March 30, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola College men's lacrosse team wraps up a four-game road swing at No. 13 Syracuse this Saturday.The Greyhounds, No. 19 in the media poll and 3-3 overall, face an Orange team much better than its midseason record. Catch all the action from the Carrier Dome beginning at 4 p.m. Live Audio
Loyola, despite its 1-5 record at the Carrier Dome, has played well in Syracuse. Two years ago, goalie Michael Fretwell registered 20 saves - a career high at the time - and had the Greyhounds in contention against the third-ranked Orange. Syracuse, however, scored four goals in the fourth quarter to come away with the win.
This season, the `Hounds are producing 10 goals per game and have five scorers with 10 or more points. Among them is junior Andrew Spack, a high school standout at nearby Lafayette, where he was named the 2003 Syracuse Area Player of the Year. Spack has seven goals and seven assists and leads a man-up unit ranked fifth in the country with five of Loyola's 13 extra-man goals.
On the defensive end of the field, Fretwell has had a big year for Loyola, making 73 saves while posting a goals-against average of 8.89. He enters Saturday with 16 saves in each of his last two games but will look to defensive captain Steven Hess and his 26 groundballs for help in the Dome.
The Greyhounds will be playing their fifth ranked opponent this season, having dropped a one-goal game at No. 11 Towson, a two-goal game to No. 3 Duke and a five-goal defeat at No. 8 UMass. Syracuse, in similar fashion, has three losses to teams currently ranked in the Top-10. With losses to current No. 1 Virginia, No. 5 Georgetown and No. 10 Johns Hopkins, the Orange are arguably the best 1-4 team in the country.
Joe Yevoli and Mike Leveille are Syracuse's leading scorers this season with 10 goals apiece. The Orange, who have lost their last two home games, have never lost three straight at the Carrier Dome.
Saturday's will be televised by Time Warner Sports in Syracuse, N.Y. and can be heard live in Baltimore on WNST AM 1570.