3) Neutralizing Denver's midfield. Along with No. 4 Maryland, the Pioneers may have one of the more potent first midfields in seniors Cameron Flint and Jeremy Noble and junior Chase Carraro, but the Greyhounds may have caught a break with an Inside Lacrosse report stating that Noble will miss Saturday's game with an undisclosed injury. Even so, ESPN analyst Mark Dixon said he is eager to see how Denver's first line of Flint (20, 6), sophomore Eric Adamson (18, 7) and Carraro (2, 1) will dodge against Loyola's defensive midfield of senior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff (53 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers), senior short-stick defensive midfielder Josh Hawkins (11, 7) and junior short-stick defensive midfielder Pat Laconi (15, 17). "They're so efficient and precise and athletic," the former Johns Hopkins midfielder said of the Pioneers' midfield. "For Loyola, the defensive midfield is back at full strength and they're going to be tested severely, but their defense is going to have to really step up and try to neutralize that Denver offense as much as possible. That means that [junior goalkeeper Jack] Runkel is going to have to have a big game."