Feb. 25, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse teams opens the 2005 season with local foe Towson this Saturday at noon. The Greyhounds and Tigers both enter the year ranked in the nation's Top-25 and bring great expectations to the 47th meeting with their Charles Street rival. Listen
Loyola, ranked 16th in the first Inside Lacrosse media poll of the year, has a young but relatively experienced lineup in 2005, with seniors Grant Halford and Pat Shek serving as co-captains. The Greyhounds finished a disappointing 4-8 last season, but seven of those losses came to ranked teams, including No. 1 Johns Hopkins and eventual national-champion Syracuse.
Towson is No. 12 in the media poll and returns Jonathan Engelke, who led the team in scoring as a freshman last season. The Tigers closed the year at 11-5 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they fell to Georgetown in the first round.
These two teams opened the 2004 campaign at Towson, where Loyola came away with a 14-9 win behind Matt Monfett's three goals and assist. The Tigers scored first, but five unanswered goals gave the Greyhounds a 5-1 lead they would not relinquish. Playing big in that game was goalie Michael Fretwell, who played the final 29:05, making nine saves and allowing zero goals to preserve the win.
The Greyhounds lost last season's leading scorer, Stephen Brundage, to graduation, but return their second-leading scorer in Monfett, as well as 113 of the team's 147 points in 2004. Monfett was a preseason All-ECAC pick at attack and leads that unit with 51 career goals and 90 career points.
Fretwell will start the season in goal after playing 10 games and 519 minutes last season. With nine of his 105 saves coming against Towson, he should have some confidence in the opener on Saturday.
The all-time series is very close between the two programs as Towson holds a slight 24-22 edge in its first 46 meetings with Loyola. The road team has won the last five games but Loyola is 6-2 against the Tigers in their last eight meetings and has won its last 21 season openers dating back to 1983.
Saturday's game can be heard live on WNST AM 1570 and online at www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.