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Loyola opens lacrosse season Thursday at Virginia

Posted on 05 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Greyhounds at Virginia Cavaliers

Thursday, February 6, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.

Charlottesville, Va. | Klöckner Stadium

 

Quick Hits About The ’Hounds

Loyola University Maryland opens its 75th season of men’s lacrosse action on Thursday, February 6, at 7 p.m. when the Greyhounds face the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

February 6 is the earliest that the Greyhounds have ever played a regular-season game, eclipsing a Valentine’s Day neutral site affair in Atlanta against Notre Dame in 2009.

The game is the third NCAA Division I contest of the season following Furman-Lehigh and Delaware-High Point.

Loyola returns five starters (attackers Nikko Pontrello and Justin Ward, defenders Joe Fletcher and Pat Frazier and goalkeeper Jack Runkel), as well as two of the top four players on the rope unit (short-stick midfielders Pat Laconi and Kyle Duffy) from last year’s team that finished with an 11-5 record.

This year’s three co-captains were all named to the Preseason All-American teams: Fletcher (1st), Ward (2nd), Laconi (HM).

Loyola, which is in its first year as a member of the Patriot League, was picked to win the conference. Fletcher and Ward were named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.

 

Last Time Out

The Greyhounds finished their 2013 season on May 12 with a 12-11 double overtime loss to eventual NCAA Champion Duke University in Durham, N.C.

Loyola was making its second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and ended with an 11-5 record.

Seven Loyola players earned United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America honors following the 2013 season, led by Joe Fletcher who was the Greyhounds’ first 1st Team honoree since Gavin Prout in 2001. Long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named to the 2nd Team, while defender Reid Acton, midfielder Davis Butts, short-stick midfielder Josh Hawkins and attackers Mike Sawyer and Justin Ward received honorable mention.

Ward led the Greyhounds in points (62) and assists (35) a year ago, while Sawyer topped the team in goals (36).

Ratliff was the team’s leader in ground balls (77) and caused turnovers (29), and he also scored 14 goals and had four assists from his long-stick position.

Jack Runkel was in his second year as a starter in goal, finishing with an 8.75 goals against average.

 

Follow The Action

Fans can follow the play-by-play action of the game on Virginia’s live (subscription-based) webstream of the game. Links can be found on LoyolaGreyhounds.com

 

In The Polls

Loyola opened the 2014 season ranked 12th in the USILA Coaches Poll and 16th in the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Media Rankings.

Virginia is ranked in the top-10 of both polls, checking in at seventh in the coaches’ version and eighth in the media’s.

 

New Year, New League

Loyola officially became a member of the 10-school Patriot League on July 1, 2013, less than a year after announcing it would join the conference in August 2012. The Greyhounds joined the League along with Boston University, increasing the full-time membership to 10.

The Greyhounds will compete in men’s lacrosse with Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy. American University is also a full member of the League, but the school does not sponsor men’s lacrosse.

With the addition of Loyola and Boston U., the Patriot League restructured its men’s lacrosse championships. The top two seeds based on the regular-season standings will receive byes to the semifinals with the top seed hosting the championships. A quarterfinal round featuring games between the No. 3 and 6 seeds and No. 4 and 5 seeds, was added to the mix.

 

On The Tube

Loyola men’s lacrosse will make a minimum of three 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.

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.

 

Preseason Prognostications

As a first-year member of the Patriot League, Loyola was picked to win the conference title in a poll of the League’s coaches and sports information contacts. The Greyhounds drew 13 of the possible 16 first-place votes (schools are not allowed to vote for themselves) and edged Bucknell for first.

Loyola and Bucknell were followed (in order) by Lehigh, Army, Colgate, Navy, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Boston U.

Joe Fletcher was named the Preseason Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, and he earned a spot with teammate Justin Ward on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team.

 

Three Selected By Major League Lacrosse Teams

Three Loyola seniors were amongst the first 23 players selected in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft last month with defender Joe Fletcher becoming the highest Greyhounds player ever drafted when he was taken third overall by the New York Lizards.

Fletcher’s fellow senior co-captains, short-stick midfielder Pat Laconi (9th overall) and  attacker Justin Ward (23rd), were both selected by the Charlotte Hounds. Laconi and Ward will join three of their ex-teammates – attackers Eric Lusby and Mike Sawyer and short-stick defensive midfielder Josh Hawkins – who were key members of the Hounds team that advanced to the MLL Championship Game in 2013.

 

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. He will find out on Wednesday, February 5, if he is one of 30 players who made the cut for the team that will compete at the 2014 World Cup in Denver.

Fletcher trained with Team USA throughout the fall, playing in two training weekends, the Play For Parkinson’s event in October and the Champion Challenge last month. He was one of 10 defenders on the training roster.

 

Three Garner Preseason All-America Nods

In addition to being the three Greyhounds selected by Major League Lacrosse teams in the Collegiate Entry Draft, senior co-captains Joe Fletcher, Pat Laconi and Justin Ward were named Preseason All-Americans by Face-Off Yearbook, an Inside Lacrosse publication.

Fletcher was picked to repeat as a First Team All-American, while Ward drew a Second Team nod and Laconi was tabbed as an Honorable Mention All-American.

 

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.

Ward enters his senior season 22nd in school Division I history with 106 career points, five shy of tying Gavin Prout for 21st. He is seventh in career assists with 67, three away from creating a three-way tie for sixth with Kevin Beach and Tim O’Shea.

 

Running The Rope Unit

Senior short-stick defensive midfielder Pat Laconi is back for his fourth year as a “starter” on the Greyhounds rope unit. Laconi has been one of the Greyhounds’ top two defensive midfielders since his freshman year between the lines.

Laconi has been lauded by Loyola and opposing coaches as one of the best one-on-one short-stick in the nation, finished last year second on the Greyhounds in caused turnovers with 20. He also picked up 24 ground balls and showed his offensive ability in transition, logging 10 points on four goals and six assists.

Over his four years as a Greyhound, Laconi has caused 41 turnovers and picked up 58 ground balls.

 

Fletch Lives

Senior defender Joe Fletcher has been one of the top close defenders in the game since his first year as a starter in 2012, his sophomore year. That year, he earned All-Tournament honors after Loyola won the NCAA Championship, and he continued his outstanding play as a junior.

Last year, Fletcher caused 17 turnovers and picked up 64 ground balls for the Greyhounds, a season after finishing with 26 and 41. He has played in all 48 games of his collegiate career.

Fletcher was the third overall selection of the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Entry Draft by the New York Lizards, and he was one of 52 players competing with the United States Men’s Lacrosse National Team for a spot on this summer’s World Cup roster.

In addition to his exploits on the field, Fletcher was an ECAC All-Academic Team honoree, and he was picked as one of 14 students campus-wide to be named to the school’s Green & Grey Society, a group of student leaders that serve as liaisons to Loyola’s president, board of trustees and administration.

 

Between The Pipes

Senior goalkeeper Jack Runkel will lead the Greyhounds defense from between the pipes for his third season as a starter. Over his two seasons as a starter – Runkel stepped into the starting 10 three games into the 2012 season – he has played to a 7.98 goals against average and .546 save percentage.

In last year’s NCAA First Round against eventual champion Duke, Runkel made a career-high 22 saves, many at point-blank range in one-on-one opportunities by the Blue Devils. He was a member of the 2012 NCAA All-Tournament Team, as well.

 

Up Next

The Greyhounds will continue to play highly ranked teams to start the season, as their next game comes on Saturday, February 15, in State College, Pa., against current No. 9/7 Penn State University.

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Loyola lacrosse picks up at least three national TV games in 2014

Posted on 31 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Loyola Men’s Lacrosse To Be Featured On National Television In 2014

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse and Ridley Athletic Complex will be featured on national television broadcasts at least three times during the upcoming 2014 season.

The Greyhounds’ home games against Duke University (Sunday, March 9; 6 p.m.), Bucknell University (Thursday, April 17; 7 p.m.) and Johns Hopkins University (Saturday, May 3; 12 noon) will air live on CBS Sports Network as part of the Patriot League’s continuing partnership with the network.

Loyola’s game against Duke pits the past two NCAA Champions in a rematch of last year’s NCAA Tournament First Round game that was one of the year’s top affairs. The Blue Devils edged the Greyhounds, 12-11, in double overtime.

