Maryland and Loyola will meet next spring in a rematch of last season's NCAA Division I men's lacrosse championship game, according to Patrick Stevens of The Washington Times.
Coach Charley Toomey of the Greyhounds, who beat the Terps, 9-3, in Foxborough, Mass., for the school's first-ever D-I national title in any sport, said he's "pretty sure it's a done deal" the teams will play Feb. 23 at Ridley Athletic Complex.
According to the Times, the game is a byproduct of the Terps' department-wide ban on playing Georgetown in any sport after the schools failed to reach an agreement to revive their men's basketball series (those teams haven't met in the regular season since 1993). With the Hoyas no longer on Maryland's men's lacrosse schedule, an opening was created for Loyola.
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Last spring, Severna Park grad Eric Lusby scored four goals en route to earning tournament Most Outstanding Player honors as the Greyhounds -- who began the season unranked and went on to earn the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament -- dealt the Terps their second straight loss in the national championship game.
Before that, Loyola and Maryland had not faced each other since the Terps' 19-8 win in an NCAA semifinal at Rutgers in 1998. The Terps lead the all-time series 19-2; the schools have met only three times since Loyola moved from Division II to Division I in 1982.