Choice/Visa tourney sponsor pulls out Loyola to hold event in Oct. with Syracuse


The sponsor of the Choice/Visa fall lacrosse tournament has decided not to renew its sponsorship for the 1991 season, according to a letter sent to the four participating area schools within the past week.

Meanwhile, Loyola College, one of the four teams along with Towson State, UMBC and Johns Hopkins, has decided to hold a tournament in mid-October, and one of the featured teams is three-time defending National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I champion Syracuse.

Loyola coach Dave Cottle said that he received a letter last week from Citicorp, sponsor of the Choice/Visa the past two years, saying the company would not sponsor the event due to a "financial crunch."

Steve Jones, Loyola's sports information director, said Citicorp paid out $6,000 to each of the school's scholarship program in the name of a selected player who performed in the tournament.

Cottle said he had talked with Johns Hopkins and UMBC about possibly having the tournament next season at UMBC, but Johns Hopkins officials said they did not want to continue the tournament.

Johns Hopkins athletic director Bob Scott was attending meetings at Ursinus College and could not be reached for comment.

Cottle said he has received a commitment from Syracuse and is talking with representatives from Navy, Hobart and Maryland.

"It was a good idea of having Baltimore's best," said Cottle. "Who knows? It still may happen. But if we can get a Hobart, Maryland or a Navy to play with us and Syracuse, then it's still going to be a great tournament."

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