April 23, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team closes ECAC conference play this Saturday at Hobart. The Greyhounds, who clinched the 2008 ECAC title last weekend at Fairfield, look for their first-ever perfect season in the league when they take on the Statesmen in Geneva, N.Y. Game time has been moved from its original start time of 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Live Audio
Loyola's 13-4 win at Fairfield last Saturday earned the Greyhounds their first ECAC title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The team is now 6-0 in conference play and in the midst of a three-game win streak thanks to solid offensive production and a very stingy defense.
The defense is allowing less than five goals per league game this season, and after two shutout quarters at Fairfield, has held opponents scoreless in nine of the last 19 quarters of play. Freshman goalie Jake Hagelin - behind the starting close defense of David Moore, Stave Layne and Steve Dircks - has Loyola ranked 13th in the nation in goals allowed per game.
Senior Shane Koppens is the center of Loyola's offensive push with his 17 goals and 22 assists this season. Koppens, who scored three goals in last year's win over Hobart, has seven goals and three assists in Loyola's last two games.
This Saturday, the Greyhounds will be playing their final road game of the regular season. Loyola has been successful away from home this season, boasting a 4-1 record on the road. Hobart, however, has been strong at home. The Statesmen are 4-1 on their own turf, with that one loss coming to second-ranked Syracuse.
Last year at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field, the Greyhounds exploded for six second-quarter goals to pull away from Hobart and win 17-10. That win gave Loyola seven wins for the year and helped them earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament.
A win on Saturday would give Loyola eight wins, the most the program has had since the 2002 season. It would also give the Greyhounds their ninth straight ECAC victory and Head Coach Charley Toomey a 17-4 conference record at Loyola.
The game can be heard live on WNST AM 1570 and online at LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
Download Game Notes for Loyola vs. Hobart.