March 26, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team takes a break from ECAC Conference play this Saturday when it travels to Syracuse for a 4 p.m. showdown with the Orange. The Greyhounds, who are coming off a 15-1 win at UMass, look to remain unbeaten on the road this season. Live Audio
Loyola enters the weekend tilt ranked No. 18 in both the USILA Coaches' Poll and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Syracuse, meanwhile, is No. 2 in both polls and is coming off a 13-5 win over Hobart on Tuesday night. And while Loyola is 3-0 in road games this year, Syracuse is 4-0 at the Carrier Dome.
Last year, the Greyhounds earned a thrilling 11-10 victory over Syracuse at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. For Loyola, which is 5-17 all-time against the Orange, the victory marked the first win over Syracuse since the 2001 season.
Senior Shane Koppens, who scored three goals and added one assist in last year's win, is the team's top point man this season with eight goals and 13 assists. He is one assist shy of 50 for his career.
Meanwhile, the Loyola defense, which allowed just one goal in last week's win at UMass, is allowing just over seven goals per game this season and just over four goals per game in its last three contests.
Freshman goalie Jake Hagelin, who was named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, posted a career-high 14 saves last Saturday and has been a big part of the Greyhounds success on defense.
Saturday's game will be Loyola's second game this season against a team ranked No. 2 nationally at the time the game took place. The Greyhounds dropped their match with Duke at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on March 8.
In addition to hearing the game live on WNST AM 1570, Saturday's game can also be seen on Time Warner Cable in Upstate New York.