Unlike a year ago when the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team was left out of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1971, nerves were not an issue when the 18-team field was unveiled Sunday night.
The Atlantic Coast Conference, led by overall No. 1 seed Maryland, dominated the top spots in the NCAA Division I women's championship bracket announced Sunday night, with six teams among the eight seeded spots in the 26-team field.
Loyola Maryland coach Charley Toomey and Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala said Saturday's game will not be the last between their programs even though the Blue Jays' schedule will change as it joins the Big Ten next season.
The Loyola Maryland women are already in the NCAA tournament, earning an automatic berth with its Patriot League championship Sunday, but the Greyhounds could make a big impression on the selection committee with a win over the No. 2 Orange in Saturday's regular-season finale.
Loyola and Notre Dame became the first two teams to lock up berths in the upcoming NCAA men's lacrosse tournament, and their entries have already begun to shape the 18-team field, which will be announced on Sunday at 9 p.m.
With its decisive Atlantic Coast Conference championship win over Syracuse, Maryland's women's lacrosse team strengthened its position at No. 1 in this week's Inside Lacrosse Brine Division I Women's Media Top 20.
After No. 1 Loyola routed Lehigh, 16-7, on Sunday at Ridley Athletic Complex to capture the Patriot League title, goalie Jack Runkel hoisted the championship trophy to the delight of the partisan announced crowd of 1,841.
Any chance of Colgate pulling an upset disappeared in a 92-second span early in the fourth quarter as No. 1 Loyola Maryland defeated the Raiders, 12-6, in a Patriot League tournament semifinal Friday at Ridley Athletic Complex.
For the second straight game, Halle Majorana posted four goals as top-seeded Maryland defeated eighth-seeded Virginia Tech, 14-9, in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Thursday at Boston College's Alumni Stadium.
Brian Schultz set a career high with six goals on 10 shots and added an assist to propel the top-ranked Greyhounds to a 13-5 rout of Patriot League foe Bucknell before an announced 1,303 at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore on Thursday night.
Paige Hanson, a senior attacker on the national champion North Carolina lacrosse team, was honored earlier this month as one of the NCAA's Elite 89 Award winners with a trip to the NCAA men's basketball Final Four and a Bruce Springsteen concert.
Colgate coach Mike Murphy sees a lot of similarities when he looks at Loyola and their last opponent, Cornell, especially in their respective ability to pounce on transition opportunities and turn them into goals.