

Latham has also rebounded better, 4.1 in the League, up from 3.4, and his blocked shots per game are 1.4, higher than his previous 1.1.

The improved play in the Patriot League has raised his cumulative totals to 7.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

In Patriot League play, his 1.5 blocked shots are fourth in the conference, and his 1.3 overall are 6th.

 

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 six games since Cormier’s injury (in the second half of the February 1 game against Army), Latham is leading the team in scoring at 13.0 per game.

He also has done a much better job of getting to the free-throw line where he is 24-of-37 over that stretch. His 37 free throws in the six 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 five 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 27 games, 24 starts, this year, Laster is tied for second on the team with an 8.1 points per game average. He is shooting 41.6 percent from the field and 40.7 percent form 3-point range. The sophomore also has averaged 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He played a career-high 37 minutes on February 19 against Bucknell to raise his minutes per game to 27.4.

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.

Thirteen of the turnovers against Boston University came via Terriers’ steals in a game Loyola was playing without starting point guard R.J. Williams due to an injury.

The game against Boston University was just the sixth time this season that the Greyhounds have committed more turnovers than their opponents. They are 2-4 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 2.07 fewer per game than its opponents.

 

Block Party

Jordan Latham and Jarred Jones have combined for 23 blocked shots in the last five games for the Greyhounds (Latham 12, Jones 11), helping Loyola take over the Patriot League lead in blocked shots per game (4.3).

Latham had three against both Boston University and Bucknell to retake  the seasonal team lead from Jones. The duo is sixth and seventh, respectively, in blocked shots per game in the Patriot League, averaging 1.3 and 1.2 a contest.

 

Jones-ing For Points

Jarred Jones has scored in double figures each of the last three games – 10 each against Boston University and at Colgate and 13 versus Bucknell – after recording just seven points in a three-game stretch from February 5-12. Prior to that skid, he scored 17, his second highest total of the year, on February 1 versus Army.

He also has six rebounds in three of the last four games.

 

Jones On The Defensive End

Although he struggled offensively during a stretch, Jarred Jones has continued to be a solid defensive player for the Greyhounds. In those games, he has blocked seven shots and come up with 10 steals.

Prior to Saturday’s game at Cornell, Jones had at least two steals in each of Loyola’s last seven games, dating back to January 29 against Holy Cross. He also has blocked two or more shots in six of the last eight games with a career-high tying four on February 8 at Lehigh. He is second on the team with 34 blocks and seventh in the League with 1.3 per game.

Jones is also seventh in the Patriot League in steals per game. He averages 1.5 per game with a total of 40.

 

Setting Up The Shots

R.J. Williams finished the February 1 game against Army with nine assists, one off his career-high of 10 set on January 13 against Lafayette.

Williams is seventh in the Patriot League in assists per game (3.9). He had 34 assists in eight non-conference games, and he entered January and Patriot League action averaging 3.8 per game. Since then, Williams has 60 assists in 15 games for an average of 4.0.

The junior from Baltimore has also increased his scoring average during Patriot League play. Overall he is averaging 8.1 points per game, 8.6 against conference opponents.

 

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 seven fewer times in losses than wins (27.7-20.4).

 

Away From The Friendly Confines

Loyola lost its 12th straight road game on February 22 at Colgate after winning its first three this season away from Reitz Arena. At 3-12 on the road, the Greyhounds are shooting 38.4 percent as opposed to 44.9 percent while going 7-5 at home. Opponents are shooting 47.3 percent in their own facilities, 43.7 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 nearly two more turnovers at home (15.1-13.4).

With these factors, the Greyhounds are averaging nearly seven points less per game on the road, 62.5, to their 69.1 points per game at home.

 

Sticky Fingers

The Greyhounds posted 10 steals against Bucknell on February 19, marking the sixth time in 16 Patriot League games that they have grabbed 10 or more. Through February 25, Loyola leads the League with 8.3 steals overall.

Through games of February 24, the Greyhounds are 18th nationally at 8.26 steals per game. Loyola has had 11 or more steals in eight games through 27 contests.