The Greyhounds and Bucknell were picked 1-2, respectively, in the Patriot League Preseason Poll that was announced earlier this week, and the game against Johns Hopkins is always one of the top showcases in the sport between two schools that are separated by only a mile.

In addition to the three scheduled regular-season broadcasts, Loyola could appear on CBS Sports Network at least two more times. Both Patriot League Semifinal games (Friday, April 25; 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.) and the conference title game (Sunday, April 27; 1 p.m.) will air live on the network.

Loyola’s four other home games, and most of its Patriot League road games will air live in free HD streaming on the Patriot League Network. Available at www.PatriotLeague.tv, the broadcasts are available on computers, smart televisions and most mobile devices.

The Greyhounds kick off their 2014 campaign in less than a week when they travel to Charlottesville, Va., for a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday, February 6, at the University of Virginia.

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Loyola lacrosse partnering up with Newtown once again

Posted on 10 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Men’s Lacrosse Makes Return Trip For Newtown Clinic

NEWTOWN, Conn. – Twenty-four members of the Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse program gathered in Newtown, Conn., yesterday to participate in a clinic for the Newtown Youth Lacrosse Association for the second-straight year.

Last year, then-freshman Jason Crane led a group of 14 Greyhounds to the town where weeks before lives had been changed by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School. On Thursday, Crane and his teammates returned to lead a clinic with the youth and families who have formed a tight bond with the Loyola lacrosse program.

“It was once again wonderful to spend time with a group that become part of our extended family,” said Charley Toomey, Loyola’s head coach. “We hold the families of Newtown close to our hearts, and we draw from the strength that they have exhibited.

“When the youth took the field, I saw the excitement in our players’ faces to work with them. It was the first time I’ve been able see our players after a long break, and it made me even more excited to take the field for practice on Monday. Once again, we want to thank (Newtown Youth Lacrosse Association’s) Jeff Tousignant and Jim Wallace for assisting in our stay in their town.”

The Greyhounds led a clinic for the Newtown players, working with various age groups from elementary-age through middle school, teaching skills and team concepts.

“For me, it was awesome because of the amount of smiles that we were able to see,” Justin Ward, a senior co-captain, said. “I wasn’t there last year to know exactly what it was like, but the coaches and parents talked about what their kids were able to experience. This was a great time to be with them, teach them a little bit about the game and just have fun. One of the Newtown coaches mentioned how strong the bond has become between their program and ours, and that is something that is very important to us as players.”

Loyola’s connection to the Newtown Youth Lacrosse Association has gone beyond the two clinics. More than 100 members of the Newtown community – children, coaches and parents – attended a Loyola home game last year, spending the weekend touring Baltimore and fellowshipping with the Greyhounds.

For his work last year, Crane was named the winner of the 2013 Yeardley Love Unsung Hero Award.

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Loyola announces 2014 lacrosse schedule

Posted on 19 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Men’s Lacrosse Schedule Features New Additions, Renewed Rivalries

BALTIMORE – Charley Toomey, head coach of Loyola University Maryland’s men’s lacrosse team, announced a 14-game regular-season schedule for the 2014 season that includes the Greyhounds’ first games as members of the Patriot League, continuing rivalries with pas opponents and the renewal of challenges with the addition of games with the University of Virginia and Penn State University.

The schedule will test the Greyhounds, who finished the 2013 season with an 11-5 record and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament, from the outset. Four of Loyola’s first six games are against teams that also competed in last year’s NCAA Tournament.

“We are excited that we have put together a very challenging schedule this year with the addition of our new Patriot League opponents, as well as familiar names from past schedules,” Toomey said. “We are happy to add to great non-conference games in Virginia and Penn State, and we always look forward to playing two top Baltimore-area rivals in Towson and Johns Hopkins.”

Loyola will open its schedule on Thursday, February 5, against Virginia, a team the Greyhounds will face for the first time since 1991. The Cavaliers will host Loyola in Charlottesville, Va., in the Greyhounds’ earliest regular-season game in program history.

Penn State, the second new non-conference opponent on this year’s slate, will then host the Greyhounds on Saturday, February 15, in State College, Pa. The Nittany Lions are Loyola’s third-most played opponent all-time, but the teams have not faced off since their days as ECAC Lacrosse League foes ended after the 2009 season.

The Greyhounds host their first home game of the season at Ridley Athletic Complex when 2013 Colonial Athletic Conference Champion Towson University travels down the road for a game on Wednesday, February 19. The game will be the first of seven regular-season games for Loyola at Ridley.

Loyola’s men’s lacrosse tenure in the Patriot League officially begins three days later when it plays its first conference game onSaturday, February 22, in Worcester, Mass., at College of the Holy Cross.

The Greyhounds have a week off before playing their next game, another conference road test at two-time defending Patriot League champion Lehigh University. The Mountain Hawks will host Loyola on Saturday, March 1, in Bethlehem, Pa.

Back-to-back home games are next up for the Greyhounds, leading off with a Sunday, March 9, date with 2013 NCAA Champion Duke University. The teams last faced off in last year’s NCAA Tournament First Round, an instant classic-type game that saw the Blue Devils prevail, 12-11, in double overtime.

Loyola will face the U.S. Military Academy at Ridley on Saturday, March 15. The Greyhounds and Black Knights have played just once in the past, but not since the 1943 season, Loyola’s sixth as a varsity program.

The Greyhounds travel to Washington, D.C., for a midweek game at rival Georgetown University on Wednesday, March 19, before returning home for a Saturday, March 22, game against Lafayette College. That contest will be part of a Loyola doubleheader with the Greyhounds’ women’s team facing Lehigh University later in the afternoon.

Consecutive Patriot League road games are next for Loyola, starting on Saturday, March 29, when it travels to Hamilton, N.Y., for a game at Colgate University. The Greyhounds then play much closer to home on Saturday, April 5, making a quick jaunt to Annapolis, Md., to face the U.S. Naval Academy.

Loyola hosts first-year Division I program, and fellow Patriot League newcomer, Boston Unviersity on Saturday, April 12, before closing out League play at Ridley on Thursday, April 17, against Bucknell University.

The next week will serve as the Patriot League Championship, a tournament that the top six teams in the conference will qualify for. Seeds three through six will play in quarterfinal games on Tuesday, April 22, with the higher seed hosting each contest. The regular-season champion will then host the semifinals on Friday, April 25, and the championship game on Sunday, April 27.

A week after the tournament, Loyola will close its regular-season with its Charles Street neighbor, Johns Hopkins University. The Greyhounds will host the Blue Jays on Saturday, May 3, at Ridley.

Times for all 2013 games will be announced at a later date, as will the Greyhounds’ television schedule. All dates and games are subject to change; visit LoyolaGreyhounds.com for the most up-to-date information.

To purchase season tickets for Loyola men’s and women’s lacrosse, visit LoyolaGreyhounds.com/tickets. Special season ticket deals are in effect until December 31, 2013!

Day Date Opponent Location H/A/N

Sat. Feb. 1 % North Carolina Ridley Athletic Complex H

Thurs. Feb. 6 Virginia Charlottesville, Va. A

Sat. Feb. 15 Penn State State College, Pa. A

Wed. Feb. 19 Towson Ridley Athletic Complex H

Sat. Feb. 22 * Holy Cross Worcester, Mass. A

Sat. March 1 * Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. A

Sun. March 9 Duke Ridley Athletic Complex H

Sat. March 15 * Army Ridley Athletic Complex H

Wed. March 19 Georgetown Washington, D.C. A

Sat. March 22 * Lafayette Ridley Athletic Complex H

Sat. March 29 * Colgate Hamilton, N.Y. A

Sat. April 5 * Navy Annapolis, Md. A

Sat. April 12 * Boston U. Ridley Athletic Complex H

Thurs. April 17 * Bucknell Ridley Athletic Complex H

Tues. April 22 ^ Patriot League Quarterfinals TBD –

Fri. April 25 ^ Patriot League Semifinals TBD –

Sun. April 27 ^ Patriot League Champ. TBD –

Sat. May 3 Johns Hopkins Ridley Athletic Complex H

Sat. May 10 NCAA First Round Campus Sites –

Sun. May 11 NCAA First Round Campus Sites –

Sat. May 17 NCAA Quarterfinals Hempstead, N.Y. –

Sun. May 18 NCAA Quarterfinals Newark, Del. –

Sat. May 25 NCAA Semifinals Baltimore, Md. –

Sun. May 27 NCAA Championship Game Baltimore, Md. –

 

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Loyola welcomes 15 new lacrosse players to campus

Posted on 30 August 2013 by WNST Staff

Men’s Lacrosse Welcomes Fifteen To Class of 2017

 

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse welcomed 15 players to campus Friday, a group of student-athletes that will comprise its Class of 2017 when the Greyhounds take the field in the spring.

