Holy Cross' Sara Hennessey
April 19, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - No. 14/15 Loyola University Maryland clinched the outright Patriot League women's lacrosse regular-season title and right to host the semifinals and championship of the League Tournament next week with an 11-6 win at home against No. 20 Navy on Saturday.
The #1 seed Greyhounds will host the semifinals and championship on Thursday and Saturday next week, with the dates moved up to avoid conflict with the Patriot League Men's Lacrosse tournament at Loyola. Loyola will play the lower-remaining seed from the quarterfinals on Thursday at 5 p.m., while #2 seed Navy will play the higher-remaining seed at 7:30 p.m. The Patriot League Championship will be played at Ridley Athletic Complex on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The three other regular-season finales on Saturday all determined seeds for the quarterfinal round on Tuesday. Holy Cross beat Lehigh 9-6 on the road to earn its berth in the field, and will host a quarterfinal contest along with Boston University after the Terriers beat Bucknell 11-9. Colgate had a chance to host a quarterfinal game with a win, but fell 10-9 at American.
The quarterfinal contests on Tuesday will feature #6 seed Lehigh at #3 seed Boston University at 4 p.m., with #5 Colgate at #4 Holy Cross at 5 p.m. The winners advance to the field of four held at Loyola.
Loyola and Boston University each make the Patriot League Tournament in their first season in the League. Navy will enter the postseason as the four-time defending champion of the League Tournament, and has made the tourney in each of its seven seasons for the second-longest consecutive streak in League history. Holy Cross fell to Navy in the last two League title games, and plays in its eighth tournament overall and fourth in the last five years as it looks for its first League title since 2007. Colgate makes the postseason for the 13th time in 14 League tournaments after missing for the only time last season, and goes in search of its first title since 2009. Lehigh is back in the League Tournament for the first time since 2011 and eighth overall, and will go for its first title.
The entire Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament will be available on Patriot League Network, with Campus Insiders producing the broadcast for the semifinals and championship. The winner of the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament earns the League's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
More information for the entire tournament is available at Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship Central