March 17, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The Greyhounds are home again this Saturday and once again they host a formidable foe in Notre Dame. Loyola looks to redeem itself after a home-opening loss to Duke last Saturday and will try to get rolling with a big performance against the tenth-ranked Fighting Irish. Listen to all the action right here with Live Audio .
The 'Hounds have dominated Notre Dame in the past, winning 12-of-14 contests against the Irish. Last season at South Bend, Craig Georgalas scored his first career goal with 41 seconds remaining in regulation to lift Loyola to a 9-8 win. This year, both squads are 1-2 after tough losses to the nation's top teams.
Senior Stephen Brundage leads Loyola with eight points after three games. He also has a team-high 16 groundballs, but freshmen Matt Cassalia, Andrew Spack and Tony Ferreira have stepped up and have 15, 14 and 13 respective groundballs to their credit.
Both Cassalia and Spack have handled faceoffs for the Greyhounds this season. In what is a bright spot to a slow start, the freshman duo has won 41-of-61 faceoffs while the team is winning a combined 65 percent of its draws at the center circle.
Notre Dame, fresh off losses to Syracuse and North Carolina, fell from No. 5 to No. 10 in this week's coaches' poll. The Greyhounds come in at No. 16 with 56 total points. Loyola and Notre Dame meet at 1 p.m. on Geppi-Aikens Field. The game can be heard live on both WNST AM 1570 and on www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.