|Lake Forest College Sports Information
December 12, 2005
Contact: Mike Wajerski, SID
Lake Forest to Play at NCAA Division I Loyola University on Saturday
LAKE FOREST, IL - The Forester men’s basketball team will play its first game against an NCAA Division I opponent in nearly two decades Saturday (December 17) when the squad travels to Loyola University Chicago to face off against the Ramblers. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
Lake Forest is currently 3-4 overall this season and 1-1 in Midwest Conference play. Loyola is 6-1 overall and has yet to begin its Horizon League schedule. The Ramblers are off to their best start in 26 years.
The last game the Foresters played against an NCAA Division I foe was a loss to the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames on December 2, 1986. Lake Forest’s last games against non-Division III opponents occurred during the 2000-01 season. The Foresters traveled to Florida where they defeated (then) NAIA member Palm Beach Atlantic College and lost to NCAA Division II Lynn University.
The Foresters are currently led by seniors Franklyn Beckford (Jacksonville, IL/Jacksonville) and Greg Klos (Carol Stream, IL/Glenbard North) with 14.4 and 11.6 points per game, respectively. Junior Brad Wehner (Sheboygan, WI/Sheboygan North) is also in double figures with 10.3 points per contest. Beckford is also the team’s leading rebounder with 7.1 per game and senior Adesina Benton (Richton Park, IL/Argo) paces the squad with 3.1 assists and 1.9 steals per contest.
The Ramblers, who are coming off an 80-65 victory over Purdue University on Sunday (December 11), have five players averaging at least 11 points per game, led by Blake Schilb at 17.0. Schilb is also Loyola’s leader in assists (4.1 per game) and steals (1.7). Laon Young paces the squad with 9.3 rebounds per contest.
Lake Forest is coached by Chris Conger, who is in his 10th year of directing the program. Jim Whitesell is in his second at Loyola and his 19th as a college head coach.
The Loyola women's basketball team is coached by Lake Forest graduate Shannon Reidy '94. She was a four-year letter winner for the Foresters and in her first year coaching the Ramblers. She will be attending both the game and the Foresters' pre-game gathering at Hamilton's, a restaurant/pub located next to the university.