Fourteen of the players are first-year players, and one is a transfer with four years of athletic eligibility remaining.

Joining the program are: attackers Matt Cunningham (Exeter, N.H./Deerfield Academy), Jordan Germershausen (Reisterstown, Md./Calvert Hall College), Johnny McNamara (Mansfield, Mass./Brewster Academy), Nick Sawyer (Waxhaw, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Zack Sirico (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville); midfielders Romar Dennis (Huntingtown, Md./St. Mary’s Ryken), Nick DeSisto (Canton, Mass./The Rivers School), Ryan Fournier (Ottawa, Ontario/The Hill Academy), Mike Perkins (Jamesville-Dewitt, N.Y./Jamesville-Dewitt), Graham Savio (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) and Brian Sherlock (Nissequogue, N.Y./St. Anthony’s/North Carolina); long-stick midfielder Ross Schnitzer (Scarsdale, N.Y./Iona Prep); defenders Jack Carrigan (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) and Adam Monticollo (Medford, N.J./St. Augustine Prep); and, goalkeeper Sam Beazell (Potomac Falls, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes).

 

“We are very excited to welcome these young me to campus,” said Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey. “They have come from strong high school programs, and we expect continued success at the collegiate level from them.”

 

Following is a brief look at each of the players:

 

Sam Beazell was a three-time All-Viriginia goalkeeper at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, earning the honors from 2011-2013. As a senior, he posted a 4.8 goals against average and saved 68-percent of shots on goal that he faced. He led the Saints to back-to-back Virginia state titles in 2012 and 2013 and their first-ever IAC Championship.

 

Jack Carrigan was a key member of Chaminade High School’s 2013 NSCHSAA State AAA Championship team after earning NSCHSAA All-League honors from the coaches. The Flyers also won the league regular-season title, and was a two-year letterwinner for the Chaminade basketball team that also won the league title. Carrigan played club lacrosse for the Long Island Express, and he led the New York City to the 2013 Emipre State Cup title, earning All-Tournament honors in the process.

 

Matt Cunningham helped Deerfield Academy win the last three Western New England Championships. Cunningham was named to the Western New England All-Star team as a senior in 2013, and he was also a varsity letterwinner in soccer and basketball for the Big Green. Cunninghamn played club lacrosse for Madlax and was a NSCLA All-American in 2012, and he also played on the Reebok National Team.

 

Romar Dennis earned Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2013 at Saint Mary’s Ryken High School. He also was a 2012 Under Armour Underclass All-American, and he helped the Knights reach the semifinals of the WCAC each of his four years at the school. As a senior, Dennis posted 37 goals and 20 assists, a year after recording 21 and 20. In club lacrosse, Dennis played for Madlax and was a 2011 Top 205 All-Star.

 

Nick DeSisto was an Under Armour Underlcass All-American in 2012 at The Rivers School, an event at which he earned All-Tournament honors, one of 10 out of more than 250 players. He was also a standout at the Champion All-American Showcase, a USLacrosse event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. A four-year starter for the Red Wings, DeSisto scored 42 goals and assisted on 23 as a senior and posted 20 and 14 as a junior. He was a varsity hockey player at Rivers, as well, helping the team to a league championship. During the club season, he played for the Flighting Clubs.

 

Ryan Fournier played both box and field lacrosse for Team Ontario and was a box player for the Toronto Beaches. As a high school player, he excelled at The Hill Academy where he was a two-year team captain.

 

Jordan Germershausen played at nearby Calvert Hall College where he amassed 25 goals and seven assists as a senior in 2013. He earned WBAL-TV Prep Player of the Week honors, as well, during a season in which he also picked up 43 ground balls. During club season, Germershausen played for the Crabs and FCA programs and was selected as a FCA club captain.

 

Johnny McNamara was an all-league player at Brewster Academy, earning mention on the ESPN Rise All-League First Team in 2012 and 2013. Inside Lacrosse listed him as one of the top 100 incoming freshmen after he led Brewster in assists each of the last three years. In the last two seasons, McNamara posted a combined 60 goals and 80 assists (2013 – 32 goals, 48 assists; 2012 – 28 goals, 32 assists). He played club lacrosse for the Fighting Clams and saw action in a bevy of summer all-star games. McNamara was also a varsity letterwinner in golf and soccer for the Bobcats.

 

Adam Monticollo earned USLacrosse All-American honors as a senior in 2013 at Saint Augustine Preparatory School and was also a NJILCA and NJSIAA All-State First Team honoree. He also earned several honors, including All-South Jersey honors from Atlantic City PressPhiladelphia Inquirer and the Courier Post. He also played in the Champion All-America Challenge, a USLacrosse event after the season. Monticollo was a Top 205 All-Star, as well, and he helped Saint Augustine to three New Jersey Non-Public state titles from 2010-2012.

 

Mike Perkins started on three Jamesville-Dewitt High School teams that reached the New York State final four and twice advanced to the championship game. The 2011 Red Rams won the New York title and his senior-year squad were finalists. Perkins scored 16 goals and assisted on 14 as a senior when he was an All-League First Team honoree, and he scored 44 goals and assisted on 22 during his career.

 

Nick Sawyer will be the third of three siblings to play for the Greyhounds, joining current senior Matt and recently graduated All-American Mike. The youngest Sawyer was a four-year letterwinner at Charlotte Catholic where he picked up Conference 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2013. He was a three-time NCHSAA All-Conference First Team selection and two-time North Carolina All-West First Team member. Sawyer earned USLacrosse All-America honors as a senior and was a two-time team captain and offensive most valuable player. He scored 45 goals and assisted on 21 as a senior, and on the club level, he played for Team Carolina.

 

Graham Savio earned USLacrosse All-America recognition as a senior in 2013 at Greenwich High School. A faceoff midfielder, Savio was a member of the team that reached the championship game of the Champion All-America Challenge, a US Lacrosse event. He helped the Cardinals advance to the FCIAC Semifinals and the CIAC Class L Quarterfinals.

 

Ross Schnitzer was a two-time All-League player at Iona Prep where he was a long-stick midfielder. As a senior, he caused 66 turnovers and picked up 102 ground balls for the Gaels after posting 70 and 145 as a junior and 15 and 51 during his sophomore campaign. He was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, and he was named to the Journal News’ All-Area First Team. He played club lacrosse for Red Water and NYC Empire.

 

Zack Sirico was a two-time USLacrosse and SCLCA All-American in 2012 and 2013 at Sayville High School. He helped the Flashes win the 2012 Suffolk County title, and over the last three years, he scored 240 points for Sayville (2013 – 23 goals, 63 assists; 2012 – 15 goals, 83 assists; 2011 – 25 goals, 31 assists). Sirico was named to the All-County and All-Division teams as a junior and senior, as well. In club lacrosse, he played for Sayville and was a Top 205 All-Star. He was a standout on the Sayville football team, as well, helping Sayville to the Suffolk County title as a tailback in 2011 and quarterback in 2012. As a senior, he was an All-Long Island and All-County quarterback, and in 2011, he tied a record with six touchdowns and 40 total points in the Long Island Championship Game, earning Championship Game Most Valuable Player honors.

 

Brian Sherlock comes to Loyola as a transfer student-athlete after spending last year at the University of North Carolina. Sherlock received a medical hardship waiver for the Tar Heels and will have four years to compete at Loyola. As a high school standout at Saint Anthony’s, Sherlock was the Long Island Catholic League Midfielder of the Year as a senior in 2012, a year in which he scored 39 goals and assisted on 12. He scored at least 31 goals in each of his four seasons at Saint Anthony’s, finishing with a combined 165 over four years (2013 – 39 goals, 12 assists; 2012 – 31 goals, 14 assists; 2011 – 50 goals, 19 assists; 2010 – 45 goals, 26 assists). He was a two-time Under Armour All-American and a member of the Warrior 40 team. Sherlock was also an excellent running back for the Friars’ football team, earning team most valuable player honors as a junior and senior and leading the team to back-to-back Catholic League titles.

