Last year, Loyola missed qualifying for the NCAA postseason for the first time since 2011, and being left out of the tournament does not sit well with a proud program that captured the national championship in 2012.
With the start of the 2016 college lacrosse season just a couple of weeks away, here is the eighth installment of a series that offers a preview of the battles for conference championships in Division I. The leagues are scheduled to appear via alphabetical order. Sunday¿s visit was with the Northeast Conference. Monday takes a spin through the Patriot League.
Despite a one-point lead at intermission, host Loyola couldn't sustain its momentum and its upset bid of Patriot League co-leader Bucknell fell short in a 67-58 loss before an announced 796 at Reitz Arena in Baltimore on Wednesday night.
Loyola Maryland has released its schedule for the 2016 season. Here is a breakdown of what awaits the Greyhounds, who went 7-8 last year and lost to Army in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League tournament.
The Mountaineers (2-6) took control by scoring 30 points off 26 Loyola turnovers, the most they've forced since March 4, 2010. Sophomore guard BK Ashe led MSM with 22 points while senior forward Gregory Graves had season highs with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
As a child watching Diane Geppi-Aikens coach the Loyola women's lacrosse team, Aikens saw the far-reaching influence her mother had on the sport and on the young women who played for her. That was especially evident as Geppi-Aikens battled terminal brain cancer through her final season with the Greyhounds in 2003, so it was no surprise to Aikens when her mother was named as one of nine 2015 inductees to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is set for Oct. 24 at the Grand
The Baltimore area's top two football teams, Gilman and McDonogh, take to the road this weekend to face a couple of high-profile out-of-state opponents in their tune up for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference schedule that begins next week.
Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 24 points as the Atlanta Dream (15-19) concluded its season with a 73-71 victory over Washington on Sunday, making the Mystics the Eastern Conference's fourth seed in the WNBA playoffs.
At least 109 players from The Sun's coverage area — Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties — are listed on FBS rosters. This includes players who grew up in this area and went to high school elsewhere and players from other areas who came here to attend high school.
Former Maryland guard Lexie Brown has transferred to Duke. The rising junior will sit out this season under NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2016-17 season.
Navy coach Ed DeChellis doesn't know what make of the latest basketball rules changes, saying some could be counterproductive. But Maryland coach Mark Turgeon thinks the shorter shot clock will increase possessions and lead to more scoring opportunities.
Diane Geppi-Aikens, the late women's lacrosse coach at what was then Loyola College, and former Johns Hopkins men's player Brian Voelker were among nine people elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
While some of Maryland's younger players, especially junior Tewaaraton Award winner Taylor Cummings and freshman leading scorer Megan Whittle, have often stolen the spotlight in the drive to Friday's NCAA Division I tournament semifinals, the No. 1 and defending champion Terps rely heavily on the top eight of their 11 seniors.