Sept. 30, 2003
BALTIMORE, MD - After a successful introduction to college and even pro lacrosse, a young Loyola squad is ready for a heavy dose of top-level competition at the Price Modern Lacrosse Tournament for Leukemia this Saturday at the McDonogh School. The Greyhounds will face Syracuse, Air Force and North Carolina beginning at 10 a.m.
"This is a great opportunity for our young players to see the level of competition we want to play at this spring," says Loyola Head Coach Bill Dirrigl. "It will be a wonderful learning experience."
The Greyhounds got their first look at serious lacrosse this fall when they played the Loyola Alumni at Curley Field on Saturday. Nine former college All-Americans and several pro players battled Loyola's current roster and escaped with a 13-10 win.
"There was a lot of talent on the field last Saturday," says Dirrigl. "They had All-Americas in goal and taking faceoffs. Overall, we handled ourselves pretty well."
Splitting time in goal for the Alumni were three-time All-America Tim McGreeney and last season's captain Mark Bloomquist. All-Americas Mark Frye and Bobby Horsey gave the 'Hounds plenty of work in the midfield as well. McrGreeney and Frye both play for the Baltimore Bayhawks while Horsey suits up for the Philadelphia Wings of the pro league.
For Loyola, junior Matt Monfett scored two goals and added an assist. Senior All-America Stephen Brundage also scored two goals while freshman Corey Coffman had one goal and two assists. The Greyhounds were also encouraged by the play of freshmen Andrew Spack and Matt Cassalia, who put in solid performances at the faceoff.
Saturday's tournament will bring 14 collegiate lacrosse programs to the fields of the McDonogh School. Loyola hosts the one-day tournament and opens play with Syracuse at 10 a.m. The Greyhounds face Air Force at 11 a.m. and wrap up competition with North Carolina at noon.
All proceeds from the Price Modern Lacrosse Tournament go to Leukemia research. This year's field includes:
AlbanyAir ForceButlerColgateDrexelGeorgetownJohns HopkinsLoyolaNorth CarolinaQuinnipiacSyracuseTowsonUMBCWashington College