April 13, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - With a share of first-place in the ECAC on the line, the Greyhounds welcome the second-ranked Hoyas to Diane Geppi-Aikens Field for a men's lacrosse showdown this Saturday at 1 p.m. A win by Loyola would strengthen its NCAA Tournament resume with three weeks left in the season, but it won't be easy against a Georgetown squad that brings an eight-game win streak into the weekend. Live Audio
Loyola currently owns a 3-1 conference record with a win over Penn State - the other 3-1 team in the league. Georgetown, meanwhile, is the only conference team without an ECAC loss (at 3-0) and has climbed to No. 2 in the Inside Lacrosse media poll. A Greyhound victory on Saturday would give Loyola a share of first place with two conference games left on the schedule.
One thing the Greyhounds do have going for them is their dominance at home this season. Loyola is 3-0 at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field, winning those games by an average of 7.7 goals per game. Playing behind a defense that has allowed just 14 goals at home this season, senior goalie Michael Fretwell is boasting an impressive 5.15 goals against average on the home turf.
On the other side of the field, junior attackman Dan Bauers leads the team in scoring with 14 goals and 22 points after a three-goal effort against Rutgers last Saturday. Bauers, who earlier in the week was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Week, now has a pair of three-goal games this season, bringing Loyola's hat trick total to six.
Bauers is also tied with junior Andrew Spack for the team lead in man-up goals. Both juniors have five extra-man tallies this season, which also ties them for the ECAC lead in that category. As a team, Loyola is only three percentage points behind Maryland for the nation's best man-up offense. The Greyhounds have converted on 16-of-29 extra-man opportunities this season, but will be tested against a Hoya team that is killing 71 percent of its penalties.
Georgetown, which has not lost a road game this season, is 8-1 overall and leads the ECAC in groundballs, shots and shots-on-goal. The Hoyas are led in scoring by sophomore Brendan Cannon and his 29 points. Fifth-year senior Dave Paolisso leads the team in goals with 14.
Over the years, Loyola has won 23-of-28 meetings with Georgetown, including 8-of-11 at home. The Greyhounds' last home win over the Hoyas; however, was a 16-4 win in 1996. Last year at North Kehoe Field, Fretwell made 14 saves for the `Hounds and held Georgetown to only one first-half goal, but the Hoyas pulled away late and won 7-4.
Saturday's game can be heard live on WNST AM 1570 and Online by clicking Live Audio.