Towson Looks to Bounce Back Against Loyola Saturday on WNST

February 25, 2012 | WNST Staff

2012 Towson University Men’s Lacrosse
Game 3: Tigers at No. 13 Loyola
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 | 1 p.m.
Ridley Athletic Complex | Baltimore, Md.
Radio: WNST-AM 1570

Towson Looks to Defeat Greyhounds for First Time Since 2007

Opening Face-Off
Hoping to rebound from their first loss of the season, the Tigers will finish their season-opening three-game road trip on Saturday afternoon when they make the short trip to the Ridley Athletic Complex to face No. 13 Loyola University Maryland at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WNST-AM 1570 with Eric Rhew and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
Now 1-1 on the season, the Tigers dropped a 12-6 decision against No. 2 Johns Hopkins last Friday night at Homewood Field. After battling to a 3-3 tie, the Blue Jays scored eight straight goals to take a commanding 11-3 advantage they did not relinquish. Redshirt freshman midfielder Robby Zoppo posted his second straight two-goal game while junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage had a career-high 11 saves in his second straight start. Senior attackman Sean Maguire is the Tigers’ leading scorer with four goals and two assists.

Scouting the Greyhounds
After opening the season with a 13-8 victory over Delaware last Saturday, the Greyhounds enter this week’s game as the 13th-ranked team in the USILA Division I Coaches’ Poll. The Greyhounds, who won their season opener for the third straight year, were led by graduate student Eric Lusby, who had four goals in his return from a knee injury. Meanwhile, junior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named as the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week after scoring a goal with a career-high seven ground balls and two caused turnovers in the win over Delaware. Loyola Coach Charley Toomey is in his seventh season as the Greyhounds’ leader; he has posted a 47-36 record.

Close Calls
The series between Towson and Loyola has provided some exciting moments for fans throughout the years. In the previous 53 meetings between the long-time rivals, there have been 21 games decided by two goals or less, including 15 one-goal affairs. The teams played three straight one-goal games from 1986 to 1988 with the Tigers taking two of those meetings. In fact, five of the last seven games played between the two teams have been decided by two goals or less, including last year’s 3-2 victory by the Greyhounds.

Towson-Loyola Series History
The Tigers and the Greyhounds will be meeting for the 54th time in a series which Towson leads by a 27-26 margin. However, the Greyhounds have won the last four games in the series, including last year’s 3-2 victory at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Prior to the Greyhounds’ four-game win streak, the Tigers had won three straight games in the series, including a 9-8 victory at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Feb. 26, 2007. The teams have met once in the postseason when the Tigers earned a 16-11 win over the Greyhounds in the 1996 NCAA Tournament.

Last Year’s Towson-Loyola Meeting
Led by two goals from attackman Matt Langan, the 15th-ranked Greyhounds earned a 3-2 victory over the Tigers in a defensive battle at Johnny Unitas® Stadium last year. The Greyhounds, who defeated the Tigers for the fourth straight year, used a pair of goals in the final six minutes of regulation to keep the Tigers from earning their first win of the season. After attackman Mike Sawyer tied the game at 2-2 with 5:43 remaining in the fourth quarter, Langan scored the game-winning marker with 2:40 left on an unassisted goal past Towson goalkeeper Travis Love. Love led the Tigers with nine saves in a losing effort from midfielders Pat Britton and Alec Jernstedt accounted for the Tigers’ goals.