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Loyola’s Crane Named Yeardley Love Unsung Hero Award Winner

Posted on 23 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Loyola’s Crane Named Yeardley Love Unsung Hero Award Winner

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse player Jason Crane (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake High School) has been named the 2013 male recipient of the Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award, the One Love Foundation announced today.

Crane joins the University of North Carolina’s Zoe Skinner, the female award winner, as this year’s honorees. Now in its third year, the award celebrates selfless acts of initiative and commitment performed by Division I lacrosse players.  The duo are being awarded based on their exceptional dedication, integrity, humility, hard work, community service, leadership, kindness and sportsmanship, traits Love exemplified on-and-off the field.

In January, Crane organized a trip to Newtown, Conn., with teammates to put on a lacrosse clinic for youth players in the town affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Crane gathered many of his teammates, and they departed Maryland, or their homes as it was during Christmas break. A total of 14 Greyhounds gathered in Newtown to lead a clinic in the town where 26 adults and children were killed just weeks before.

Crane reached out to Jim Wallace, the Coach Training Coordinator for the Newtown Lacrosse Association, and Wallace invited the Greyhounds to lead the clinic. The clinic drew more than 100 Newtown youth players, ranging from third through eighth grades, despite the fact that Crane and the Greyhounds put their plans together in less than a week prior to coming. At the clinic, the Greyhounds taught lacrosse skills and team play, as well as interacted with the kids on the field.

“In recruiting, it is hard to measure the intangibles of a player, but we recognize that we hit a home run athletically and intangibly,” Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey said. “The initiative and leadership skills that Jason showed in organizing this were incredible, especially considering he was only a freshman at the time. The relationships we have developed with the families from Newtown are ones that we will continue to hold close for years to come.”

Wallace added, “Jason knew that words were not enough, and he took action. His action brought smiles and laughter to our community; I can’t begin to tell you the importance of that. Jason and his teammates didn’t just run a lacrosse clinic, they brought hope to our community. He is the kind of student-athlete that you want your child to look up to and to emulate. We will always be thankful to Jason for what he did for our community during our darkest hour. Jason has shown us that good can come out of tragedy, and what great people do without being called upon to help: to take matters into their own hands to provide comfort. He has inspired us to find the good, to remember that people care and that there is good in this world.”

Since then, Crane and many of the players kept in regular correspondence with the Newtown youth, and more than 100 residents of the town attended Loyola’s April 13 game against the University of Denver at Ridley Athletic Complex where they took in a tour of the facility, watched the game and then played on the field with the team after the game.

“Jason’s compassion and enthusiasm to help those around him truly embodies the shared memories of Yeardley and she how gave herself to others without asking for anything in return,” said Jeff Tousignant, Newtown Youth Lacrosse’s president. “His offer to help our community and rally the support of his fellow teammates to visit our children in their darkest moment brought smiles to their faces and those of their families; it helped put laughter back in their voices.  It is something our children and parents will never forget.  I could think of no finer person to receive this wonderful award.”

Sharon Robinson, Love’s cousin and a member of the award’s selection committee added, “We are so impressed with both Zoe and Jason and are proud to celebrate the positive influences that each of them had on their teams and on the community at large. Like Yeardley, they both epitomize the goodness in collegiate athletics which is sometimes overlooked in our society.  They are amazing student-athletes and we salute them for their humble leadership.”

As a freshman long-stick midfielder, Crane played in 12 games this season, picking up five ground balls and causing a turnover.

The winners were chosen from a pool of applicants nominated by either a coach or person associated with Division I lacrosse programs throughout the United States.  The award’s selection committee highlighted 10 finalists (five women, five men) earlier this month and then chose the winners to announce leading up to the culmination of the NCAA lacrosse season.

Each winner will receive a silver bowl recognizing their accomplishment, and a $250 donation will be made in their name to a charity of their choice.

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Loyola suffers heartbreaking 2OT Tourney loss to Duke

Posted on 12 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Duke Slips Past Men’s Lacrosse In Double Overtime Thriller

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University’s Case Mathias scored the game-tying goal with 55 seconds left in regulation, and he tallied the game-winner two minutes, 20 seconds into the second overtime period, and the seventh-seeded Blue Devils defeated visiting Loyola University Maryland, 12-11, on Sunday in NCAA Championships First Round action at Koskinen Stadium.

Duke (12-5 overall) and Loyola (11-5) traded turnovers on the Blue Devils offensive end in the final scramble, as Blue Devil long-stick midfielder Luke Duprey picked up a ground ball and got the ball to Mathias.

Mathias then raced in from the right side and slid a shot inside the near post for the winning tally. His shot ended a game that featured a combined 98 shots and 35 saves by the goalkeepers.

Loyola goalkeeper Jack Runkel posted a career-high 22 saves, far outdistancing his previous best of 15 that came last year in an NCAA Semifinal win over Notre Dame. He is the first Loyola goalkeeper to post 20 or more saves since Michael Fretwell made 21 against Hobart in 2005.

Runkel made saved in the final five seconds of both the first and third quarters and one with 13 ticks left in regulation.

The Blue Devils score the game’s first goal just 53 seconds in on an unassisted Jordan Wolf tally, but the Greyhounds responded with three in a row, two coming on extra-man scored by Brian Schultz and Sean O’Sullivan. Nikko Pontrello’s goal with 3:17 in the first quarter was the Greyhounds’ first six-on-six score of the day, and it gave Loyola a 3-1 lead.

Duke’s Deemer Class scored the second quarter’s first goal, 2:19 in, but Chris Layne beat his defender down the middle and shot a pass to Zach Herreweyers, and the freshman sparked a 4-0 Loyola rally with a four-yard shot at 8:12.

O’Sullivan dodged hard to his left and then reversed a pass right to Mike Sawyer who ripped a goal at 5:31, and then Josh Hawkins executed a one-man clear and scored from inside three yards at 4:59.

Herreweyers scored his second of the quarter dodging from goal-line extended on the right side at 3:06, putting Loyola in front 7-2.

Duke got two back before the half, the first on a Josh Dionne extra-man goal, and the second when David Lawson scored with 1:07 left before halftime, pulling the Blue Devils back within three, 7-4.

Loyola got the first goal of the second half as a Runkel save keyed a Greyhounds’ transition run that Scott Ratliff capped with his 14thgoal of the season, extending his single-season goal scoring record for a long-pole at Loyola.

Duke, however, reeled off four in a row, and Myles Jones’ post-up goal with 1:57 left in the third quarter tied the score at 8-8.

Matt Sawyer, however, put Loyola back in front with 12:41 on the fourth-quarter clock, scoring off a Justin Ward assist on an extra-man opportunity.

Wolf, however, tied it back up 25 seconds later, and Josh Offit goal at 9:20 put Duke in front for the first time since Schultz’s goal with 10:35 to play in the first quarter tied the score at 1-1.

The Greyhounds responded with two goals in a row, with several Runkel saves mixed in between Mike Sawyer took a Ward feed and scorched a 13-yard shot on a man-up at 8:39, tying the score at 10-10, and Herreweyers tallied his team-high third of the game with 3:32 left, again on a Ward assist, to give Loyola an 11-10 advantage.

Ward finished with five assists, tying his career-high.

Mathias’ goal at 1:05 came from in front of the goal after Lawson hit the post. Mathias scooped the rebound into the net, tying the game at 11-11.

Loyola won the ensuing faceoff, but the Greyhounds turned it over, and Duke has possession with less than 30 seconds on the clock.

Greg DeLuca ran the clear, but Runkel saved his shot with fewer than 15 seconds remaining in regulation.

In the first overtime, Runkel made saves on shots by Wolf and Matheis, and the Greyhounds killed a 30-second penalty in the process.

Loyola had a man-advantage in the final 30 seconds, but the Greyhounds’ first shot was wide, and the second was saved by Kyle Turri as one of his 13 in the game with just over 10 seconds left.

Runkel made a save on an Offit shot 48 seconds into the second overtime, but Loyola turned it over after clearing it to its offensive end. Duke cleared the ball, setting up the final flurry where the teams traded turnovers and Matheis scored the winner.

