March 3, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team will play its first ECAC game this Saturday at University Park, Pa. The Greyhounds take on No. 19 Penn State in an early-season conference game slated for a 1 p.m. face-off in Holuba Hall. Listen
The Greyhounds hold their No. 16 national ranking after a tough 7-5 opening day loss to local-rival Towson. Sophomore Andrew Spack, who scored two goals in that game, leads Loyola's scoring attack and also has three groundballs to his credit.
Junior goalie Michael Fretwell, who had a brilliant day in the cage with 19 saves against No. 12 Towson, hopes for a repeat performance against Penn State. He'll look to get more offensive support from the Greyhounds, who took only 26 shots in the loss.
Penn State, which has not left home this season, will be playing its third game of the year. The Lions defeated Ohio State in their opener and fell to Notre Dame last Saturday. Nate Whitaker leads the team with six goals in two games while Patrick Heim, who scored the game-winner against Ohio State, has four goals this season.
These two teams have not met since 1990, the year Loyola advanced to the NCAA Championship Game. That season, Penn State handed the Greyhounds one of their three losses, a 16-13 decision, but Loyola rebounded and would not lose again until the NCAA Final.
Loyola has won seven of it last eight meetings with Penn State and is hoping for a win in its first of six road games this season. The Greyhounds, who play nine of their 14 regular season games against teams currently ranked in the Top-20, have not started a season 0-2 since 1983.
Saturday's game can be heard live on WNST AM 1570 and Online at www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.