March 12, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team returns to ECAC conference play this Saturday when it travels to Queens for a 1 p.m. match-up with the St. John's Red Storm. The Greyhounds, coming off a loss to current No. 1 Duke, are back in league play, where they are 1-0 this season. Live Audio
Loyola won its first conference game when it defeated Penn State at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field back on March 1. The Greyhounds, who play their next two conference game on the road, will be playing their first game outside the Baltimore Beltway this season.
Both Loyola and St. John's joined the ECAC in 2005, and since then the Greyhounds have swept their series with the Red Storm. In fact, since joining the league, Loyola is 15-6 in ECAC games, including its three wins over St. John's.
This year, the `Hounds are 2-2 overall with a balanced scoring attack. Eleven Loyola players have scored goals this season with sophomore Cooper MacDonnell leading the way with eight himself. Senior co-captain Shane Koppens is the team's leading scorer with five goals and eight assists.
Apart from his goal scoring, Koppens has also climbed into a tie for ninth place on Loyola's all-time assist list. The senior has 44 career assists, tying him with Craig Georgalas, who posted 44 assists as a midfielder from 1995 to 1998 at Loyola.
As a team, the Greyhounds, who had their modest two-game win streak snapped by Duke last week, dropped a few spots in the national polls this week. Loyola is currently ranked No. 17 in both the USILA coaches' and Inside Lacrosse media polls.
St. John's, meanwhile, is looking for its first win in four games this season. The Red Storm, who have only played one home game this year, are giving up less than 10 goals per game and have dropped three games by three goals or less.
Saturday's game is slated for a 1 p.m. face-off from DaSilva Memorial Field. The game can be heard live on WNST AM 1570 and online at www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.