The No. 17 Greyhounds proved that Saturday afternoon, pouring it on early and often and erupting for a season-high in goals in a 14-3 demolition of Patriot League rival Bucknell at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore.
Jen Adams can hardly believe this is her eighth year at Loyola already. She's led the Greyhounds to two Big East championships, the past two Patriot League championships and five straight NCAA tournament appearances.
Just four days removed from a one-goal setback at No. 14 and Patriot League rival Navy that tagged the No. 17 Greyhounds with their first losing streak of the season, they beat the Hoyas 10-7 before an announced 1,354 at Cooper Field.
Loyola Maryland has endured setbacks in the past. But Saturday¿s 15-6 loss against No. 11 Duke at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore was the program¿s most lopsided outcome since March 8, 2008, when that squad also fell to the Blue Devils, 21-8.
Navy coach Rick Sowell had a sense something was up when he saw a few administrators approach him a week ago at 3:45 p.m. during the team¿s practice. At that time, he was informed that Saturday¿s home game against Patriot League rival Lafayette would be postponed because of a norovirus outbreak at the school¿s campus in Easton, Pa.
Loyola Maryland outscored second-seeded Bucknell 36-16 in the second and third quarters to build a lead of as many as 20 points Friday night in West Point, N.Y., and the third-seeded Greyhounds advanced to their first-ever Patriot League championship game with a 65-53 semifinal win over the Bison in women's basketball.
No. 6 Towson enters Saturday¿s showdown at 2 p.m. against No. 14 Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field in Baltimore as the higher-ranked team for only the second time in series history. But that news apparently matters little to the Tigers and coach Shawn Nadelen.
Mikey Wynne (St. Paul's) scored three of his four goals in the fourth quarter to help the No. 1 Notre Dame men's lacrosse team pull away from No. 8 Maryland, 9-4, at the Pacific Coast Shootout on Saturday in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Delante Jones scored 18 points, Andrija Matic made the game-winning free throw with one second left, and host American beat Loyola Maryland, 67-66, in the season finale for both teams Saturday. Each school now heads into the Patriot League tournament, which will begin Tuesday.
Loyola Maryland is the only team in Division I with victories against two ranked opponents, which has given birth to some talk that the program has further solidified its chances of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament if it doesn¿t win the Patriot League tournament in two months.
Jairus Lyles scored 25 points, including the winning free throw in the final seconds, as host UMBC (7-23, 3-12 America East Conference) edged Binghamton (7-21, 4-11) in overtime, 80-79, on Wednesday night.
Loyola Maryland hasn¿t had an offensive quarterback since Justin Ward, the Glen Burnie resident and Old Mill graduate who graduated in 2014 ranked second in program history in assists (120) and helped the 2012 team capture the NCAA Division I championship. Is freshman attackman Pat Spencer the heir apparent to Ward?
Mike Morsell scored a career-high 34 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the field to lead Towson past William & Mary, 99-82, on Saturday, creating a three-way tie for third place in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Despite the graduation of its top defenseman and offensive quarterback from a team that finished fourth in the Patriot League, Loyola Maryland was voted to finish first in the conference¿s preseason poll, which was released Jan. 27.