Feb. 27, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Season openers don't get much bigger than this Saturday's men's lacrosse match-up at Towson's Minnegan Field. The Greyhounds and Tigers meet for the first time in a season-opener and an all-out battle if fully expected. Listen to all the action by clicking on Live Audio
After a 7-6 season in 2003, the Greyhounds have undergone a facelift with 13 freshmen and three new transfers. Gone are five starters and 13 letterwinners, but back are a very experienced defense and a solid offensive attack.
Senior Stephen Brundage returns after leading Loyola with 23 goals and 13 assists last season. He will get help from junior transfer Matt Monfett, who scored 19 goals at Duke last year. On the defensive end, seniors Bernie Cannon and David Shortt are back and are joined by junior tri-captain Grant Halford, who spent time at midfield last season.
A very young midfield will get a major test against Towson's veteran lineup. The Greyhounds, rated the top recruited midfield class in the nation by Inside Lacrosse Magazine, will be thrown into the fire with two freshman projected to start on first midfield.
Last season, Towson, ranked No. 18 at the time, defeated No. 10 Loyola 15-10. Brundage had three goals and two assists, but seven first-quarter goals gave the Tigers an early lead to work with. This season, Towson comes in ranked No. 10 in the preseason coaches' poll. Loyola is ranked No. 13.
Towson leads the all-time series 24-21, but has never met Loyola on opening day. The Greyhounds are 43-21 all-time in season openers, winning their last 19. Saturday's game is slated for a 2 p.m. faceoff and can be head live on WNST AM 1570.