April 20, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - A local lacrosse rivalry will be renewed on Wednesday night when Loyola travels around the beltway to face the Retrievers of UMBC. The two teams haven't faced each other since 1996 and each team needs a win to salvage the 2004 season. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and all the action can be heard right here with Live Audio .
Both teams come in with sub-.500 records with Loyola sporting a 3-5 overall mark while UMBC is 4-5. Seven of the Greyhounds' eight games have been against Top-20 teams and five games have been against teams ranked in the nation's Top-10. Loyola coaches hope the early brutal schedule will do them good down the home stretch with No. 17 Penn and No. 1 Johns Hopkins still left on the slate.
Wednesday night's game is the first and only weeknight game on Loyola's schedule. With five contests remaining in the regular season, it is also the final road game for the 'Hounds.
Senior Stephen Brundage currently leads the team in scoring with 13 goals and 10 assists. Freshman Matt Cassalia, who shares faceoff duties with classmate Andrew Spack, leads Loyola with 47 groundballs while sophomore Michael Fretwell has recorded 33 saves in goal the past two weekends.
The last times these teams met, Loyola defeated UMBC by a 19-8 score. The series has been close, and although the Retrievers hold a 14-13 all-time edge, the Greyhounds have won the last nine meetings by an average of 11 goals per game.