May 4, 2005
Baltimore, Md. - For the fourth straight year, Loyola closes its men's lacrosse season against a Johns Hopkins team ranked No. 1 in the nation. This year, the Charles Street rivalry will take place at Homewood Field and will be televised live on WMAR TV-2 and ESPNU. Face-off is slated for 3 p.m. Listen
The Greyhounds are coming off a conference win against Hobart in which they scored a season-high 15 goals. Playing their third Top-5 and seventh ranked opponent of the season, the `Hounds will be looking for their first win over a No. 1 team since 1999 when they defeated then top-ranked Johns Hopkins 14-5.
Sophomore Greg Leonard comes in with the hot hand, scoring three goals in each of Loyola's last two games. Leonard is second on the team in goals scored with 13 and leads Loyola's man-up offense with four extra-man goals, scoring a man-up goal in each of Loyola's last three games.
Also hot at attack is leading scorer Matt Monfett, who brings a seven-game goal-scoring streak into his final collegiate game. Monfett has 20 goals and 24 points this season, giving him 71 goals and 114 career points.
Goalie Michael Fretwell, who was just named the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week, is coming off a career day in the cage. Fretwell registered 21 saves against Hobart, improving his save percentage to .601, ranking him eighth among all Division I goalies.
Facing a well-balanced Johns Hopkins attack, Fretwell will be challenged by the likes of Kyle Harrison, who leads six Blue Jays with double-digit goal totals this season. Harrison not only leads the team with 18 goals and 34 points, but also has a team-high 40 groundballs for Hopkins.
The Blue Jays have won their last five meetings with Loyola and have played the Greyhounds in 10 of the last 11 regular season finales. Johns Hopkins currently holds the nation's only unblemished overall record at 11-0 while Loyola is 5-7 overall and 4-2 in the ECAC.
Saturday's game can be heard on WNST AM 1570 and Online at www.LoyolaGreyhounds.com. It is also Loyola's second nationally televised game this season. The Greyhounds hosted defending national champion Syracuse on ESPNU back on April 9.