The unranked Loyola Greyhounds welcomed Division II opponents Kutztown and Catholic University to a cold and drizzly Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Saturday morning, for what would be the initial 2 games of the season for all 3 schools.
The Greyhounds bring a deep squad of 30+players into the 2019 season, and plenty of talent on both sides of the ball.
Loyola wasted little time in showing off its talented roster, quickly building a 5-0 lead against Catholic University. The Greyhounds have reaped the benefits of several weeks of indoor practice and a full winter of box lacrosse. Senior Team President Andrew St. Jean was very pleased with the Greyhounds motion offense and strong long pole play.
Loyola netted 4 more goals in the second half, on its way to a convincing 9-0 win over the Cards. Junior Jake Matola looked strong in the nets for Loyola, not allowing a single goal in either game.
The Cardinals (DII Chesapeake Conf, ranked 18th), who lost several promising freshman due to academic issues, struggled to get into any offensive rhythm while also failing to keep up with the Greyhounds athletic dodgers. Catholic U. President Will Glenn seemed confident that the Cardinals will shake off their sloppy play once they can get a regular diet of field time, and get the entire team suited up. Catholic dressed less than 20 players in it’s 2 games this morning.
After being shut out against the Greyhounds, the Cardinals offense bounced back to score 4 goals against the Bears from Kutztown U.(DII Keystone Conf., ranked #9). Catholic possessed the ball in the final minute of the game but their potential game tying shot sailed wide of the cage.
Kutztown, who made the early morning 2 hour trek from Pennsylvania to Baltimore, came out strong against Catholic, but seemed to run out of gas in the 2nd half, barely holding on for a 5-4 win. The Bears, who have a potent attack unit and a solid first midfield line, played both games without 3 of its top 6 middies. Newcomer Mark Frederickson was stellar in the nets, keeping the Bears in both games.
In the final game of the day, Loyola topped Kutztown 7-2, giving the Greyhounds a solid 2-0 start to the season. The Loyola defense clamped down on the Bears talented attack, and used its superior numbers to run the Bears off the field. Again, Frederickson was strong in cage for the Bears, holding the Greyhounds to just 7 goals.
The Bears trailed Loyola by only 2 goals at the half, at 3-1.
Look for a follow up Podcast that was recorded live at these games, where we discuss season expectation with each team and recap what each squad thought of their season opening performance.
Our complete photo gallery of these games can found here