For the second weekend in a row, Loyola Maryland will tangle with an opponent it lost to in the regular season. The No. 7 seed Greyhounds (13-3) will meet Towson (16-2) in an NCAA tournament quarterfinal at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
After defeating Duke 16-11 in the first round Saturday to avenge a 15-6 setback on March 12, Loyola is eager for another shot at the Tigers, who notched a 10-8 win on March 2.
"I love it," junior long-stick midfielder Ryan Fournier said. "As good as Army was in the Patriot League final, we wanted Navy [which edged the Greyhounds, 10-9, on March 19]. We wanted to play them again, we wanted redemption. We have a little joke going around that this is the Redemption Tour. It kind of fires you up. It lights a little fire under you to prove something even more, especially when the other team is thinking that they can definitely do it again. So I love it."
Added sophomore long-stick midfielder Zac Davliakos (Severn School): "Everybody wants revenge for what happened in the regular season. It's awesome. Yeah, it would have been cool to play against [2015 national champion] Denver, but playing Towson is awesome because they're close to home. It really gets you fired up to go out there and try to put your best foot forward. We know they beat us last time. So you're just fired up."
Greyhounds coach Charley Toomey took a more practical approach, insisting that a rematch is beneficial for both sides.
"It's easier because we have a feel for them, and it's a team that we obviously see an awful lot because they're right down the street, and I think Coach [Shawn] Nadelen would say the same thing," Toomey said. "You can kind of go to your scouting report and get a feel for some personnel. I don't feel like I have to watch every game they've played this year because their sets are pretty similar to the ones that we saw."
If Loyola wins against Towson, the Redemption Tour will pause as the team will tangle with either No. 3 seed Notre Dame or North Carolina for the first time this season.