Loyola’s 14-game winning streak – the Greyhounds have not lost since falling in overtime on February 6 in the season-opener at the University of Virginia – is the longest in school history and they look to add to it Saturday as they take on cross town rival John Hopkins in their regular season finale. The previous longest Grey Hound win streak was 12 wins.
The Greyhounds (14-1) and Blue Jays (10-3) will be meeting for the 52nd time in series history on Saturday when they take the field. Johns Hopkins holds a 47-4 advantage, but Loyola snapped a 13-game Blue Jays’ winning streak in the series with an 8-4 win last year at Homewood Field on April 27, 2013. Loyola looks now to make it back to back wins as they head into Saturday’s match up as the number one team in the nation. Loyola will be hosting its fifth-straight home game of the year, a place where the Grey Hounds have not lost all season.
A match up that is usually headlined by Hopkins talent, this time features the talent on the Grey Hounds’ side of the ball. Nikko Pontello enters the weekend ranked third in the country in goals per game (3.13) and Justin Ward ranks second in the country in assists with 3.27.
Hopkins, however, has no slight of stars of their own in this Baltimore’s best rivalry. Wells Stanwick ranks third in the country in assists with 2.92, and Ryan Brown ranks seventh in the country in goals per game averaging 2.92 goals per game. Both teams rank in the top ten in the country in goals scored per game.
Both teams have some of the top defenses in the country as well. Loyola ranks seconds in the country in defense as they are lead by Joe Fletcher who was named Defensive Player of the Year as well as an all-American. Hopkins ranks sixth in defense and is just as stingy as the Grey Hounds.
The two campuses sit 1.4 miles from eachother, a distance every player will run further than during the two school’s matchup Saturday afternoon. The game will start Saturday May 3rd at noon hosted at Ridley Athletic Complex.