April 21, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - After a painful double-overtime loss to UMBC on Tuesday, the Greyhounds look to regroup at Penn on Saturday. With three games left in the men's lacrosse season, Loyola needs to run the table to keep its playoff hopes alive. The first step in accomplishing that feat begins with a 1 p.m. face-off from Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Listen
The Greyhounds fell to 4-6 overall despite Tuesday's dramatic three-goal rally inside the final 2:31 of regulation. Sophomore Dan Bauers, who scored the final two goals of regulation, has six goals since moving to attack earlier this month and is eight goals behind leading scorer Matt Monfett, who has 16 goals and 19 points. Monfett extended his scoring streak to five games with two goals and an assist against UMBC.
It's been the Loyola's defense; however, that has kept the Greyhounds in games all season long. Goalie Michael Fretwell, who is ranked 11th in the nation in goals against average (7.46) and 16th in save percentage (.595), anchors the defense with his play in the cage.
Allowing only seven extra-man goals this season, the `Hounds are ranked second in the nation in man-down defense and 12th in scoring defense. Seniors Grant Halford, Dan Gross and Geoff Hunter have been consistent stoppers all year, starting all 10 games in front of Fretwell.
Penn is led in scoring by junior D.J. Andrzejewski and his 14 goals and 23 points. Quaker face-off specialist Alan Eberstein leads the team with 39 groundballs, but has not led his team to victory at home. Penn is 0-4 at Franklin Field this season and enters Saturday's game with a 1-10 overall record.
The Greyhounds have won two of their last three games with Penn, but after last season's 7-5 loss at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field, trail the all-time series 6-4.
Loyola is 3-2 in the ECAC and wraps up conference play with Hobart on April 30. The Greyhounds close the year at No. 1 Johns Hopkins on Saturday, May 7.