May 9, 2014
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse NCAA Tournament First-Round Preview | NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament Bracket
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Two teams who rolled through their conferences meet in the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Tournament first round when No. 9/12 Loyola University Maryland takes on No. 14 Massachusetts on Friday at 2 p.m.
Patriot League Notebook
Patriot League Champion Loyola Opens NCAA Play Against No. 14 UMass
Loyola and UMass are both in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth year in a row, which included Loyola's 14-7 win over UMass in the first round in 2011. The winner advances to the second round on Sunday at 1 p.m. where they will face the winner of Friday's other semifinal pitting Bryant against host No. 5/6 Boston College, the No. 7 seed in the tourney.
Loyola Returns to the NCAA Tournament
Loyola University Maryland makes its first trip to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament as a Patriot League member, but the Greyhounds have plenty of experience in the event overall. Loyola is in the NCAA tourney for the fourth consecutive season, and won its first-round game in each of the last three years. The Greyhounds are making their 17th overall NCAA Tournament appearance, and have a 14-16 record in the event.
Greyhounds Dominate Patriot League in First Season
Loyola made it to the NCAA Tournament with the Patriot League's automatic berth after crusing in the League in its first season. The Greyhounds went 8-0 in League play during the regular season, then defeated Holy Cross and Boston University at home in the Patriot League Tournament to win the League title. Loyola took four Patriot League individual awards with Marlee Paton (Midfield POY), Annie Thomas (Offensive POY), Maddy Lesher (Defensive POY) and Jen Adams (Coach of the Year) winning honors, with Paton doubling up by claiming the Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player trophy as well.
Another Win on Tap for the Patriot League?
Patriot League teams fell in their first 12 NCAA Tournament games, but Navy put an end to the futility with a 12-6 win over Monmouth in last year's first round. The Mids went on to lose to Duke in the second round, so Loyola will try to become the first Patriot League squad to make it to the quarterfinal round. It is the first time the Patriot League representative faces an opponent from the Atlantic 10 in the NCAA Tournament.
Loyola, UMass with Similar Yet Different Resumes
While the Greyhounds were perfect in their first season in the Patriot League, Massachusetts was doing the same in the Atlantic 10 once again. The Minutewomen completed a 7-0 record in the Atlantic 10 and won the conference title game 10-6 at Richmond on Sunday for their sixth straight title. However, the non-conference schedules were vastly different, as Loyola went 4-4 against top 20 teams and UMass lost its only top-20 matchup against Northwestern on March 25 for its lone defeat of the season. UMass beat both Holy Cross and Boston University at home in February, while Loyola topped the Crusaders and Terriers in both the regular season and Patriot League Tournament.
2014 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament
First Round - Friday, 2 p.m. - BC Lacrosse Complex - Newton, Mass.
No. 9/12 Loyola Greyhounds (14-5, 8-0 PL) vs No. 14 UMass Minutewomen (18-1, 7-0 A10)
Series History: Loyola, 3-0 Last Meeting: Loyola 14, Massachusetts 7 (2011 NCAA First Round - Baltimore)
Two teams who rolled through their conferences meet in the NCAA Tournament first round when No. 9/12 Loyola University Maryland takes on No. 14 Massachusetts on Friday at 2 p.m...The Greyhounds went 8-0 in their first season in the Patriot League and won the League title over Boston University on April 26, while the Minutewomen completed a 7-0 record in the Atlantic 10 and won the conference title game 10-6 at Richmond on Sunday...The non-conference schedules were vastly different, as Loyola went 4-4 against top 20 teams and UMass lost its only top-20 matchup against Northwestern on March 25...UMass beat both Holy Cross and Boston University at home in February, while Loyola topped the Crusaders and Terriers in both the regular season and Patriot League Tournament...Loyola defeated UMass 14-7 in Baltimore when the teams last met in a first-round NCAA Tournament game in 2011...The Greyhounds also won matchups in 1989 and 1990 and hold a 3-0 lead in the all-time series...Loyola and Massachusetts are each making their fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, with the Greyhounds winning their first-round contest each time...Loyola aims to become the second Patriot League team to win an NCAA Tournament game after Navy earned the first win last year with a 12-6 first-round triumph at home against Monmouth...It is the first time the Patriot League and Atlantic 10 have matched up in the NCAA Tournament...The winner advances to the second round on Sunday at 1 p.m. where they will face the winner of Friday's other semifinal pitting Bryant against host Boston College, the No. 7 seed in the field and No. 5/6 in polls.
Loyola The Greyhounds earned their fourth straight bid to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Patriot League title in their inaugural season in the League...Loyola hosted the tourney and beat Holy Cross 14-10 in the semifinals on April 24 before routing Boston University 18-7 in the title game two days later...Marlee Paton was named Patriot League Tournament MVP, with Hannah Schmitt, Tayn VanThof and Maddy Lesher joining her on the All-Tournament Team...Paton, Lesher, Annie Thomas and Head Coach Jen Adams all won individual Patriot League awards for the regular season, while the Greyhounds led all teams with six overall All-Patriot League picks and five on the first team...Loyola has a 5-4 record against ranked opponents this season, and comes in after just missing a big upset in a 14-12 overtime loss at No. 2 Syracuse on Saturday...The Orange rallied with the final three goals of regulation before winning in OT.