Loyola adds Mount St. Mary's to schedule

A year after adding Navy to the schedule, Loyola has agreed to play against another local school.

The Greyhounds will travel to Emmitsburg, Md., sometime in March and visit Mount St. Mary’s for the first time since 2003. Loyola has won eight of the previous 11 meetings, including the last seven.

The Mountaineers will replace Loyola’s previous game against Quinnipiac, which is leaving the Eastern College Athletic Conference to join the Northeast Conference – a new league that includes Mount St. Mary’s.

"We’re excited about playing them," Loyola coach Charley Toomey said. "Because of our schedule and the amount of travel that we have, any time that we can add a local team, I think, is a good thing. That’s one we’re excited about."

Added Mountaineers coach Tom Gravante: "It’s wonderful. That’s a new face added to the schedule, and we’re keeping some teams from the [Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference] on board with us as well."

The Greyhounds’ annual contest with Johns Hopkins will be moved to the last Saturday in April to accommodate the inaugural debut of the ECAC Tournament, which will be hosted by Denver in early May.

Toomey said he is hopeful that the school will be able to continue its relationship with the team that just finished the 2010 campaign as a national finalist.

"The game that we’re trying to figure out is Notre Dame," he said. "We’ve enjoyed a great rivalry with them over the last three years, and we’re just trying to figure out a date."

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