March 1, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team begins ECAC conference play this Saturday at Penn State. The Greyhounds, who tied the Nittany Lions for second place in the league standings in 2006, begin their quest for a conference title at Holuba Hall. Face-off is 1 p.m. Live Audio
Saturday's game will be the 49th all-time meeting between the two programs, but only the third as conference foes. Last season, the Greyhounds scored the game's final five goals to knock off the 16th-ranked Nittany Lions at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. Paul Richards scored a career-high three goals in that game as Loyola won, 9-6.
This year's meeting features a pair of hungry teams that have come close, but have yet to reach the win column. The Greyhounds dropped games to No. 11 Notre Dame and No. 13 Towson by a combined three goals, while Penn State brings a 0-2 record after its loss to Notre Dame on Sunday.
Highlighting Loyola's effort this season has been the scoring of its senior attack. Seniors Dan Bauers and Patrick Kennedy have four goals apiece this season while Loyola seniors have accounted for 13 of the team's 15 goals. Senior transfer Dan Kallaugher, who won 14-of-19 face-offs against Towson, is also off to a good start with a team-high 11 groundballs this season.
Loyola and Penn State will be one of two ECAC games on slate this Saturday. The league, which features eight teams, has an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for its conference champion this season. The Greyhounds, who have a 9-4 record in two seasons of ECAC play, were picked third in the league's preseason poll.