Opposing goaltenders are left playing the guessing game whenever they face Loyola. As one of the most balanced teams in Division I men's lacrosse, the Greyhounds make it difficult to tell where their shots, or passes leading up to the shots, will originate. The fruitful distribution of wealth was evident March 9 as the fifth-ranked Greyhounds doubled up No. 4 Duke, 14-7, in front of 3,912 at the Ridley Athletic Complex.
Six Greyhounds (Nikko Pontrello, Jeff Chase, Justin Ward, Brian Schultz, Matt Sawyer, Brian Sherlock) added their names to the score sheet versus the Blue Devils, defending national champions. All but Sherlock scored. Sawyer netted a career-high six goals, and Pontrello added five.
The victory was emblematic of Loyola's propensity to spread the wealth. Six games into the campaign, six Greyhounds (Pontrello, Ward, Schultz, Sawyer, Kevin Ryan, Sherlock) have registered double-digit point totals. Pontrello, Schultz, Sawyer and Ryan have each tallied 10 goals or more, and Pontrello paces the team in both goals (24) and points (29). Ward has a team-best 19 helpers.
Comparing Loyola with other in-state teams, No. 3 Johns Hopkins has five double-digit producers (Well Stanwick, Ryan Brown, Brandon Benn, Rob Guida, Holden Cattoni) while No. 1 Maryland (Mike Chanenchuk, Mike Chanenchuk, Jay Carlson) and Towson (Joe Seider, Thomas DeNapoli, Ryan Drenner) have three apiece.
Blessed with so many capable ball handlers and scorers, the Greyhounds are one of the nation's most lethal outfits and a bona fide national title contender.