April 9, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola and Georgetown men's lacrosse programs meet in an ECAC showdown this Saturday at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field. The teams will battle for sole possession of first place in the conference standings and a stranglehold on the league's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. Face-off is slated for 1 p.m. Live Audio
The Greyhounds enter this weekend's match-up with their first-ever 4-0 record in the ECAC. Loyola, which has been in the league since 2005, has finished second with a 5-2 conference mark each of the past two seasons. The Hoyas, meanwhile, have won the league the past two seasons and are picked by the league coaches to win the conference again this year.
Saturday's winner will become the only league team without a loss in the ECAC this season. On top of that, all but one other team has multiple conference losses. UMass, who is alone in third place in the conference standings with a 2-1 record, lost to Loyola earlier this season by a 15-1 score.
Loyola's four ECAC wins have been impressive with the Greyhounds outscoring opponents 48-16. The Hounds are coming off a 15-3 win over Rutgers, where they played two shutout quarters on defense. Loyola, which has allowed only four goals in its last two ECAC games, has produced five shutout quarters in its last eight quarters of league competition.
And while the Greyhound defense, behind the senior leadership of David Moore and outstanding goalie play of freshman Jake Hagelin, has been the story of late, the offense is also clicking. Loyola senior Shane Koppens has 10 goals and 18 assist this season, while sophomore Cooper MacDonnell has a team-high 18 goals after nine games.
Loyola head coach Charley Toomey, the 2006 ECAC Coach of the Year, is 14-4 in league games. His Greyhounds are No. 18 in the USILA Coaches' Poll and No. 19 in the Inside Lacrosse Media poll this week.
Georgetown, meanwhile, comes in with a 3-0 record in the ECAC. The Hoyas, who are 7-2 overall, are also ranked fourth in both the media and coaches' polls this season. Georgetown is also hot, winning its last six games. The Hoyas have the ECAC Preseason Players of the Year on offense and defense in Brendan Cannon and Jerry Lambe.
Saturday's showdown can be heard live on WNST AM 1570, as well as Online at www.LoyoloGreyhounds.com, where guests can also view live action. General admission tickets are available for $10 at the Loyola Box Office. Call (410) 617-5013 for more information.
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