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Men's Lacrosse Ready For Playoff Push

May 9, 2007

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team has been waiting five years for its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance and will play again in the postseason this Sunday at Albany. The Greyhounds earned an at-large bid to the tournament with a 7-5 overall record and a second-place finish in the ECAC. They will face the fifth-seeded Great Danes on ESPNU beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Loyola's rich lacrosse history includes 12 NCAA Quarterfinal appearances, two National Semifinals and an appearance in the 1990 NCAA Championship Game. This year's team begins its playoff push against an opponent it has never faced. Albany is playing in its fourth NCAA Tournament at the Division I level after defeating UMBC in the America East Championship Game last Saturday.

The Greyhounds and Great Danes are each scoring more than 10 goals per game this season and have two of the nation's top goal scorers in Frank Resetarits (Albany) and Dan Bauers (Loyola). Both teams are also holding opponents to under 10 goals per game for the year.

Loyola closed the regular season ranked 12th in both the coaches and media polls while Albany finished 10th in the coaches poll and 11th in the media poll after a 14-2 campaign.

Sunday's game will be a homecoming of sorts for Loyola's top scorer - junior Shane Koppens, who was the Albany Section II Player of the Year in 2004. Koppens leads the Greyhounds with 26 assists and 44 points this season, and is one of several Loyola players from the Central New York Region. In fact, senior Andrew Spack, a Tewaaraton Trophy candidate this season, was the 2003 Central New York Player of the Year while playing for Lafayette High School.

The Greyhounds and Great Danes will be playing for a berth into the NCAA Quarterfinals on Saturday, May 19 at Princeton Stadium. The winner of Sunday's game in Albany will play the winner of the Cornell-Towson game this Saturday.

All eight of this year's first-round and Quarterfinal NCAA Tournament games will be televised by ESPNU. For those traveling to Sunday's game at John Fallon Field, directions to the University at Albany are below:

From Albany International Airport: Exit the airport onto Albany-Shaker Road. Follow signs to I-87. Turn right onto I-87 South, follow to Exit 1. Take I-90 East to Exit 2. Cross Washington Avenue onto campus and bear right on University Drive. Follow one mile to Recreation & Convocation Center (RACC). As you approach the RACC, parking is to the right of the building (south side of the arena).

From the North: Take Interstate 87 (Northway) south to Exit 1E. Off the exit, proceed to Interstate 90 east (Albany/Boston). Take Exit 2, Washington Avenue. Cross Washington Avenue onto campus. Follow University Drive, bearing right, one mile to Recreation & Convocation Center (RACC). As you approach the RACC, parking is to the right of the building (south side of the arena).

From the South: Take Interstate 87 (Thruway) north to Exit 24. After the tollbooths, proceed onto Interstate 90 east towards Boston. Take Exit 2, Washington Avenue. Cross Washington Avenue onto campus. Follow University Drive, bearing right, one mile to Recreation & Convocation Center (RACC). As you approach the RACC, parking is to the right of the building (south side of the arena).

From the East: Take Interstate 90 west towards Buffalo. Leave interstate at Exit 2 (Fuller Road). Turn left at Fuller Road and then take the next left at Washington Avenue. The University at Albany is on your right. Follow University Drive, bearing right, one mile to Recreation & Convocation Center (RACC). As you approach the RACC, parking is to the right of the building (south side of the arena).

From the West: Take Interstate 90 (Thruway) east to Exit 24. After the tollbooths, proceed onto Interstate 90 east towards Boston. Take Exit 2, Washington Avenue. Cross Washington Avenue onto campus. Follow University Drive, bearing right, one mile to Recreation & Convocation Center (RACC). As you approach the RACC, parking is to the right of the building (south side of the arena).

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