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Loyola, Boston U. men’s lacrosse in control of different paths to Patriot League tournament

The Loyola Maryland men’s lacrosse team is in control of its Patriot League tournament seeding. The same applies to Boston University.

Thanks to Saturday’s 23-9 demolition of the Terriers at Ridley Athletic Complex, the No. 10 Greyhounds (9-3, 6-1 Patriot League) only need to defeat Army (5-6, 2-5) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Ridley to move into a tie for first place with No. 17 Navy (8-4, 7-1). Loyola would earn the top seed and the right to host the tournament semifinals and final courtesy of a head-to-head tiebreaker as a result of a 15-9 victory over the Midshipmen on March 17.

If No. 11 Bucknell (10-3, 6-1) defeats Lehigh on Friday, Loyola would still be the No. 1 seed and tournament host because of goal differential in games against Navy and Bucknell.

Coach Charley Toomey said the Greyhounds should be motivated to capture their third regular-season championship and host the tournament for the second year in a row.

“It should be a great week of practice,” he said. “We should be focused, and we’ll have a game plan ready. We’ll enjoy this one, but just knowing that you have a chance to play at home and host the tournament, I think our guys will be pretty switched on.”

Despite the loss, Boston University (6-7, 2-5) can cement a spot in the six-team tournament by beating Holy Cross (4-8, 2-5) on Friday night. That would mean playing in the quarterfinals Tuesday on only three days of rest, but that is a proposition coach Ryan Polley does not mind.

“Win and we’re in,” he said. “With Army losing, that certainly puts the ball in our court, which is good. I just want to see us play good lacrosse, and that’s the thing I was disappointed in today, that we weren’t able to play good lacrosse for 60 minutes against a team like Loyola.”

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