March 15, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team returns from a week-long road trip in Southern California to host ECAC foe St. John's this Saturday at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The Greyhounds, who have played three of their first four games on the road this season, play their next three at home with an opportunity to get out front early in the conference standings. Saturday's game is slated for a 1 p.m. face-off. Live Audio
Loyola brings plenty of momentum into Saturday's game with back-to-back wins over Penn State and top-ranked Duke. Both of those games were decided in the final minute of regulation as Loyola scored the final two goals to win each contest.
Those wins have brought Loyola's overall record to 2-2 this season, and have the Greyhounds ranked 12th in this week's media poll and 15th in the coaches' poll. Loyola is also 1-0 in the ECAC and is coming up on an important stretch where it plays six conference opponents in the next seven weeks.
This Saturday's opponent is an improving St. John's squad, that although finished eighth in the conference last season, has played Loyola tough its first two years in the league. The Red Storm, who enter the game with a 2-4 overall record, have held the Greyhounds to six goals in each of their last two meetings. Loyola won 6-3 in 2005 and 6-5 in 2006.
Earlier this week, Head Coach Charley Toomey was honored as the US Lacrosse Coach of the Week and sophomore goalie Alex Peaty was named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week. Both honors came after Loyola's first win over a top-ranked opponent since it defeated No. 1 Syracuse on April 7, 2001.
On Saturday, the `Hounds take the field with senior Dan Bauers the top goal scorer (8 goals) and junior Shane Koppens the top points man (13 points). The game can be heard live on WNST AM 1570 and online at www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com and www.WNST.net. Loyola Alum Chris Gunkel will have the play-by-play while Chris McGovern will add color commentary. Coverage begins at 12:55 p.m.