Can Loyola slow Syracuse speedsters? Run-and-gun keeps Orangemen on top LACROSSE


No. 6 Loyola will try to slow third-ranked Syracuse's transition game when the two teams meet today in lacrosse at Curley Field.

The Orangemen's trademark run-and-gun style has made Syracuse (1-1) the most dominant team in the sport during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Syracuse was at its running best last week in a 27-7 win against Michigan State.

"We're going to have to win faceoffs, control the ball and not let the game turn into a track meet," said Loyola coach Dave Cottle. "Their size and athleticism really concern me."

The game will present an interesting matchup: Loyola's inexperienced defense against Syracuse's veteran attack.

The Greyhounds (1-1) will start sophomores Casey Larkin, Jason Foley and junior Bill Wilson on defense. Sophomore Stan Ross is the top defensive replacement and classmate Tim McGeeney will start in goal.

McGeeney has a 56.3 save percentage and 27 saves.

Syracuse will counter with senior attackmen Steve Bettinger (two goals, one assist), Matt Riter (four, three) and Jamie Archie (two, five).

"It seems like those guys have been around forever," said Cottle. "But I think we match up well. Our guys played well during the fall and have played well this season. Defense has not been our problem."

Cottle can't say the same thing about the Greyhounds' midfield play. North Carolina's tough ride caused numerous turnovers and led to five Tar Heels goals.

Syracuse's midfielders probably won't pressure the ball as much, but the Orangemen's midfield group of Charlie Lockwood (four goals), Dom Fin (three), Roy Colsey (five) and John Barr (two) is more of a scoring threat.

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