March 28, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team will go for its fifth straight win when it hosts Syracuse this Saturday at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The 10th-ranked Greyhounds will take on the 12th-ranked Orange in a nationally televised game on ESPNU and Baltimore's ABC-2. Radio coverage on WNST AM 1570 also begins at 1 p.m. Live Audio
Loyola enters the big weekend match-up with a 4-0 record in the month of March and a 3-0 record in the ECAC. The `Hounds are coming off a 10-8 win over conference foe UMass - a game in which sophomore goalie Alex Peaty made 15 saves for Loyola.
So far this season, the Greyhounds have been unbeaten when reaching the 10-goal plateau. Junior Shane Koppens is the team's leading scorer with 20 points, while senior Dan Bauers leads the team with 15 goals. As a team, Loyola is scoring 9.17 goals per game while allowing only 8.00 goals per game. The defense will be asked to slow Syracuse's prolific offense and its 11-goal per game production.
The Orange are 3-3 this season and have had the edge in their history with Loyola. Syracuse holds a 17-4 all-time series lead on the `Hounds.
The last time Loyola defeated Syracuse was also the last time the Greyhounds defeated a No. 1 team prior to this season. Loyola topped top-ranked Syracuse 14-13 in overtime on April 7, 2001. The feat of defeating a No. 1 team was again matched this season when the `Hounds knocked off top-ranked Duke on March 10. Loyola hopes that this season will also bring another victory over the Orange.
Saturday's game will be Loyola's final non-conference game before its season-finale at Johns Hopkins. The Greyhounds are 2-1 at home as they also wrap up a three-game homestand. In addition to television and radio, the game will be carried live on www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com and www.WNST.net.