March 5, 2008
Game Data: Loyola plays its second straight home game on Saturday, March 8, when it hosts Duke at 2 p.m. on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.
TV Time: The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU and will air in the Baltimore area on ABC-2 (WMAR-TV). Scott Garceau will handle the play-by-play duties.
The Series: The Greyhounds and Blue Devils have met 17 times in the programs' histories. Loyola's victory last season snapped a four-game Duke winning streak in the series and gave the Greyhounds a 9-8 advantage in the all-time series.
The Last Time: Loyola handed Duke its first loss of the season in 2007, as the Greyhounds scored twice in the final 1:13 to defeat the Blue Devils, 8-7, at the First Four Lacrosse Tournament in San Diego. Andrew Spack's goal with 1:13 left tied the game at 7-7, and Greg Leonard's tally with 38 ticks left was the winner.
P.T. Pick Ups: Long-stick middie P.T. Ricci led Loyola's groundball effort with 10 pickups against Penn State. He also caused eight turnovers, setting career highs in both categories. He leads the team with 23 grounders this season.
In The Polls: Loyola moved up to 13th in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media poll the USILA coaches' poll. Duke remained second in both polls.
Moving Up: Shane Koppens recorded two assists against Penn State and has eight for the season. That total has lifted him to a tie for ninth all-time at Loyola with 44 assists, matching the total Chris Georgalas (1995-1998) put up during his career. Next on the list is Gewas Schindler (1996-1999) who has 60.
Freshman In Goal: Freshman Jake Hagelin picked up ECAC Rookie of the Week honors after saving seven Penn State shots and allowing only four goals. His .636 saves percentage against the Nittany Lions was the best single-game performance of his young career.
March Madness: As a head coach, Charley Toomey is 9-2 in the month of March.
Mr. Assist: Shane Koppens has six assists in two games this season, and has 44 career assists at Loyola. He is currently ninth 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 on February 23. He then scored twice against Penn State to raise his season total to a team-leading seven.
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.