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Notebook: Denver's Noble out for Loyola game; Koerber unlikely to play

Denver midfielder Jeremy Noble, a preseason first-team All-American as a junior, won't play against Loyola in Saturday's pivotal Eastern College Athletic Conference matchup, a team spokesperson said Wednesday.

He has been held out since the Pioneers' loss to Notre Dame at the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic on March 16 with an undisclosed injury. On the year, Noble has nine goals, six assists and 18 ground balls in six games.

Denver freshman attackman Gordie Koerber (Gilman) is not expected not to play either. Koerber, who missed two games in early March recovering from a concussion but returned against Notre Dame, has missed the past two games. Koerber has 15 goals and an assist on the year, including five goals and an assist since returning from his first injury.

In better news for the Pioneers, defenseman Drew Babb — who returned in fall 2011 after a two-year battle with cancer — practiced this week and expected to play against the Greyhounds after missing the past three games for Denver.

•After leaving at halftime of the Red Storm's overtime loss to Georgetown on Saturday at the Battle of Bethpage, St. John's senior goalie Jeff Lowman (Severna Park) is likely to play Saturday against Villanova in a Big East matchup that could decide the fourth spot in the league tournament.

Lowman was hit with a shot last week during practice and passed pregame concussion tests that cleared him to play against the Hoyas, but made five saves and allowed seven goals in the first half. At halftime, the decision was made to sit Lowman as he was struggling with dizziness. He was evaluated again Monday and has been continuously reviewed this week.

•Duke senior goalie Dan Wigrizer's career is likely over because of multiple concussions, the school's student newspaper, The Chronicle, reported Monday. Wigrizer told the paper that he was hit by a shot that cracked his helmet during the week before the Maryland game March 2. Wigrizer allowed five goals before being pulled early in the second quarter of that game, a 16-7 Maryland win in Durham, N.C., and hasn't played since.

In 2010, Wigrizer became the sixth goalie in NCAA history to win a national title as a true freshman.

•Notre Dame junior faceoff specialist Liam O'Connor went down with an apparent injury after getting tangled up during the first faceoff of the second quarter in the Fighting Irish's loss to St. John's on March 30. A team spokesperson said Tuesday that O'Connor is week-to-week but is out for Sunday's Big East Conference matchup against Georgetown.

O'Connor has won 53.3 percent of his draws, picked up 38 ground balls and chipped in four points, but last week, sophomore Nick Ossello filled in primarily for O'Connor against Marquette and Providence, going 24-for-36 in the two games.

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