Hererweyers and Matheis tied for game-high honors with three goals each, while Mike Sawyer scored twice and assisted on another for Loyola. O’Sullivan, Ratliff, Hawkins, Pontrello, Schutz and Matt Sawyer each had single goals for the Greyhounds.

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Defending champs Loyola visit Duke to open NCAA Tournament

Posted on 11 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Duke Blue Devils | NCAA First Round
Date Sunday, May 12, 2013
Time 5:15 p.m.
Location Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium
TV | Radio ESPNU
Series Record Duke leads, 15-10
Last Meeting Duke 9, Loyola 8, March 8, 2013, in Durham, N.C.


Game Data

Loyola will make its 21 all-time appearance in the NCAA Championships and 19th at the Division I level when it takes on Duke University in the First Round on Sunday, May 12, 2013.

The game is slated for a 5:15 p.m. start from Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Watch The Action

The ESPN family of networks will televise all 15 games of this year’s NCAA Championships, and Sunday’s Loyola-Duke game will air live on ESPNU.

Mike Corey will call the play-by-play action, and Ryan Flannigan will provide color analysis.

The game can also be seen on the WatchESPN mobile platform.
Series History

Sunday will be the 26th meeting all-time between the Blue Devils and the Greyhounds, with Duke holding a 15-10 advantage in the series.

Including this year, the teams have played during the regular-season for 14-straight seasons (since 2000). Sunday’s game will be the second time the programs have met in the NCAA Tournament. Duke defeated Loyola, 12-7, in the 2008 NCAA First Round in Durham.

The Blue Devils won this year’s regular-season meeting, 9-8, outscoring Loyola 5-3 in the fourth quarter. Josh Offit’s goal with 12:26 left in regulation gave Duke its first lead since the second quarter, 6-5, but Sean O’Sullivan struck on an extra-man opportunity for Loyola, and the Greyhounds tied the game less than two minutes later.

Offitt and Christian Walsh, however, scored back-to-back goals to put the Blue Devils in front for good.

Justin Ward had two goals and an assist for Loyola and was the Greyhounds’ only multi-point scorer in the game. Offitt, Josh Dionne, Case Matheis and Jordan Wolf all scored twice, while Wolf added two assists.

Scott Ratliff had seven ground balls and four caused turnovers on the defensive end for Loyola.

Duke had won five-straight over Loyola and eight of nine, before the Greyhounds defeated the Blue Devils, 13-8, on March 10, 2012, in Baltimore.

The series dates back to 1946.
In The Polls

Loyola enters the NCAA Championships ranked ninth in both the USILA coaches poll and in the Inside Lacrosse media ranking.

Duke is fourth in the coaches version, eighth in the media’s.
Last Time Out

Ohio State scored with 1:33 to play in the third quarter, opening an 8-0 run that closed the game, and the Buckeyes defeated Loyola, 18-11, on Thursday, May 2, in the ECAC Semifinals.

Mike Sawyer and Chris Layne scored at 6:49 and 3:59 in the third quarter to break a 9-9 tie and give the Greyhounds a 11-9 advantage, but the Buckeyes tied the game on a Logan Schuss goal 51 ticks into the fourth, and he added another goal 55 seconds later to put Ohio State up for good.

Schuss scored five goals and added an assist, while Jesse King tallied four goals and an assist and Dominique Alexander scored once and had five assists for the Buckeyes.

Sawyer scored four to lead Loyola, while Nikko Pontrello tallied two goals and two assists, and Davis Butts and Justin Ward each had a goal and two assists.

Scott Ratliff picked up eight ground balls for Loyola, helping the Greyhounds win 18-of-33 faceoffs in the game.
NCAA Championships History

Loyola is making its 21st all-time appearance in the NCAA Championships, 19th in Division I history (since 1982). The Greyhounds are 12-19 all-time in the tournament, 12-17 at the Division I level.

The Greyhounds won the first NCAA Division I Championship, in any sport, last season, when they defeated Maryland, 9-3, on Memorial Day. The win completed an 18-1 season for the Greyhounds in which they tied the NCAA Division I record for wins in a season, matching the 18-2 Duke team from 2008. Loyola entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and defeated Canisius, Denver and Notre Dame en route to the title game.
Two Tewaaraton Nominees

The Greyhounds one of five programs nationwide with five men’s nominees for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award, and Loyola is one of six schools with at least one man and one woman nominated.

Scott Ratliff and Mike Sawyer were named Tewaaraton Award nominees for the second-straight season, as was Marlee Paton from the Loyola women’s team.

Ratliff enters NCAA Championships play as one of the top long-stick midfielders in the game. He has 75 ground balls and 29 caused turnovers, both tops among players in the ECAC, and he has some of the top offensive numbers for long-stick players in the game’s history with 13 goals and four assists this year.

Sawyer has been on a hot streak of late (more later) and now leads the Greyhounds with 34 goals. He is second on the team with 40 points, as well.
ECAC Honors

Scott Ratliff became the first player in ECAC Lacrosse League history to earn an end-of-the-year award from the conference in a different category. The senior long-stick midfielder was named the 2013 ECAC Specialist of the Year in unanimous fashion after earning ECAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2012.

Joe Fletcher was named the 2013 ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, and both he and Ratliff earned All-ECAC First Team honors.

Mike Sawyer, Justin Ward, Davis Butts and Reid Acton were named to the All-ECAC Second Team, while Zach Herreweyers and Justin Verratti claimed ECAC All-Rookie Team laurels.
Sawyer Keeps Scoring

Mike Sawyer recorded his fourth-straight hat trick in the ECAC Semifinals against Ohio State, the second time in his career he’s accomplished that feat. He previously scored three or more goals in five-consecutive games from March 7-21, 2012.

In the Greyhounds’ last four games, Sawyer has scored 15 goals while assisting on four. In his first nine this year, he tallied 19 goals and two assists. He has three four-goal games to go with a three-goal outing against Johns Hopkins.

Sawyer put up his best offensive numbers of the season on April 13 against Denver, scoring four goals and recording two assists for six points, season-highs in all categories.

The senior attacker quickly replicated that effort on April 20 at Hobart, posting the same numbers in each category.

With his 15 goals in three games, Sawyer has leapt into the team lead for goals scored with 34 this season. He finished the regular-season as the ECAC leader in goals per game during conference games (2.47).

In 57 career games, Sawyer has scored 126 goals and has 25 assists for 151 points.

Earlier this year, against UMBC, he became the eighth player in school Division I history to reach 100 goals, and his 126 total place him are second-most on the program’s Division I career chart. He is seven back of Pat Lamon in first. Sawyer’s 151 points rank eighth in school Division I history.
Fletcher Continues Consistent Performance

Joe Fletcher earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the third time this season on May 7 after a standout performance on close defense against Johns Hopkins.

The junior picked up five ground balls and helped start Loyola’s transition game that cleared the ball successfully all 20 times it attempted clears.

He was matched up against the Blue Jays’ leading scorer, Wells Stanwick, who entered the game averaging 4.0 points per game. Fletcher held Stanwick to just one point on an assist that came in transition off a Johns Hopkins faceoff win. Stanwick, who had 23 goals entering the game, managed just three shots against Fletcher.

This season, Fletcher has picked up 57 ground balls and caused 17 turnovers.
Second Half Defensive Success

Loyola’s defense held Johns Hopkins to just one goal in the second half and none in the game’s final 29 minutes, 18 seconds. The Blue Jays’ final 18 shots of the second half were either saved or went off target.

Jack Runkel made six of his 10 saves in the second half, four during the fourth quarter.

Johns Hopkins also turned the ball over 10 times in the final 30 minutes, 16 times in all during the game.

Loyola also shutout the Blue Jays on extra-man opportunities Saturday, holding them scoreless on three attempts, two in the fourth quarter.
Defending The Midfield

Loyola did not allow an offensive midfielder to score for Johns Hopkins in 23 shot attempts when entering the game, the seven players that ran on the two midfield lines had combined for 69 goals and 43 assists.

The Greyhounds’ defensive midfield kept the Blue Jays middies from dodging to space and forced outside shots, keeping 17-of-23 shots off cage. The six that were on goal were all saved by Jack Runkel in goal.
Hawkins On The Fly

In just eight games this year, Josh Hawkins has already eclipsed his previous high in goals, scoring 10 this season to beat his total of six from last season and his 2010 freshman campaign. He also has two assists this season.

