Terps women are seeded 2nd, Loyola left out of tourney


The University of Maryland is in and Loyola is out as the result of the NCAA Division I pairings for women's lacrosse announced yesterday. In Division III, Frostburg State is one of eight tournament teams.

The Division I pairings: No. 1 seed Harvard (13-1), bye; No. 2 seed Maryland (12-1), bye; Princeton (12-3) at Temple (11-4); Penn State (11-4) at Virginia (13-2).

Opening-round games will be Saturday, with the Final Four scheduled for Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., May 16 and 17. Harvard will play the Princeton-Temple winner and Maryland will meet the Penn State-Virginia winner.

The Division III pairings: Denison (15-0) at Trenton State (13-0); Frostburg State (14-2) at Roanoke (14-1); Franklin & Marshall (12-2) at Ursinus (13-5); Hartwick (12-4) at William Smith (13-0). First-round games will be Saturday, with the four winners also advancing to Lehigh for games May 16 and 17.

The major surprise of the Division I selections was the absence of Loyola (11-4), whose losses were by a total of seven goals.

The case for Loyola:

* Temple lost to Harvard, 15-4; lost to Maryland, 9-1; lost to Virginia, 12-5; and lost to unranked Pennsylvania, which finished with a 3-10 record, 4-3.

* Loyola handed Harvard its only loss, 10-9, in overtime; lost to Maryland, 13-12; lost to Virginia 11-9; and defeated Pennsylvania, 12-7.

"There's no justification for leaving us out," Loyola coach Diane Aikens said, "but even so, the committee did not have the nerve to call the teams under consideration, the ones not chosen. It's my right to know what happened.

"Even when we went to the Final Four two years ago, it was considered a fluke. We were not ranked [coaches poll] in the preseason, and when we beat Harvard, it was called a fluke. We deserve to be there, but we get no respect."

Referring to Sunday's conference call among members of the NCAA women's lacrosse committee, the chairman, Susan Delaney-Scheetz, an assistant athletic director at Penn State, made it clear the committee did not use the coaches poll (Loyola was No. 4 behind Harvard, Maryland and Virginia) as a guideline.

Speaking from University Park, Pa., she said: "Our committee is made up of neutral people. Coaches with teams under consideration are asked to withdraw. We have regional representatives rank their teams, and then we try and pull out the top six.

"Temple, with wins over Penn State and Princeton, was ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic, and Loyola was third in the South, behind Maryland and Virginia.

"We worked against a list of criteria and looked at all the categories. There is also a possible power rating, and our only salvation was that using the power ranking, the same six teams still came out ahead."

The Division I seedings set up a possible rematch of the 1990 championship, when Harvard defeated Maryland, 8-7. The Terrapins' only loss this season was to Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., 7-5.

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