Game No. 1
#15 Loyola Greyhounds (0-0) at #11 U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen (1-0)
Saturday, February 20, 2010 12 p.m. WNST-AM 1570
Annapolis, Maryland Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
- Loyola University Maryland opens its 71st season of men's lacrosse when it travels to Annapolis, Maryland, for a game at the United States Naval Academy. The Greyhounds and Midshipmen will face-off at 12 p.m. in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
- The Loyola-Navy game will be broadcast live in the Baltimore area on WNST-AM 1570 with Chris Gunkel `90 calling the play-by-play action. For those outside of the WNST listening area, the broadcast can also be heard for free on LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
- Video of the contest is also available (for a fee) from NavySports.com.
In The Polls
- Loyola and Navy both enter Saturday's contest ranked in both the USILA Coaches' Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The Greyhounds are ranked 15th by the coaches and 16th by the media, while the Midshipmen are tabbed 11th in both rankings.
- Despite less than 40 miles separating their campuses, Loyola and Navy will meet for just the seventh time when the squads take the field on Saturday.
- Navy holds a 5-1 advantage against Loyola in the previous six games.
- The Greyhounds and Mids played every year from 1939-1943 and then did not face each other again for 50 years. They squared off in Annapolis on May 15, 1993, in the NCAA Championships First Round with Loyola coming out on top, 19-8.
- Of the six other NCAA Division I men's lacrosse-playing schools in the State of Maryland - Johns Hopkins, UMBC, Maryland, Mount St. Mary's, Towson, Navy - Loyola has faced the Midshipmen the least often. The Greyhounds have played Mount St. Mary's 11 times and the other four teams on at least 20 occasions.
- Saturday's head coaches - Loyola's Charley Toomey and Navy's Richie Meade - will face each other as head coaches for the first time, but they are no stranger to one another.
- Toomey served an assistant at Navy from 1994-1995 and was on Meade's first staff at the Academy when he took over from Bryan Matthews in 1995.
- A pair of assistant coaches on opposite sidelines will also be reunited Saturday. Loyola's Matt Dwan and Navy's Stan Ross were teammates at Loyola from 1992-1995, helping the Greyhounds advance to the NCAA Championships each season.
- In addition to the coaching connections, eight players on opposing teams were teammates in high school - Loyola's Kyle Cottrell and Navy's Ward Odenwald (Glenelg); Loyola's J.P. Dalton and Navy's Darren Pastrana (St. Mary's); Loyola's Collin Finnerty and Navy's Tom Mansfield (Chaminade); and Loyola's John Schiavone and Navy's Bryce Dabbs (Good Counsel).
Loyola Welcomes New Athletics Director
- Loyola University Maryland introduced Jim Paquette as Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics on Wednesday, February 17. Paquette comes to Loyola after 16 years at Boston College, most recently as Associate Director of Athletics for Development.
New Season, New Home Field
- 2010 will mark a new chapter in Loyola men's lacrosse history, as the Greyhounds will open the Fr. Harold Ridley, S.J., Intercollegiate Athletic Complex when they host Duke on Saturday, March 13 at 3 p.m. The 6,000-seat venue will be one of the finest lacrosse and soccer complexes in the nation and provides Loyola with a state-of-the-art home.
- Loyola received accolades - as a team and individually - from several outlets before the season started. The Greyhounds were picked to win the ECAC Lacrosse Conference by the league's coaches, while senior attacker Cooper MacDonnell was tabbed the ECAC Preseason Player of the Year. Senior defender Steve Layne joined MacDonnell on the Preseason All-ECAC team.
- Inside Lacrosse tabbed Loyola to win the ECAC, as well, and three Greyhounds earned Preseason All-America honors from the publication. Junior faceoff midfielder John Schiavone was named to the Third Team, while MacDonnell and Layne earned honorable mention.
The Last Time We Met
- Loyola and Navy last met on Saturday, May 15 1993, when the Greyhounds came to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for a date with the Midshipmen in the NCAA Championships First Round. Navy was ranked seventh nationally entering the game, while Loyola was 10th, but the Greyhounds came away with a 19-8 victory.
- Loyola took an 8-2 lead into the locker room at halftime as Kevin Beach scored four goals in the first half, three in the first quarter. Navy rallied to cut the deficit to three, 8-5, with just over nine minutes to play in the third quarter, but Beach scored two more goals in less than a minute to put Loyola back up by five.
- Beach finished the game with four goals, while Kevin Anderson had three goals and two assists. Pat Ervin scored twice and assisted on three others, and Paul Cantabene added a goal and two assists for the Greyhounds. Jamie Slough led the Mids with four goals and an assist.
- The win advanced the Greyhounds to the NCAA Second Round where they lost at Princeton, 12-6, a week later.
- The Greyhounds finished the 2009 season with a 9-5 record, earning a share of the ECAC Championship by going 6-1 in the conference. The ECAC title was the second in a row for Loyola.
- According to the computer rankings, the Greyhounds played the third-toughest schedule in Division I last season and ended the year with an RPI of nine.
- P.T. Ricci earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Year honors and was voted the LaxPower.com Senior Defender of the Year. He finished the season with 91 ground balls, averaging 6.36 per game, second in Division I among non-faceoff specialists.
- Ricci was joined as an USILA All-American by senior attacker Shane Koppens who topped the team with 41 total points in 2009. He tallied 22 goals and a team-best 19 assists for the Greyhounds. Koppens and Ricci were both named All-ECAC First Team, while four Greyhounds - Steve Layne, Cooper MacDonnell, Mike Sawyer and John Schiavone - earned All-ECAC Second Team recognition.
Back For More
- Loyola returns 60-percent of its goal-scoring from last season and 58.7-percent of its assists. Senior attackers Cooper MacDonnell and Collin Finnerty were the teams' top two goal scorers last season, recording 30 and 24, respectively, while Finnerty was second on the squad with 13 assists. Senior midfielder Chris Basler is back after finishing third a year ago with 10 assists.
- Season-opening games have not been kind of the Greyhounds of late, as they have lost their last five openers. A 7-5 loss in 2005 to Towson snapped a string of 21 straight wins in the first game of the year, dating back to a 9-7 win on March 10, 1984, against Penn State. All-time, the Greyhounds are 41-25-4 in their first game of the season.
At The `X'
- Junior John Schiavone returns in 2010 for his second season as the Greyhounds' primary faceoff specialist. Named a Preseason All-America Third Teamer by Inside Lacrosse, Schiavone led the ECAC in faceoff percentage last season (.589).
- Schiavone won 149-of-253 faceoffs last season and finished fourth in NCAA Division I in faceoff percentage as a sophomore. He also was second on the team last year with 76 ground balls.
Layne Leads `D'
- Senior defender Steve Layne returns on defense for the Greyhounds, leading a unit that has held ECAC opponents to a 7.6 goal against average in 34 conference games since 2005. As a junior, Layne earned All-ECAC Second Team honors, picking up 48 groundballs and causing 24 turnovers.
- As of September 25, 2009, Loyola is officially known as `Loyola University Maryland.' Since its founding in 1852, it was recognized as `Loyola College,' but it was approved for a designation change by the Maryland Higher Education Council in September.
- Loyola opens ECAC action with two games over a span of five days. The Greyhounds travel to Hamden, Conn., to visit new league foe Quinnipiac at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, and they follow that with a trip to Louisville, Ky., for a 1 p.m. contest on Wednesday, March 3, at Bellarmine.