Tewaaraton Award finalist Mike Sawyer will be a game-time decision for No. 15 Loyola’s road game at Georgetown Wednesday night, coach Charley Toomey confirmed Tuesday morning.
The senior attackman did not play in the team’s 13-7 victory over Air Force last Saturday and attempted just three shots (scoring once) in a 9-8 loss to then-unranked Duke on March 8 after suffering an unspecified injury in an 8-6 win against Bellarmine on March 2. Toomey described Sawyer, who has registered 13 goals and two assists in six games, as “day-to-day.”
“Because he had an injury and was unable to play, we just felt like staying in class and staying back here was probably the right thing to do rather than take him out of class just to travel,” Toomey said of the decision of traveling to Denver without Sawyer last weekend. “But the most important thing for us right now is to get him back on the field healthy and get him ready to play.”
Freshman Zach Herreweyers replaced Sawyer in the starting lineup and scored three goals on six shots against the Falcons. Toomey said he wasn’t terribly surprised by Herreweyers’ performance.
“That’s why we recruited him. That’s kind of what we expected from him,” Toomey said. “We see it every day in practice, but we also wanted to put him in a position where he was going to have that kind of opportunity to grow and develop. Now he’s a guy that is obviously in the fold. Whether it’s in the attack or midfield, he’s a guy that we need those skills on the field. He had three great finishes – Canadian-type finishes – that a lot of other teams have had out there but we haven’t had on the offensive end in a while.”
Twelve of the Greyhounds’ goals were assisted, and junior attackman Justin Ward posted five assists and sophomore attackman Nikko Pontrello had two. Toomey was pleased to see the Sawyer-less offense share the ball.
“I thought it was more about us sharing the ball with the midfield, Nikko and Justin,” he said. “I really felt like we had great ball movement on Saturday, and that’s something we need to continue with.”
In other team news, senior short-stick defensive midfielder Josh Hawkins is also a game-time decision. Hawkins has not played this season while serving a university-enforced suspension for violating an undisclosed team rule.
“He’s real close,” Toomey said. “He’s very close.”