Leopards to Take on No. 2 Loyola Saturday
March 21, 2014
The Leopards travel to Baltimore, Md. to take on Patriot League newcomer and No. 2 ranked Loyola on Saturday. Lafayette enters the contest 1-3 in the Patriot League, while the Greyhounds are unbeaten in three conference games. The game can be seen live on the Patriot League Network.
Scouting the Greyhounds
Loyola features the fourth highest scoring offense in the nation at 13.71 goals per contest. Nikko Pontrello leads the country with 29 goals on the season while Justin Ward tops Division 1 with 26 assists. Joe Fletcher has scooped up a team-high 32 groundballs to go with a team-leading 12 caused turnovers. Pat Laconi has also caused 12 turnovers. Jack Runkel is 7-0 on the season and ranks in the top five in the country with a .603 save-percentage.
The Leopards are coached by Jim Rogalski, who is in his second season on College Hill. Rogalski has a 22-29 career mark after going 18-15 in two seasons at Scranton prior to last season’s 3-10 campaign. Charles Toomey is in his ninth season coaching the Greyhounds. Toomey is 82-46 at Loyola after previously spending time as an assistant with the program and with Navy.
The Leopards and Greyhounds have met only one other time in history, having last played back in 1939 with Loyola coming away with the victory.
Brian Bock has scored seven goals to go along with two assists to pace the Leopards attack. Robert Orazietti has netted six tallies and three assists. 10 Leopards have scored at least twice on the season and eight of them have also registered at least one helper. Sonny Round leads the squad with 11 points on five goals and six assists.
Matt Evans leads the defensive unit with a team-high 17 groundballs. Both Erik Cannon and Mac Ashler are right behind Evans with 16 groundballs on the year. Ashler tops the Leopards with nine caused turnovers. Jake Hyatt has started five of the first six games for Lafayette and ranks seventh in the nation with 12.80 saves per game.
Around the Patriot League
Loyola (7-1 overall) sits atop the Patriot League standings with an unblemished 3-0 mark. Lehigh (6-2) is a half game back of the Greyhounds at 3-1 while Colgate (6-2) and Army (4-3) follow with a 2-1 conference record. Bucknell (4-4) and Navy (3-4) are .500 in league play with a 2-2 mark. Patriot League newcomer Boston (1-6) is in the eighth spot at 1-2 while Lafayette (1-6) is a half game back at 1-3. Holy Cross (1-6) is the lone winless team in conference play with a 0-4 mark.
The Leopards return home for a non-conference matchup against Mercer, Friday night at Fisher Stadium. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.