Men's Lacrosse Ready For Top-10 Test At Massachusetts

March 23, 2006

Baltimore, Md. - Looking for a 3-0 start in the ECAC, the Loyola men's lacrosse team is preparing for this Saturday's showdown with No. 8 Massachusetts at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass. The Greyhounds, ranked 17th in this week's media poll, are seeking their second consecutive road victory. Face-off is slated for noon. Live Audio

Loyola has won three of its last four games, only dropping a 9-7 decision to current No. 2 Duke at the First Four in San Diego. The Greyhounds are 2-0 in the ECAC and are coming off a defensive-minded 6-5 win at St. John's last Saturday. Senior goalie Michael Fretwell, who made a season-high 16 saves in the win, was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week.

UMass, on the other hand, is playing its first ECAC game of the season. The Minutemen, 5-1 in non-conference play, defeated Sacred Heart 17-9 on Tuesday evening, increasing their offensive production to 12.5 goals per game.

The Greyhound defensive will be asked to slow down the UMass attack, which boasts a .689 shot-on-goal percentage after six games. Junior captain Steven Hess and his defensive unit, allowing only 7.0 goals per game, will need to help Fretwell, who has been clutch in the cage with a .633 saves percentage.

Last season, the `Hounds successfully turned the game into a defensive battle, and with 16 saves from Fretwell, Loyola prevailed over the 11th-ranked Minutemen, 6-5. The Greyhounds closed out the half and began the third quarter with four unanswered goals in earning the win.

Saturday's meeting with the 10th all-time meeting between the two programs. Loyola has won all nine previous contests and is the only team on Massachusetts' schedule that it has never defeated. UMass' leading scorers are Sean Morris and Brett Garber while Loyola's top goal scorers are its three junior starting attackmen, Patrick Kennedy, Dan Bauers and Ryan Rabidou.

The game can be head live on WNST AM 1570 with pre-game beginning at 11:55 a.m. Live audio is also provided by by clicking here.

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