Game Preview: #1 Loyola takes on Charles Street rivals #7 Towson, tonight.
Will Loyola be able to hold onto the #1 spot after tonight? Is Towson a top ten team? These are just a couple questions that will be answered tonight when the Tigers host their Charles Street rivals the Loyola Greyhounds. Faceoff is set for 6 p.m. at Johnny Unitas stadium and will be live streamed on Lax Sports Network. (I will be Live Tweeting and have postgame coverage for MSB)
The Loyola-Towson rivalry is the most played series in the history of men’s lacrosse at both schools. Wednesday’s game will be the 62nd all-time meeting between the teams, dating back to 1959, the first year of intercollegiate lacrosse at Towson.
Both teams are undefeated so far this season. The Tigers and Greyhounds are loaded with firepower on offense and are equally stingy on defense.
Loyola has climbed the rankings to the #1 spot with victories over Virginia, Johns Hopkins and Rutgers. Towson is also delivering impressive W’s this month, opened with a 17-8 upset over Hopkins at home. Then pieces together a couple of good victories over Mount St. Mary’s and this past weekend against Georgetown.
The big story for the Greyhounds is the outstanding play by senior attackman Patrick Spencer. Spencer is putting up Tewaaraton Award (Equivalent to the Heisman Trophy in College Football) like stats this season. According to the game day notes from Loyola, Spencer, who is a Boys’ Latin alum, has recorded two or more points in all but two of the 54 games to start his collegiate career, and he has 33 multi-goal and 43 multi-assist games. He has scored a point in all 54 outings. Also keep tabs on sophomore Kevin Lindley out of Darien, Conn. I’m just three games Lindley has 13 goals.
For Towson, watch for Brendan Sunday (19 points this season) and Brody McLean (13 points this season) to get the offense going tonight. The Tigers have several non-offensive players who can make things happen on the offense as well including three local stars in long pole Koby Smith – Loyola Blakefield HS, faceoff wizard Alex Woodall – St. Mary’s Annapolis, and midfielder Zach Goodrich – Kent Island.
Be sure to follow along tonight starting at 6 p.m.