Oct. 14, 2009
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland will play its final men's lacrosse games of the 2009 fall season this weekend when it travels to Delaware for a pair of games on Saturday, October 17.
The two-time defending ECAC co-champions will take on Bucknell at 12 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a 2:15 p.m. match-up versus Princeton. All games are open to the public and will be played on Delaware's practice fields, located behind Delaware Field House and adjacent to Delaware Stadium.
Loyola, which has reached the NCAA Tournament in two of the past three seasons, faced its first outside competition of the fall earlier this week. The Greyhounds hosted the English National Team Monday on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field, about four months after the teams squared off in Manchester, England, on Loyola's tour of Scotland, Ireland and England.
Fifth-year Head Coach Charley Toomey was pleased with his team's performance against Team England.
"It was a great opportunity for us to host Team England," Toomey said. "We really enjoyed the games we played over in Manchester this summer. I think both teams got a lot of out of the game."
The game was also an opportunity for Loyola's first-year players to get their first taste of outside competition.
"All in all, the freshmen played well," Toomey added. "They is quite a big learning curve when it comes to adjusting to the speed of Division I lacrosse. I think our freshmen and sophomores are getting more comfortable with every practice that they get under their belts this fall."
The Greyhounds earned a share of the ECAC crown for the second-straight year in 2009, finishing with a 9-5 overall, 6-1 in the league, against the fifth-toughest schedule in the nation. Since taking over in 2006, Toomey has led the Greyhounds to the NCAA Tournament twice and has a 22-6 record against the ECAC, twice earning Coach of the Year honors.
Loyola returns three All-ECAC players this season, senior defender Steve Layne, senior attacker Cooper MacDonnell and senior face-off specialist John Schiavone. Also returning this year are 2008 All-ECAC performer Steve Dircks, who missed the 2009 season with an injury, and 2008 ECAC Rookie of the Year and All-ECAC goalkeeper Jake Hagelin.