Prior the Ohio State game in the ECAC Semifinal, the defensive midfielder had scored at least two points in each of Loyola’s last four games and has at least one goal in every game he’d played this year. He scored twice against Fairfield, Denver and Hobart and registered a goal and an assist versus Johns Hopkins.

He has put 17-of-28 shots on goal and scored on 35.7-percent of his total shots.

In 48 career games, Hawkins has scored 25 goals and has nine assists as a short-stick defender.
O’Sullivan Shooting On Target

Sean O’Sullivan has scored eight goals in the Greyhounds’ last five games, nearly doubling his output of nine in the team’s first 10 outings this season. He is currently third on the team with 17 goals and fifth with 20 points.

He matched his career-high with four goals against Denver, and his final goal of the game tied the score with just over two minutes remaining in regulation, forcing overtime. O’Sullivan needed just four shots in the game against the Pioneers to score his four goals.

On April 20 at Hobart, he scored twice on four shots, and he added a goal on his only shot and an assist at Johns Hopkins.

This season, he has scored his 17 goals on just 43 shots (.398 shot percentage), and he is putting 69.8-percent of his total shots on goal (30-of-43). His four extra-man goals in conference play led the ECAC in that category.
Rookie Production

Zach Herreweyers recorded his fourth hat trick of the season at Hobart in just his seventh game of the season.

The freshman from London, Ontario, posted three goals and two assists against the Statesmen, and with a goal at Johns Hopkins, he raised his first-year total to 16 goals and three assists in eight contests.

Herreweyers, who had hat tricks against Air Force, Georgetown, Michigan and Hobart, leads ECAC Lacrosse League freshmen with 2.0 goals per game and 2.4 points per contest.

Against Air Force, Herreweyers became the first Loyola freshman to score three times in a game since current senior Patrick Fanshaw scored five goals and assisted on another on March 20, 2010, also against Air Force.
Ratliff Sets Record

Scott Ratliff did something believed to be a first in the modern era of college lacrosse  (circa 1971) on April 6 in the Greyhounds’ win over visiting Fairfield. The senior long-stick midfielder scored four goals, becoming the first player with a pole to do so.

Ratliff scored once off a Loyola faceoff win, a second time on a give-and-go in transition with Pat Laconi and twice more off set plays in settled offense with feeds from Justin Ward and Nikko Pontrello.

In recent years, at least two long-sticks, Duke’s C.J. Costabile and Bryant’s Mason Poli, have recorded hat tricks.
Multi-Point Ventures For Ward

Johns Hopkins All-American defender Tucker Durkin held Justin Ward to just one assist on April 27, the first time this season the junior attacker was held to less than two points. He rebounded, though, with a goal and two assists versus Ohio State for his 14th multi-point game in 15 games this year.

He has now tallied at least two points in all but one games this season, and he has three or more in 10 of those outings.

In the Georgetown game, he became the 10th player in the program’s Division I history (since 1982) to log 50 or more assists in his career. With 62 career assists, Ward is in seventh place on the school’s Division I career chart; he is now 10 away from tying Kevin Beach and Tim O’Shea for fifth place.

Ward put up his second game with seven or more points on March 16 against Air Force, logging seven with two goals and five assists in the win over the Falcons. His five assists tied his career-high, set twice in 2012 against Towson and Fairfield.

On February 26, against UMBC, as the junior finished with seven goals and three assists for 10 points. His goal and point outputs were career-highs. He became the first player to score at least seven goals in a game since Gavin Prout tallied eight in a 19-11 win at Hobart on April 28, 2001.

Ward’s 10-point effort was the first 10-point game for a Greyhound since Tim Goettelmann tallied the same amount in a 19-9 win on March 25, 2000, against Fairfield. In that game, Goettelmann scored four goals and had six assists. Later that season, he would score seven goals on May 16 in the NCAA First Round against Notre Dame.

Through 13 games this year, Ward leads the team with 30 assists and 57 points. His 30 assists are tied for seventh in school single-season history.
CLASSy Senior Candidate

Three weeks ago, Scott Ratliff was named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, an honor given yearly to a NCAA Division I senior who has notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition

Ratliff has continued his high production on defense, transition and offense that helped him earn USILA All-America Third Team and ECAC Defensive Player of the Year honors a year ago when he led the team last year in ground balls (88) and caused turnovers (37), was fifth in goals (12) and seventh in assists (7).

His career totals now stand at 29 goals and 14 assists, and his 43 career points are second-most among active long-poles to Bryant’s Mason Poli. Last year, he set the school’s single-season long-pole scoring record with 12 goals and seven assists, eclipsing the previous high of 16 points on 11 goals and five assists set in 1995 by current Loyola assistant coach Matt Dwan.

Additionally, Ratliff is now seventh in school Division I history in career ground balls (216) and he is second in caused turnovers (88). His caused turnovers are two shy of tying the school record set by P.T. Ricci.
Crane A Finalist For Yeardley Love Unsung Hero Award

Freshman Jason Crane is one of five men’s players nationally to be a finalist for the Yeardley Love Unsung Hero Award. In January, Crane led a group of 13 of his teammates to Newtown, Conn., to put on a youth lacrosse clinic for members of the town affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Crane and his teammates have kept up the connection with the Newtown Youth Lacrosse players, hosting them and their families at the April 13 game against Denver.
Pontrello Keeps Tallying Points

Nikko Pontrello tallied two goals and two assists in the ECAC Semifinal against and Ohio State, coming up with his fourth multi-goal game of the season in addition to three hat tricks (UMBC, Air Force, Ohio State regular-season).

In his first season as a starter, Pontrello has scored 15 goals while assisting on 19 for 34 points, third-most on the team. As a freshman in 2012, he scored four goals and assisted on six.

He posted his second six-point game this season March 16 against Air Force, scoring a career-high four goals to go with two assists. He scored in the first quarter, tallied a pair during Loyola’s 4-0 third-quarter run and added his fourth in the final frame. Earlier this year against UMBC, Pontrello posted three goals and three assists for six points against the Retrievers.
Helmet Stickers

Loyola players are wearing three stickers on their helmets this season to remember those who have passed away. The stickers are in memory of Adam Pomper, a member of the 2012 team who passed away on June 12, 2012, Mandy O’Sullivan, mother of current players Sean and Ryan O’Sullivan who died in March 2012 from pancreatic cancer, and the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting in December 2012 where Loyola put on a youth lacrosse clinic in January.
Well-Represented In MLL Draft

Five members of the Loyola men’s lacrosse team were selected in the top 26 of the January 11 Major League Lacrosse draft. The Greyhounds tied Virginia for the most draft picks in the selection process.

Josh Hawkins and Mike Sawyer were both taken in the first round, going fifth and eighth overall to the Hamilton Nationals and Charlotte Hounds, respectively.

Scott Ratliff was the first pick of the second round, going ninth to the Boston Cannons, and Davis Butts was taken early in the third round, 19th overall to the Denver Outlaws. Joining Hawkins in Hamilton will be Reid Acton, the team’s fourth round pick, 26th overall.
Big Runs

Last season, runs of three-plus goals were critical in the Greyhounds success, as they had runs of 3-0 or better in all 19 games. In all, Loyola scored three or more in a row on 37 occasions last year.

The Greyhounds have continued the trend this year, scoring three or more in a row 21 times and have had runs of 3-0 or better in every game but one (Maryland).
Second-Half Success

Last season, the Greyhounds outscored opponents 66-22 in the third quarters of games, and 123-63 overall in the second half (including overtime). The second-half scoring continued a trend from 2011 when Loyola outscored opponents, 69-52, after halftime (including two overtime goals), and 77-56.

This year, Loyola is outscoring opponents 58-29 in the third quarter and 81-69 overall after halftime.

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Loyola midfielder Layne to play in NCAA Tournament despite testicular cancer diagnosis

Posted on 10 May 2013 by WNST Staff

“Earlier this week, Chris was diagnosed with a testicular mass that will require further medical treatment. In consultation with doctors, Chris has decided to complete his collegiate lacrosse career where he loves to be, on the field with the teammates with whom he has a tremendous bond.

“We have been part of the Loyola lacrosse family for many years, and the support we have received has been tremendous. We would like to thank Coach Toomey and his staff, Chris’ teammates and their families for their comfort during this time. We believe that there is no better place for our family to be at this time because of their care for Chris and our family.”

