Loyola College, reacting to a decision by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, will drop field hockey after the 1991 season, and add women's soccer, beginning in the fall of 1992. The MAAC will add women's soccer to its list of championship sports in 1992.
"This was not an easy decision to reach because this program has had many fine moments during its 17 years," athletic director Joe Boylan said in making the announcement, "but since the MAAC has chosen to add women's soccer, we had to make the choice."
Loyola's field hockey team was 5-12 in 1990, and is expected to return six seniors and five juniors for the final season. After that, scholarship players will retain their aid, or be able to transfer without penalty.
"We're disappointed that this decision had to be made, but we are pleased to have the opportunity to play one more season," said third-year coach Flo Bell.
A national search for a women's soccer coach will begin in the near future. The school has had a club team in the sport for several years, and that is expected to continue in the fall.