ESPN analyst Mark Dixon provided play by play for No. 1 seed Loyola’s 17-5 thumping of Canisius in the NCAA tournament on Saturday. On Monday, he offered what he liked and what he didn’t like in the Greyhounds’ victory in the opening round.
Wednesday and Thursday will feature Dixon’s assessment of No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins’ 19-9 demolition of Stony Brook and Maryland’s 10-9 upset of No. 7 seed Lehigh, respectively, but here is what he thought of Loyola’s win.
What Dixon liked: “What I really liked was how [junior attackman] Mike Sawyer stepped it up in the second half. He’s a Tewaaraton [Award] finalist for a reason. His team was scuffling a little bit coming out of halftime, and he’s the one that really gave them that spark.”
What he didn’t like: “The faceoff work in the first half. They were just dominated by Canisius, and that’s a huge concern going into the Denver game. But I liked the adjustment of [junior long-stick midfielder] Scott Ratliff at the faceoff X. Not only that, but he showed why he was almost in the Tewaaraton finalist discussion. He’s just such a game-changer. The play between the lines for Loyola was phenomenal with Ratliff, [sophomore short-stick defensive midfielder] Pat Laconi and [junior short-stick defensive midfielder] Josh Hawkins.”