Loyola Maryland men's lacrosse wins Patriot League title, will host conference tournament

Thanks to junior midfielder Jay Drapeau’s career-high six points on four goals and two assists and sophomore goalkeeper Jacob Stover’s 12 saves, Loyola Maryland upset No. 12 Army, 14-6, on Friday night in West Point, N.Y., to capture the Patriot League’s regular-season championship for the second time in four years and play host to the tournament’s semifinals and final on April 28 and 30, respectively, at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore.

Although the Greyhounds (8-5 overall) and the Black Knights (10-3) finished with identical 6-2 records in the conference, Loyola earned the title and top seed and home-field advantage in the tourney via the head-to-head tiebreaker. The program last swept all three rewards in its debut in the Patriot League in 2014.

The Greyhounds – who won the conference tournament in 2014 and 2016 to qualify for the NCAA postseason – and Army have secured byes to the semifinals and await the winners of Tuesday’s quarterfinals. Loyola will meet the lower-seeded quarterfinal team, while the Black Knights will face the higher-seeded quarterfinalist.

In one quarterfinal, No. 5 seed Holy Cross (4-9, 4-4) will tangle with No. 4 seed Navy (6-7, 4-4) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Tuesday at 6 p.m. By virtue of an 11-4 victory on April 2, the Midshipmen grabbed the higher seed and the right to host the game.

In the second quarterfinal, No. 6 seed Lehigh (7-6, 4-4) will travel to clash with No. 3 seed Boston University (11-3, 5-3). The Terriers, who are ranked 19th in the latest Inside Lacrosse media poll, edged Holy Cross, 12-11, in overtime to claim the third seed. And the Mountain Hawks defeated Bucknell, 9-6, to grab the final spot in the tournament.

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