Oct. 20, 2009
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men's lacrosse team will play six home games in its new facility, the Ridley Intercollegiate Athletic Complex, beginning with a Saturday, March 13, date against Duke.
The Greyhounds and Blue Devils will play the first men's lacrosse game at the complex that will be the home for Loyola men's and women's lacrosse and soccer.
"This is an exciting year for our program with opening a new stadium that seats approximately 6,000 fans," Loyola Head Coach Charley Toomey said. "We are also playing six new opponents on our schedule. We look forward to a very competitive ECAC schedule. In the past several years, we have had one of the top 10 strongest schedules in the nation, and we think we have that again. Our guys like playing the toughest competition."
Loyola, which has won at least a share of the last two ECAC Championships, opens its 2010 campaign on Saturday, February 20, in Annapolis, Md., against the U.S. Naval Academy. The Greyhounds and Midshipmen have not played since a 19-8 Loyola victory in the 1993 NCAA Tournament, and the teams will play for the first time during the regular-season since 1943.
The Greyhounds will make a quick entry into conference action, when they travel to Hamden, Conn., to meet first-year ECAC member Quinnipiac on Saturday, February 27. Loyola then heads to Louisville, Ky., to play its second conference game, at Bellarmine, on Wednesday, March 3.
Loyola has a 22-6 record in ECAC action during Toomey's four years as head coach.
Loyola, a team that has made two of the last three NCAA Tournaments, returns to Charm City and will play its first-ever game at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, when it takes on Notre Dame on Saturday, March 6, in the Inside Lacrosse Konica/Minolta Face-Off Classic. The game is the first of two the Greyhounds will play in a National Football League stadium during 2010.
The contest against Duke starts a four-game homestand, including a pair of ECAC matches.
Loyola hosts new ECAC member Air Force on Saturday, March 20, followed by a Saturday, March 27, date against local foe Towson. The Greyhounds wrap-up their four-week home stretch with a Saturday, April 3, game versus Ohio State.
The Greyhounds head to Fairfield, Conn., for a conference game at Fairfield on Saturday, April 10. Loyola returns to the Ridley Intercollegiate Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 17, to take on Georgetown.
A pair of road contests - Saturday, April 24, at Hobart, and Sunday, May 2, at Denver - wrap-up ECAC action for the Greyhounds.
The game against Denver will be played at Invesco Field, home of the NFL's Denver Broncos.
The regular-season culminates on Saturday, May 8, with Loyola's annual date with Johns Hopkins.
Loyola's television schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
The NCAA Tournament begins on Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, with games at campus sites and wraps up with the Final Four at M&T Bank Stadium, Saturday and Monday, May 29 and 31.