Feb. 20, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team will make the short trip up Charles Street for this Saturday's match-up with No. 13 Towson. The Greyhounds, who play the Tigers for the 50th time in program history, look to rebound after last Saturday's heartbreaking loss to No. 10 Notre Dame. The game will be televised by ABC-2 and ESPNU, and is slated for a 1 p.m. face-off. Live Audio
The Greyhounds began the regular season last week, rallying from a three-goal second-half deficit to Notre Dame. Despite a good day from freshman goalie Jake Hagelin, who made 11 saves in his collegiate debut, the Fighting Irish escaped with a late goal and the win.
This week, Hagelin will be going toe-to-toe with his older brother, senior Adam Hagelin - a midfielder for the Tigers. Towson has the slight edge in the all-time series, 27-22, but the games have been close. The Tigers have won the last three by a combined four goals, but Loyola has won two of its last three at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Loyola enters Week Two of the season with Jake Willcox the leading goal scorer with two goals and an assist against Notre Dame, while senior co-captain Shane Koppens comes in with one goal, three assists and four points. Koppens' three assists last week puts him 11th on Loyola's career assist list with 39 for his career.
The Greyhounds also dropped one spot to No. 17 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll this week, while the USILA coaches' poll has Loyola ranked 19th. The Tigers are 13th in the coaches' poll and 14th in the media poll.
Saturday's game, which will be the season opener for Towson, is Loyola's second straight against a ranked opponent and its first televised game this season. The Greyhounds play seven TV games in all this season, three of which are on ABC-2 and ESPNU. Greyhound fans can also hear the game live on WNST AM 1570.