May 2, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team closes its regular season this Saturday at Charles Street rival Johns Hopkins. The Greyhounds and Blue Jays square off for the 45th time in program history, and this year's version has plenty of playoff implications with both teams vying for a seed in the 16-team NCAA Tournament field. Game time from Homewood Field is 1 p.m. Live Audio
Loyola brings a 7-4 overall record and a No. 11 national ranking in the media poll, while Johns Hopkins is 8-4 overall and ranked fifth in the national polls. The Greyhounds have won two straight to close the ECAC conference season with a 5-2 record and a second-place finish to No. 4 Georgetown. With a win on Saturday, Loyola would earn its first eight-win season since 2002 and all but guarantee itself its first postseason appearance since 2001.
Last year at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field, Andrew Spack scored two goals against Johns Hopkins, including the game-tying goal in the fourth quarter to send the regular season finale into overtime. JHU's Brian Christopher, however, scored the overtime game-winner to give the Blue Jays a 7-6 victory.
This year, the `Hounds come into the Charles Street battle with a red-hot offense which has scored 36 goals in its last two games. Senior Dan Bauers leads the team with 26 goals, while junior Shane Koppens has a team-high 39 points with 23 assists. Loyola is averaging better than 10 goals a game (10.64), while Johns Hopkins is only giving up 7.77 per game.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on Baltimore's ABC-2 and ESPNU, and can be heard on WNST AM 1570, and Online at www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com and www.WNST.net. Loyola alum Chris Gunkel will call the radio play-by-play, while Ted Nichols provides color commentary.
Loyola will also host a pre-game alumni reception at the Inn at the Colonnade from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those wishing to participate can register Online at Loyola Lacrosse Alumni Reception.