R.J. Williams leads the Patriot League,and is 16th nationally in steals per game (2.3), while Dylon Cormier is second (2.19) and 26th.

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

With 121 in his career, Williams is tied for ninth on the career chart. His 56 this season are tied for 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 21, Cormier was 14th in the nation in points per game.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Over 1,600

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

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

 

Telling Stats

In Loyola’s 17 losses this season, the Greyhounds are shooting nine percent worse from the floor than they are in their eight victories.

Loyola has made 47.0 percent (249-of-530) shots in 10 wins versus 38.0 percent (363-of-956) in 17 losses. As a consequence, Loyola is averaging 14.9 less (74.8 versus 59.9) points per game.

As one would expect, opponents are shooting better (47.8-42.5) in the games they’ve won.

 

Start Of The Smith Era

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

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

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

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

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

 

Look Back At 2012-2013

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

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

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

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

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

 

Cormier On The Charts

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

 

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

 

 

 

Into The Fold

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

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

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

 

High Marks

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

 

Up Next

Loyola will close the regular-season in nearby Annapolis, Md., where it will take on the U.S. Naval Academy at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 1.

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Loyola sweeps weekly Patriot League lacrosse honors

Posted on 24 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Men’s Lacrosse Sweeps Patriot League Weekly Awards

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – After two victories in which the Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team outscored Towson University and College of the Holy Cross, 36-8, four Greyhounds swept the Patriot League weekly awards on Monday.

Nikko Pontrello was named Offensive Player of the Week; Joe Fletcher, Defensive Player of the Week; Jack Runkel, Goalkeeper of the Week; and, Brian Sherlock, Rookie of the Week.

Pontrello tied and then reset his career-high in goals last week, matching his previous best of four on Wednesday afternoon in a 20-4 defeat of Towson. He eclipsed that mark with a six-goal effort Saturday afternoon in the Greyhounds’ first-ever Patriot League game, a 16-4 win over Holy Cross.

The junior from Marlton, N.J., tallied goals in the first and second quarter before scoring four in a row at the start of the third. Five of his six goals came during the Greyhounds’ 14-0 run that put the game away. In four games this season, Pontrello has scored 15 goals, two off his personal-best of a season ago. He is averaging 3.75 goals per game and 4.75 points per game, the 11th and 18th best marks in NCAA Division I.

Fletcher and Runkel led a Greyhounds’ defense that gave up just four goals in each of their wins and put together a total of four shutout quarters of lacrosse.

The League’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, Fletcher averaged 5.5 ground balls and 1.5 caused turnovers in the two games. After recording three and two, respectively, against Towson, Fletcher set a career-high with eight ground balls against the Crusaders.

Through Loyola’s first four games, he leads the team with 18 ground balls and is 18th in the nation with an average of 2.0 caused turnovers per game.

Runkel put together a solid week between the pipes for the Greyhounds, playing more than 107 minutes and allowing five combined goals for a goals against average of 2.79 in the victories. He stopped eight shots against the Tigers and 12 versus Holy Cross, an even 80 percent of the shots on goal he faced in the two games.

Against Holy Cross, the Fairfield, Conn., native led a defense that held the Crusaders scoreless for a stretch of more than 46 minutes. This came after the Runkel-led Greyhounds shutout Towson in two separate quarters on Wednesday. He has saved 56.5 percent of shots on goal this year and has played to a 7.80 goals against average thus far.

Sherlock is the second Greyhounds player to earn Rookie of the Week honors this year following Romar Dennis’ nod two weeks ago. Sherlock, a redshirt freshman from Long Island, scored twice in each of Loyola’s wins last week and also had a pair of assists against Towson.

A transfer who sat out the 2013 season with an injury at the Unviersity of North Carolina, Sherlock has scored six goals and assisted on four this year. He also has been a valuable two-way midfielder for the Greyhounds, starting on the first midfield line and running several shifts on the face-off wings and defensive possessions. He has totaled 10 ground balls this season, fifth on the team.

Loyola continues Patriot League action on Saturday, March 1, when it travels to Bethlehem, Pa., for a 12 noon game at Lehigh University. The game will air live on PatriotLeague.tv.

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