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Men's Lacrosse Opens ECAC Action With Televised Battle Against Penn State

Feb. 28, 2008

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Game Data: Loyola plays its second home game of the season on Saturday, March 1, 2008, when it hosts Penn State at 2 p.m. The game follows the Loyola women's lacrosse game against Towson at 11 a.m. Tickets for either game will be valid for admission to the men's contest.

ECAC Opener: Today's game is the ECAC opener for both Loyola and Penn State. The Greyhounds finished second in the league last season with a 5-2 conference mark while PSU finished fifth at 3-4.

TV Time: The game will be televised live on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). Leif Elsmo will handle play-by-play duties, while Ryan Rabidou will provide color commentary.

The Series: Loyola and Penn State have squared off 49 times with the Nittany Lions holding a 27-20-1 series edge on the Greyhounds.

Last Year's Classic: The Greyhounds scored eight goals in the final 15:35 of last year's game at Penn State to rally for a 10-9 win. Shane Koppens scored the game-winner with 4.4 seconds left in regulation, giving Loyola its first lead of the day.

Common Irish Denominator: Both Loyola and Penn State have squared off against Notre Dame this season. The Greyhounds fell 7-6 in their season opener against Irish, while PSU ...

March Madness: As a head coach, Charley Toomey is 8-2 in the month of March, including two wins over Penn State.

The Watch List: Seniors Shane Koppens and Paul Richards are two of 50 Division I players selected to the Tewaaraton Trophy "Watch List" last week.

In The Polls: Loyola is ranked 19th in the preseason USILA coaches' poll and No. 16 in the Inside Lacrosse media poll. Towson is No. 13 in both polls.

Preseason Picks: The Greyhounds and Nittany Lions are each picked third in the ECAC Conference this season behind Georgetown and UMass.

Mr. Assist: Shane Koppens has six assists in two games this season, and has 42 career assists at Loyola. He is currently 10th on the school's all-time career assist list.

Breakout Game: Sophomore Cooper MacDonnell, who entered the year with three career goals, scored four in Loyola's win at Towson last Saturday to give him five goals in two games this season.

Freshman In Goal: Freshman Jake Hagelin, who picked up his first collegiate win last Saturday, has 23 saves and a .605 save percentage this season.

Looking Ahead: The Greyhounds host Duke next Saturday in a re-match of last year's First Four game in San Diego. Loyola won that game, dropping top-ranked Duke, 8-7.