Former Greyhounds Koppens, Ricci Selected To USILA Game Friday

May 19, 2009

BOSTON - A pair of former Loyola men's lacrosse standouts, P.T. Ricci and Shane Koppens, will represent the South Team at the 68th annual USILA North/South Game this Friday. The game will be played at Harvard Stadium in Boston, Mass., on Friday, May 22, 2009, at 4 p.m.

The contest, which opens up the weekend for the NCAA Final Four on Saturday, is part of a triple-header of lacrosse action. The Division III game will commence the festivities at 2 p.m., followed by the Division-I/II game at 4 p.m., with a professional matchup between the Boston Cannons and Denver Outlaws at 7:30 closing the day.

The duo were just two of 30 players selected to the South roster, which will be coached by Rutgers' Jim Stagnita.

Ricci, a native of Wayne, Pa., graduated from the College in May with a degree in communications. A long-stick midfielder, he led the nation with 51 caused turnovers and collected 91 groundballs, good for fifth on the Loyola single-season list. The 2009 ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, he has an upcoming tryout for the U.S. National Team for the World Games.

A Clifton Park, N.Y. native, Koppens also graduated this May with a degree in sociology. The attackman joined Ricci on the ECAC First Team after leading the team with 41 points (22 goals, 19 assists) in 12 games played. A four-year contributor for Loyola, Koppens finishes his career fourth on the all-time Loyola assists list with 80 and eighth on the Loyola career points list with 151.

Tickets for all three games are available by calling the Boston Cannons ticket office at 617-746-9933.