The family has asked that members of the media respect the privacy of Chris and his family during this time. This will be the only statement they will make until further notice.

Statement from Loyola University Maryland Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Charley Toomey regarding Chris Layne:

“Throughout the last several days, our thoughts have been on the health and long-term well-being of Chris Layne. We are looking forward to Chris being with us in the playoffs, and he and his family will remain in our thoughts and prayers as he prepares for a new, post-playoffs battle.”

 

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Loyola looks for first win over Hopkins since 1999 Saturday

Posted on 26 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Opponent Johns Hopkins Blue Jays
Date Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time 2:00 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Homewood Field
TV | Radio ESPNU
Series Record Johns Hopkins leads, 47-3
Last Meeting Johns Hopkins 10, Loyola 9 (OT), April 8, 2012, in Baltimore

Game Data

The 2013 regular-season comes to an end for Loyola men’s lacrosse on Saturday, April 27, 2013, when they make the short trip down Charles Street to face Johns Hopkins University.

Face-off is slated for 1 p.m. at Homewood Field.

 

Watch The Action

Saturday’s game will be the Old Spice College Lacrosse Game of the Week on ESPNU. Booker Coorigan will call the play-by-play, while Mark Dixon handles color analysis. The game can also be viewed on ESPN Mobile and WatchESPN platforms.

 

Series History

The Greyhounds and Blue Jays will be meeting for the 51st time in series history on Saturday when they take the field. Johns Hopkins holds a 47-3 advantage in the all-time series and is currently on a 13-game winning streak.

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

Last year, the Blue Jays held the Greyhounds scoreless for the game’s first 18-plus minutes and scored the first five goals en route to a 6-3 halftime advantage. Johns Hopkins eventually went ahead 9-5 on a Rob Guida goal with 14:13 left in regulation, but Loyola rallied to score four in a row.

Pat Laconi’s first career goal, in transition with 3:04 remaining, pulled Loyola within a goal, and Justin Ward dodged from X, scoring just off the left side of the crease with five seconds to play, sending the game to overtime.

With less than 10 seconds remaining, a Josh Hawkins trail-check sent a John Ranagan shot high and wide right, but the ball went right to the stick of Zach Palmer. He hit Guida with a pass on the doorstep, and Guida one-timed a shot into the net for the game-winner with 2.3 ticks left in overtime.

When the teams play for the 51st time, Johns Hopkins will overtake Penn State as Loyola second most-played in school history. Towson is the Greyhounds’ most-played opponent at 55 meetings.

 

In The Polls

Loyola moved up to seventh the USILA coaches poll while staying steady at eighth in the Inside Lacrosse media ranking.

 

Last Time Out

Loyola scored the first six goals of the game and then used a 7-0 run after Hobart closed the gap to one in the second quarter. The latter Greyhounds’ run broke open the game, and Loyola closed its ECAC Lacrosse League regular-season schedule with a 19-11 victory over the host Statesmen.

Justin Ward scored all three of his goals in the opening quarter, and the Greyhounds were ahead 5-0 on his final tally, a man-up strike with 1:23 on the first-quarter clock.

Hobart, however, scored the first five goals of the second quarter and drew within a point, 6-5, at 4:24 on an Alex Love score. Scott Raltiff scored in transition at 3:18, however, sparking three goals before the end of the half at the beginning of a 7-0 Greyhounds’ run.

Mike Sawyer was involved in the scoring of the first five goals of the run, scoring three and assisting on Ratliff’s goal and one by Zach Herreweyers. Sawyer finished with a game-high four goals and six points, while Herreweyers chipped in three goals and two assists, and Ward scored three with one assist.

Ratliff tallied two goals and an assist, while Sean O’Sullivan and Josh Hawkins each scored twice.

 

Back-To-Back Six-Point Games

Mike Sawyer put up his best offensive numbers of the season on April 13 against Denver, scoring four goals and recording two assists for six points, season-highs in all categories.

The senior attacker quickly replicated that effort on April 20 at Hobart, posting the same numbers in each category.

With his eight goals in two games, Sawyer has leapt into the team lead for goals scored with 27 this season. In seven ECAC Lacrosse League games this season, Sawyer leads the conference with 2.83 goals per game.

In 55 career games, Sawyer has scored 119 goals and has 25 assists for 144 points.

Earlier this year, against UMBC, he became the eighth player in school Division I history to reach 100 goals, and his 119 total place him are third-most on the program’s Division I career chart. He is one behind Gewas Schindler in second and 14 back of Pat Lamon in first. Sawyer’s 139 points rank 11th in school Division I history.

 

Hawkins On The Fly

In just six games this year, Josh Hawkins has already eclipsed his previous high in goals, scoring nine this season to beat his total of six from last season and his 2010 freshman campaign.

The defensive midfielder has scored twice in each of Loyola’s last three games and has at least one goal in every game he’s played this year.

He has put 13-of-20 shots on goal and scored on 45.0-percent of his total shots.

In 46 career games, Hawkins has scored 24 goals and has eight assists as a short-stick defender.

 

ECAC Weekly Honors For Ratliff

Scott Ratliff earned ECAC Lacrosse League Specialist of the Week honors on Monday, his third weekly award of 2013 from the conference office.

The long-stick midfielder posted another all-around performance at Hobart Saturday, scoring twice in transition and adding another assist on a Mike Sawyer goal in the third-quarter.

Defensively, Ratliff posted seven ground balls and three caused turnovers, while he and his teammates in the defensive midfield held the Statesmen’s starting midfield to three goals. Ratliff did not allow a goal against a player he was matched up against in the game.

He now has scored 13 goals this season, eclipsing his 2012 school record for scoring by a long-pole player.

Ratliff, who was the 2012 ECAC Defensive Player of the Year and 2013 ECAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, has earned seven weekly awards from the league. Earlier this season, he was named Defensive Player of the Week twice.

 

O’Sullivan Shooting On Target

Sean O’Sullivan’s game-tying goal with 2:11 to play in the third quarter against Denver gave him four for the game, tying his career-high set on February 25, 2012, against Towson. The senior needed just four shots against the Pioneers to score his four goals.

On Saturday at Hobart, O’Sullivan scored twice on four shots, and this season, he has scored his 16 goals on just 39 shots (.410 shot percentage), and he is putting 74.4-percent of his total shots on goal (29-of-39). His 16 goals rank third on the team this season, and his six extra-man tallies lead the team. O’Sullivan’s four extra-man goals in conference play lead the ECAC in that category.

 

Attack Stats

Loyola’s starting attack against Hobart – Mike Sawyer (four goals, two assists), Zach Herreweyers (three, two) and Justin Ward (three, one) – represented 10 of the Greyhounds’ 19 goals and 15 of the team’s 31 points against the Statesmen.

Ward and Sawyer are first and second, respectively, on the team in scoring this season with 53 and 33 points. Herreweyers, in just seven games, is fifth with 18. Nikko Pontrello, who started 10 games on attack this season, is third on the team with 30 points, 13 coming from goals.

 

Rookie Production

Zach Herreweyers recorded his fourth hat trick of the season Saturday at Hobart in just his seventh game of the season.

The freshman from London, Ontario, posted three goals and two assists against the Statesmen, raising his first-year total to 15 goals and three assists.

Herreweyers, who has hat tricks against Air Force, Georgetown, Michigan and Hobart, leads ECAC Lacrosse League freshmen with 2.14 goals per game and 2.6 points per contest.

Against Air Force, Herreweyers became the first Loyola freshman to score three times in a game since current senior Patrick Fanshaw scored five goals and assisted on another on March 20, 2010, also against Air Force.

 

Ratliff Sets Record

Scott Ratliff did something believed to be a first in the modern era of college lacrosse  (circa 1971) on April 6 in the Greyhounds’ win over visiting Fairfield. The senior long-stick midfielder scored four goals, becoming the first player with a pole to do so.

Ratliff scored once off a Loyola faceoff win, a second time on a give-and-go in transition with Pat Laconi and twice more off set plays in settled offense with feeds from Justin Ward and Nikko Pontrello.

In recent years, at least two long-sticks, Duke’s C.J. Costabile and Bryant’s Mason Poli, have recorded hat tricks.

 

Another Multi-Point Venture For Ward

With three first-quarter goals against Hobart, Justin Ward had his 13th multi-point effort in as many games this season. He has now tallied at least two points in all 13 games this season, and he has three or more in nine of those outings.

