April 6, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Facing its toughest road test to date, the men's lacrosse team prepares for a showdown with No. 3 Syracuse. The two teams meet at the Carrier Dome this Saturday, April 10 at 1 p.m. Listen to all the action right here with Live Audio .
The Greyhounds enter at 3-3 with a No. 20 ranking in the national polls. Coming off an 11-10 win over Quinnipiac, Loyola could move up significantly in the polls with a win at the Dome. Syracuse is 6-1 this season and has not lost at home.
Both teams have faced Notre Dame and Brown and both teams defeated the Irish at home. Two weeks ago, the Greyhounds fell to Brown and last Saturday, Syracuse handed the Bears a 13-6 loss.
Saturday's game will be Loyola Head Coach Bill Dirrigl's third attempt at defeating his alma mater. Dirrigl captained Syracuse to a national championship in 1988 and led the Orangemen to four Final Fours as a player. He is yet to defeat his old team, falling 17-6 last season at Loyola.
Dirrigl brings a trio of West Genesee (high school lacrosse power just outside of Syracuse) boys to the Carrier Dome this season with seniors Stephen Brundage and Bernie Cannon leading the way. Brundage is the team's leading scorer this season with nine goals and 15 points. Cannon is a starter on defense and both are preseason All-America picks.
Freshman Matt Cassalia completes the trio from West Genesee. Cassalia leads the 'Hounds with 34 groundballs and has won 70 percent (42-of-60) of his faceoff opportunities.
Syracuse has won the last two meetings with Loyola, but the Greyhounds took three out of five prior to that. The Orangemen lead the series 14-4 and are 4-1 against the 'Hounds at the Carrier Dome.