April 27, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team heads to Geneva, N.Y. this Saturday to face Hobart in their final ECAC game of the season. The Greyhounds enter the weekend with a 4-2 conference record and most likely need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Game time from Boswell Field is 1 p.m. Live Audio
Loyola has won its last six meetings with Hobart and leads the all-time series 6-2. The Greyhounds, who are also 3-1 in Geneva, last played at Hobart in 2003 and won that game 13-12. Last season at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field, Loyola scored a season-high 15 goals en route to a 15-11 win over Statesmen. Greg Leonard scored three goals in the win while Michael Fretwell made a career-high 21 saves.
The `Hounds enter Saturday's game with a 5-5 overall record, similar to Hobart's 6-6 mark this season. Last week, Fairfield spoiled a career day from junior Dan Bauers and stopped Loyola's two-game win streak with a 13-12 upset of the `Hounds. Bauers scored five goals and added an assist in the loss to give him a team-high 21 goals and 31 points this season.
Freshman Jake Willcox also provided a little silver lining, scoring three goals in his first career start. Willcox, who has scored in Loyola's last three games, was named the ECAC Rookie of the Week on Monday.
The loss dropped the Greyhounds from No. 14 in the media poll to No. 20 this week. Loyola, which leads the ECAC in goals, assists, points, man-up goals and man-up scoring percentage, also has the nation's second-best man-up offense, converting 22-of-37 extra-man opportunities into goals. Maryland, which leads the country in man-up offense, has been successful on 22-of-36 extra-man tries this season.
A win in this season's ECAC finale would give Loyola a 9-4 conference record in two seasons of league play. Hobart, which is also playing its final ECAC game of the season, has struggled against league foes this year and owns a 1-5 conference record.
The Statesmen, who have won two straight entering Saturday, are led in scoring by Daryl Veltman, the 2005 ECAC Rookie of the Year. Veltman has 19 goals and a team-high 35 groundballs while goalie Mike DeSantis has a respectable 8.82 goals against average.
Saturday will be Loyola's final road game of the season and can be heard live on WNST AM 1570 as well as Online with Live Audio. Coverage begins at 12:55 p.m.