In the Georgetown game, he became the 10th player in the program’s Division I history (since 1982) to log 50 or more assists in his career. With 59 career assists, Ward is tied for eighth in school Division I history with Pat Lamon, one shy of Gewas Schindler in seventh.

Ward put up his second game with seven or more points on March 16 against Air Force, logging seven with two goals and five assists in the win over the Falcons. His five assists tied his career-high, set twice in 2012 against Towson and Fairfield.

On February 26, against UMBC, as the junior finished with seven goals and three assists for 10 points. His goal and point outputs were career-highs. He became the first player to score at least seven goals in a game since Gavin Prout tallied eight in a 19-11 win at Hobart on April 28, 2001.

Ward’s 10-point effort was the first 10-point game for a Greyhound since Tim Goettelmann tallied the same amount in a 19-9 win on March 25, 2000, against Fairfield. In that game, Goettelmann scored four goals and had six assists. Later that season, he would score seven goals on May 16 in the NCAA First Round against Notre Dame.

Through 13 games this year, Ward leads the team with 26 goals and 27 assists for 53 points. His 27 assists are ninth-most in school Division I single-season history.

 

CLASSy Senior Candidate

Two weeks ago, Scott Ratliff was named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, an honor given yearly to a NCAA Division I senior who has notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition

Ratliff has continued his high production on defense, transition and offense that helped him earn USILA All-America Third Team and ECAC Defensive Player of the Year honors a year ago when he led the team last year in ground balls (88) and caused turnovers (37), was fifth in goals (12) and seventh in assists (7).

His career totals now stand at 29 goals and 14 assists, and his 43 career points are second-most among active long-poles to Bryant’s Mason Poli. Last year, he set the school’s single-season long-pole scoring record with 12 goals and seven assists, eclipsing the previous high of 16 points on 11 goals and five assists set in 1995 by current Loyola assistant coach Matt Dwan.

Additionally, Ratliff now stands 10th in school Division I history in career ground balls (204) and second in caused turnovers (88). His caused turnovers are two shy of tying the school record set in 2008 by P.T. Ricci.

 

Defensive Midfield Production

Loyola’s defensive midfield had a productive game against Fairfield, finishing the outing with six goals, an assists, six caused turnovers and six ground balls.

The unit posted another solid outing on both sides of the field with four goals and two assists at Hobart on April 20.

This season, long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff has posted 13 goals and four assists, good for sixth on the team with 17 points, while short-stick Josh Hawkins has nine goals and an assist, and fellow short-stick Pat Laconi has four goals and six points. Kyle Duffy scored his first point of the season with an assist at Hobart.

 

Pontrello Keeps Tallying Points

Nikko Pontrello notched his third hat trick of the season on March 30 at Ohio State, scoring a game-high three against the Buckeyes. He also had three-goal outings against UMBC and Air Force earlier this year.

In his first season as a starter, Pontrello has scored 13 goals while assisting on 17 for 30 points, third-most on the team. As a freshman in 2012, he scored four goals and assisted on six.

He posted his second six-point game this season March 16 against Air Force, scoring a career-high four goals to go with two assists. He scored in the first quarter, tallied a pair during Loyola’s 4-0 third-quarter run and added his fourth in the final frame. Earlier this year against UMBC, Pontrello posted three goals and three assists for six points against the Retrievers.

 

Fletcher Turns Up ‘D’

Joe Fletcher earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on March 18 after picking up three ground balls and causing a turnover against Air Force. More impressive was the defense Fletcher played on Air Force’s offensive quarterback, preseason All-American Keith Dryer.

Dryer entered the game with four goals and a team-leading 10 assists, but Fletcher held him without a point.

This season, Fletcher, who was a Preseason All-America First Team honoree, has 49 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers, numbers that are second and third, respectively, on the team.

 

ECAC Championships Approaching

After Loyola plays at Johns Hopkins to wrap up its 2013 regular-season on Saturday, the Greyhounds will embark on a return trip to Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., where they will play in the 2013 ECAC Lacrosse League Tournament.

Loyola, at 6-1 in conference play, is guaranteed no lower than the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Denver, which enters this weekend at 5-1, can earn the top seed with a win Saturday at Michigan by virtue of its head-to-head win against Loyola.

Fairfield and Ohio State have also qualified for the ECAC Championships and play this weekend. If Fairfield wins and Denver loses, the Stags will be the No. 2 seed. If Denver wins, the winner of Fairfield-Ohio State will be the third seed, and the loser will be the fourth.

 

Helmet Stickers

Loyola players are wearing three stickers on their helmets this season to remember those who have passed away. The stickers are in memory of Adam Pomper, a member of the 2012 team who passed away on June 12, 2012, Mandy O’Sullivan, mother of current players Sean and Ryan O’Sullivan who died in March 2012 from pancreatic cancer, and the 26 victims of the Newtown, Conn., shooting in December 2012 where Loyola put on a youth lacrosse clinic in January.

 

Well-Represented In MLL Draft

Five members of the Loyola men’s lacrosse team were selected in the top 26 of the January 11 Major League Lacrosse draft. The Greyhounds tied Virginia for the most draft picks in the selection process.

Josh Hawkins and Mike Sawyer were both taken in the first round, going fifth and eighth overall to the Hamilton Nationals and Charlotte Hounds, respectively.

Scott Ratliff was the first pick of the second round, going ninth to the Boston Cannons, and Davis Butts was taken early in the third round, 19th overall to the Denver Outlaws. Joining Hawkins in Hamilton will be Reid Acton, the team’s fourth round pick, 26th overall.

 

Preseason Accolades

Six Loyola players were named to the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America teams: defender Joe Fletcher and short-stick midfielder Josh Hawkins (first team); attackman Mike Sawyer and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff (second); midfielder Davis Butts (third); and, defender Reid Acton (honorable mention).

All six earned All-America honors last season with Sawyer earned Second Team honors and Ratliff was named to the Third Team. Acton, Butts, Fletcher and Acton earned Honorable Mention along with graduate student Eric Lusby.

 

Toomey Receives Morris Touchstone Award

Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey was named the ECAC Coach of the Year for the third time in his seven-year career, and in December, he received the coaches association’s Morris Touchstone Award as the national coach of the year.

The Greyhounds became the second team in USILA Coaches Poll history to start a season unranked and ascend to the No. 1 spot in the rankings. The only other team was Duke in 2007 – a year after the Blue Devils had their season suspended in March – which accomplished the feat after being unranked in the first poll, moving to second in the next version and first in the third. Duke was knocked from its perch as No. 1 that season when it lost to the Greyhounds at the First Four in San Diego.

The win over Georgetown this was the 70th victory of his coaching career, becoming the second coach in Loyola history to win 70 or more, joining – Dave Cottle (181-70, 1983-2001).

 

Big Runs

Last season, runs of three-plus goals were critical in the Greyhounds success, as they had runs of 3-0 or better in all 19 games. In all, Loyola scored three or more in a row on 37 occasions last year.

The Greyhounds have opened the 2013 season in similar fashion as they scored three-straight in the second quarter to take a 4-2 lead against Delaware after trailing, 2-1. They then had two runs of 3-0 or better at Towson.

Against UMBC, Loyola had a 3-0 first-half run before putting together a 10-0 stretch in the third and fourth quarters. The Greyhounds then had a 4-0 run that spanned both halves to help beat Bellarmine, and they runs of 3-0 and 4-0 to beat Air Force.

In the Georgetown game, Loyola had its longest run of the year, scoring eight straight.

At Ohio State, the Greyhounds went on a 6-0 run that spanned the final three quarters to take control of the game. A 5-0 first-quarter run spurred the win over Fairfield.

The game against Hobart saw the Greyhounds go on a pair of major runs en route to the win. Loyola scored the game’s first six goals and, after the Statesmen went on a 5-0 run to pull within a goal in the second quarter, the Greyhounds used a 7-0 run that spanned both halves to break open the game.

 

Second-Half Success

Last season, the Greyhounds outscored opponents 66-22 in the third quarters of games, and 123-63 overall in the second half (including overtime). The second-half scoring continued a trend from 2011 when Loyola outscored opponents, 69-52, after halftime (including two overtime goals), and 77-56.

This year, Loyola is outscoring opponents 52-24 in the third quarter and 83-56 overall after halftime.

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