Sept. 30, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's lacrosse team will once again compete in the Price Modern Lacrosse for Leukemia Fall Invitational. This year's event, the seventh annual tournament, will be held on Saturday, October 2 at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md.
"This is such a great event for a very good cause," says Loyola men's lacrosse coach Bill Dirrigl. "The Baltimore community has embraced this tournament and has helped it succeed every year. We're very happy to be a part of this year's field."
Featuring 14 of the very best Division I lacrosse teams in the country, the tournament has been voted one of Lacrosse Magazine's "must see events." Each team represents a young, Baltimore-based leukemia patient who serves as honorary captain for the day. Participating teams include Loyola College, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Towson and UMBC. Play begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at approximately 2:00 p.m., with each team playing two full games.
The Greyhounds take on defending NCAA Champion Syracuse at 10 a.m. and play Air Force at noon. The `Hounds return a solid core of underclassmen, including last season's top-ranked freshman midfield according to Inside Lacrosse Magazine.
Since 1998, the Lacrosse for Leukemia tournament has raised $650,000 for the Maryland Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and cancer research into diseases that claim approximately 57,500 lives each year. In addition to Price Modern's tournament sponsorship, this year's corporate sponsors include STX, Legg Mason, Morgan Stanley, Clifton Gunderson LLP and Lax World.
"Not only is the talent level on the fields worthy of a visit, but so is the cause," says Milford Marchant, chairman and CEO of Price Modern LLC as well as chair of the tournament committee. "Given all the funding put towards research and finding cures, there is no better choice than the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to partner with each year for the tournament."