March 23, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team looks for its second straight ECAC win this Saturday when it hosts the 11th-ranked Minutemen of Massachusetts. The Greyhounds, who have won back-to-back games at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field, will try to make it three in a row and get back to .500 - game time is 1 p.m. Listen
The Greyhounds, who are in their first season of competition in the ECAC, have played UMass eight previous times and have won all eight meetings. The last time these two teams squared off was in 2000 and Loyola came away with a 21-10 victory.
This season, the Minutemen are ranked No. 11 in both national polls and bring a 5-1 overall record into Saturday's contest. The Greyhounds, meanwhile, have won two in a row and are 2-3 overall with all three losses coming to ranked teams.
Senior Matt Monfett leads the `Hounds in scoring with nine goals and 10 points while sophomore midfielder Andrew Spack is second with five goals and two assists this season. Senior co-captain Grant Halford leads a defense that allowed an average of five goals last week while junior Steven Hess picked up 10 groundballs in Loyola's two wins to give him a team-high 20 groundballs for the year.
Last Saturday against St. John's, the Greyhounds came with a very balanced attack and scored six goals from six different players. Goalie Michael Fretwell, who lowered his goals-against average to 7.58 with the 6-3 win, made seven saves in the cage.
UMass played on Tuesday afternoon and earned an 8-3 win at Sacred Heart. Junior Sean Morris scored three of his team-high 18 goals in the win while Bill Schell made a career-high 14 saves in goal. The Minutemen are averaging 10.5 goals per game while Loyola is allowing an average of 7.8 goals in its contests.
The Minutemen will also be Loyola's fourth ranked opponent of the season. Despite their 0-3 record against Top-20 teams, those three opponents outscored the Greyhounds by a total of five goals. Loyola is 2-1 at home and 1-1 in the ECAC. Saturday's game will be UMass' first conference game of the season.
The game can be heard live on WNST AM 1570 as well as Online at www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com.