Loyola vs. Wagner
March 15, 2005
The Game Story:
BALTIMORE, MD - Senior Matt Monfett scored four goals and added an
assist as the Greyhounds raced past Wagner at Diane Geppi-Aikens
Field on Tuesday afternoon. Loyola built an early 5-1 lead and never
looked back as it earned a 13-7 win to open its three-game homestand.



"I'm happy with the way our guys played today," says Loyola Head
Coach Bill Dirrigl. "I'm happy with the win, but even more happy to
get everyone some playing time and game experience."



The Greyhounds jumped on the Seahawks early and controlled the first
quarter with 21 groundballs and 14 shots while winning 6-of-7
faceoffs. Freshman Shane Koppens got the offense rolling with a goal
at 12:34 and an assist on Patrick Kennedy's goal at 11:20 to put
Loyola up 2-0.



Kennedy would later find Monfett in an extra-man situation to give
Loyola its third goal of the game and a 3-1 advantage. Koppens and
senior John Halip also added first-quarter goals and the `Hounds led
5-1 after the first 15-minute stanza.



"Wagner played hard and never gave up," says Dirrigl. "I think they
showed a lot of heart and you have to give them credit."



The Seahawks would rally with three second-quarter goals and all
three came from their leading scorer Kevin Zulauf. Wagner, however,
could not cut into the lead as Loyola answered every goal with a goal
of its own. Two of those goals came from sophomore Greg Leonard, who
started at first midfield instead of attack.



"The coaches moved Shane [Koppens] to attack and me back to midfield
and it's made a huge difference," says Leonard. "I started the year
at attack, but feel much more comfortable at midfield. I think I'm
more productive as an offensive player when I'm not at attack."



The Loyola offense increased its lead to 12-5 with
back-to-back-to-back goals from Dan Bauers, Monfett and Craig
Georgalas and capped its 13-goal day with Jordan Rabidou's fourth
goal of the season. The Greyhounds out-shot Wagner 46-21 and won
20-of-24 faceoffs.



Monfett's four goals and five points match a career-high while
Koppens two-goal day extends his modest scoring streak to three
straight games. Monfett, who entered the day with a team-high five
goals, now has nine goals with all nine coming in Loyola's last three
games.


"It was great to see the offense step it up today," says
Monfett. "After a five-goal game at Duke, we needed to put some
points on the board."



The Greyhounds also shared the ball with eight of their goals coming
with assists. Bauers and Kennedy had two assists apiece to along with
their second respective goals of the season.



Michael Fretwell had four saves in the win while Trae Rodgers
registered his first save of the season, playing the final 6:29 in
goal. Sophomore Jordan Rabidou continued to excel in the faceoff
circle, winning 5-of-6 while Jeff Russell won 12-of-14 faceoffs to
help the Greyhounds dominate the X. Russell also finished with six
groundballs as did Kennedy, junior Steven Hess and freshman Paul
Richards.



The Greyhounds improve to 1-3 overall and return to ECAC play this
Saturday against St. John's. The Greyhounds host the Red Storm in a 1
p.m. contest.