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.”